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post #31 of 135

Can anyone supply a link to buy these in the US? I usually buy off Amazon but the 668b and the (rebranded?) Samson SR850 seem to be unavailable on the mainstream sites I use.

 

Also, could someone comment on the 668b's noise leakage? I read another review on this site that said the noise leakage was surprisingly low for a semi-open headphone, so low that it could be used in a library at reasonable volumes. If I was gaming in a relatively quiet room, would it disturb others in the room?

 

Also, I would plan to use these with two PCs, one is integrated audio, the other has a sound card with a built-in headphone amp. Will these drive the phones fine?


Edited by Chaay - 8/15/11 at 6:30pm
post #32 of 135

for sure:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/546556/superlux-express-train-voted-best-budget-headphone-2011

 The US supplier is listed at the first post there, as well as a ton more information and impressions.


Edited by nick n - 8/15/11 at 6:17pm
post #33 of 135
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headphone.com has them for $50, thanks for the link maverick.

post #34 of 135

I wonder if Tyll has older versions of the headphones he reviewed, because my 681s came with a a very very dull red plastic and the text on the outside of the cup was the same as the 668B's.  That being said, I wonder if the sound was tweaked when those other small revisions were made, since I don't find the 681 as bright as so many (mostly older) reviews suggest.  I mean, it's not a laid-back Sennheiser sound--it is bright--but not like listening "through razor blades."

post #35 of 135
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I never found them to be bright either, maybe a little bright once the foam is removed, but definitely not with the foam.

post #36 of 135
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

headphone.com has them for $50, thanks for the link maverick.

Thank you for that site. I checked it out and feel its a good alternative to Ebay or a personal retailer (for someone inexperienced like me).

 

Also, if anyone can comment on noise leakage I would appreciate it. It was in the 89 headphone review thread that said:

 

"Isolation (6.5/10): "Though the HD668B is marketed as a semi-open headphone, it provides very decent isolation and leaks surprisingly little. At reasonable volumes, these are usable even a library."

 

Since I will be in a college dorm, not disturbing my roommate will be an issue. I would be mostly gaming and have no idea how much sound headphones can leak as I have previously used speakers. Would you guys say the quoted statement is true?

 

Link to quote source:
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-89-portable-headphones-reviewed-beyerdynamic-dt1350-added-08-12

 

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Originally Posted by Chaay View Post



Thank you for that site. I checked it out and feel its a good alternative to Ebay or a personal retailer (for someone inexperienced like me).

 

Also, if anyone can comment on noise leakage I would appreciate it. It was in the 89 headphone review thread that said:

 

"Isolation (6.5/10): "Though the HD668B is marketed as a semi-open headphone, it provides very decent isolation and leaks surprisingly little. At reasonable volumes, these are usable even a library."

 

Since I will be in a college dorm, not disturbing my roommate will be an issue. I would be mostly gaming and have no idea how much sound headphones can leak as I have previously used speakers. Would you guys say the quoted statement is true?

 

Link to quote source:
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-89-portable-headphones-reviewed-beyerdynamic-dt1350-added-08-12

 

I'm surprised the HD-668Bs leak as little as they do, should be fine for library....I think?, I've never been in a library before.
 

 

post #38 of 135
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Originally Posted by Chaay View Post



Thank you for that site. I checked it out and feel its a good alternative to Ebay or a personal retailer (for someone inexperienced like me).

 

Also, if anyone can comment on noise leakage I would appreciate it. It was in the 89 headphone review thread that said:

 

"Isolation (6.5/10): "Though the HD668B is marketed as a semi-open headphone, it provides very decent isolation and leaks surprisingly little. At reasonable volumes, these are usable even a library."

 

Since I will be in a college dorm, not disturbing my roommate will be an issue. I would be mostly gaming and have no idea how much sound headphones can leak as I have previously used speakers. Would you guys say the quoted statement is true?

 

Link to quote source:
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-89-portable-headphones-reviewed-beyerdynamic-dt1350-added-08-12

 



Headphone.com is a great site to buy headphones from because they personally review everything they sell, so you can see a headphone.com review and customer reviews as well as generally getting a decent price. $50 is the best I could find anywhere, for instance. The isolation was surprisingly decent, I used them during a car ride and walk and found them to be suitable for portable use, though I would recommend a shorter cable, which is easily found. Any 3.5mm female to 3.5mm male cable will work for these.

 

These are the best $50 and under full sized headphones I have ever tried and I can't imagine anything comparing. They are decent for portable use, they have sound quality easily comparable to $100 headphones and have great aesthetics. 

 

Edit: To give some perspective I didn't hear them while burning-in over night 6 feet away sitting on my foam head, while I easily heard my Woodees Vintage IEMs, though they weren't plugged into anything.


Edited by keanex - 8/16/11 at 12:21am
post #39 of 135

Do they really sound similar to the Grado's sound sig?

 

I like the Grado's sound sig and the fact that it's open.

Also, the Grados feel quite rigid compared to my current headphones. 

post #40 of 135
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Do they really sound similar to the Grado's sound sig?

 

I like the Grado's sound sig and the fact that it's open.

Also, the Grados feel quite rigid compared to my current headphones. 



A little with the foam removed, but not as much as the innerfidelity review would have you believe. With the foam removed you would definitely be satisfied, especially for the price, coming from Grado SR60i/80i. This is coming from an Ad900 user and a past SR80i user.

post #41 of 135
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Originally Posted by kingoftown1 View Post

I wonder if Tyll has older versions of the headphones he reviewed, because my 681s came with a a very very dull red plastic and the text on the outside of the cup was the same as the 668B's.  That being said, I wonder if the sound was tweaked when those other small revisions were made, since I don't find the 681 as bright as so many (mostly older) reviews suggest.  I mean, it's not a laid-back Sennheiser sound--it is bright--but not like listening "through razor blades."


From what I can gather, Tyll is VERY sensitive to treble.
post #42 of 135
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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

Do they really sound similar to the Grado's sound sig?

 

I like the Grado's sound sig and the fact that it's open.

Also, the Grados feel quite rigid compared to my current headphones. 


I own an SR-60i and the HD668B, and I can tell you that, apart from the treble-happy signature, there's quite a difference. Firstly, the Grado's bass is tighter, but the Superlux's reaches deeper down, so the PRaT factor won't be as good as the Grado. Mids on the HD668B are also slightly recessed, but surprisingly guitar translates very similarly on both headphones. Vocals are another thing altogether though.
post #43 of 135

I was actually considering a pair of used sr80 or sr60s. 

I like the Grado sound sig but I wanted something that could provide as

much detail and sound stage without sounding too veiled, as well as good

bass thump.

 

So it's between the superluxes, DT770, SR60 and SR80.

 

I'm going to go down and audition these when I have the time.

Currently in exams week. 

 

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Originally Posted by keanex View Post





A little with the foam removed, but not as much as the innerfidelity review would have you believe. With the foam removed you would definitely be satisfied, especially for the price, coming from Grado SR60i/80i. This is coming from an Ad900 user and a past SR80i user.



 

post #44 of 135

 

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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

I was actually considering a pair of used sr80 or sr60s. 

I like the Grado sound sig but I wanted something that could provide as

much detail and sound stage without sounding too veiled, as well as good

bass thump.

 

So it's between the superluxes, DT770, SR60 and SR80.

 

I'm going to go down and audition these when I have the time.

Currently in exams week. 


Ah exams. JC?

Have a go at the Ultrasone HFI-580 as well. Suits your preferences well.

 

post #45 of 135
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Originally Posted by crinacle View Post



I own an SR-60i and the HD668B, and I can tell you that, apart from the treble-happy signature, there's quite a difference. Firstly, the Grado's bass is tighter, but the Superlux's reaches deeper down, so the PRaT factor won't be as good as the Grado. Mids on the HD668B are also slightly recessed, but surprisingly guitar translates very similarly on both headphones. Vocals are another thing altogether though.


 

From what I recall the Grado SR80i has a bit tighter/punchier bass, but it wasn't as prominent nor did it extend as well. I felt the mids on the 668b were slightly recessed as well until I removed the foam, then they came out a little. The 668b sounded a lot like my Audio Technica Ad900 after the foam was removed. Slightly bright, but not enough to be fatiguing. The 668b wasn't as punchy as my Ad900 though, but the bass did feel more prominent on the 668b.



Quote:
Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

I was actually considering a pair of used sr80 or sr60s. 

I like the Grado sound sig but I wanted something that could provide as

much detail and sound stage without sounding too veiled, as well as good

bass thump.

 

So it's between the superluxes, DT770, SR60 and SR80.

 

I'm going to go down and audition these when I have the time.

Currently in exams week. 

 



 



If you have an amp the Superlux HD668b would suit you perfect. If you don't have much money pick up the 668b new for $50 and a FiiO E11 to amp them for $65 new (cheaper used). They definitely need amping from my experiences.

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