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post #16 of 18
Originally Posted by aedeau View Post

I have a pair of these I picked up from Dicksmiths for $8. They sounds ok, but pretty muffled compared to my V6s, but yeah, $8 vs $60. Build quality is crap. They used the cheapest plastic they could find and the fabric ear pads get dirty quickly, but they sound ok and have decent bass. I use my MDR-MA100s at work with my Aune T1 atm (I'll be taking the T1 home when I get my new tubes in the mail). The RRP in AUS for these is $50, which I wouldn't pay, but for $8 I think it's a good buy.

EDIT: oh yeah, although they look like crap and are built poorly, they're very comfortable for me. I can literally wear them for the entire work day (7-8hrs) and my ears don't feel hot or fatigued, not so with the pair of V55s I have at home, which make my ears very hot after a relatively short period of time.


Wow, $8? Was this a sale price or something?

post #17 of 18
Picked one of these up for $8 just because why not. After a month I've finally found a use for which they excel. Feeling nostalgic, I dusted off an old gameboy and the speaker was quite quiet. Plugging ear buds in, there was a loud electronic hum, so I decided to try these. Nice and comfortable, very easy to drive, and actually has a pleasing sound for the price. Plus the hum was quite a bit quieter.
post #18 of 18

I'm half surprised that these don't get mentioned a bit more often. The other half of me which isn't surprised, is that they're pretty cheaply built, full sized, wide open headphones... and people looking for stationary-use open headphones and browsing these forums probably skip over this price segment altogether. A quick listen in the shop had me shelling out the bit of money right away. They're not my main listening headphones or anything - they're used on a digital piano mostly. One thing that doesn't surprise me is that they measure surprisingly well:




By the way about the comment about being muffled compared to V6 - sure, I think most enjoyable headphones of the world are more muffled than that... well, very revealing, professional tool of the trade.

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