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MH 438 Somic Headphones for $20.00 out the door.

 

 

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SOMiC MH 438 Mini Review

 

 

 

I don't have any other SOMiC models yet so no way to compare. They are the form factor of the Bose On Ears, a little bigger and better sounding. The sound signature is very bass centric and there is a small area of mud in the lower mids. At first ten minutes of listening I thought they were completely non-efficient which must have had something to do with burn in. After 10 hours they became way more efficient and had better sound stage. At 30 hours they are wonderful and by far the best $20 headphones I have ever purchased. No accessories included with the headphones themselves but a nice protective box with insert is included. They also come with a plastic bag to carry the box home from the store. LOL Marketing.

 

There was an inspection sig and the cord has a small plastic tag with a serial number which can be removed. I tend to enjoy these to listen to stuff in public. I run them straight out of an iPod Touch Generation 5. I also use an Asgard One as well as the JDS Labs C421 Operational amp.

 

They are keepers and the sound stage and bass are quite frankly amazing for their little size. No creaks at all. The aluminum in the construction must be internal as the complete exterior construction is plastic except for a beautiful stainless steal internal band.They are on ear so no changes needed for pads. Half the size and weight of the flagships posted here but fun none the less.

 

Headband has a clicking and solid feel as well as a solid adjustment process. They can be worn for a couple of hours. A long listening period was done last night and I think I will only use these for trance IDM music. They can get confused with the display of a lot of acoustic instruments being played back all at once. Trance is the perfect genre. For $20 bucks a one genre trance headphone is their place in my world. I did try them out with about 5 of my copies of Dark Side Of The Moon. The best ways to describe these is they play the first half of the album well but fail at the second half. Still what do you want in audiophile headphones for $20 out the door?

 

Amazing because they are open but with smaller drivers they are not as leaking as some of my full size headphones. The bass response is especially noticeable after listening to these for two days then switching back to a more even frequency response headphone. They pair well with the Asgard and seem more normal in the bass response, maybe due to the flatness of the Asgard. I would say the Asgard is the perfect amp for them.   

 

In many ways I feel they are fun. I have not tried to EQ out what I feel they are missing in frequency. They do scale well with better equipment. They are actually very very well made but still plastic none the less. These make me really wonder about trying the other headphones and IEMs from SOMiC. The company makes 2 million headphones a month, does all construction and R and D in house at the factory. They have two of the biggest headphone factories in China. Cant wait to see where SOMiC goes from here in headphone releases. I would say these are $160 headphones.

 

 

 

 

MH438

Characteristic:

1.CCAW voice coil speaker brings clear sound;
2.Anti-vibration aluminium structure;
3.Adjustable headband design;
4.Available for PC, iPod, MP3 and iPhone;
5.Reduce pressure soft earphone bracket design.

Specifications:

Driver diameter:              Φ40mm
Impedance:                     32Ω
Frequency response:     20Hz~20kHz
Sensitivity( S.P.L):           94dB±3dB(1.0 kHz/1mW)
Cord length:                    approx.1.8 meters
Net Weight:                      approx.165g




Over all I would describe the sound as a little dark and exactly like the Bose On Ears only better. The V sound signature taken very far. Just a fun headphone but can get boring after a while. They have a first listen wow factor that can come with color and head stage of this type of headphone. Good for a couple hours but not something to listen to for four hours straight. IMO.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 7/28/14 at 9:11pm
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I also like the MH438, especially the build quality is impressive for the price. Somics make more expensive Sennheiser hd228 and PortaPros feel like cheap toys. Not counting the heavily discounted Mikros90, MH438 and JVC ha-s400 are the best inexpensive portables I have. Definately better than sennheiser and koss I mentioned and at least as good as $100 Fidelio M1.

 

I've had few other somic headphones. Mh463 is excellent but efi82mt was disappointing. A lot of people like efi's so it might be that it just did not suit my tastes. Sc308 was not my cup of tea either. M520 is another great portable somic. I have the Salar em520 version. It was 12$ with free shipping and came with some (bad sounding) earbuds. M520 does not sound as refined as MH438 but it has nice bass and clarity is more than decent for the price. Build is all plastic but seems durable.

 

Some day I want to try mm185 or mm163. I've heard those are great. Atleast the pads look comfy and detachable cable is always nice :)

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Can't wait to try the SOMiC MH 463!
Originally Posted by Beocord View Post
 

I also like the MH438, especially the build quality is impressive for the price. Somics make more expensive Sennheiser hd228 and PortaPros feel like cheap toys. Not counting the heavily discounted Mikros90, MH438 and JVC ha-s400 are the best inexpensive portables I have. Definately better than sennheiser and koss I mentioned and at least as good as $100 Fidelio M1.

 

I've had few other somic headphones. Mh463 is excellent but efi82mt was disappointing. A lot of people like efi's so it might be that it just did not suit my tastes. Sc308 was not my cup of tea either. M520 is another great portable somic. I have the Salar em520 version. It was 12$ with free shipping and came with some (bad sounding) earbuds. M520 does not sound as refined as MH438 but it has nice bass and clarity is more than decent for the price. Build is all plastic but seems durable.

 

Some day I want to try mm185 or mm163. I've heard those are great. Atleast the pads look comfy and detachable cable is always nice :)


Edited by Redcarmoose - 8/3/14 at 4:29pm
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