EVO's and HD381's coming around 8th of August. Cant wait.I just hope my onboard soundcard wont ruin them.
[Review] Superlux HD681 EVO - Page 34
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And can anyone confirm that the left cup has more rumble than the right? Never had dual-entry headphones to confirm it my self.
I've noted such issues with other single cup entry headphones. Not with the EVO - or, at least not noted. The conductors in the stock cables actually surprised me a bit. They were of better quality than the hairline thin wires in some of the Sennheiser headphones I've owned. But, with the longer cable that was included, I did suffer the fate of one of the cable ends not lasting too long. I had a conductor break at the strain relief area of the cable. To me, this is one of the weakest areas for the Evos.
I use the HD-202 II as a pair of headphones for cable testing, etc. Not as much for listening for an extended period. My pair has SMC connectors as a modification - again, for cable testing.
The Evo is a better headphone, in my opinion as the 202 falls a bit short on delivery. For the price, the 202 did surprise me a bit. However, the 681 Evo surprised me a bit more.
They're not used as a headphone for analytic listening though - they suit my needs as a quick grab headphone when I have a period of time to listen to some music for about 30 minutes at a time. Their lower cost removes any guilt from me as the $500 headphones I have tend to really make one try their hardest to take care of them. The Evos, not as much. If they get tossed around a bit, I don't feel bad because at their price, they're basically an economical and recyclable pair of headphones.
I have both and I prefer the 668b. I like a more neutral SQ over the accentuated bass of the EVO. I did do a mod similar to the foam mod on the EVO and it helps. I removed the foam\felt piece over the center of the driver and replaced it with a thin cotton make-up thingy my wife uses. It brought the highs out a little more and evened off the sound a bit. The EVO is still bassy though and I use them more for "fun" listening rather than critical listening. They are good with metal and heavier music while the 668b is fine for most genres. The 668b can be a little strident some times with its treble depending on the recording. They do scale up really well though. IMHO
edit: has anyone did remove the the acoustic damper in hd681 evo? what would happen if I did that?
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Acoustic damper it's the sticker that says "do not remove" in front of the driver?
You could try some 15-band eq (I have one in my MusicBee player) to eq the bass it has 32hz, 50hz, 80hz and 125hz settings and see if you can lower any of those without affecting the double bass too much? Or try increasing some 100hz punch while using the velour pads.
Quick update on my variation of the foam mod. I removed the thick black foam/felt disc in front of the drivers and replaced them with a thin cotton round makeup pad my wife uses and I must say I am reaching for my EVO's much more now. It seems to allow a little more mid and high frequencies in, balancing the over powering bass that I originally had with my EVO's. They almost sound like my HD668b's now with much more bass. Before I would only listen to the EVO's for fun and not to listen seriously but now they are a bit more balanced across the spectrum from highs to lows. If anyone hasn't removed the those felt pads I would seriously consider trying it and replacing it with one thin cotton pad in its place, it really improved the sound of my headphones. I think if I just removed the original pad it might have let too much of the highs in but the cotton pad filters just enough for my taste. YMMV