I purchased many Chinese headphones in the past 6 months. Only one or two were keepers.
The list, price in Chinese Yuan.
Evo Plextor D500 177
Sennic ST-80 85
Liberalism IR-S21 45
Bingle "Denmark" B-850-M 145
Somic MH432i 85
Salar DJ A100 96
Edifier H840 129
The Somic 432i is nowhere near as good as the 463 is claimed to be, do not buy it.
The only ones that were above mid-fi were the Bingle and the H840.
Perhaps the Evo Plextor, it sounds like a muffled version of the 681.
Forget the rest.
The 840 sounds and looks like a CAL! 1.0 clone. I have the CAL.
The Bingle appears to be a Monoprice 839 clone, but I do not have the 839.
The absolute winner of the group is the Edifier. I actually listen to this in my can rotation. It has toe-tapping quality. I put it on and forget to think and just enjoy the music. This is a rare quality in any headphone. All of the others are unworthy of consideration when compared to the SuperLux at similar price point. The 850 is supposed to sound even better than the 840 and the price is 199 Yuan.
I went out to find a gem, got one, and 6 duds. Took one for the team, so to speak. The good thing is that one can try out 6 pairs of cans for under $130CAD.
I encourage anyone to just order some unknowns from TaoBao.
I agree. There is a big risk of getting crap, but the payoff can be hugely rewarding. The rarity is cool too.
Thanks for sharing. All of the info, even the bad ones, are helpful.
I really like the Edifier H850, but it's a little too bass light for me. Otherwise, it has clarity that most closed dynamics don't normally have.
Edited by bhazard - 1/9/14 at 8:41pm