First of all, I want to say that my English is not good. Sorry for any mistakes
- Detailed, easy to drive.
- Smooth and warm mid.
- Such wide soundstage for closed cans, good isolation.
- Nice build, perfect fit, detachable cable, foldable, nice hard case.
- A little bit heavy and hot, not very comfortable for long-sesion listening
- Some may find them “bassy”.
Price: around 280$
- Acoustic Design: Dynamic closed-back (portable, over-ear)
- Driver: 40mm diameter neodymium
- Sensitivity: 98dB SPL (1mW) @ 1 kHz
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Max input power: 200mW
- Rated impedance: 68 Ohm @ 1 kHz
- Earpad: Leatherette
- Connector: Nonmagnetic rhodium-plated stereo alpha mini XLR socket
- Weight: 245g appr
* Source gear:
- Laptop (dell) -> formula2 usb cable -> Fiio E07k /E09k
* Test songs:
_ Kenny G – Jasmine Flower
_ Hans Zimmer – He’s a pirate
_ Kitaro – Matsuri
_ Yiruma – River flows in you
_ Michale Buble – Home
_ Celine Dion – The power of Love
_ The Eagles – Hotel California (live 1996)
_ Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien
_ Slayer – Angel of Death
_ Richard Stoltzman – Maid with the Flexen Hair (Debussy)
Buid and packaging
Well, I have to say that Furutech ADL H118 have the best build and packaging in this price range (except for some fashion headphones with poor sound quality). There’s a nice hard case, a mini XLR -> 3.5mm cable, a 6.35mm jack included. When I first held these cans, I gotta said “Whooah”. ADL H118 are made totally by plastic. But don’t get me wrong, they are high-quality plastic, not “floppy” like the ATH-M50. And they look like a pair for Dj or mornitoring than an acoustic one. In general, these cans are beautiful, although you guys may find the ear-cups a bit “weird”
Fitness, comfort and isolation
And for such uncommon cups, you will worry about the fitness issue? Actually, this is awesome! These cans are great, very comfortable. They stay where they should-be right after you put them on. Clapping force is just right, not too tight, not too loose. (or my head is small :lol: )
One more thing that I like this pair is the isolation. Furutech had done it well. I have no complain about this.
However, after 4-5h of listening, I began feeling rather hot inside two cups and these cans are quite heavy. To solve that porblem, I simply took a break few seconds after an hour or so. Easy stuff.
Speed, transparency, image and soundstage
Normally, a closed-back pair will have narrow soundstage and slow speed. H118 are different. They remind me of the AKG K550 or the T50rp. When I tested these cans with the song “Matsuri”, I was surprised, and in fact, impressed by the wide soundstage. Even some open cans like Grados can’t match this feature.
The speed and transparency of the ADL H118 is good. It’s not the best nor the worse I’ve ever heard, still, can handle most songs in my playlist above. Only when facing the “Angel of Death”, the ADL H118 failed to keep pace. But I have nothing to worry, cause these are made for “Acoustic”, not for Metalhead.
Image is also an interesting point. Instruments are clearly presented. They sound warm, relaxing, somehow similar to the HD650.
This is it! Bass! Very deep bass boost, up to the midbass. The bass is deep, tight, not messing with the midrange, but too much for some that love the “flat response” (even warmer than T50rp or HD650). It’s not actually the problem, cuz people have different taste. In my opinion, these cans perfect with strings, ok with piano, saxophone. For example, I love them play the song “Hotel California” with warm classic guitar. I also find them suitable for Jazz and relaxing music.
As I said before, mid is sweet, warm, not affected by the “over-weight” bass. Lower mid is clear, Michael Buble – Home was good. Upper mid is ok, though not very perfect.
With such bassy feature, will ADL H118’s treble can satisfy us? Well, again, depend on our taste. The teble is not pick-up like the Grados or Beyers, not sparkle like the Hifiman HE-400. It’s not energetic, but clear, gentle, no sibilance. Therefore, treb-head will be disappointed. I tested the treble with” Surfing with the alien”, you know how I felt.
Furutech ADL H118 are good “Acoustic” headphones (what they’re made for) and it’s ok in the sub 300$ price range with nice design. You guys should try them once I think. .