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[Advice] Superlux HD-668B vs. Superlux HD-681EVO?

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Hello everybody,

I'm getting ready to buy my first pair of decent headphones (I'm totally clueless about audiophile gear). I've been listening to music for the past years either through really bad and low-end speakers (on my computer), through stock headphones (Apple buds - iPod Nano user and abuser, I'm on my third, and ~10€ Sony headphones) and for the past ~10 years gaming headsets (Senheisser PC130, Senheisser PC150 and my last pair are ASUS ROG Orion). The speakers and the gaming headsets were always connected to the onboard soundcard, being an audiophile noob, I've never seen the necessity of getting a dedicated soundcard.
I've been inquiring on forums, message boards, asking friends, etc, for the past month or so, and the only suggestion that I liked (as in, inside my budget) was the one from somebody recommending me a pair of Superlux HD-668B. Ever since that day, I've been looking at reviews, videos of unboxing, tests, etc and I've been completely blown away: everybody says wonders about them (for a ~40€ headphone it's amazing!)

But now a new player has appeared: the Superlux HD-681EVO (and let's be honest, aesthetically they put the 668B in a corner). They look more "futuristic", more "gaming", they look absolutely amazing (compared to the 668's, that is). I'd sooner use the 681's in the street than the 668's, if you ask me :D

And now for the million dollar question: which of the two headphones are "better" (bear in mind I'm a TOTAL audiophile noob). I just want a durable and affordable pair of headphones that can be used either on my iPod/smartphone/tablet and on my computer (onboard soundboard, nothing fancy).

Thanks for reading!


Edited by Krait - 6/29/14 at 11:16am
post #2 of 9

I believe the biggest difference is the amount of bass. How much bass are you looking for?

 

I believe the HD-681 EVO is generally considered the better headphone though. I would personally go with that one.

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Originally Posted by adisib View Post
 

I believe the biggest difference is the amount of bass. How much bass are you looking for?

 

I believe the HD-681 EVO is generally considered the better headphone though. I would personally go with that one.

 

Like I said, my audiophile knowledge is zero. These will be mainly used for gaming (FPS, RTS, MOBA). I'd like them to be useable with my iPods (Nano 4th and 6th GEN), with my tablet (Google Nexus 7 2013) and my smartphone (Huawei something) aswell with my computer (onboard soundcard).

Bass is the "beat" on the songs, am I right? If so, I'm looking for something balanced, not too low nor too high. My music library is comprised of many genres...

post #4 of 9

If this is your 1st purchase be careful withe the 668B - their treble is quite harsh to my ears - I couldn't listen to then for more than 15 mins. Whether the EVO is similar, I don't know.

 

This may or may not bother you, but heads up.

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If this is your 1st purchase be careful withe the 668B - their treble is quite harsh to my ears - I couldn't listen to then for more than 15 mins. Whether the EVO is similar, I don't know.

 

This may or may not bother you, but heads up.


Yes, these will be my first decent headphones. Do you think I'll run into troubles with the treble (no pun intended)?

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Yes, these will be my first decent headphones. Do you think I'll run into troubles with the treble (no pun intended)?

 

If I remember right the EVO version of the 681 is what fixed the treble harshness. I also believe it is the more balanced option.

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If I remember right the EVO version of the 681 is what fixed the treble harshness. I also believe it is the more balanced option.



Thanks! The only thing that (might) keep me from buying the EVO is the build quality. Seems so cheap and... Fragile.

post #8 of 9

It all comes down to your ears - no way to tell other than trying them. I'm more sensitive than most to hot treble, so there's a good chance they might not bother you. Other than the hot treble (which kills them for me), the 668B is in many ways a good value. My recommendation is to make sure you buy then from someplace with a liberal returns policy (like Amazon), so you can return them if needed (like I did).

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Originally Posted by DrikTheTroll View Post
 

It all comes down to your ears - no way to tell other than trying them. I'm more sensitive than most to hot treble, so there's a good chance they might not bother you. Other than the hot treble (which kills them for me), the 668B is in many ways a good value. My recommendation is to make sure you buy then from someplace with a liberal returns policy (like Amazon), so you can return them if needed (like I did).



I'm thinking of buying them from the UK Superlux distributor (at least they're listed as so on Superlux website). They're a pretty established microphone company, but I hope I have no trouble with the headphones... Just sent my ASUS to an RMA after a year and a half of barely using them, ugh.

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