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Believe the Hype

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Pros: With Shure SRH-840 pads, are some of the best sounding headphones under $200. Period. Immaculate positioning and soundstage. Excellent vocals.

Cons: Look kinda dorky. Take a month to get shipped from China. Difficult to find. Get hot after a few hours.

  As per my thread on the Somic EFi-82 MT:   In 2010, there was Superlux. In early 2012, there was Jaycar. Several months ago, there was JVC's HA-S line. Head-Fi's ability to find mid-fi headphones at downright laughable prices has always been commendable. But all too often, these headphones get bragged up as being better than flagship models of established audio brands, something experienced Head-Fiers rightly laugh at. But can it happen? Can an budget-fi headphone legitimately be mentioned in the same breath as headphones ten times its price, not as a "poor man's version", but as an equal? I believe so.       Mind you, I have no...
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"A must-own for all audiophiles and a must-avoid for everyone else."

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Pros: Sound quality in general (especially high mids and soundstage). Sonically comparable to headphones four times its price. Costs less than a night out.

Cons: Bass gets boomy. Atrocious pads. Arrived dirty, despite buying new. Questionable build quality. No detachable cable, case, or other accessories.

  First impressions of these bad boys (coming unamped from a Motorola Xoom, because I spent the week at my dad's, while my audio equipment spent the week at my mom's) were not good. The bass was boomy, the highs were non-existent, and the mids existed in a state of recession that could put 2010 USA to shame. The only thing that made them comparable to Sennheiser was a comically overstated veil. Despite this, I kept listening to them, finding these qualities to become less and less apparent over time. Yesterday, I tried them out again, and to my surprise, they finally started sounding like the HD600 competitors Head-Fi has been touting them as. Perhaps spending 6 hours outside in...
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Perfect for iBuditis sufferers and headfiers with a bit of pocket change.

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Pros: Cheap. Gigantic soundstage. Excellent mids. Punchy bass. Easy to drive. Do well with EQ. Comfortable. Has dozens of modifications.

Cons: Piercing highs. Will not satisfy bassheads without EQ. Look kind of stupid. Semi-open design makes for a good deal of leakage.

Setup: Windows Media Player (Variable Bit-Rate WMAs at approximately 300kbps) -> PreSonus AudioBox USB ->Superlux HD681   FOLK/ACOUSTIC   Barton Hollow (The Civil Wars): Simply put, these cans make this song sound HUGE! Right from the get-go, the HD 681s impressive soundstage makes evident intricate panning on guitars, drums, strings and vocals. The kick drum is refined and tamed but present, and the male and female vocals sound superb.    Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (K.T. Tunstall): The HD 681s brilliantly emphasize the hard panning of this song's drums, making this much more obvious than my Audio-Technica ATH-M50s (yeah, sure, open vs. closed...
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