Superlux HD-668 B

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  1. Mshenay
    4.5/5,
    "A most Super Duper Sound"
    Pros - Transparency,removable cable, speed, price
    Cons - rolled off sub bass, quality control
    Available for right around $40, the Superlux HD668B is hands down my favorite entry level open back headphone. As some one who started out with a Beyerdynamic DT 990, my cost of entry to the world of audiophile headphones ran me right around $250. That was for both my headphone and the little amplifier I needed to power it properly. What makes the Superlux HD668B so amazing, is that it offers a similar sound as the DT 990, clean, clear and wonderfully detailed without sacrificing bass, for significantly less money AND without the need for an amplifier! 
     

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    [​IMG]Specifications

     

    Drive Type: Semi Open Back
    Frequency Response: 10-30kHrz
    Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL/1mW
    Maxium Power Input 300mW
    Impedance:  56 Ohm
    Weight 7.8oz (222 grams)
    Cable: Removable 1M & 3M 
    Plug Adapter: 3.5mm to 6.5mm (1/4 inch)
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    The Superlux HD 668B comes in very simple packaging. Cardboard box, with the brand and product name on the front. Specifications are listed on the back side, and the left panel has depicts what is included inside.
     
     
     
     
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    Accessories include a 1M and 3M female to male 3.5mm TRS along with soft plastic cloth carrying bag. Given the cost, I'm very happy to have the addition of the adapter and two cable lengths! 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The design is simple, reminiscent of AKG, and more importantly it fits almost every one. I've never personally had an issue with the wing system, though I've owned a few Audio Technica Headphones myself so I'm used to it.
     
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    A detachable cable, and easier to power driver make it easy to pair the Superlux HD 668B with a variety of sources. I've enjoyed it with my LG V20, my Audio GD NFB10ES2 and even my New Nintendo 3DS. With each, the quality of sound and total volume was beyond sufficient. For music play back I've primarily used my HM 601, and I will be using that as my primary source for the sound portion of this review.
     
    I also purchased a KetDirect 4.5ft BlueCloth cable terminated to a right angle 3.5mm, I happen to prefer a right angle 3.5mm for my needs and if you need something different you're free to upgrade and swap cables how ever you see fit!
     
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    With a $40 cost, I'm satisfied with the build quality of the HD 668B, the plastic is sturdy with some flexibility to it.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    The wing system bends and allows the cups to place themselves just over the ear, and the ear cups also flex and rotate to further help with the fit.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    My only qualm with the HD 668B is quality control, sadly my first pair had a very loud resonance on the left driver from around 230-250hrz. I simply returned that one and repurchased another pair from amazon. Thus far I haven't had any problems with the replacement.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    On the plus side, the pads are also removable and easy to swap out! I've yet to change mine out, but doing so does offer changes to the overall sound, so for this review I'm using the stock pads.
     
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    I find the stock pads to be plenty comfortable, even in the heat and humidity that's common here in the south eastern United States. Being semi open, the headphones do block out some central to higher frequency noise, things like fans and traffic. However you can still hear people speaking, vehicles and the rumble of heavy to light machinery. I've walked around my house while cleaning, or working with no issues. I've also spent some time at the gym with them, and while the sweat from the pads was problematic, the lack of noise was not. I was able to focus on my music, while still having enough audible awareness of those around me.
     
     
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    Sound​

    For the purpose of this review, I paired the HD 668B with my Hifiman HM 601.​
     
    The overall tone of the Superlux HD668B is Cold and Dry, I find it's presentation to be very Bright and the overall sound signature is a fun neutral. Measurements show that it has a slight v shape to it's frequency response.
     
    I really love the bass of the HD 668B because it gives a wonderful speed and texture to a variety of drums. It even stays true to the power of an electric bass and the warmth of a stand up bass. My favorite moment with them, was finally getting to really HEAR the bass line in Metallica's The Shortest Straw, in addition to some intimate fret action added into one of my favorite bass solo's. Synth Sub bass lines are the only draw back to the HD668B bass presentation in my opinion. I enjoy the extra speed and hardness that the HD668B has to it's bass response.
     
    The mids are very dry, however out of my HM 601 I found a wonderful timbre to many brass wood winds. Trumpets, the sax and even flutes all had a very life like presentation, trumpets maintained a metallic edge without sounding tinny. The Alto and Tenure Sax both had excellent body and bite. The bright presentation of the HD668B also presented the quick breath taken in-between each note. It is problematic with stringed instruments. Heavy Metal riffs had a nice crunch, but not real bite to them. Acoustic guitars, while having great timbre in the lower notes, had a very uneven sound overall and the same can be said for almost all stringed instruments. The harmonics of many of those instruments were lost in the overall presentation of the HD 668B.
     
    Top end clarity is another pleasurable quality of the HD 668B, high hats, cymbals and the brightest guitar solos all have a wonderful sense of clarity and air. While some may find the treble to be too hot, or too bright, I really do like the shimmer that the HD668B brings, really makes you feel like you're walking on air.
     
    Sound stage presentation is very wide, but lacks some depth. Left, right and center separation are excellent and though it lacks depth, the Superlux HD 668B holds you more or less equidistant from each instrument. On tracks with a very strong sense of depth it is audible, but it is by no means top of the line.
     
    It's lack of depth is often overshadowed by it's amazing mirco detail or transparency, it's a headphone that will certainly add a sense of atmosphere and ambiance to your music. An let you really hear EVERYTHING.  With the Superlux HD668B the devil, is certainly in the details! Good or bad, the Superlux HD 668B brings detail, if it's captured, chances are you'll hear it. This is also true of the equipment that you pair the HD 668B to, my HM 601s warmth helped to improve the tone of the HD668B, it softened a very stiff bass, and helped balance out the low to central mids.
     
    In conclusion, the HD 668B is an incredibly transparent and fast headphone. While it's a tad drier than neutral, it pairs very well with a lot of entry level source and amplifiers, so chances are you'll probably not notice a lot of what I have,  and best of all it's $40!!! So not only is it a total steal for this level of transparency, but it's also a fun headphone to own! There are so many ways that you make little adjustments to how the HD 668B sounds, from the cable you use, to the pads, to your source, to your amp, and if you own tubes I'd imagine it would be a blast to listen to tubes with! All in all, I highly recommend the Superlux HD 668B.
     
    Comparative Music/Cinema Break Down 
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    The Zephyrtine - A Ballet Story [ Fundacao Orquestra Estudio, Rui Massena]  #09 Dance of the Zephyrtine 

    • Superlux HD 668B 
      1. I really loved the width of the sound stage, but the lack of depth got to me.Often times I found I couldn't appreciate the soundscape as a whole it constantly felt like something was missing. With my HM 601 as a source, I really loved the tone of the trumpets, they had a nice edge to them. I found the flutes to have a good shimmer to them, along with excellent clarity and decay from the bells. The high hats and snares sounded excellent as well, with a good crisp sound. Though the big timpani drums sounded very boomy with no real deep bass body to them, the rolled off sub bass response was pretty obvious with this track. 
    • Switching to the Nhoord Red V1
      1. The Timpani drums don't sound as boomy, or forward, and there's a nice low end rumble and natural body to them. I do miss some of the shimmer in the high end with the Nhoord though, it's a tad mellower than the Superlux HD668B. But the more balanced mids on the Nhoord Red V1 add a playful quality to the flutes, that was missing with the Superlux HD668B.
    • Switching to the HE 4
      1. Finally some DEPTH, while both the Nhoord and Superlux both had good width, the HE 4 brings a more holographic or 3D sound scape. In addition, that extra space presents mirco detail a lot more naturally. It's not as IN YOUR FACE, as with the Superlux HD 668B, not to mention there are a few details that the HE 4 brings to light, that neither the HD 668B nor Nhoord picked up. 
    Kind of Blue (2015 Mobile Sound Fidelity Labs Re-release) [Miles Davis] #01 So What
    • Superlux HD 668B 
      1. The double bass has a really cool, smokey mellow tone. Though, it sounds a little uneven, the lower notes overshadowed by their harmonics, and the upper mid bass notes are just too... forward. But nitpicking aside, the bass line is very chill, very laid back and enjoyable. Still, the horns really steal the show, of all the wood winds, the HD 668B LOVES horns, the tone is perfect. Good warmth and body alongside with a nice bite. The high hats are amazing to listen to as well, they really feel like your walking on air, good shimmer and great extension.
    •  Switching to the Nhoord Red V1
      1. That double bass line is a lot punchier on the Nhoord Red V1, it's not as mellow, though there is a much more balanced bass response. Still though, the horns aren't quite as bitey with the Nhoord either, it gives them a really beautiful sweetness! Overall, the Nhoord brings a more balanced response, which works nicely in this jazz piece! As I notice the paino more with the Nhoord than I did with the Superlux HD 668B.
    • Switching to the HE 4
      1. ​​The HE 4 brings the best of both, the bass has just the right mix of punch and decay, the tone isn't uneven nor any part of it over emphasized. The HE 4 also brings a different sense of bite, lower softer notes are sweet, the more aggressive notes have bite to them! Where as the Nhoord gave everything the instrument played a sweetness, and the HD 668B made it all kinda of bitey, the HE 4 brings each quality more naturally. A sweet soft tone, then instantly a shift to a brighter bitey note, then back to a smoooth sweet tone. Gives you a very real sense of almost being right there with the band! An the high hats, are equally nice on all three. 
     
    Igor Levit: Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski #01 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations 
    • Superlux HD 668B 
      1. SHOUTY, is really the only description I can give about the HD 668B with regards to this track. Being a piano solo, the uneven nature of the mids is PAINFULLY obvious. The upper mids are excruciatingly SHOUTY, in comparison to the over emphasis mid bass and recessed low to central mids. While I really do like the HD 668B with classical, it does not do well with... a singular piano... at all... it is just a cacophonous mess. That said how ever, amidst this mess there is some nice mirco detail! This song has the weird sound of... something moving around in the background. Almost sounds like some one dancing in a ball room as the music is being played... and that detail is present... even amidst the SCREAMING upper mids...
    • Switching to the Nhoord Red V1
      1. Even the Nhoord Red V1, is still too warm in this track for my tastes. It's... forward mid bass is still annoying me. The mids are much more balanced with the Nhoord, and there's a real sense of beauty to each strike... but this beauty is short lived by a some what forward bass. Which can over shadow the beautifully delicate and short lived strikes, that our pianist makes such simply gorgeous use of, though... the  Nhoord Red V1 does not maintain the oddly distinct little bit of detail, that is our dancing background noise
    • Switching to the HE 4
      1. ​​The tone is VERY proper, delicate when needed, you can hear the weight of each stroke, the heft of the deeper notes does not over shadow the beauty and delicate tactility of the quicker strikes, and amidst this astonishingly beautiful song is the gentle sound of a dancer moving around in the background. Where as the HD 668B can be a bit forceful with it's mirco detail, the HE 4 is much more polite and spacious with these details. Thus adding a very surreal sense of ambiance. 
     
    Collected [Shadow Child] #07 The Verdict (Part 2) (Edit)
    • Superlux HD 668B
      1. Fun, this track is just a lot of fun with the HD 668B. The slight v shaped frequency response really does add something FUN to this deep house track. While rolled off, the sub bass does still manage to add a little bit of texture. Still, the dominant upper mid bass does really steal the show. Great decay, nice sense of weight and slam. The overly dry bass of the HD 668B is a compliant for this track! My only gripe is the vocals are a bit thin and un-natural, other wise the synth horns and percussion all layer in nicely.
    •   Switching to the Nhoord Red V1
      1. ​​Sadly, the Nhoord is much more balanced, so while there's a more satisfying deep bass kick, the overall lack of bass in comparison to the HD 668B is kinda boring. Though, the vocals have a really beautiful naturalness to them, and the bass has a touch more texture but... and more atmosphere... but all of these extra qualities are the result of a... kinda boring bass line. When the bass is suddenly not THROWN IN YOUR FACE, you have time to appreciate the extra details. Like the beautiful decay of a metallic chime, or how the high synth horn echos on the left and right channels... those extra details are really cool... but not an equal exchange for a less fun bass line.
    • Switching to the HE 4
      1. ​​Best of both worlds, for an open back the HE 4 has a VERY AGGRESSIVE, HEAVY weighty bass slam. With very little added decay. Not to mention it's almost linear from 20- 200 hrz, so the texture is almost un real, feels like a big heavy monster breathing on your neck at times, and all of this massive slam and weight along side the really cool details that I first noticed in the Nhoord. My ONLY problem with the HE 4 and EDM is that truth be told, it is a bright headphone, and this brightness is really only noticeable when your listening to any synthesized or digital sounds. So by the time, I've got the volume to right around 87-88 db's SPL the highs do get a little hot 
     
    ... And Justice for All - [Metallica] #05 The Shortest Straw
    • Superlux HD 668B 
      1. The long last bass line makes it's return! The very in your face mirco detail in the HD 668B works wonders for the very buried bass line in this classic Metallica song. While I loooove getting to hear that, there's a real lack of bite. The guitar riffs have a nice crunch, the double drum has excellent attack, but the song as a whole lacks bite. An while turning up the volume does "technically" help, you still left with an over zealous top end... and not enough bite.
    • Switching to the Nhoord Red V1
      1. ​​The Nhoord Red V1, brings back the bite! The vocals have a nicer more tactile edge to them, and the drums have a better defined space within the sound stage. Though... while the sound stage is better defined it's not quite as big as on the HD 668B, the Nhoord trades width for definition and intimacy. The bass line is still audible, but it's a bit over shadowed by a nice heavy bite on the guitars! 
    • Switching to the HE 4
      1. ​​Best of both Worlds again, there's all the bite you could, want alongside a crazy amount of impact in the double bass drums. All without overshadowing that bass line or sounding too "intimate" 
  2. snapacap
    4.0/5,
    "The smoking revolver: Superlux 668b"
    Pros - Detail and Clarity! Value for money.
    Cons - Harsh! Can suffer from trying to resolve too hard.
    Following the HD600s, I had simply obtained the Superlux 668b as a point of comparison and reference, as it is a well know and popular budget Headphone. My brother also uses a pair that he swears by (unless he is borrowing my SHP9500). The simple truth is that the Superlux 668b cuts through detail like a knife. Rough and tumble sound, like a cowboy; he gets the job done well with only 6 bullets, or 50 bucks, then tips his hat while he walks off into the sunset. Superlux went full high-noon and checked off all the boxes for a compelling sound without robbing the evening coach. The Superlux 668b follows suit of the KSC75 in being an incredible value in sound quality. Better still, the Superlux has some very well though out design features.
     
    The tiny little 3.5mm cable (i dont know what else to call it) that is used to attach various lengths of auxiliary extension cable is fantastic.
    As I am sure a few of you thought to do....

     
    or better still.....
     

     
    To be honest, this could perhaps be used with a bluetooth adapter (though you would look goofy to say the least.)
     
    The sound signature strikes me as V- shaped with treble emphasis. I find this quite nice as a contrast to my Sennheisers and Philips. My warning label for this headphone is that they can be harsh. They can be very harsh. This also adds an extra sense of clarity at times. Going from the 668b to HD558s is like going to bight sun to a damp cave. 
    I find the sound of the Superlux 668b good enough that I would consider mixing with them.
     
    As I have found with pretty much every headphone (except IEMs) more clean power adds to the extension and balance. The Bass got some more growl from the Project Polaris as well.
     
    The soundstage is there, but often times I felt as if they were trying to be a tad closed by shoving treble into my skull, while others they seemed almost distant. I have not pinned down exactly what causes this, but it is likely to do with signature. 
     
    The fit is another point on which the Superlux 668b can go wither way. The stock pads are quite large and there is foam inside (not big enough for my dumbo ears though.) The wing things on top are meh at best, and honestly I would prefer a real headband, something like the AKG style that the Samson SR850 has. The good news is that the wire frame can simply be stretched or bent to whatever headshape you want. Tight or loose is all up to you. I only loosened mine a bit, but kept it tight enough that I could try to muster out some more bass.
     
    The pads are fine. Honestly sub-par compared to many other headphones, but for the price they are fine. I got some velours for $8 on amazon. I do not like them as they were a little smaller than the stock pads in inner height, so I went back to the stock pads. I also noticed that the velours leaked more bass, but also seemed to add a little to the mids.
     
    Song recommendation: Gunslinger – Avenged Sevenfold (fits the cowboy theme)
    I quite like what these to with metal in particular.
     
    Comparisons will be here:
     
    Superlux 668b vs HD600:
     
    The Superlux is much less forgiving and harsh, more treble, and gives excellent detail. The Superlux strikes me as a bit V shaped with emphasis on the treble comparatively. Strangely enough, I find the Superlux to be more forward, yet somehow less intimate. The 668b is definitely leaner than the HD600. Some people will likely find the HD600 to be relatively veiled in comparison. Some frequencies are a bit under-represented on the Superlux while the HD600 is more neutral. The real difference for me is that it sounds like you are monitoring a recording on the Superlux, While listening to music on the Senneheiser.
     
    Superlux 668b vs HD700
     
    Wile the Superlux can sound more inside your head at times; the HD700 is very 3 dimensional. The HD700 also carries more warmth and has more body. They both have similar treble spikes as well. I also get less splash from the HD700, as well as more resolve. I find the bass to roughly the same in texture, and tightness. The 700 again carries a level of warmth in the bass, which can make the 668b bass seem better to those who want raw visceral bass. The Superlux can be sibilant sometimes, while this rarely happens with the HD700. I also find the HD700 to be smoother (minus the treble spike) in typical Sennheiser fashion. Price/performance: Superlux wins by a landslide.
     
    Superlux 668b vs Koss KSC75
     
    These two sounded surprisingly similar. The Superlux is more detailed for sure, as the KSC75 gets more bass texture. The price increase over the Koss is clearly all going to the build. This shows as I am not afraid to be a little rough with the 668B. I also found the sound of the 668b to be more analytical than the KSC. In fact, I would even mix with the Superlux.
     
    Superlux 668b vs SHP9500
     
    Well. This is where the rubber meets the road. The SHP9500 is much more natural, smoother, and, to me, far more comfortable. The Superlux fights back by having more aggressiveness and is undoubtedly more crisp. The SHP9500 seems a relaxed compared to the 668b and The SHP9500 won in the intimacy battle.
     
    Superlux 668b vs HD558
     
    I found the Superlux to be far cleaner, and far less mid-bass heavy. The treble more rolled off with HD558. They are in many ways opposites. I think the Superlux is the more capable headphone, but I still find the HD558 to have that special something many headphones simply do not. The Superlux is a much better value for money, but it would not surprise me if more people prefer the HD558.
     
    Conclusion: Like many, I have been in the tight budget category, and many see no reason to spend more on headphones. For those people, this should be a banner to fly. The price/performance is unquestioned in my mind. This is a genuine steal at the asking price. I will recommend the Superlux 668b without question.
  3. twister6
    4.5/5,
    "Giant Killer you got to hear!"
    Pros - impressive price/performance ratio, giant killer sound performance, removable cable, replaceable earpads.
    Cons - isolation and sound leakage due to semi-open design, not a typical removable cable.

    The product was provided to me free of charge by Gearbest (thank you @George-gearbest) for the review purpose in exchange for my honest opinion.
    Manufacturer website: Superlux, Available from Gearbest.
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    Intro.
     
    Even so I have been focusing lately on testing and reviewing flagship IEMs and CIEMs, majority of which cost north of $1k, in this write-up I’m going back to my roots and will talk about sone of the cheapest pairs of headphones I’ve tested to date.  Keep in mind these are full size semi-open cans, not another budget pair of in-ears or earbuds where I have seen even lower prices ($5 Monk being the prime example).  But still, at $35 or sometime even down to $30, I haven’t heard full size headphones that cheap with a sound that good!  Don’t mistake this level of excitement for “OMG, this kills any $500-$1k pair of headphones”, let’s be realistic.  But I have no problem saying these $30-$35 headphones have a build quality of other $60-$70 pairs and sound quality that can go head-to-head with a number of full size cans up to $200.
     
    3+ years ago when I started writing my audio gear reviews, my focus was solely on budget earphones, trying to find the next Giant Killer.  But you can’t judge something to be a “giant killer” without experience of testing more expensive mid-tier and flagship “giants”.  Now, I made a full circle which gives me a more objective point of reference for comparison.  I also made an interesting observation about this HD668B model while reading various impressions since its release in 2011.  Many of the negative comments I read about it are no longer applicable to this 2016 version, which makes me wonder if Superlux already implemented some of the fixes and improvements based on the received feedback.
     
    The ironic part of this write-up is that I wasn’t even planning to review these headphones and was asked to take a listen to them in addition to something else I requested to review from Gearbest.  I probably would have dismissed them just on the basis of how much they cost, expecting the usual of “you get what you paid for”.  But I was proven wrong, and now would like to share with you about my experience with Superlux HD668B after spending the last few weeks testing them.
     
    Unboxing and accessories.
     
    Unboxing experience of HD668B didn’t feel at all like I was dealing with a cheap pair of budget headphones.  A sturdy cardboard box with a nice cover image, a very detailed spec and a description of the design, and a complete list of accessories with corresponding pictures – the packaging box exterior already carried a message of the product being too good to be true for $35 price tag.  But as you know, the writing on the box could be just a part of the overhyped marketing, so without further hesitation I proceeded to lift the cover.
     
     
     

     
    I was greeted with a set of full size cans neatly packed inside of a cardboard insert and other accessories around it.  With everything out, I was looking at a generous size soft nylon carrying pouch/bag, two extension cables, 6.3mm adapter, a peculiar cable clip, and a printed manual/guide.  The nylon pouch felt neat and durable, branded with Superlux name.  I consider adapter to be a filler, but it could come handy with full size headphones when used in a desktop setup.  The clip made sense once I attached the cable to HD668B, realizing it does a great job securing the joint if you pull on the wires.
     
     
     
     
     
    Regarding the cable, it was actually an extension cord.  First of all, the whole idea of a removable cable in $35 pair of full size headphones is impressive.  But it’s not a traditional cable with 3.5mm male plug on each side.  To keep HD668B earcups slim, Superlux brought out the connector to the outside with a male 3.5mm plug and a very short extension cable.  As a result, you attach the provided “extension” cable to this external connector.  Included was 1m short cable, perfect for a portable use, and 3m long cable for other applications. You can also combine them together to form 4m extra long cable to give you more traveling room around the desk.
     
    This "extension" cable idea was quite unique, though it would not be easy to find an extension cable with in-line remote if you need to.  But you can also argue that majority of people would prefer not to carry a phone conversation with these on.  With connector placed on outside, the earcup housing was definitely slimmer.  Also, the attached earcup connector cable is very short with a heavy duty shielding and impressive strain relief.  Not 100% sure if the cable clip was really necessary since the mating of the cable was already secure, but it never hurts to add another level of protection.
     
     
     
    Design & build.
     
    The first look at HD668B brought back the memory of my recent review of ATH-A2000Z with a similar wire-headband design and 3D-wings.  Honestly, I was expecting a flimsy plastic construction, but surprisingly found it to be not bad at all.  Starting with a headband, you have minimalistic design with a support of 2 steel spring-wires, assuming one carries a cable going to the connector on the left side.  I have an average size head, and it was a bit tight at first but loosened up after a short time of being stretched over the soccer ball.
     
    There is no height adjustment like in traditional full size headphones, and instead you have soft foam “wings” on a spring metal wire which self-adjusts as you put headphones on.  This could be hit-or-miss with some people who have big head or curly hair (the last comment actually came from my wife).  For me personally, it works quite well since I’m already accustomed to ATH-R70x and ATH-A2000Z, both of which have a similar “wings” headband support.
     

    HD668B next to ATH-A2000Z
     
    Though the headband spring-wire felt solid, these wings felt a bit flimsy in comparison, especially a thinner wire attachment - just have to be more careful when taking these headphones off you head.  Closer to earcups, the headband wires are held together with a plastic joint piece on each side, kind of reminding me of “y-splitter”.  These pieces look to be replaceable, if needed, and made of a solid plastic material.  I found HD668B to be relatively comfortable to wear, and with evenly distributed 220g of weight it felt feather light.
     
    Moving on to earcups, here Superlux took a page right out of AKG240.  I have no doubt that Superlux engineers were inspired by AKG design, even bringing the connector to outside, though keeping a standard 3.5mm TRS plug for “extension” cable attachment.  The back of earcups also has a similar to AKG circular vents, intended for a semi-open back performance.  The inner middle part of earcups does pivots to adjust around your head, and it works quite well.  The pleather earpads are easy to remove and to replace, especially if you want something softer.  Since the earpads look universal and stretch over the top of earcups, I’m sure replacement alternatives won’t be hard to find.
     
    The included original pleather pads are OK, but they do get a little hot after extended use.  It definitely makes sense to experiment with different earpads to hear how they affect the sound.  Just like eartips of in-ear monitors, you can fine tune the level of low end extension and impact as well as being able to control the top end.  In addition, once you remove the earpads, you can also experiment with different dampening foam materials to figure out how it affects the sound.  Here you will find plenty of room for modding experiments.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
    The fit.
     

     
    Sound analysis.
     
    Before jumping into sound analysis, I left HD668B on burn in for about 100hrs, making sure their dynamic drivers are properly conditioned.  Honestly, I didn’t have too high expectations for these, still being a bit skeptical due to the low price.  As a result, my surprise was more shocking when I discovered HD668B to be tuned with a tasteful V-shaped full body sound signature and warm detailed tonality.
     
    In more details, I hear a deep low end impact, down to a textured sub-bass rumble and a tight mid-bass which has a bit of a hollow punch.  The bass is rather well controlled, articulate, and there is no spillage into lower mids.  The lower mids have a nice full body, but there is no muddiness or congestion, while upper mids are clear and detailed with an organic presentation of vocals - not too much upfront, just pushed a little back due to an elevated low end.  Treble is surprisingly crisp and detailed, with a good extension, and some nice airiness which helps with layering and separation of instruments and vocals and contributes to higher resolution of the sound.  If I have to nitpick, perhaps upper frequencies have a little shade of metallic sheen, but it wasn’t that bad especially when you pair up with different sources.
     
    Soundstage has a good expansion in width, not super wide but definitely way above the average.  The depth is not too far out, but you still feel like a few rows in front of the stage, giving a soundstage perception of spreading left/right around you without going too deep.  Layering and separation was surprisingly good due to well controlled low end which keeps the sound clean from muddiness without spilling into mids and extra sparkle in treble which adds some air between the layers of the sound.
     
    If you are looking for a good isolation, these are definitely not the best for listening on the bus or in the library, after all - this is a semi-open design.  But it wasn’t leaking as bad when you step away 2-3ft.  I’m sure some will find this semi-open design even beneficial since it could raise the surround awareness without losing too much of the sound details.
     
    Sound comparison.
     
    Considering 98dB sensitivity and 56 ohm impedance, I found HD668B to be a little less efficient in comparison to my other headphones, and as a result I had to push the volume a little higher.  Also, it’s clear that more expensive headphones have an edge in build quality and material selection.
     
    HD668B vs ATH-MSR7 - HD soundstage is wider, while MSR7 has more depth.  HD has a deeper sub-bass and a little stronger mid-bass, while MSR7 has a more balanced low end.  I also noticed that HD has a little faster attack of the mid-bass while MSR7 is a tad slower.  Lower mids are similar, while MSR7 upper mids are more forward, balanced, and a little brighter in comparison to HD.  I hear treble as being similarly crisp and well defined, though MSR7 has a little more airiness and a better extension.  Overall, the biggest difference here is a more balanced signature of MSR7 versus lifted low end and slightly recessed mids of HD.
     
    HD668B vs ATH-M50x - HD soundstage is wider, while M50x has more depth.  HD has a deeper sub-bass while mid-bass is similar, perhaps with HD having a bit stronger impact.  Mid-bass speed is also similar.  Lower mids are very similar, while upper mids in M50x are more balanced and more forward in comparison.  Also, M50x upper mids are a little smoother and a touch warmer.  HD treble is crispier and has more airiness in comparison to a smoother M50x treble.  While I enjoy M50x comfortable fit for extended listening on my laptop, here I actually preferred the sound of HD.
     
    HD668B vs SoundMagic HP150 - HP150 soundstage comes closer to HD width, but not quite there, and HP150 has a little more depth.  Also, HP150 sub-bass reaches deeper to the same level as HD, but a little shy of HD quantity, and mid-bass in HP150 is a bit lower in quantity as well.  HP150 lower mids are leaner and upper mids are a little more upfront and brighter with an advantage of slightly improved retrieval of details.  Treble is rather similar, being crisp, bright, snappy, and with enough extension and airiness to make the sound more resolving and layered.  Actually, after closer listening I hear HP150 being a little brighter in upper mids/treble.
     
    HD668B vs Oppo PM3 - HD has more width and both have a similar depth.  HD has a deeper sub-bass extension and faster mid-bass punch with more impact.  PM3 mids sound more congested in comparison to HD, though they are more forward in presentation.  Actually HD upper mids are brighter and more detailed and the treble is crisper, better defined, and with more airiness.  PM3 has a very smooth laid back sound while HD has a faster punchier brighter and more detailed sound.
     
     

     
    Pair up.
     
    Note 4 – Pretty good pair up, though have to push volume closer to the max.  The sound becomes more balanced with a little less impact in mid-bass and a softer sub-bass.  But mids are still detailed and treble still has a great extension.  I also found upper mids/treble to sound a little brighter.  Good soundstage expansion.
     
    LPG – here you will find a great transparent sound, deep extended sub-bass, punchy mid-bass, clear and detailed mids, crisp and airy treble.  Soundstage had an impressive width.  It was a great pair up, and I enjoyed the sound quite a bit, definitely giving HD668B giant killer stamp of approval while driving this pair of $35 headphones from this $2k source.
     
    DX80 – I found a surprisingly balanced sound with mids a little more forward instead of pushed back, but I think this balanced sound sig change was due to sub-bass and mid-bass being scaled back a bit.  Very clear and detailed sound, upper mids are a bit thinner and vocals were not as organic anymore, treble is crisp, clear, and airy.  Soundstage was wide.
     
    X7 w/AM2 – in this pair up I found sub-bass and mid-bass scaled down a bit, making the sound more balanced.  But it also felt like upper mids came a little more forward.  In addition, the bass was tight and punchy, clear detailed mids with plenty of body, and crisp airy treble.  Soundstage was wide.
     
    L3 Pro – here the signature was back to v-shaped, with a good sub-bass extension and a nice rumble, and tight punchy mid-bass with a decent impact.  Lower mids have plenty of body, and uppers mids are clear and detailed but also a little harsh with a metallic texture and a touch of sibilance.  Treble is crisp, airy, extended.  Soundstage was wide.
     
    AK120ii – in this pair up I found a little bit less sub-bass, still tight punchy mid-bass with a bit of a polite quantity, lower mids had natural full body and upper mids were a little thin, bright, and quite detailed. Treble is crisp, airy, extended.  Upper frequencies have a bit of a metallic sheen.  Soundstage expansion was pretty good.
     
    Conclusion.
     
    I’m starting to notice a pattern where many of my “giant killer” discoveries happen by accident, when I’m not even looking for another budget pair of headphones and instead just asked to try something new for fun.  Did I get spoiled by flagships?  It’s hard not to, and I’m being honest about it.  But sometime it’s refreshing to take a step back and to listen to these amazing gems that cost so little.  From $5 Monks to $10 KZs and now $35 HD668B – these are all amazing discoveries that show you how creative a manufacture can get by challenging themselves to squeeze every ounce of performance and sound tuning on such a small budget.  HD668B is a real deal Giant Killer, and either if you are on a budget or just want to humor yourself with another budget discovery – I have no problem recommending these semi-open full size headphones because they don’t just look cool and ready for modding, but they also sound great!
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  4. HiFiChris
    4.5/5,
    "Great Sound for the Dollar - The inexpensive and surprisingly good Superlux HD668B"
    Pros - great value, removable cable, auto-adjusting headband, super inexpensive price but really great sound for the dollar
    Cons - treble might be a little enthusiastic for some, clamping force might be a little high for some

     

     
     
    Preamble:

    Superlux – the Chinese/Taiwanese company really doesn’t need any further instruction for anyone who is at least just a little into audio and headphones. Being in the business for over 30 years, the company is manufacturing microphones, portable PA systems, conference gear, monitoring systems and of course headphones.
    Especially their headphones and also in-ears were very positively received by the audiophile community and headphone lovers for delivering exceptionally good value for the money and sounding good despite being so inexpensive. A large part of this “secret” is the abandonment of large (or any at all?) marketing and ad campaigns and re-using the design of existing products.
    Less commonly known, Superlux also acts as OEM manufacturer from time to time.

    I jumped on the Superlux train quite late – it must have been around spring of 2013 or 2014. That’s when I thought it could be fun trying such an inexpensive circumaural headphone and therefore bought the Superlux HD681.
    Not expecting much, the ~ €20 headphone surprised me a lot and delivered anything but a cheap and unrefined sound – yeah, it was actually quite enjoyable and sounded like it cost considerably more. Based on what I heard, I wouldn’t have hesitated to spend ~ €70 for the sound and likely even more if the treble was somewhat less forward and more even.

    I also shamelessly admit that I reached out to Superlux not too long ago, asking if I could test some of their other headphones, but didn’t hear back from them at all.
    So when George from GearBest recently reached out to me and asked whether I was interesting in getting a sample of the Superlux HD668B (http://www.gearbest.com/headsets/pp_279992.html) free of charge for the purpose of an honest, unbiased review, I didn’t turn down the offer but actually happily accepted it.


    Technical Specifications:

    Price: $25.99 (http://www.gearbest.com/headsets/pp_279992.html)
    Type: circumaural, full-sized, (semi-) open
    Drivers: 50 mm, dynamic
    Frequency Range: 10 Hz – 30 kHz
    Impedance: 56 Ohms
    Sensitivity: 98 dB


    Delivery Content:

    Oh man!
    Unlike the HD681 series, the HD668B arrives in an actual cardboard package that is even quite nicely designed and carries information about the delivery content, technical specifications and has got a couple of nice pictures of the headphone and its accessories.
    Opening the package, I was even more surprised to find a manual, 3.5 to 6.35 mm adapter, the typical Superlux carrying sleeve, the headphone, no less than two cables (a short 1 m and a long 3 m one) and a clip to safely lock the cable.
    At less than $/€30, that’s definitely not what I would have expected but extremely nice to see.
     

     
     
     
     



    Looks, Feels, Build Quality:

    The HD668B looks like some other Superlux headphones and also features an automatically adjusting headband that is definitely inspired by some of Audio Technica’s models.
    There are side markers and the cable is attached to the left side which is pretty much the industry standard for one-sided cables.
    The small piece that protrudes is a 3.5 mm jack, so instead of the included cables, one could also use any other cable extension with a 3.5 mm socket.
    Strain relief is good on the cable itself and sufficient on the protruding piece and feels relatively sturdy and is adequately flexible.
     

     
     

     

    The idea of the small clip that guarantees for a secure connection between the cable and the protruding piece is a quite clever idea in my opinion.
     

     


    As expected and known from other Superlux headphones, the entirely black headphone is made of plastic but isn’t too badly built at all and appears sturdy. Only the pleather pads’ stitching looks a bit cheap, but that’s what likely most of Superlux’s headphones have in common (including my HD681).
     

     
     

     

     
    Comfort, Isolation:

    The circular ear cups swivel and therefore adjust to one’s individual head shape. The idea of the self-adjusting headband is also quite nice but I personally somewhat prefer the even pressure distribution of the HD681’s headband to the HD668B’s which distributes the pressure mainly to the sides of the top of one’s head.
    Talking about clamping force, due to the headband but also in general, clamping force is on the stronger side and the HD668B sits definitely tighter on my head than my HD681. I don’t have a problem with that and also don’t mind my Sennheiser Amperior’s clamping force, but those who are sensitive to this might find the HD668B a little uncomfortable or tightly fitting after extended wearing periods although the pads are actually quite soft.
    Microphonics are by the way pleasantly low even when using the headphone when walking.
     

     
     


    With my HD681, I was quite surprised that it had something that could be called slight noise isolation, and with the HD668B, I can also report that there is a little bit of isolation, but it is not much at all and doesn’t mask my keyboard’s or the fan’s noise although noise isolation is very slightly more present with the HD668B than with my HD681, probably because of the stronger clamping force.


    Sound:

    In case anyone of you is wondering about the last letter of the naming scheme of Superlux’s products, it is quite simple: of each product type, there are three iterations that differ in bass quantity. The one without any additional letter has got the most amount of bass, the one with a “B” at the end is right in the middle (“Balanced”) and the one with an “F” at the end is the one with the least amount of low-end emphasis (“Flat”).
    So the HD668B sits right in between the HD668F and HD668 when it comes to bass quantity.

    Just for your information, I am wearing rather bushy mutton chops at the time of writing these impressions (actually even a full beard at the moment), so the perception of treble might slightly vary for you if you are either mutton-chop-less or bald.
    That facial and scalp hair has some effect on the treble is what I once found out in an experiment on myself when I shaved my entire head and face (I’m not sure about my moustache though, but of course it doesn’t matter for that) in order to find out whether my perception of my Sennheiser HD 800’s treble changed – but that’s an entirely different story.

    Tonality:

    The HD668B is a v-shaped headphone with a present upper bass punch, somewhat recessed but not sucked-out however slightly bright mids and a forward middle as well as upper and super treble.

    The bass stays out of the mids and starts climbing from around 500 down to 100 Hz where the climax is reached with ca. 7.5 dB north of neutral and has a subjectively perceived strong impact. It doesn’t start rolling off until 60 Hz, so there is still a good amount of midbass and even some sub-bass although there isn’t that much going on anymore below 35 Hz.
    As mentioned, the lows stay out of the mids really nicely. Speaking of the latter, they are a bit in the background and somewhat on the leaner, brighter side wherefore vocals sound a little brighter than what would be neutral.
    Above 1500 Hz, the treble starts climbing, takes a small dip between 4 and 5 kHz and then rises even more, reaching its brightest point around 11 kHz although the rest below is definitely on the bright side, too. Above that, the highs don’t take a step back at all and maintain this amount of treble sparkle even past 17 kHz.

    Overall, instruments and vocals don’t sound coloured by much besides the upper treble that makes cymbals sound somewhat metallic and unrealistic. Instruments like trumpets that play in the lower treble do however sound realistic. Vocals can sound a slight bit sibilant from time to time but it is nothing striking and I think the small dip in the middle treble around 4.5 kHz helps with that a bit, as the HD668B sounds a little less sibilant than my HD681.

    Resolution:

    No hype here, as you definitely shouldn’t expect a headphone that can fully compete with decent models above $150 or even $100 in every discipline, but to come very close.
    However, for the little money the HD668B costs, you get a really good overall package, and just as with the HD681, I wouldn’t mind paying more than $70 for the sound quality alone, but just as with the HD681, the treble can be too forward and edgy at times and/or could be more detailed/better layered in order to keep the emphasis but not to sound somewhat obtrusive.

    The bass isn’t slow at all but feels a bit soft and is not the most detailed or cleanest and sounds a little blunt, however I have a hard time realising that a headphone this inexpensive is producing a bass that has got definitely better speed and control than I would expect at the price point.
    The mids don’t sound grainy or lack details at all and are pretty nice considering the price.
    And while the treble doesn’t reach the separation and details of more expensive headphones, there is really nothing wrong with it at all although it would have probably sounded even more pleasant if either the upper-end resolution was a little higher or if it was less forward.

    If you are familiar with some of the trash that you can buy for less than $30, you should easily hear that the HD668B is nothing like those models but sounds really decent for costing so little.

    Soundstage:

    The soundstage is on the smaller to average side with almost as much spatial depth as width. Regarding size, it is circa as wide as the space between the ear cups and stops around where my eyes are located.
    It is not the airiest soundstage but good overall and while instruments aren’t as cleanly separated as with more expensive headphones, they aren’t too blurry and don’t blend into each other by too much.
    Regarding price, the soundstage is even quite good when it comes to precision although I couldn’t precisely make out two instruments that are very close to each other.

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    In Comparison with other headphones:

    Superlux HD681:
    The HD681 does definitely not really appear weak on the bass at all but the HD668B is the audibly bassier headphone. The HD681 extends slightly better by ca. 3 Hz which is not much and only audible when doing sine sweeps.
    In the mids, the HD668B is slightly less bright than the HD681.
    The HD681’s treble is more forward, brighter and more obtrusive and has got no slight dip in the middle highs, hence the HD668B is easier tolerable in the highs out of the two.

    Regarding bass, the HD681 appears a little cleaner, less grainy and more detailed, but really not by much.
    In the mids and treble, both are more or less on the same level with the HD681 only sounding airier because of its tonal tuning. The HD681’s treble is probably a slight bit cleaner however it is more aggressive as well as edgy.
    Overall I would say both are pretty much on the same level with just a different tuning.

    When it comes to soundstage, both headphones sound almost identical to me. The HD681’s might be a little wider but if this is really the case, it would be less than 0.5 cm.

    Overall, it’s pretty much a draw with the HD681 having the slightly cleaner bass and the HD668B sounding more tolerable and less edgy in the highs.

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 (Mahogany):

    Although both headphones are playing in a (totally) different price and sound league and one is (semi-) open and the other is (semi-) closed, they still have some things in common.
    For once, the Fostex doesn’t isolate well at all for a closed-back headphone whereas the Superlux has got some isolation although it is open. Besides that, both sound v-shaped, are using dynamic drivers and offer really good value, both at their respective price points.

    The bass starts about similarly extending on both headphones until 100 Hz with the Fostex being a little less full in the root, but below, the TH-X00 continues to climb and starts rolling off much later, so it has got considerably more sub-bass and midbass, making it more engaging and fun sounding in the low registers.
    In the mids, the Superlux is the somewhat brighter and leaner sounding headphone.
    In the lower and middle treble, the Fostex is less present and even slightly recessed in the presence range, hence vocals don’t sound sibilant or bright at all but tonally right to the point. And while the Superlux is the brighter and thinner sounding headphone in the highs, the TH-X00 has got the somewhat more present area around 12 kHz to my ears but sounds overall considerably more natural and realistic.
    Overall, the TH-X00 has got the better made and more realistic v-shape so to speak.

    You definitely won’t see me ever writing that both are playing even slightly in the same league but you also won’t see me writing that the TH-X00 totally smashes the HD668B and runs circles around it although the Fostex is better in about everything by a good bit and has also got a much more premium build quality. In fact though and realistically speaking, on the sound side, the TH-X00 is definitely even far away from being five times better than the Superlux but is still playing in an easily audible higher league.
    When it comes to the bass, the Fostex is cleaner, more arid, tighter, better controlled as well as better layered and reaches deeper without softening towards the sub-bass. In the mids, it sounds more realistic and layered, and its treble is more detailed and refined as well.
    In terms of soundstage size, both are about comparable although the TH-X00 feels a bit wider and deeper. When it comes to spatiality though, the TH-X00 is audibly better separated, generates more air and empty space arounds instruments and creates the more authentic imaginary room. It also doesn’t collapse with fast and busy music.

    In my opinion, if you cannot/don’t want to buy the TH-X00, want a cheap backup or really cheap alternative that doesn’t sound like total crap but relatively decent for the respective price, the HD668B could be a really solid choice if you can let go things the Fostex’s deep bass extension or resolution and if you can live with a forward, sometimes somewhat overly-bright and edgy treble. Switching from the Fostex to the Superlux, while the latter is inferior in about everything, I however don’t screw up my face or want to throw up, which is a really good sign.


    Conclusion:


    Less than $30? Indeed. For this little money, one gets a really decent headphone that could easily cost twice or three times as much based on the pure sound, but please don’t expect the HD668B to blow away some of the better headphones costing more than $100/150 or to be on-par.
    And even though the headphone is strong on the technical side and still so cheap price-wise, it comes with a nice selection of accessories and a really nice package design.

    The sound is more on the fun and v-shaped side with mids that are just slightly brighter than neutral and a treble that might be somewhat too edgy, forward and bright for some, however this bright treble is the only thing the HD668B does “bad” when it comes to tonal tuning. Besides the ambitious highs, it sounds overall remarkably natural for the price and above.
    And in terms of resolution, while it is not perfect and sounds a little grainy in the bass, the HD668B plays definitely in a higher class than what you pay for.

    On the bad side, we have the bright and sometimes too edgy treble that is definitely nothing at all for people who like to listen at rather high volume levels (not me) and the clamping force that might also be a little too tight for some.
    On the good side however, there are so many things sound-wise for the price and even without knowing the price tag.


    I am not 100% sure whether I should make this a 4 or 4.5 star review, as the HD668B is sitting somewhere in-between. Neglecting price and value, it would be a 4+ star product in my book, but including the value as I always do in my ratings, this headphone scores easy 4.5 out of 5 possible stars.

    Yep, it is quite remarkable that Superlux has created a couple of headphones that don’t sound like the usual trash you would probably expect for such little money.
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  5. mark2410
    5.0/5,
    "Superlux HD668B Quick Review by mark2410"
    Pros - Insane good value. Stunning audio quality. Superb detail levels.
    Cons - A little too eager in the treble. Look cheap and plasticy. Feel cheap and plasticy.
    Superlux HD668B Quick Review by mark2410
     
    Thanks to GearBest for the sample.
     
    Full review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/817561/superlux-hd668b-review-by-mark2410
     
    Brief:  Stupid cheap sorta monitors
     
    Price:  £20 or US$26
     
    Specifications:  Headset type: Dynamic, Connectivity : Wired, Application: Computer, DJ, Mobile phone, Portable Media Player, Plug Type: 3.5mm,Full-sized, Driver unit: 50mm, Sound channel: Two-channel (stereo), Frequency response: 10Hz-30KHz
     
    Accessories:  1 x 1m Cable, 1 x 3m Cable, 1 x 6.5mm Interface Connector, 1 x Cable Clamp, 1 x Storage Bag
     
    Build Quality:  They feel sturdy enough in the hand but, well they aren’t the best looking nor the best to the touch.  They look and they feel kinda cheap.  I mean they seem sturdy enough but they are what they are.
     
    Isolation:  Err, they are semi open so they isolate almost nothing.  These are not cans for using on the Tube or in a library.
     
    Comfort/Fit:  Fit was easy and comfort was mostly good.  They do like to clamp pretty firmly and they did squish the bottom tips of my ears a little.  Still was fine to wear for few hours at a tmie with no probs.
     
    Aesthetics:  Err, yeah see build quality.  These look very plasticky and not the sort of thing that says, oh hive got fancy headphones.  These don’t look awesome I’m afraid.  Functional they are over aesthetically pleasing.
     
    Sound:  Where the previous aspects were a bit so so, the sound quality is jaw dropping good.  For the price, delivered for US$26 is just insane, I mean how, how do they even post them for that never mind that they don’t just sound decent but sound incredibly good.  It really is incredible.  These being the 3[sup]rd[/sup] Superlux I’ve played with I feel I can stop with the constantly checking they send me the right thing, that I’m looking at the right price.  These sound phenomenally good for the price.  The bass is so clean and articulate.  Death is so so but open cans always are really.  The mids are filled with detail and nuance.  A little dry, which enhances the perception of clarity and openness.  The treble is likewise the same.  So detailed and nuanced but it does like to get a tiny bit over eager and when you play back bad treble it will very happily assault you with it.  It takes no prisoners and that can be rather wearing, tiring on my little sensitive ears.  However the quality is crazy.  In terms of balance they are rather even with a slight bump to the uppers so the bass in particular with its open lack of depth can be over shadowed.  Bass head cans these are not.  Perhaps treble head ones maybe.
    In short, wow, crazy good detail and clarity.  Bargain basement “monitor” neutral cans.
     
    Value:  Stupidly stupendous good value.
     
    Pro’s:  Insane good value.  Stunning audio quality.  Superb detail levels.
     
    Con’s:  A little too eager in the treble.  Look cheap and plasticy.  Feel cheap and plasticy.
  6. someone755
    4.0/5,
    "A great upgrade from cheap earbuds for to-be audio enthusiasts"
    Pros - Price, cable system, soundstage, vocals, lack of bass
    Cons - Not comfortable for long listening sessions (gets better with velour pads), stock pads are horrible, treble can get tiring, lack of bass
    I have to start this review out by saying I'm no audiophile and not a native English speaker. But I do listen to a lot of music (just recently I had finished upgrading my collection to FLAC), and have experience with a few headphones and low-end speakers. That said, some head-fi has rubbed off on me and I've learned to express my audio thoughts more fluently by reading head-fi threads and reviews. Now, we can get into the meat of this review, the Superlux HD-668B.
     
    You need to understand that if you already have a good set of cans, this isn't the headphone you need. This headphone can be (and indeed is) amazing, but only in the right hands! The ideal user of these would be somebody who has been using cheap earbuds they got with their phone all their life. And coincidentally, that is who I was when I purchased these. From that perspective, these are amazing. The bass is finally audible, the mids are clearer, and the treble more defined. But once you're used to headphones, these are a different beast.
     
    Very early on, you start noticing the design, and especially the comfort. It's bad. The stock pads feel like they're made of cardboard and not sweating with them on is impossible. They push on your ears and honestly just get painful after a while. You can fix that with velour pads. I didn't have the money for AKG pads, so I went for some generic unbranded ones from eBay for $10. And sure enough, they're softer. You don't sweat as much and while they still sit on your ears, they are much less noticeable than the cold harsh cardboard stock ones. This does change the sound quality however! The bass loss is even greater, and the sound isolation gets worse (but we'll get to sound quality in a bit). What you can't improve easily is the clamp. Part of the reason the comfort with these is bad is because the top "band" is made of metal wires, and they do not bend easily. You can try, but you'll most likely just deform or break them. Also, the earcups can be shallow, and the plastic underneath the pads is not comfortable. There are mods online that fix this, but I just stuck a piece of toilet paper under the pads. It improves the padding and negates the effects of the hard plastic covering the driver, but it again has effects on the sound (mainly reduced treble). The top AT-like wing system doesn't really work until you adjust the wings properly (something I only found out almost a year after getting them -- it's extremely difficult to adjust these things, but it pays off). They can't be too low or they'll push on your head, and they can't be too high or they'll make no difference anyways. You need to set them up so that the clamp of the headphone carries about half of their weight, or they'll be another annoyance.
    What I do have to commend, however, is the great cabling system. You get one ~1m and one 3m cable. Male to female 3.5mm. I think I speak for everyone when I say more manufacturers should implement this into their designs -- it's saved me about a hundred times now, because any pulls that happen just pull the cable out. No damage to the headphone in the slightest, and replacing the cable is a piece of cake.
     
    "But what about the sound?" Well here is my take on it, comparing them to HD518 and DT770 80 Ohm: Objectively, the bass is lacking. It's detailed (more so than with my HD518s), but you'll have to push the volume up pretty high for it to actually sound like it should. But compare them to your average crappy phone earbuds, and the bass is just incredible, especially with this detail. The mids are there but because the low-end is a bit recessed they sound a bit hollow, especially where choirs and orchestras come into play. The treble is where it's at. These cans are bright, and the treble here can get sibilant at high frequencies. The only cure here is burn-in, burn-in, and again, burn-in! And even then, the treble is so pronounced that, especially if your hearing is still preserved well, the high freuqnencies will get to you. While these Superlux cans bring out the guitar shredding and the vocals in rock and metal, they get very tiring -- with the kind of music they're exceptionally good at, and that's saddening.
    Orchestral music clearly lacks the bass. Even cellos and tubas sometimes have to take a back seat to violins and singers or pianists, and the male singers in choirs need to be loud to defeat sopranos, trumpets, and violins. Benny Goodman's orchestra is mainly just the clarinet and trumpets, but that's what's important anyways. In recordings where the boomier bass and warm mids should step back and let the high mids and treble prevail, these are incredible. But again, they can get tiring, at least to some people.
    They are pretty easy to drive at 56 Ohms, though my old Android phone (Xperia S, 2012) does have to be set to nearly max volume for these to shine. My newer phone (Xperia Z3 Compact; 2014) has no issue driving these, and the same goes for my PC (with the Realtek ALC892 chip responsible for te audio).
     
    All that said about the comfort and sound, I'd still recommend them. The bass is an upgrade from earbuds and isn't overwhelming (this is why the lack of bass is also listed as a pro above), and the rest of the 668B is miles ahead of any phone-bundled accessory. After a while you really will feel the urge to go for something better. Just don't go for something with boosted bass; Instead, find something more neutral and work your way up from there if you still fe. They're also a great place to start if you don't know if you'd rather get open or closed headphones -- because they're semi-open, the sound leakage isn't that big, so if somebody is disturbing you (or vice versa) with these cans on, you know you need to go closed. Otherwise, you're free to go with open sets.
    And if you're somebody who already has a dozen headphones? If you don't have the money but want something fun and Beyer 880-sounding, go with these. They're not as good, obviously, they cost $50 shipped with velour pads, but they do their job pretty well. Once you get tired of them, they're a great gift for anyone who has not yet experienced the awesomness of "better-end" audio (as opposed to high-end or mid-range), especially for older people who aren't as sensitive to high frequencies.
     
    I hope my short-ish review here adds to the myriad of similar reviews in some way. Happy listening!
  7. chicken beer
    3.5/5,
    "Bang of the buck, what a performance at such low price!!!"
    Pros - Enthusiastic sound (reference sound type + meaty bass)
    Cons - Build quality is not good. Wiggling the flexible earcups generates noise. Slightly veiled mid.
    Bought used at $30 (Pretty burnt in). Auditted for 1 day. Pads were changed to Hifiman Velour pads and A/B'ed with the original pads, and the cable was a cheap one from KableDirekt.
    And now, I can't help sharing my thoughts. They sound pretty good. My initial impression is: such meaty sound! It really gives you the whole of the music.
     
    Bass is strong and well-extended.
     
    Mids are mediocre and veiled.
     
    Treble is good. Refined but can be too bright to people who are used to Senn HD600 type of sound or headphones that are even darker. 
    Don't use the velour pads, they make the headphones too bright for long listening sessions.
     
    Overall clear sound. Sound stage is fine, somewhere between Grado L cush and G cush, but the veiled mids don't give it a good quality in spatial separation.
     
    Build quality is only acceptable. Comfort is fine as over-ears generally should.
     
    A review written by s1rrah, link here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/793934/superlux-hd668b-lordy, it claims that the HD668B delivers 80% the performance of a Grado PS1000. I had not auditted PS1000 before, but I agree they sound similar to some Grados, especially considering the refined treble they have. And the extended and punchy bass also should give a PS1000 sound signature. But still the tonality is slightly different from the typical SR series of Grado, maybe the treble is carry out differently when you look at frequency response data but to my ears, HD668b has a good treble, but can be quite fatiguing. Sticking to the original pads, which gives a higher bass compound, sort of remedies the fatigue issue.
     
    I would say I favor them over the Grado SR225i that I owned and loved for a long time. They of course should sound inferior overall to my PS500's that I really love... wait a minute, are PS500's really better? 
     
    I just picked up my PS500 again and find that it's really hard to say it's all the way better to the HD668b.
     
    The superlux HD668b presents music of most genres very nicely. At $40 bucks on Massdrop, you should do yourself a favor and grab one of them [​IMG]
     
    First review on head-fi, please forgive mistakes I must have made.
  8. lucasseijikc
    4.5/5,
    "Mistyped price. Must be that."
    Pros - Sound quality - Soundstage - Transparency - Overall neutrality - Clarity - Light weight
    Cons - Somewhat piercing highs - Uncomfortable stock ear pads - Strong clamping force (gets better with time)
    I got the Superlux HD668B as a gift from my brother. These were my first better than average headphones, and boy, they are good!
     
    The build quality is quite good. It is sturdy and flexible, with a removable cable.
    They come with a short cable and a longer cable, a quarter inch adapter and a nylon (feels like nylon) carrying pouch.
     
    As for comfort, it isn't that good at first, as it has quite a strong clamping force, but it does get better with time. After a while, you can't even notice you're wearing them.
     
    The sound: The first time I listened to them I was shocked how transparent and clear the sound is, with somewhat piercing highs, but good punchy bass and neutral mids. I let them burn-in for about 130 hours, and noticed that the sound opened up a little. The highs became less piercing, but still very prominent. The bass acquired more punch and depth. As for the soundstage, I can say they have excellent imaging for a sub 50$ pair of headphones.
     
    Superlux must have mistyped the price on them. Must be that, because they are an amazing bang for the buck.
     
    I do highly recommend these if your are looking for budget headphones with great sound quality, soundstage and imaging.
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  9. ingenero
    4.5/5,
    "Perfect entry level cans for aspiring audiophiles"
    Pros - Detail, clarity, lightness (weight) Overall design: black, minimal understated, migh be a copy of AKG but if it works why fix it?
    Cons - Materials feels cheap and build quality is average, feels flimsy but they can actually withstand some abuse. Sound signature might not be for everyone
    This review is based in my experience of almost 6 months with them, running 24/96 Flacs > Foobar2K > Wasapi > Asus Realtek ALC1150 + 4580 Op-amp > HD668B I decided to reboot my interest in audio gear and I was looking for affordable cans that could show me what I've been missing all this time, whitout breaking the bank and with enough SQ to make the next steps really worth it.
     
    After much reading around it was clear that the best option was the HD668B's, lucky me I found a local dealer of Superlux so I didn't have to wait for them, went to the store and got them for a steal. I must admit that upon first listening I almost regretted my decision, the detail and articulation promised was there, but they sounded "weird", non natural and the comfort was kinda bad. I didn't test further than a couple days and let them alone for a couple months. After upgrading/rebuilding my workstation I decided to tame that weird sound into something likeable and I managed to do it while the sound burned in (I believe is not HPs that burn in but our ear is what burns-in to them ) I didn't mind much about the "monitor" wording, I thought it was just marketing but now that I have them I can say that an audio engineer in a studio would like them, they are clear, analytical and cold if you like, I like that on a HPs but I'd like warm and bass definition also.
     
    Highs: Without EQing the highs can be harsh and piercing with some records, bad mastered or low quality mp3s can be tiring to hear, taming the highs reveal very decent and detailed heights.
     
    Mids: Sound like a valley between the cold highs and the loose bass. It's adequate, detailed and enjoyable, I wish it was more "present" but is ok.
     
    Bass: It always have confused me, I don't know if it lacks extension or definition, they can go low but there's no punch and when there is punch it does not feel natural. Luckily I'm not a basshead nor I listen to bass heavy music so bass, with its weirdness, end up being fine for my needs, with a little EQ.
     
    I have ordered a PA2V2 Amp and all the parts needed to fix my beloved iPod Classic 4G, the Amp should be arriving soon and the parts in a month, then I'll have time to test several combinations and update this review.
     
    As conclusion: I'd say go for them, with the price you can't go wrong, if anything they will teach you what  you need and what to look for your next pair of cans, all that while allowing you to enjoy music with a quality hardly available for the price range with other brands.
  10. Zennheiser
    5.0/5,
    "A great bargain at this price. (Burn in is NOT optional, it's absolutely essential. Be patient, the highs recede slightly with burn in.)"
    Pros - Excellent detail, good overall balance, extended HF response.
    Cons - I didn't dislike the price I paid for the 668B, but they're now being imported into the US as Presonus HD7's. My box (from Taiwan) arrived crushed.
    I apologize if I duplicate the findings of others. I read the other reviews, and I'm trying to address the things I thought haven't been talked about yet.
     
     
    The current (it changes, it has too I guess) price (HD7 version) is 29.00 USD w/free shipping.  (Musician's Friend, and a few other "musician" websites.  NO CONNECTION.)
     
    I had to wait quite a while to get them.  The Presonus HD7 option would've been faster, cheaper and less hazardous to the merchandise.  At least potentially.....
     
    I used the center "pads" from the Velour aftermarket cups in addition to the Super Lux's own pads, and that made a perceptible difference in taming an EXTREMELY DETAILED (and clean) top octave (above 10,000 or so)  My experience was that I couldn't wear them for extended periods of time until I let them run for several days.  The bass is well controlled, and it has improved in dynamics (slam, if you will) over time.  It's no Ultrasone Pro 900 (It's not even a Senn 600 or 650 either at either frequency extreme) however the mids are quite full and (this word's a little annoying to objectivists, but it's not totally out of place) lush.
     
     
    The trip from Taiwan was apparently fraught with hazards.  I'm going to contact the seller (Amazon) and look into what happened to the box (it took a HARD lick to its upper left hand side, the phones and accessories were fine though).  I feel certain they'll have no explanation.  I wouldn't if I'd sent something to Taiwan from here.  The 668B is a bargain at twice the price, but don't pay that much if you don't have to.
     
    The driver reminds me (more than anything) of the driver from my first "high fidelity" headphones from the early '80's (I'd owned junk headphones before that) the Koss HV/XLC.  There was also a RS version of the same headphone, but without volume sliders on each cup.  (I owned both, until I bought my Senn HD-600's in the late '90's.)  The highs are more extended on the 668B, the Bass is about the same, but doesn't overdrive as easily as the Koss phones did.  (You could make the diaphragms of the HV/XLC "kack" with too much bass in the program material).
     
    It's my first choice for "away from the house" needs, because if it gets trashed, it's not a $300.00 catastrophe.   That alone makes a strong case for its inclusion in your collection!