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Wonderful balanced wooden headphone. Detailed, yet forgiving sound.

BossHiFi B8

Rating:
4.75/5,
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    Transducer Principle: Beryllium Alloy Driver
    Impedance: 16ohm
    Sensitivity: 106dB
    Frequency Response: 16-20000Hz
    Speaker: 50mm NdFeB speaker
    Rated input power: 10mW
    Maximum input power: 2000mW
    Weight:321g
    Cable length:1.8M
    With mic or no mic: without mic

Recent Reviews

  1. Johnny Mac
    BLON BossHifi B8 Realview.
    Written by Johnny Mac
    Published Mar 11, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Clean upper frequency delivery, solid build quality, ease of changing earpads, price
    Cons - Stock earpads might not suit some, no carrying case/pouch
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    It’s quite apt to associate premium price tags to superior quality. There's a great deal of instances that these rationale are exhibited in different consumer products and are indeed exemplified when the actual purpose has been served, however, there are also instances where this rationale can also be doubted yet in the audiophile world, there’s a high chance that these lower-tiered products are shrugged off and over-looked.

    One such product is the BLON BossHifi B8 headphone which features real walnut wood ear cups (or so they say), protein leather earpads and a 50mm beryllium-alloy dynamic driver. The BLON BossHifi B8 headphone retails now for $70 which you can grab off Linsoul Direct Amazon which provided the review unit.

    The BLON BossHifi B8 is spec’d out with a 16Hz-20kHz Frequency Response, 16 Ohm Impedance, 106 dB Sensitivity and weighs 321g (without the cables). With little to no marketing presence and the usual absence of a distinct website, the BLON BossHifi B8 poses a lot of doubts to its actual build quality along with the authenticity of its claimed materials. I had my reservations for this particular set of cans and to have actually get to have them tested was indeed a learning curve. If you care enough to know if a $70 beryllium-alloy dynamic headphone is worth checking, feel free to read on.

    Packaging and Build Quality
    The BLON B8’s packaging already screams bargain right from the start. There was no unboxing experience except for the usual courier box and some bubble wrap. The accessory set as well was non-existent except for the must-have detachable cable with a 6.3 adapter, no airline adapter or a case as well. Those looking to lug this around would be feeling BLON’s decision to omit such accessories.
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    The sparse information BLON provided for the actual specifications of the B8 claims that it uses real walnut wood for its earcups and while I am no lumberjack, arborist or even a carpenter, I couldn’t verify this to an extent except when I pried out the protein leather earpads and examined the earcups themselves, there was a little slit on the plastic cover that separates the beryllium-coated drivers and the earpads which enabled me to see that the earcups overall thickness was wood all over, another reassurance is when you check the 3 vents on the upper portion of the earcups and you’d be able to see that it’s wood and not some paint, the question would really be if its walnut, that I can’t confirm.
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    The headband and the hinges are made of aluminum joined with hard plastic which sits flush on the head with its headband covered in synthetic leather and the total length lined with soft memory foam, it is not the thickest yet gives ample support and doesn’t induce much heat after much use, the protein leather earpads though warms up before the headband does, that’s a guarantee. The earcups swivels and rotates either vertically or horizontally allowing for an easy earpad rolling experience and storage, it doesn’t fold though. Another noticeable feature of the BLON BossHifi B8 is overall lack of rattling noise or a feel of loose parts in its build quality, it feels solid and sturdy when worn and used.
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    The stock cable is a 1.8m 3.5 to 3.5 gold-plated termination sheathed in black with a spring strain relief on one end and plastic on the other. There was no mention of the material used. Microphonic noise is tolerable although the cable length itself is an indication is that this is not to be used on the go. The 3.5 connection though was a welcome ease of mind for using a vast of portable-use-friendly cables.

    Tonality
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    Having continuously realviewed IEMs week after week have made me appreciate when I finally reached another headphone unit queued up on my realview line. I decided to pull out my meager set of cans, the ATH-AD900x, Sony CD900st and the Meze 99 Neo units to condition myself on the headphone ambience once again. The BLON BossHifi B8’s tonality sits comfortably on the bright sound signature and delivers it at a forward and aggressive approach. With a relatively easy to drive 16 Ohm Impedance, the BLON BossHifi B8 was driven with the Xduoo x3ii and having thankfully avoided the dreaded hissing issues, the Sony CAS-1 desktop setup off an MSI GF 62 8RE laptop via Foobar2000 v1.4 was also used for the whole realview.

    Lows
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    The BLON BossHifi B8 tackles the lower frequency in a reserved manner. It is demure and lacks that punchy impact on its sub bass. Jerry Cortez’s “Around the Globe” in 16/44 FLAC showcased the sub bass lacks some well extended rumble. Bass decay leans on the slower pace while giving out a still smooth bass texture. I pulled Eminem’s “No Apologies” in 16/44 FLAC to test out a low-end delivered in a faster pace and still the BLON BossHifi B8 struggles, mid-bass slam is lacking. An overall average performance except that the BLON BossHifi B8‘s ability to retain the overall clarity of the other frequencies when bass hits dominate the spectrum is a nice approach.

    Midrange
    Coherent and distinct. The BLON BossHifi B8’s midrange exhibits great definition on its transparency and detail retrieval is also on point. The lower midrange doesn’t stand out much but has great body to it, allowing for an exceptional groundwork towards the midrange which doesn’t show any hints of hollowness or dryness to it. Susan Wong’s “Can’t You See” in 16/44 FLAC was a very engaging listen which complimented well with the B8’s upper midrange accurate timbre performance. You could hear me recommending the B8’s in its inherent midrange realism.

    Highs
    I’m a high frequency lover with a dose of treble side chicks here and there. I love my treble giving me head, hence the treble-head reference. The BLON BossHifi B8 didn’t disappoint on this aspect and with a claimed beryllium-coated diaphragm, I had high expectations so I wasn’t surprised one bit with how the treble had great extension while articulation was definite and accurate. Sibilance and harsh peaks ain’t making its way to your precious ears, not under B8’s watch. The treble bite on the distinct instrumental harmonics was always an obvious feature for the B8. The treble gives you head with subtle bite as an aftermath, let that sink in.

    Soundstage and Imaging
    In closed cans parameters, the BLON BossHifi B8 is rather wide sounding. Expansion of tones are rendered naturally with no signs of congestion, monogamous as they say. Imaging is distinct and instruments are easy to identify. There is a great sense of left to right and right to left panning especially when instrumental presence enters the frequency. Openness on a closed can, how ironic.

    Earpads Rolling
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    Given how earpads-rolling friendly the BLON BossHifi B8 is, it indeed warrants its own segment to highlight the overall performance and response it acquires when its stock pads are changed. The BLON BossHifi B8’s protein leather earpads are only great for short term usage as it creates a vacuum quite fast giving my head a great deal of sweat and heat, it might be that my hair is too long now or that the clamping force of the headbands are taking its toll on me but one thing is for sure, the stock earpads isn’t for me. I switched it with Yaxi’s earpads for the Sony CD900st which alleviated a great deal of the clamping force as it distributed the force on a much bigger circumference at the cost of an even thinner sounding low-end and a more striking treble. The Brainwavz lineup of the Perforated PU leather and stock PU leather along with the sheepskin resembled the signature shown by the stock pads minus the rather fast accumulation of heat, I personally enjoyed the sheepskin earpads from the trio with its rather smoother and silky feel allowing for a much more extended use of the BLON B8. I would also add a link off a discussion from Massdrop regarding earpads swapping on the BLON BossHifi B8 for further guidance although I don’t personally vouch for what you would be getting there.

    Conclusion
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    Claiming real walnut wood earcups along with parading a beryllium-coated dynamic diaphragm while being priced at $70 and being notoriously known to be CN made guarantees that the BLON BossHifi B8 almost dug its own grave. I happen to have the chance to pass by that supposed dug up grave only to find that its claims are mostly true(still can’t guarantee it's authentic walnut).

    The BLON BossHifi B8 is a treblehead and bargain buyer’s dream with its solid and surprisingly well-built body and design. The sound signature it chugs out isn’t the best out there but at $70, it closely mimics the classic Sony MDR-CD900st (let the bashing begin) minus the Sony brand prowess. Throw in some Japanese branded Yaxi earpads or some trusted Brainwavz earpads and the BLON BossHifi B8 is a stellar headphone. Knock on wood.
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  2. larry piencenaves
    An Amazing Piece of Wooden Cans
    Written by larry piencenaves
    Published Dec 31, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Sound, Looks, Detachable cables, literally Everything!
    Cons - Quality Control
    This is I think the best closed-back headphones u could buy at below 100$ that competes high-end headphones, and the fact that its only rated at 16ohms it wont need diesel engine to run this thing compared to other expensive ones.

    Eveything of the way it sounds is amazing, the bass are controlled and engaging it can go deep as the music requires it to be, mids are smooth and full and natural, and treble is sparkly but not harsh, not even a bit. To my ears, this headphones sounded a little bit on the bright side, but at the same time its analytical and accurate sounding. soundstage is decent but not wide and engaging (typical of closed backs) and instrumental separation are also great.

    Sibilance is non-existent even at bad recordings, aside from that, the looks of this headphones is just excellent. build quality is not also an issue. you wont see any plastics outside, all wood,rubber and metal. but i wont suggest taking it outside, its too heavy and the leather pads gets easily warm if your environment is above room temp.

    The only downside is the quality control, well its a chinese product after all so.... mine have an issue with stereo channel being reversed, to fix the issue i bought 3.5mm to rca adapter then connect to another rca to 3.5mm adapter to reverse it back to normal

    Conclusion: I think the reviews aside from mine says it all, no need to explain further, its a no brainer to get this headphones, it got everything seriously. just make sure to check the stereo channel first before the return period ends.
      trellus likes this.
    1. Adide
      Mine had channels reversed as well. If you have basic soldering skill you can open the cup (the one with the female connector) and swap wires.
      Adide, Feb 23, 2018
      larry piencenaves likes this.
  3. canoniz06
    Great value
    Written by canoniz06
    Published Jun 18, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - premium product at a low cost, great detail and sound quality
    Cons - sub bass, bass impact (slightly)
    I bought the BossHiFi B8 as the Kinden B8 off of Amazon which came with a hardshell case. If I can remember correctly, the headphones+case was ~$90. I would agree that with other forum reviews of the sound signature being neutral-ish.

    OOTB the headphones feel much more expensive than what I had paid for them. This is my first pair of headphones in this price range. As a reference, the last pair of over the ear headphones I bought were Monoprice's popular 8323. The B8's immediately leaves an impression for the amount of quality it provides at such a low price. The headband and ear pads feel firm, yet soft. The wooden earcups feel and look very nice and the aluminum/metal brackets holding the earcups and used for adjusting the size provide nice silver accents to the products. Very impressed.
    These headphones are very comfortable. I can leave them on all day, no problem, it can get warm at times, but by then i'm doing some activity that won't allow me to wear headphones, so that's irrelevant. I don't really the headband when wearing them, so I guess that's a good thing. The earpads are soft and have a very premium feel. Very comfortable, but again, they can get warm after a long period of usage, although I run at a warmer temperature, so to each their own. The fit is great and provides a good isolation. I don't live in a noisy area, although there is a good amount of traffic that drives through my area which I don't really notice when wearing the headphones. The left earcup has the post to connect a detachable aux cable.
    Onto the sound. My preferred choices of music are hip hop, rock, rnb, and theatrical scores in that order. Classical and country music are sprinkle in there a bit, while EDM/club type music is sprinkled in whenever there's a collaboration of a hip hop artist involved (ie Game/Skrillex- El Chapo). The sound signature is neutral sounding. For hip hop, its manages to hit all the bass notes and a little of the sub bass, though they are not as present as the rest of the sound spectrum. The vocals, synth, strings, hi hats, other percussive instruments are very clear and detailed. I still enjoy listening to hip hop with these cans, though a little part of me wants a little more bass. Though in fairness to the headphones, I have not tried eq'ing them.
    Transitioning more to rock, I think it handles bands like Coheed and Cambria, Weezer, Black Keys, Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes quite well. Almost perfect sounding. The heavy distortion of the guitars have a nice crunch and get nice and hot during killer solos. Percussive instruments are reproduced very well and the more metallic sounds of hi hats and splash cymbals decay nicely and sound very crisp. The same can be said for snares. They have a nice, natural, dry sound. Very enjoyable. With bands like RHCP, it feels like it could use a touch more bass for Flea's iconic basslines and a little more impact on the kick drums would be nice. But, these a minor complaints and I certainly still enjoy listening to them on these cans.
    For theatrical scores, they're great. When listening to composers like Hans Zimmer, the dramatic tone of this compositions is able to transfer through the cans. Strings, such as on Inception, have sound very accurate in volume changes through the de/crescendo. Bass doesn't sound quite full, but it is present and noticeable. You don't need to concentrate on it to detect it.

    The sound of the headphones is fantastic, even without taking it's price into account. I borrowed a pair of Audeze Sine (planar magnetic) and was impressed by how well the B8 compared to them. The Audeze Sine are ~$300 headphones and the B8 held their own against them. The Sine is certainly better in all sound aspects, better clarity, separation is fantastic, lows are smooth and more present. But to say that is the Sine is $200 better than the B8? I don't think they are. I think the Sine's greatest strength when compared to the B8 is the separation. Classical music and scores sound incredible when compared to the B8. Another consideration when comparing the two, is, are the Sines 3x better then the B8? I don't think so. The Sines are the most expensive headphones I've tried, to date. While I was impressed by the sound they produced, I was also impressed by how capable the B8s were. At that price point, I would probably consider Monoprice's M1080 at $299 to add to my lonely headphone collection. None of the tonal qualities between the B8 and Sine sounded like $200/3x more better. I put a good 30-40 hours on the Sine with A/B comparisons between the two, after listening to the B8 for 3 months.

    Just as a note, the source for the review was through my laptop with a HiFiMe USB DAC attached. No additional amplification was used. All tracks used for review were through Tidal desktop app, Hifi/Master.
      slapo, trellus, Andrzej Cichy and 2 others like this.
  4. BenF
    Amazing headphone, has litlle competition <400$
    Written by BenF
    Published Jun 1, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Balanced, yet forgiving sound with plenty of details
    Beautiful wooden headphone
    Comfortable
    Easy to drive
    Removable cable
    Cons - You'll hate your more expensive headphones for not being as good
    BossHiFi B8 sounds as good as it looks, and it's quite a looker:


    The pair in the picture is a year old, and was used a lot - yet it shows very few signs of usage.

    Comfort:

    B8's headband is much wider and thicker than Pro 82's.
    Same goes for HM5.


    B8's pads are as long as Pro 82's, slightly narrower, yet thicker.


    HM5 pad is slightly larger and quite thicker.


    If NVX XPT100 with ComfortMax pads is 10 out of 10 for comfort, then both B8 and Pro 82 are around 8.
    Pro 82's pads are made of a better material, but B8's pads are thicker to compensate for that.
    Both are Over-Ear.

    Sound:

    Bosshifi B8 can sound perfectly neutral or slightly warm, depending on what you are comparing it with.
    Compared to HD600, Momentum 2.0, B&O H6 v1 and H7, ATH-ESW9A, B8 sounds neutral with great clarity.
    Compared with Pro 82 and Stax L300, B8 sounds slightly warm with a very thin veil.
    B8 is about as warm as Stax L700.

    B8 sounds warmer OOTB, becomes a little more neutral after burn-in.

    Bass:
    B8's bass isn't as tight as Pro 82's, but it has longer decay.
    You can tune B8's bass by blocking the bass ports on top of the pads.
    The effect is very small, and doesn't affect other frequencies.
    This is very different from Pro 82, where tuning bass pretty much ruins the sound all over the FR.

    The effect is so small, that I can't even describe what exactly it is for sure.
    Maybe scotch tape doesn't have the best sound blocking characteristics, other materials might have larger effect.
    The default tuning (all 3 bass ports open) sounds great, I always use it like that.

    Mids:
    Best part of B8, perfect for vocals, especially female ones.
    Tonality is near-perfect.

    Treble:
    Polite, yet detailed and extended.
    Because B8 is more neutral than Pro 82, its treble has less energy, but nothing is missing.

    Sensitivity:
    B8 is very easy to drive - 106dB, 16Ohm
    Pro 82 requires a lot more power - 96dB, 32Ohm

    Soundstage:
    B8 has a very good, wide soundstage, that always presents a believable picture.

    Availability:
    You can get it from Aliexpress/eBay at 70$-80$.
    Sometimes there are listings around 60$ - they look too good to be true.

    Overall, B8 is perfect for long sessions of relaxed listening.
    Very musical, don't think it will do too well with games.
    It scales up with better equipment, and sounds best from transparent SS components - doesn't need the tubes' coloration.
    Oppo HA-2 and NFB-11.32 (coax in, variable out) sound great.

    Comparison with Takstar Pro 82:
    B8 and Pro 82 do not compete, they complete each other.
    B8 is neutral/warmish, Pro 82 is slightly U-shaped.
    If something doesn't sound best on one of them, just try the other one.
    If you'll have both, you may not need another closed headphone for a very long time

    B8 comes with only 2 accessories: 1.2m 3.5mm/3.5mm cable and a 3.5mm/6.5mm adapter.
    The cable is great, I use it for many other headphones.
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    2. BenF
      The store I bought it from doesn't sell it anymore.
      I have a real concern that B8 may have a different driver today, it's a risk.
      BenF, Jun 18, 2018
    3. Bloos
      Oh man I was just about to buy one, why the concern that current models might have different drivers?
      Bloos, Dec 13, 2018
    4. BenF
      Mainly because stores that used to sell it stopped, and the weird name changes -"Blon", "OOTDTY".
      Feedback still seems very good, so maybe nothing happened.
      BenF, Dec 13, 2018

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