Wonderful balanced wooden headphone. Detailed, yet forgiving sound.

BossHiFi B8

Rating:
5/5,
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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. 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.
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    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
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  2. 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.
  3. 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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