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OVC Vacuum Tube Headphones - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by Dobrescu George, Mar 28, 2019.
  1. Dobrescu George
    Okay, so this is the thread for OVC - Vacuum Tube Headphones!

    They are actually real!!

    Let's talk about them!

    Site: https://headphone.ovcaudio.com/

    Price: 300 USD

    • Frequency response :10 Hz -45 kHz
    • Headphone driver impedance : 300Ω
    • S/N >90 dB
    • THD < 1%
    • One push button for power on/off and 3D selection
    • Input terminal :3.5mm stereo mini jack with interlock
    • Play time: approx 8 hours
    • Power supply : Rechargable Li-pol
    • Weight : 325 g

    Also, some photos from their own site:



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  2. Dobrescu George
    I reserve the second post because I already made a Youtube Video about them. Short version is that they sound really good. Priced well. Beats 99 Classics easily when you turn on the tube thingy

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  3. PaganDL
    Interesting @Dobrescu George,

    I will definitely check this out, I like tubes...very much to a lot :)

    However, this will be on the wait list, just got Neumann NDH 20

    Keep up the good work !

    Hope you have a great day !
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  4. Dobrescu George
    Thank you for your kind words!

    For this one, I think they may have some DSP at work as well though :)
  5. PaganDL

    Hi @Dobrescu George,

    Nothing wrong with DSP if done well, prefer DSP more which is definitely better than using EQ for anything or just for the sake.

    Hope you have a great day !
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  6. Dobrescu George
    I agree actually, and think they implemented DSP really well :)

    Seems there is a trend for companies to go with complex DSPs to make headphones sound good, my first really outstanding experience with this was with Audeze iSine20 and their Cipher cable, they sounded really really different and no EQ I could do could ever make them sound the same as the cipher cable

    Here, I am not sure entirely what OVC Tube Headphones use, but whatever it is, it works really well! :)
  7. PaganDL

    Hi @Dobrescu George,

    As said, DSP, when done well, whether in speakers or head gear, makes all the difference though shouldn't be a benchmark but that's an entirely different conversation.

    I prefer the Isine10 myself, especially with that Cipher cable but since most listening I do is not from a phone nor do I have an iPhone any more anyway, not much point to it as the Cipher cable is among the few with built in DSP which is actually decent without any user adjustment.

    Well, one way to know about the OVC Tube Headphones is to find out... :)
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  9. kelvinwsy
    Reminds me of the iFi Audio's itube. Bought one tried it and it was just a mellow tone over everything. Sold it off immediately. So dont expect this to be different even with DSP. For a new toy to play with I guess 150USD is ok. But I'll pass.
  10. Dobrescu George
    I actually have iTune2 as well

    The OVC headphones have a really different sound to them, they aren't mellow, rather really magical in the midrange, really vivid and lively. Also, the same can be said about the treble and the bass, sparkly, impactful. Not mellow nor soft :)
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  11. kelvinwsy
    Oh if that is the case, I just pulled the trigger. Yeh!!! Early bird 130USD off the already low price. So another HP to my collection.
    Thanks guys. Good to support those on the edge of HeadFi Innovation.
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  12. Dobrescu George
    I hope you'll have a lot of fun with them!

    Please make sure to also come back to this thread and report back on your experience, as right now there are very few owners and very few pairs out in the wild! :)
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  13. PaganDL
    Nice work @Dobrescu George!

    Keep up the good work !

    Hope you have a great day !
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