=============================================== See the Takstar GM200 review here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...scussion-thread.849965/page-197#post-15148815 =============================================== I used to love Takstar Pro 80. In fact, I bought two of them (still have both). I have even recommended them to some of my friends (who ended up being very happy with them). However, Pro 80s were too U/V-shaped for me, and it took forever to burn them in to get rid of the extra hot treble. I've moved on to better cans, but kept my eye on the inevitable replacement. The replacement was teased for months, and as soon I saw one for sale, I jumped on it immediately. This may be the first one to get out of China, but it's definitely not the last one... Meet the Pro 82: It comes in the famous Takstar case. I chose the black ones over the silver ones - no regrets here! Gorgeous headphones, plain and simple. It comes with a soft case, 3.5mm/6.5mm adapter and a 2.2m cable (2.5mm inside the cup, 3.5mm on the other end). Takstar continues the tradition of providing cables that are too long. Edit 28 Dec 2017: in the new revision that is being currently sold,the cable has the perfect length - 1.6m. Now let's get to it! Comfort: Comfort is greatly improved compared to Pro 80. The pads are larger, thicker and made of better materials. They are fully "over ear" for me, when Pro 80 was a definite "on-ear". If the NVX XPT100 with the ComfortMax pads is 10 out of 10 comfort-wise, and Pro 80 is 6.5 at best - Pro 82 is an 8 at least. Pressure on the head is acceptably delicate, yet the headphone sits securely. Above you can see a ComfortMax pad sandwiched inside Pro 82. As you can see, it is slightly larger, and quite a lot thicker. Judging from my experience with Pro 80 (and others), putting much thicker pads instead of originals will likely have a negative effect on the sound, but I may experiment later with other pads of similar thickness. Isolation/Leakage: There is very little leakage outside, if AC is on in the room - no one can hear what I'm listening to from 2 feet away. Isolation from outside noise - these are perfect for a noisy office, but not for bus/train/plain. Another reason not to replace pads - I'm quite sure other pads will result in worse leakage/isolation. Bass It's fantastic! Great impact with a full body, followed by a perfect decay. Such bass is hard to find in headphones at any price, impossible at this price point. However, to attract "bassheads", Pro 82 has a new feature - bass boost. You can boost the bass 3dB or 6dB, and (according to Takstar) it shouldn't affect FR over 300Hz: Well, this graph is absolutely incorrect. Using 6dB boost totally ruins the sound, and while 3dB doesn't have as much of a negative effect, it's still unpleasant. Not only does the bass becomes flubby, but the tonality of everything changes too, Pro 82 sounds hollow and honky. Strongly advise to stay away from this feature. So is this not the headphone for bassheads? Not necessarily. Take a look at the graph above - the bass is already boosted 5dB over the mids. So this is definitely a bass-heavy headphone. It will still attract audiophiles, because it doesn't bleed into mids, and the quality of bass is up to the highest standards. Going back to the graph above, don't expect the bass to be linear down to 20Hz - there is a drop-off below 80Hz. The headphone is specced down to 10Hz - I could still hear quite a lot at 15Hz - so a healthy subbass is present. Here you can see the bass ports closed (no bass boost) Here can see the bass ports fully open - a 6dB boost. Mids: The mids are somewhat recessed - this is a U-shaped headphone, but not as much as Pro 80. The timbre of voices is nearly perfect. If only they would step forward a bit! I think it's because of the recessed mids that I find myself listening at slightly higher than usual volume - at lower volume Pro 82 doesn't sound as impressive. You can improve the mids by using foam disks - Tuning Pro 82 with easy mods Treble: This is the most surprising part. Pro 80 had a very hot treble, which took several months of heavy usage to tame. Still, it could be too hot sometimes, and sibilance would raise its ugly head occasionally too. Pro 82's treble is as detailed and brilliant as Pro 80s, but it doesn't get too hot, and it avoids sibilance like a ninja. Here is a great track to test sibilance: Even before Taylor Swift starts singing, Brad Paisley (the host) sounds like a love child of Duffy Duck and Silvester on most headphones. Not on Pro 82! All the detail is still there (this is not a dark headphone), but sibilance is totally gone! Gaming: I am not a gamer, but I can promise you this: a) With Pro 82's bass quantity and quality, explosions will be EPIC! b) With Pro 82's clarity, you will have no problem hearing your teammates/enemies c) Pro 82 has a larger soundstage than Pro 80, but keep in mind - this is a music-oriented headphone, so it may not be the best in directional cues d) You can use a BoomPro cable (if you have one already) with a 3.5/2.5mm TRS adapter, or you can buy this 2.5mm/3.5mm cable with a microphone: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Upg...ack-Cable-Mic-For-Bose-Quiet/32810246600.html Also, you can just buy a proper USB microphone. You'll get better audio too. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/And...c-Microphone-for-PC-Computer/32783207436.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MK-...ting-Singing-Skype-Recording/32735518891.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/201...unt-Holder-Clip-with-Locking/32773172782.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/USB...dio-Braodcasting-KTV-Karaoke/32767347400.html Driveability: It's 32Ohm and 96dB - fairly easy to drive. Conclusion: This is a huge improvement over Pro 80 - all over the frequency range. Comfort and isolation are improved as well. All of the impressions are OOTB through Oppo-HA2 . I'll put it to burn-in, but I honestly can't see it improving much over what I'm hearing. Once it's burned in, I'll compare it to some of the other closed/semi-open headphones I have - you can vote (up to 3 votes per user) which headphones you want to compare with Pro 82. I will do at least 5 comparisons - so every vote counts! The poll (on top of the page) is limited to 10 items, so I had to make some choices for you I also have these: Takstar TS-670 Edifier H850 ATH-ESW9A Bosshifi 6/7 ISK HD9999 If there will be enough demand, I'll consider them too. (see the post below for links to comparisons) Also coming: impressions of tubes/SS, different DACs/Amps. Where to buy: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...g-game-stereo-headset/314156_32808454492.html For Chinese New Year Pro 82 celebration, please see here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...iscussion-thread.849965/page-80#post-14011105 Great news! TakstarAudio has extended their Head-Fi discount to SMSL Idea, both standalone and together with Pro 82: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/SMS...OS-SABRE9018Q2C-DSD512-32Bit/32809153098.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Ori...g-K-song-game-stereo-headset/32808454492.html New discounts are provided regardless of coupons and "seller discounts" available - just write "Head-fi" in the order message after placing the order and wait for the price to be adjusted! Pro 82 (without case) + SMSL Idea - final price 138$ when using "free" shipping options Pro 82 (with case) + SMSL Idea - final price 146$ when using "free" shipping options Pro 82 (without case) - final price 65$ when using "free" shipping options Pro 82 (with case) - final price 75$ when using "free" shipping options SMSL Idea - final price 78$ when using "free" shipping options If you choose the non-free shipping option, the price will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the shipping price. Pro 82 with Idea seems like the best deal - total discount of 22$ from the list price! And the best part - now you'll get them at the same time, and won't have to wait for one, having received the other! Don't forget, the 99$ O2 is here: https://www.jdslabs.com/products/167/objective2-headphone-amplifier-b-stock/ Warning about some other stores: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...iscussion-thread.849965/page-30#post-13871997 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...iscussion-thread.849965/page-62#post-13966787 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...iscussion-thread.849965/page-18#post-13644155 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...iscussion-thread.849965/page-15#post-13590199 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Ori...or-Computer-recording-K-song/32811235476.html EU residents can buy from Headphoniaks (79 euro with a case): https://headphoniaks.com/en/shop/takstar-pro82-2/ Couple hints for purchasing at Aliexpress: 1) Purchase from a seller that offers ePacket. Usually the free shipping options (China Post, Singapore Post and Aliexpress Standard Shipping) take 3-6 weeks to deliver worldwide. ePacket usually takes 2-4 weeks. 2) Purchasing using Aliexpress mobile app gives an extra 1% discount. Sometimes, there are additional mobile-only discounts.