Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

Which headphones do you want Pro 82 to be compared with?


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Apr 15, 2022 at 2:32 PM Post #4,246 of 4,390

JackTorrence

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So.... finally. I received my parcel. I had to admit - packaging is top notch.


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I had have chosen variant without case so they send me foam ripped off from a case. Nice. Headphones were super safe during transport.

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1.6m cable with 4.4 jack adapter

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First impression is good but lets get to the point. Is it "famous v2"? Lets do some measurements.

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That's looks promising. Let's see what is inside

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Bingo! Both have same driver with black cup and transparent membrane like GM200 so now i'm sure - I have the RIGHT version. Finally. I ordered some jacks to make a balanced cable

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Both jacks sits properly so they are good to go. Now I must wait for my 8 core braided cables. I spended some time for reaserch whitch jacks would be good.

I had bought them from here
https://pl.aliexpress.com/store/3212127

Until then - I will just enjoy them ;]
 
Apr 18, 2022 at 1:31 PM Post #4,247 of 4,390

BenF

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So.... finally. I received my parcel. I had to admit - packaging is top notch.


1650045840325.png

1650045865493.png

1650045889422.png

I had have chosen variant without case so they send me foam ripped off from a case. Nice. Headphones were super safe during transport.

1650045958158.png

1.6m cable with 4.4 jack adapter

1650046149573.png

First impression is good but lets get to the point. Is it "famous v2"? Lets do some measurements.

1650046357949.png

That's looks promising. Let's see what is inside

1650046446430.png

Bingo! Both have same driver with black cup and transparent membrane like GM200 so now i'm sure - I have the RIGHT version. Finally. I ordered some jacks to make a balanced cable

1650046625449.png


1650046670882.png

1650046694559.png

Both jacks sits properly so they are good to go. Now I must wait for my 8 core braided cables. I spended some time for reaserch whitch jacks would be good.

I had bought them from here
https://pl.aliexpress.com/store/3212127

Until then - I will just enjoy them ;]
TakstarAudio are unmatched on packaging - often takes me a couple of minutes to get to the product, but it's always in a perfect shape, no matter how badly damaged the external packaging is.

How do you like it so far?

P.S. The adapter is 6.5mm, not 4.4mm
 
Apr 18, 2022 at 5:46 PM Post #4,248 of 4,390

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How do you like it so far?
somehow I don't. To this very moment I had have tested:
mh752
v1
v1 with foam disks
gm200
and now v2.

With no additional equipment, v2 could give big high five with mh752. There something wrong with them. Dimmed? Muffled? Flatted? Hollowed? Just meh... where all this sparks went? Like high and low regions was cutted down. I don't know. I feel no love to them right now.

They are defenetly more bassy. I would like to cross check them again vs gm200 and v1. I guess that btr3k won't be something that could interfear much. I guess that even my tripowin lea would sound better with this (at it's own).

Perhaps I had too high hopes with v2? That could be it. Or maybe they must just get some burning in? I read today that there were some experiments with this like measure before and after 120H process. And there was no difference in measurements. So really - I don't know.
 
Apr 18, 2022 at 7:09 PM Post #4,249 of 4,390

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somehow I don't. To this very moment I had have tested:
mh752
v1
v1 with foam disks
gm200
and now v2.

With no additional equipment, v2 could give big high five with mh752. There something wrong with them. Dimmed? Muffled? Flatted? Hollowed? Just meh... where all this sparks went? Like high and low regions was cutted down. I don't know. I feel no love to them right now.

They are defenetly more bassy. I would like to cross check them again vs gm200 and v1. I guess that btr3k won't be something that could interfear much. I guess that even my tripowin lea would sound better with this (at it's own).

Perhaps I had too high hopes with v2? That could be it. Or maybe they must just get some burning in? I read today that there were some experiments with this like measure before and after 120H process. And there was no difference in measurements. So really - I don't know.

Pro 82 v1 had a more pronounced treble, which could cause some harshness/sibilance in badly mastered tracks.
Pro 82 v2 has removed these treble peaks, it doesn't really have its own sound - you are basically listening to your sound chain (BTW - please remind what you are using).
That's why I talk so much about synergy in my DAC/Amp comparisons at https://www.head-fi.org/threads/tak...discussion-thread.849965/page-5#post-13501419

BTR3K with it's full-bodied lively sound should make quite a difference for Pro 82 v2.
SMSL Idea (Sabaj DA2) + O2 (in x3.3 gain) are my favorite synergy combo, especially for vocals
Khadas Tone Board + O2 (in x3.3 gain) is the best combo for maximal detail retrieval (rivals electrostatics), especially for instrumentals. Still sounds very lively, not analytical/technical.

It could also be that you simply prefer more V-shaped headphones, and Pro 82/GM200 isn't your cup of tea.
Nothing wrong with that.
 
Apr 19, 2022 at 6:53 AM Post #4,251 of 4,390

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Like I said above - I used none. I think in two days I will check them again with fiio (as a DAC and wireless - I do really want to check with creative bt-w3 combo)
If you used them straight out of laptop/smartphone, then it's understandable to be unimpressed.
By "fiio" - did you mean BTR3K?
 
Apr 21, 2022 at 5:26 AM Post #4,252 of 4,390

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If You don't have got balanced cable - make your own!

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By "fiio" - did you mean BTR3K?
Yes, exactly.

Is there any difference between balanced vs unbalanced? Yes. Balanced is clearer, allows to play music louder. but still I'm not impressed. I'm still hear that "bloat" whatever. Something still isn't right.

Today I will check v1 and gm200. gm200 i liked with with fosi audio q4. alot! praise free returns!

and to be perfectly clear - I'm saying nothing about bass, trebles, sound signatures. All I'm saying is that I don't like sound quality.
 
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Making long story short - from ALL pro82 and pro82-alike I stayed with v1, diy cables (SE & balanced) and btr3k. They are really nice headphones. Not superb but good enough.

I could describe them as very well prepared regular/typical meal. Nothing fancy, nothing unusual, nothing rare - just very good and tasty meal.
 

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Jun 5, 2022 at 2:06 AM Post #4,255 of 4,390

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I've set my mind on buying a 82 this year. Any guesses on the next sale?
June 22, as per here: https://promossale.com/aliexpress-sale-dates-2022/

But it seems they may have a slightly bigger sale in mid-July to compete with Amazon Prime Day sales.

You can check the price history (before tax, delivery, etc) for any listing here: https://www.pricearchive.org/

I know import taxes are significant in Brazil, so please compare the total cost against best prices for the AKG K371, AKG K361, 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear, and the Shure SRH-840 & SRH-840A before purchasing. All of those are better or competing closed backs.

I recommend the K371 as a default, with a nod to 1More if you are gaming competitively.
 
Jun 5, 2022 at 11:47 AM Post #4,256 of 4,390

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I've set my mind on buying a 82 this year. Any guesses on the next sale?
Most important part is buying a genuine v2 at https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32808454492.html , instead of cheaper versions.
There are discount coupons available in the first post - don't forget to use them!
Current discount codes expired last week, I have asked the store to provide the new ones - hopefully we'll get them in a few days.

To avoid import taxes, you can ask the seller to mark the package with a lower value - e.g. 30$.
 
Jun 5, 2022 at 3:17 PM Post #4,257 of 4,390

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June 22, as per here: https://promossale.com/aliexpress-sale-dates-2022/

But it seems they may have a slightly bigger sale in mid-July to compete with Amazon Prime Day sales.

You can check the price history (before tax, delivery, etc) for any listing here: https://www.pricearchive.org/

I know import taxes are significant in Brazil, so please compare the total cost against best prices for the AKG K371, AKG K361, 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear, and the Shure SRH-840 & SRH-840A before purchasing. All of those are better or competing closed backs.

I recommend the K371 as a default, with a nod to 1More if you are gaming competitively.

It's somewhat rare to get taxed on items under $50 and if the box isn't too big. There are simply too many items going through customs so they don't have the personnel to sort through everything. The prices of all those other headphones you said are much higher than importing the Takstar, even if I do get taxed. AKG 361/371 is almost triple the price here. I already have a decent closed-back (Kuba Disco), I just want one more comfortable because the cost of upgrading my Disco with the new Gen 2 headbands and earpads would be the price of the Takstar on sale, so I might as well have two headphones.

I hope the sale goes until the 26th when I (hopefully) get a birthday coupon and they might stack. I'll do the trick BenF said about asking the seller to mark with a lower price too.

Thanks for the help you guys!
 
Jun 20, 2022 at 5:19 PM Post #4,258 of 4,390

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Finally, some new discounts for Pro 82 / GM200 / HF580 / BTR3K!

Aliexpress has made some changes that prevent stores from issuing coupon codes, so this time we have links to some private coupons that need to be clipped. It works for the best, as now you can combine these coupons with Aliexpress discount codes during sales.

These coupons are valid until September 1st 2022.

2$ off 15$ discount for ALL the products in the TakstarAudio store:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_oFDl8Vr

4$ off 60$ discount for Takstar Pro 82/GM200/HF580 and ALL FIIO products in the TakstarAudio store:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_oCaRqHf

5$ off 99$ discount for Takstar HF580 and ALL FIIO products in the TakstarAudio store:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_o2C5Mxj

10$ off 200$ discount for ALL FIIO products in the TakstarAudio store:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_onGuaOt

These are exclusive coupons, please don't share them outside Head-Fi!

Takstar Pro 82 v2 - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32808454492.html
Takstar GM200 - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33012705103.html
FIIO BTR3K - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000849710696.html
Takstar HF580 - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32997885429.html
 
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Jun 30, 2022 at 10:45 AM Post #4,259 of 4,390

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There is a sale on Aliexpress until July 1st at midnight PST (less than 2 days left!).

The 100% genuine Takstar Pro 82 v2 is a crazy deal right now:
1) It's discounted 6.5$ already to 59.3$
2) The "3$ off 30$" discount is applied automatically
3) You can use 2$ off 15$ coupon for ALL the products in the TakstarAudio store: https://a.aliexpress.com/_oFDl8Vr
4) You can apply this coupon code for additional 6$ discount - "6ZUZU50" (use without quotation marks).
This brings the total (before shipping charges) to the unbelievable 48.3$ !!!
Takstar Pro 82 v2 - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32808454492.html

Also, there is a fantastic deal for Takstar GM200 (bassier version of Pro 82 v2):
1) You can use the 4$ off 60$ coupon for Takstar Pro 82/GM200/HF580 and ALL FIIO products in the TakstarAudio store:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_oCaRqHf
2) You can apply this coupon code for additional 6$ discount - "6ZUZU50" (use without quotation marks).
This brings the total (before shipping charges) to the 58.6$ !!!
Takstar GM200 - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33012705103.html

BTW, if you are interested in other products on Aliexpress, here are more codes that work in all the stores during this sale:
4$ off 40$ - 6zuzu4
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10$ off 120$ - zuzu120
14$ off 140$ - 14ZUZU140
15$ off 180$ - zuzu180
24$ off 200$ - 24ZUZU200


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Jun 30, 2022 at 1:06 PM Post #4,260 of 4,390

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