Superlux HD-668 B
Superlux HD-668 B studio headphone, dynamic, semi-opened, self-adjusting headband pads for great fit and comfort, 98 dB SPL, impedance 56 ohms, frequency response 10-30.000 Hz, max input 300 mW, 1m and 3m cable with 3,5 mm stereo jack, weight 251g with cable, 228g without cable, incl. adaptor to 6,3 mm stereo-jack and carrying pouch
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Great Value Transparent Headphones
Firstly, lets get any possible negatives out of the way. Buyers need to know that these are open back, and with that comes a great deal of spill, both in and out of the headphones. Sitting on the bus and using them to listen to music is very much not recommended ... but that's not what these are for.
Secondly, the build quality - whilst they've held up perfectly well over the time I've had them, they do feel somewhat flimsy. I'm careful with my equipment, and I think any user who uses a throw them-into-the-bottom-of-a-bag policy will end up regretting it.
Lastly amongst possible negatives are the slightly odd lengths of lead that come with it. One is rather short, and the other rather long. I've taken to using the long one as an 'extender' as needed, but usually use the shorter one. This works for me, but could be an issue depending on sitting position, placement of headphone amp/port etc.
The positives are obvious though: A detailed, clean, transparent sound, with none of the inflated bass found with closed headphones. This might take some getting used to (for those accustomed to earbuds, or closed back headphones).
They are very 'light', meaning physically they are easy to wear for long periods without neck fatigue.
Despite my initial fears about their durability/strength, they still happily 'clamp' my head, and are nicely adjustable (including the pads at the top). Some users appear to 'mod' these headphones with sponge and gaffa tape to make a 'band' at the top, but I've not found that necessary or desirable.
The price is excellent. Even if just being used for occasional mix-checking, at this price they deserve a place in the studio!
For recreational listening (which I'd recommend, in order to get used to their sound), they have proved excellent. I've enjoyed many styles of music, and continue to be impressed by their detail and lack of colour.
Overall - thoroughly recommended for the price, as long as you know what you are buying.
Did I just pay 30?
Well this headphones were tested through a Focusrite Solo and from my Laptop's audio card. The sound was great on both of them, being the Focusrite sound slightly better. The bass was a little off in the beginning but after 30 hours of burn-in, the bass was punchy and accurate, the highs also became much more realistic and now they are not so annoying and keep getting better everyday. While I'm producing I can get the subtle differences in the mixing, some things that I can't get with more expensive headphones. This is not a headphone for big heads, my brother and father complain about the tightness, for me it is a perfect fit.
So if you think that cheap stuff is not good enough, think again. While this is not perfect, nor a war tank, it can last a long time if taken care of.
I would say that the sound is the best I've heard and I will change the ear-pads for some AKG ones to be comfortable.
OK for the price
When they arrived I did a first quick test by listening to some bass biased music - Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten etc. I found the sound quite OK, but not as impressive as reported in some reviews. Very good given the low price, but far from excellent.
Then I plugged them into my bass amp and tried them with my bass. Too bad - my bass sounds as dull over these phones as it always does when I use anything else than my in-ears.
So - if you want to listen to some pop music these phones offer decent quality for a very low price. For Jazz or anything where you want a neutral tone and transparent heights they or not the best choice - but hey, they cost almost nothing!
Bass players can use them for exercising. If you are up for a more vintage tone he will probably like these phones, especially if you use flat wounds. If you prefer clean or even brilliant sounds you need to invest more money.
Good Headphones for low price
the sound is clear and quite naturally, but bit sharp in high "klick"- and "sshh"-tones. I use the headphones for my bass-amp with backing tracks through the AUX-In, and it works really good. The Superlux got enough deep tones and i can hear every mistake in playing my bass.
The Headphones fit quite good on my ears without pressing too much. Also the two foam blocks at the top don't decrease the comfort while playing or listening, they make some kind of "light" feeling on my head (without sweating or anything else).
Everything is crafted well, the headphones seem to be solid and long-living. Even the 1m and 3m-long AUX-cables are high quality.
So all in all, the Superlux HD-668 headphones are definitely enough for my field of application. Only the harsh "shh"-sounds at listening to some bad-quality soundfiles can be disturbing, but you get some really good headphones for a low price.
Kieran W., 01.11.2015
Here's the positives:-
Very nice flat response - works well to monitor tracks 'uncolored' by bass or treble response.
As expected, great frequency range.
Has detachable cord - very useful to those like me who tend to trip over wires a lot.
Includes both a long (3 meters) and short cord.
Includes a gold coated plug adapter as well as a carrying case and a cable clip (although I haven't used the latter two).
Here's the negatives:-
Flimsy , plastic build. It has held up well for me but I suspect would not survive too much abuse. Do not sit on these headphones!
Plastic/rubber earpads - these get sweaty after a while.
In summary though these sound great and represent the best value for money in terms of audio quality. I would buy another pair if needed.
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