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Bargain on-ears that will surprise you.
on March 3, 2011
I received the HT-21s as a gift, not expecting much. But at this price, all I can say is they are pretty amazing. I haven't owned many on-ear phones (Grado SR-80, Senn PX-100, AT-EV5, Koss Ksc35/75), but the HT-21s can hold their own with any of them. They are a bit bassy, though I haven't broken them in much at all yet. But the mids and highs are crisp and clear, and the comfort-wise, these phones are much better than the Senns and also do a decent job of noise canceling for passive phones (they are closed, not open like the Koss or Grados).
Another nice feature is the single cable, better for moving about. And they fold as well. I tested them with several tracks from my headphone test playlist (Buena by Morphine, Hotel California from Eagles' Hell Freezes Over Tour, Cassandra Wilson vocals, etc.), and the HT-21s can handle it all with aplomb. What's most impressive is the price-to-performance ratio. Hard to believe these phones can be found for as low as $30 on sale. That's really a no-brainer, if you need a pair of on-the-go phones and don't want to drop too much cash. Of course, you can use them at home as well. I only wish they made an HT-21P version, with controls for an iPhone/smartphone. Is that coming MEE?
The 5-star rating is a context rating. Are they on par with the Grados? Not for at-home listening. But for the price (and maybe even high, in the $60-70 range), the HT-21s are tough to beat.