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Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones
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- Freq Range 10Hz-30KHz
- Max Power 300mW
- Impedence 32 ohm x 2
- Sensitivity 98dB SPL/mW
- Complete with Carrying Pouch
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This is the first time I've experienced this type of headband style, with a fixed-length frame and a band that slides down to take up slack between your head and the frame. It turns out to be quite comfy. Ear room is more than adequate, and after about three hours of use I am still not experiencing any discomfort related to my head getting hot or to the quality of the ear pads.
The sound is wonderful. If I tweak my equalizer settings, it seems like I can feel air being displaced when the speakers are being driven at lower frequencies. A sensation I do not experience with my Sony MDR-X100s or MDR-V150s. I suspect that the larger drivers play a role here.
The noise isolation isn't anywhere near what it is on my Realistics, but this seems reasonable as these are of a semi-open build. And really, when I've got music playing, I can't hear anything else anyway.
I'd suggest these if you're looking for something comfortable to wear that also sounds and looks good. I can't say whether they're the best bang for the buck as far as the aforementioned points are concerned, but I think they're definitely worth the cost.
Aesthetics: (2/10) The headphones look very good but Superlux gets only two points from me here - simply because, aesthetically, the HD681 are less refined AKG (K-240) clones, though the red accents are a nice touch. Cable is one sided but unlike the K240/K240MKII the cable is hard-wired (not detachable).
Packaging: (5/10) The headphones are packaged around a piece of cardboard and wrapped in a plastic wrapper. Not that you'd expect more at their price point but the way they sit in that piece of cardboard makes the cardboard dig into the ear-pads. The indentations left in the ear-pads do begin to fade in time.
Built Quality: (7/10) The HD681 are made of plastic and feature vinyl ear-pads and a metal-wire bridge. The self-adjusting support head-band is also made of some type of vinyl. Overall they feel quite sturdy, the cable is fairly long (about 8ft) and is terminated with a small 1/8in jack. A screw-on 1/4in jack is included. Both jacks are gold-plated. Also supplied is a carrying bag.
Comfort: (6/10) The ear-pads are somewhat on the small size (although they do go around the ears) but they are pretty stiff and they do cause (at least to me) some discomfort. In addition the vinyl makes them get hot even when worn for short periods of time. The HD-681 are very light weight and the self-adjusting head-band works well. Felt/Velour replacement pads from some AKG (and Beyerdynamic) models should work for HD681 but they will likely be more expensive than the headphones.
Sound Quality: (7/10) The HD681 use unexpectedly large drivers (50mm) for their price point.Read more ›
As for the quality/price, these headphones are well built, I expect them to be very durable like the Sonys. They are mod-able although I haven't done anything to modify mine. [...] has the details.
Sound quality on the HD 681's is good - great bass response, but the mids & highs could be sharper. Again, great sound, very comfortable headphones for the price!
Comfort: I have these phones 3 stars for comfort because the pleather ear cushions get hot after a while, and they are quite shallow, so after a few hours, they get sweaty and my ears start hitting the driver cages which hurts the tops of my ears. This can be fixed with k240 velour pads, or dt770 velour pads (which are much larger and fluffier).
Overall: If you are looking for a budget headphone, for $35, do not hesitate. I've got HD555s, the k240s mentioned above, hd448s, as well as some others, yet I still bought these, I definitely don't regret spending the money. Great buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are my at-home headphones. I have some closed ones for work so that I don't disturb my coworkers. These have the most accurate sound of any headphones I have tried recently. Read morePublished 16 days ago by kafriedr
I like the EVO's even more, but for the money these can't be beat.Published 22 days ago by audiomagnate
They do everything very well and nothing poorly, I have yet to feel the treble to be too bright. After hours of A/Bing with HPs costly 10 times more, I can tell these are thinner... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Paul Lin
100x better than my G930s which had constant white noise. However I do miss the ability to adjust Treble and Bass like on my G930 and I miss the 7.1 surround sound. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Blake
Very Comfortable. Fit my big ears. Good sound for the price you are paying. Excellent choice if you are looking for a good pair of studio headphones under 100 dollars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vladimir K
Awesome headphones, these are super comfortable and sound very good. I use these almost every day, and never get any pain from wearing these for extended amounts of time.Published 2 months ago by Exabyte
CAUTION! these come with a ridiculously long cord- its not bad for the house but it makes them hard to use on-the-go. BUT SO WORTH IT! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melvin