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Superlux HD-681 EVO (Black)

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  • HD681 EVO meet the requirements of stage and studio professionals, who also loved listening Philharmonic grade headphones.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 11 inches ; 9.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Item model number: HD681EVO/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,528 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 17, 2013

Product Description

Selling models HD681 headphones are high cost, with rich bass and crystal clear high resolution and accurate sound field positioning. Its upgraded version HD681 EVO has a new shape, and the continuation of the first generation HD681 sounds descent, but more slender treble performance.

Customer Reviews

These sound very good!
Adrian D. Phan
If you're looking for a good budget pair of headphones before you upgrade to something more expensive definitely get the HD681 EVO!
The bass is strong and the lows to highs sound just right.
G Rukas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William on December 6, 2013
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First and foremost: The product description is quite lacking, so I will provide a list of what I received.
-Headphones [With pleather pads]
-Pair of velour pads
-A meter length cable
-A 3 meter length cable
-A 3.5mm to 6.35 converter jack

The physical:
Looks great! The outside has a shiny black/ matte finish. Some parts look a little bit cheap, but hey - for less than $40 this is ridiculously good.

I do not know if this is standard for everyone, but my headphones came with an extra pair of velour pads. Those are really comfortable, but I found them to be somewhat scratchy after wearing them for several hours.

The top headband is an interesting design. It is one piece of adjustable material, with soft air filled pads placed in the middle. It is surprisingly comfortable and I can barely feel them.

The cables are nice and thick. Not very portable, but they feel a lot more sturdy than most other cables I've seen.


After burning in these headphones for over 40 hours, I feel like I can make an accurate judgment.

Although the HD681 Evo's are described as open headphones, they are closer to being closed than open. They leak very little sound, but have enough "openness" to have a great sound stage. You could use them in a public setting based on this, but I feel like they are too big to actually be portable.

The bass is definitely there. Nice and tight, but a little bit overpowering (nothing that can't be fixed with an equalizer).

The mids are somewhat lacking. If you look at the frequency response graphs, there is a bad dip around 4k.

The highs are what really took one star off this review.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ozzy on November 12, 2013
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The 4 stars are for the value/performance. Unbelievably great sound given the low price! Are they perfect? No. For starters, maybe a tad less bass and a bit more midrange would make them a bit clearer and just about right. They do sound different depending on what you plug them into. I can only say that I've been listening to fairly good quality streaming radio and my own 320 kbps mp3's on the ipad, and the sound is amazing! I know good sound, have been an audiophile for decades, and am aware there are superior sources for recorded music. I can be pretty selective and persnickety about sound quality. I also know that if the music sounds good, just enjoy it, whether it's coming from a multi thousand dollar system or a favorite transistor table radio.

I tweaked the Evo's just a bit: replaced the original pads with the velour ones they came with, adjusted (bent) the headband a bit to fit me better, and stretched out the elastic bands holding the inner headband in place to loosen it. Now they are super comfortable and feel right for me. I felt the highs were just a bit too veiled, so I removed the discs of thick felt covering the center part of the drivers (behind the visible fabric covering), and replaced them with a layer of thinner, standard "craft" felt which was more acoustically transparent. I suggest you don't make even minor mods like these unless you are confident you can do so without breaking the 'phones. There are always plenty of sites to suggest modifications and guide you through them if you choose to try.
There are better ones, but these are cheap, fun headphones, packing plenty of punch, great detail and clarity yet have a warm sound. They don't have the harsh highs of some other Superlux models, (such as the previous 681's), but do retain their great open, spacious soundstage and separation. I can't stop listening to them!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JASM on June 18, 2014
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I ended up getting the HD681 EVO's. I tried them stock for a few days and compared them to the A700x's (it's the only cans I had around to do a side by side comparison, but i have heard many cans before). After some break in, I made some of the modifications mentioned by Solderdude in a PDF. After even more break in, I compared it to the A700x's once more and listened to several differences:

Definitely way more bass in the HD681 EVOs than the Audio Technica's. Bass was more boomy at first but after some mods and break in (velour, felt removal, covering up some vents, no filter), bass sounded a bit more controlled and punchy. If you want even more controlled bass then install a filter.

Mids and highs
Definitely there is a lot to talk about here. From what I discovered, there are two versions of the HD681 EVO's. The newer version comes with additional velour pads and a lot of little factory improvements (better rubber band, different vent covering material, etc.), the old version doesn't. The mids and highs vary between these two as well, mostly around the 5k range where there was a significant -db drop in the older version that has been since improved. The stock HD681 EVOs initially sounded a bit muddled, but after some break in, plus the mods, the sound became way more comparable to the ATs. The ATs still have the edge in sound quality and clarity, but for the price difference, I was absolutely impressed on what the EVO's were presenting to my ears. Besides, many EVO users have reported that these cans get even better after 100-150 hours of break in, so kudos to that.

The original A700s, although i have never tried them, are widely known to have some of the best and widest sound-stage for the money.
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