Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones
|Model Name||HD 681|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
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- 50mm Neodymium Drivers Circumaural
- Semi-Open Design
- Self-Adjusting Headband
- Lightweight and Comfortable Fit
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|Item Dimensions||4.21 x 7.36 x 7.87 inches||6.70 x 7.90 x 3.90 inches||8.00 x 8.00 x 4.80 inches||7.00 x 3.50 x 8.50 inches||9.50 x 9.15 x 4.70 inches|
|Item Weight||0.61 lbs||0.66 lbs||1.05 lbs||1.20 lbs||1.13 lbs|
|Special Features||Noise Cancellation||Lightweight||volume-control||foldable||Noise Isolating|
The HD-681 headphones from Superlux combine premium-quality audio components with an ergonomic design to offer accurate and detailed sound in a lightweight and comfortable package. Ideal for long, fatigue-free listening sessions, they are intended for use by musicians and audio professionals in monitoring applications, including recording live instruments and vocals, mixing, and more. The HD-681 features around-the-ear earcups which provide sound isolation from outside noise and help eliminate "headphone bleed" when recording in the studio. The semi-open design delivers a natural sound while still offering deep bass response and minimal sound leakage. Two 50mm neodymium drivers provide a rich, balanced sound with high resolution, wide dynamic range, and excellent stereo imaging. The headphones are equipped with a self-adjusting headband and thick around-ear cushions, providing the listener with a great fit. The HD-681 comes with a protective storage pouch and a gold-plated 1/4" adapter.
Condition Note: Item may have small scratches, may be missing some accessories and is in 100% working condition
- Superlux HD-681 Professional Semi-Open Studio Headphones
- Screw-On, Gold-Plated, 1/8" Stereo Mini Jack to 1/4" TRS Phone Adapter
- Protective Storage Pouch
- Limited 2-Year Warranty
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My first criteria is that they had to be flat. I want to be able to hear all of the instruments equally. They achieve this. I ran them through the paces of a wide variety of music. The Doors, Yes, Michael Jackson, Type O Negative, The B-52s, Meghan Trainor et al. These headphones really bring out the mix well. The more modern pop mixes have a deeper bass and these headphones deliver. The older mixes come through as airy and more natural.
The sound isn't overblown with bass like other headphones at a much higher price. When there is bass in the mix, there is bass in your ears.Listening to your favorite artists with these gives you a respect for the producer. There are a lot of details that come through that other headphones simply can't handle.
The long chord is nice to have in order to play an instrument/sing while being plugged in. The screw on 1/4" adapter is a great feature as this allows you to take it off and use these headphones on your cell phone/iPod/whatever you use as a digital media device. For the money, they are a great deal
Sound quality is unbelievable for $35. I am comparing them to my Sennheiser HD58x, Beyerdynamics DT 990 Pro and Phillips SHP9500 phones. In my humble opinion, the bass from the Superlux HD681 headset is superior to all three of the above mentioned headphones. The bass is not 'boomy' but neither is it thin either. Middle frequency response seems quite good too. Vocals and lead instruments are right out there in front but not in your lap close. The higher frequencies are bright but not 'hissy' and sound great. I enjoy a set of headphones that are a little bit bright, typical of open-back phones, without compromising bass. My DT 990s' are the closest thing I have that meet this criteria.
Another plus (for me) is that I have lots of music on my iPhone. After purchasing (from Amazon) a UGREEN lightning plug to 3.5mm audio adapter I can use these headphones to listen to my music without a headphone amplifier. They are low impedance phones, 32 ohms, with pretty decent sensitivity. I can hurt myself by cranking the volume up to high on my phone!
I use these for listening to classical, rock and pop. They seem particularly well suited for rock, however, I am listening to Coplands' 'Appalachian Spring' as I write this review and the sound stage is awesome! These phones seem good for all genres I listen to.
I have 1 very minor nit to pick, however. As far as I can tell, the headphones and head strap are all plastic and have an odor which I don't care for. That said, don't hesitate picking up a set of these phones for that reason.
For those looking for 100% perfect sound reproduction. You're going to be looking forever. Your perfect product does not exist. For the rest of you. IF you want good sound quality with a wide sound stage for a reasonable price, and don't want to invest several hundred or thousands of dollars in audio equipment, these are well worth the cost. You'll have to invest thousands to actually hear the difference between these and the more expensive headphones they compete with. The only people that can truly hear the difference between these and the more expensive "brand name" headphones, are those that think cost and quality and directly proportional.
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These HD681 are semi-open, which makes them feel a little less urgent, and more open than the closed-back 662s. They bleed more sound so I wouldn't recommend them for recording especially, but that does give them a lovely natural quality which I think makes them the best Superlux model for listening to music/movies/games etc. if you don't like the red colour, the Presonus HD7 and Samson SR850 are extremely similar rebranded ones with different aesthetics.
I'm not saying Superlux are the best cans in the universe, far from it, but there is nothing else that comes remotely close in this price range.
They might not be the best in every way, but great for my needs and at especially at this price, I'm enjoying them A LOT! For the first time ever I realised there were backing vocals to Phil Collins In the Air Tonight! Another phenomenon I've noticed is I'm enjoying listening to tracks I usually skip over, and the music is still interesting and satisfying at lower volumes than I usually listen at.
The ear cups fit nicely over all of my ear, the self adjusting headband works well, and they fit tight enough with very little bleed whilst still being pretty comfortable.
Now the sound... Well they have surprised me, not overall bassy and very good mid to high range as well. I've been playing a variety of music from Zeppelin's "You Shook Me" to Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and they responded very well and have a faithful vocal range. Can't crank them up too far as the sound can become a bit distorted, but that not such a bad thing.
The quality is fine if not top end but for this price at under £30 its to be expected but the sound reproduction for me is excellent and that was a surprise.
Now need another pair for my Grandson but now the price has gone up.... but still worth it!