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Superlux HD681 Headphones

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  • Truly versatile headphones
  • Stunning hi fi sound quality
  • Comfortable headband and earpads
  • Perfect for music dvd and games
  • Screw on 3.5 to 6.3 adaptor
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 18.7 x 20 cm ; 277 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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  • Item model number: HD681
  • ASIN: B002GHIPYI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Deep low frequency 'on stage' sound;perfect for enjoying beauty of classical music and other large ensemble sounds;the HD681 will surprise you with its breadth clarity and dynamic presence.

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1 Pr Headphones
soft carry pouch

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By José Fonseca on 6 May 2012
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Wow factor for the price tag! Superlux is getting a reputation of being a monster killer, and it is.

Pros:

Price.
Well built quality.
Light.
Warm and balanced sound.
Good, balanced and exact bass.
Fits well overall.

Cons (actually ths is known for this headphones, not a thing to worry to much):

Sweaty/unconfortable ear pads. (Switch them by the original velour pads from AKG k240. Do this and it will improve a LOT!)
Highs are a bit overwhelming but nothing to be scared about(can be simple adjusted with an equalizer, and its fine)

Conclusion:

If you want to enter the world of headphone audiophilia, this is the right one to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By migraineboy on 24 Oct. 2012
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I've been pondering these for a while and decided to take the plunge when they came down to £15.

Sound quality-wise, when you take in to consideration the cost of them, they are absolutely superb. I honestly think they sound better than £180 AKG K550's I owned, but then I really didn't rate those too much... they were crystal clear but had absolutely no aggressiveness to them. I'd probably put these headphones on par with Goldring NS1000's in terms of sound. There really isn't much difference from the two apart from the better soundstage with these. Neither really excel in bass, but they can still be very dynamic when they need to be.

However, where these really drop the ball is with the comfort. The pleather has absolutely no give or slack, and after 15 - 20 minutes of pressure they begin to dig into your jaw. It's really not comfortable at all and actually hurts a little. It can be alleviated slightly but putting some folded up paper in the gap between the bottom of the headband leather and the cans, but then that unseals them slightly weakening the bass.

I've given them four stars solely because they sound better than £180 headphones, and that in itself is a feat. But just be prepared to have to splash out extra on better pads...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Edge on 9 Feb. 2010
excellent headphones, cant fault em at all, great sound quality. for the money they are unbeatable value, highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Francis George on 27 Oct. 2011
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Out of the box they are very sharp on the treble. I don't think I would be able to wear them for long, although they are fine for skyping. Lowering the treble by about 7db's and they become practical. I found 3 layers of toilet paper also does this fine. However properly equalized with a parametric - highly adjustable - equalizer (ie. Electri-Q plugin or the Ipod/Nano/Sansa free 3rd party firmware, Rockbox) by accurately taking out the sharp treble peaks, filling in a notch and flattening out the low bass then they sound very good indeed. Search google for "headphone equalization headfi" for more on this. More expensive headphones have flatter frequencies and don't require so much adjustment.

For £20 they are a bargain even unequalized so long as you've a little tissue paper handy, but with equalisation they are really something else, just beautiful. I discovered them on the forums where they are sometimes said to be giant killers; and that's just with treble adjustment. I'm thinking of getting another simply as a spare as the price is such a bargain. The parametric settings I need are 30Hz +6db q=2.8 (bw=0.5), 5000Hz +4db q=5.4 (bw=.25), 8000Hz -8db q=6.4 (bw=.2), 12400Hz -6db q=6.4, and a touch decrease on overall treble (to taste, in my case -7db). Rockbox uses 'Q' but other parametric equalizers use bandwidth (bw) and they are not the same numbers though they have the same function of defining the width/spread of the targeted equalisation.

Keep in mind that they are semi-open: a lot of sound leaks out and they aren't much good in a noisy environment. Supposedly this increases soundstage. And they have a lot of that.

Out of the box, 3 stars. Toilet tissue= 4 stars. Equalisation = 5 stars.
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The HD681 is according to me the best headphone you can get for that price. I have owned one for almost a year now and have ordered 4 more for my sister, girlfriend and other people. Some people will prefer other models such as the "Superlux HD668B Headphones" because the cable can be replaced with a shorter one, but the main reason I like the HD681-series is for the ability to mod it. The inner workings of this headphone are rough so if the cable would fail or break, it's very easy to disassemble the headphone and solder a new cable. There are even mods available to add a filter (to alter the sound) and I have even placed an AUX connector inside where the cable was connected (this allows me to use any cable I want).

I suggest replacing the pads with AKG K-240/270/271 Velour Pad for more comfort.

The bad
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The only few things I would consider bad is that for children, the headphone is a bit too large, and there is no easy way to make the headband smaller other than replacing it all together. Also the "plastic" headband is not very durable and after a year broke in my case so I replaced it with a leather one (self-made). But don't forget I'm a very heavy user and I take my headphone everywhere I go!

PS: You might think you'd not wear one of these in public, but trust me, you will! And in the winter it will keep your ears warm for free!
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