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on 28 October 2013
▣ Source ▣
PC using Arcam rDAC & Graham Slee Solo SRGII amp.
Samsung Galaxy S3 (with and without an E11 amp) using PowerAmp Android app.
▣ Style, Build & comfort ▣
These are quite nice looking headphones. They're mostly made of plastic, with the headband wrapped in soft faux leather. Build quality isn't great, but sufficient; however, the left ear on mine squeaks which is very annoying. The ear pads are flat, made of soft faux leather and feel comfortable when worn; although, my ears tend to ache and get quite warm after a only a short while. They seal outside noise fairly well and noise leakage is minimal. The ear cups swivel flat, so can be rested on your chest easily when around your neck. They don't fold and do not include a storage pouch, which is disappointing considering they're marketed as a mobile headset. The flat cord includes an inline microphone/phone controls and seems to be good quality, but it's not removable, which is another negative. In a similar price range, I find the Noontec Zoro HD are a better constructed headphone and a much better portable headphone, because they fold down nicely to fit into the include storage pouch, they also have a removable flat cord.
▣ Audio ▣
In terms of sound quality, the Creative Hitz MA2600's sound OK (better than the smaller MA2300, which are poor), but they're very bass emphasised, which extends well, but it's quite boomy, loose and uncontrolled, somewhat slightly muffling the mids. Highs are also rolled off. If you're a fan of bass heavy, warm sound, you may be happy with these, but I personally prefer a more neutral sound signature. In comparison, the Noontec Zoro HD is a considerably better sounding headphone. They're more balanced and neutral, clearer and have lovely controlled bass, that extents nice and deep, but doesn't interfere with the mid range. Even Creative's own Aurvana Live have better balanced sound than these Hitz MA2600.
▣ Conclusion ▣
The Creative Hitz MA2600 are OK, but they're difficult to recommend against the likes of the similarly priced, substantially better sounding and more portable Noontec Zoro (both Pro & HD versions). Creative were off to a good start sonically with the Aurvana Live and I'm surprised they didn't just improve on the design of those.