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5.0 out of 5 stars bargain of the budget? headphone world, 21 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Superlux HD-662 Closed Back Studio Headphones (Electronics)
have previously been a headphone audiophile in a different life, used to own akg k1000, grado ps1000 and sen hd 600, 800, markl modded denon d5000's, etymotic er4 etc

sold all of those a few years back as i got out of the game, so to speak

have been using an old pair of sen 555's as my daily cans for movies and gaming, music.

after 6 years use these physically broke on one of the arms the other day

researched online about bang for buck, as i only now wanted to spend upto £50, as this was an unplanned expenditure due the breakage

looked at a lot of headphone reviews in this price bracket, samson and superlux came up a lot, some often a clone of each other, settled on the superlux 662's as this time i wanted to go closed as opposed to the open sen 555's - i wasnt expecting the world at this price, obviously, but knew they offered good value from others comments / reviews

received them a few days after ordering through amazon, via AMP3 seller - ran them for 24 hours straight with isoteks small systems refresher and demagnetizer cd, just to loosen them up and get them run in a wee bit (couldnt wait longer than 24 hours)

and boy am i suprised, these are very accurate cans indeed, maybe a bit too accurate for those who like a big warm eq curve inbuilt, i fired up some flac tracks i was familiar with and gave them an airing, some nice extension on the lower frequencies, some of the upper freqs a bit harsh at first, i thought this is either the cans, or me, or both, so percevered for a few days and sure enough this has leveled out a bit, either physically or with me simply getting used to it, now they have a good even representation, still on the lean side comparitively, but i did always like clinical sounding units.

funnily enough the biggest showcase of their quality came where i was not expecting it, compared to the sen 555's (a headphone which is approximately 3-4 x the price) was playing BF3, suddenly everything had a solid thud to it, a deep reaching bass impact, even on pistol rounds, or things exploding in the distance, there was like an added dimension to every in game sound, instead of them sounding slightly crisp and short lived as before, now there was a solid, weighty impact to effects and a slight addition to the roll-off duration, what i mean is before a gunshot would resolve itself as just that, a gunshot, and be gone, now the gunshot has a high (the intial noise) and there is a longer section to it, the bass of the reverb of the after shot, which is very nicely manifested via the superluxes, its hard to explain but it gives more texture to all the sounds and makes it sound more quality all round and not so shallow and crisp - adds a weight to everything which is nice - normally music would be the area which i would see differences between cans, and there is, but here it was a pc game off all things which highlighted the superior capabilities over the much more expensive sennheisers.

am very pleased with the purchase, and now knowing these are available for £25, anytime in the future, well sennheiser have lost me as a budget headphone customer from now on, these are more in the realm of the sen 650 bracket i would suggest (from notoriously poor audio memory) - the sen 600's probably pip them (as i always did prefer the sen 600's to the 650's)

the isolation is excellent, as is the build quality, nice fat comfy pads in a leatherette type material, self adjusting band within frame type form factor, nice clamping force (not too much)

i would stick my neck out and suggest if you have less than £150-£200 to spend on a full size of closed headphones, you wont beat these. try them, i was always a bit of a brand snob, but having these superlux make me feel like i am having the last laugh :)

p.s. seeing as this review was hastily bashed out after only 3-4 days of ownership, i am hoping the usual 300 hour plus rule will yield even further refinement and settling in...
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