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Samson Professional Studio Reference Headphones provides an outstanding listening solution for musicians, sound engineers and general music enthusiasts alike. With a self-adjusting headband for a secure, natural fit, the SR850s provide total comfort for extended studio sessions. With solid bass response, ultra-clear highs and on open-ear design, the SR850s ensure complete comfort and accurate headphone monitoring. These headphones offer an open-ear design for enhanced ambient listening environment, allowing appropriate bleed for better stereo imaging and a wider sound stage.
The 50mm drivers offer exceptional sound reproduction and wide dynamic range to instil confidence in your final mix or simply provide outstanding sound quality for your general listening pleasure. With a self-adjusting headband for a secure, natural fit, the SR850s provide total comfort for extended studio sessions. An 1/8 inches to 1/4 inches gold-plated adapter is included with the headphones. Whether you're enjoying music or mixing studio tracks, the SR850s offer professional performance and comfort.
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SR850 - Professional Studio Reference Headphones
With a self-adjusting headband for a secure, natural fit, the SR850s provide total comfort for extended studio sessions.
Samson’s SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphones offer an outstanding listening solution for musicians, sound engineers and general music enthusiasts alike. With solid bass response, ultra-clear highs and on open-ear design, the SR850s ensure complete comfort and accurate headphone monitoring.
It is important when listening over a long creative session that the headphones are comfortable. With a self-adjusting headband for a secure, natural fit, the SR850s provide total comfort for extended studio sessions
1/8" to 1/4" gold-plated adapter included to prevent loss of quality to the signal and additional expense should you require both 3.5mm or 6.3mm plugs for your system.
With solid bass response, ultra-clear highs and on open-ear design, the SR850s ensure complete comfort and accurate headphone monitorin
For maximum comfort a high quality velour earcup is used.
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My last pair of headphones, Goldring DR 150 have been superb. Lasting about 5 years, surviving one of those years with lots of tape holding them together. Decent bass for rock and pop music, great clarity for electronic and ambient. The Goldrings have great comfort, using oval shaped over ear velour style cups and a padded headband. They've been great but lately one side is crackling and they are literally falling apart. Time to refresh. Oh, btw, these Goldrings cost me around £85 originally.
Bought the wife some new headphones very recently too. I got her some AKG K92 at £38. A mile ahead of her last rubbish pair. For me, without comparing anything else about them other than sound quality (even after lengthy run in), they do NOT rival my Goldrings. How could i expect them to at a measly £38, but she's very happy.
So, across many sets of headphones, i've been reading lots of reviews, reading about comfort, build quality, clarity of sound, the arguments for open backed or not, whether they are studio quality or not, are they bass heavy and lack clarity, good for mixing, etc.
And i settled on the relatively cheap Samson SR850. They have a lot to live up to considering my love for the Goldrings and the fact i didn't like the AKGs and these are even cheaper! Have i made a mistake here?
Nope. I've sat with these on and the Goldrings, listened to various styles of music side by side, from Jarre to Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers to Terence Trent D'Arby (ask your parents), and i can very happily say these sound better than my Goldrings. Out of the box. I expect them to bed in after a while and actually improve. I'm so happy and relieved, and for under £30 !! Amazing.
Build quality is good, comfort is good, cable length is good. If i was pushed (oh, go on then) i can only think of 2 things that would make these headphones perfect. A detachable cable and oval earcups for an even better over ear fit. However considering how happy i am over price and sound quality, and they are my new favourite headphones EVER, i can live with the wired cable and round cups.
If you are used to cheap earphones, crappy earbuds, rubbish gimmicky gaming headsets that flash neon lights and have go faster stripes on them, save yourself some money, stop buying Beats (they aint big and clever) and grab these Samsons. I cannot recommend them enough. One very happy purchaser here for sure. If these break down (hopefully not for a few years), and they are still available to buy, i'd have another pair of these in a shot.
These headphones are probably the cheapest headphones available that give a true audiophile quality !!! My other set of headphones is the akg k92 which I LOVE and are fantastic. They are both around the same price around £15 more for the akg k92.
When I first got the Samson sr850 to be honest I didn't like the sound compared to my akg k92 they sounded too harsh on the top end, however I stuck with them and did some extensive burning in and run in with them. I would say it took about 2-3 weeks of this before they started to settle down and to be honest, now I actually prefer the sound on the Samson sr850s.
They have a greater soundstage because of the semi open back design and there is NOTHING that I have thrown at them in terms of equalization and sound output that they have not been able to cope with.....I do run them through a dedicated amp and they are fine, if you run them just through a phone or pc without an amp they will be fine unless you drive a very very low and loud equalized sound and then you will get sound popping where the drivers are lacking in power from the source, but fine at lower sound levels.
These headphones are more like having and been in a "relationship" !!! I got them and I was underwhelmed but I just thought I would but up with them ! They clamped quite hard over my head and ears...... BUT bit by bit by bit....I stuck with them and slowly the sound calms down, the comfort issue and clamping becomes a non issue and to be honest not I have this to say about them. Very very good solid quality build (made to last!!!!) Fantastic...no REALLY FANTASTIC sound !!!!!!! Probably THE very BEST at this price point, there are hundreds of headphones over £100 that will not deliver as good balances and quality sound as these ! ! ! ! ! To be honest as much as I love my akg k92 my Smason sr850 are now my go to headphones for sound quality weather flat or equalized....they win you over bit by bit by bit, run them in, USE them, even if you don't initially like them, keep using them , and these headphones will win you over and become your No1 friend and love ! ! !
Comfort wise, these do the job, but, as I have done, I would recommend replacing the earpads as they can get uncomfortable after an hour or so. Brainwavz Round pads are excellent for this.
If I have one other gripe about these, it's the non-detachable cable, however at this low a price point, you really cannot grumble. I would get another pair of these again in a heartbeat.
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