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Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 211 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 2.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Listening4.7   above average
Value4.7   average
Audio4.6   above average
Gaming4.6   above average
Mixing4.6   above average
Comfortable4.3   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Response4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Music4.1   average
Cable3.6   average


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Audio

Audio:
"I love the sound of the very affordable American Audio HP550's, but after my second one broke in not much more than 4 or 5 months of service, I decided to go to one of the Sony Pro Headphones, the MDR7509HD's, at roughly five times what the American Audio Headphone had cost (The American Audio's come at from $50 to $70, and while they sell a more top of the line' model, the electrical specifications are the same, and it seems the only difference is in trim and plastic color)."
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"They also still allow you to hear what's going on around you, which is good since I do audio work at home, but also need to listen for the kiddos."
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"Additionally, I am looking at ordering a pair of Audio Technica M20's as well."
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"Time will tell as to whether these headphones will last (all though I'm certain they will be great in that respect), but I can say right now that their audio quality is utterly amazing!"
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"This made a decent pair of audio headphones into a great gaming headset!"
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"Most reasonable volume levels, with nothing obnoxious being played in the audio emitted to the outside, ... that's just not a big problem."
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Cable

Cable:
"The cord is a tad bit long which may be inconvenient for portable use."
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"The cable is very long and you'll have no problem being able to move around your work area with these plugged in."
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"My only complaint is that the cable runs a little long, but any cable tie can fix that no sweat."
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"While it's sturdy for normal use, it's not a truly heavy duty cable, and I ended up having to splice out a damaged section."
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")Sure, a detachable cable would be nice."
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"Would've love a detachable cable thoQuality: 8.5 10Sound: 9 10Price: 10 10"
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"They have a long cord which is great for moving about the room but would not be too handy if you intend to use them while out running or maybe exercising."
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"GREAT soundstageForm fitting headband for all noggin typesLightweight, no vice-like clamping, great for extended sessionsGreat cable length32 ohms, easy to driveVelour earpads - get that pleather out of hereCons:Aesthetically bland**I prefer coiled cables, not a reason to take off any starsFor $50, there are few brands that make put out solid cans."
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"Cons: The wire cord is not detachable (however, the connection is very durable)."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I managed to relieve some of the pressure by disengaging the rubber tension that links the headband to the ear cups; this was done by removing two simple screws (thanks to Samson for including that option).Moving into the second week, the discomfort was much more manageable but the comfort was far from satisfactory."
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"I've used a set almost daily for two years with zero problems, and they remain comfortable even after several hours of wear."
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"is nicely built , is very comfortable and sturdy and it definitely wont dissapoint you no matter how you use them."
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"If you're having comfort problems I might suggest putting some small padding between your head and the frame of these headphones."
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"Its comfortable, but not for too long, the pressure on the head is excessive."
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"Another thing I should mention is comfort: a lot of people say that these headphones are very comfortable."
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"He agreed that the sound levels were outstanding but he also shared my views on the comfort."
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"I managed to relieve some of the pressure by disengaging the rubber tension that links the headband to the ear cups; this was done by removing two simple screws (thanks to Samson for including that option).Moving into the second week, the discomfort was much more manageable but the comfort was far from satisfactory."
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"Keeping in mind that his ears and head are much smaller than mine, it's evident that a lot of modification and stretching will need to be done to achieve satisfactory comfort."
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"I've owned more than 10 pairs of studio headphones and by far these take the cake as far as comfort, you just can't go wrong with the headband system, that thing makes a perfect fit every time."
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Fit

Fit:
"I've owned more than 10 pairs of studio headphones and by far these take the cake as far as comfort, you just can't go wrong with the headband system, that thing makes a perfect fit every time."
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"The comfort is good, but they do fit a bit tight and after awhile you do get a bit tired of having them on."
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"Modification:After a lot of work, I was able to fit these headphones with a detachable boom microphone for gaming."
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"GREAT soundstageForm fitting headband for all noggin typesLightweight, no vice-like clamping, great for extended sessionsGreat cable length32 ohms, easy to driveVelour earpads - get that pleather out of hereCons:Aesthetically bland**I prefer coiled cables, not a reason to take off any starsFor $50, there are few brands that make put out solid cans."
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"He said they fit just right and feel amazing on his ears."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"If I HAD to gripe on anything, the mids may sound a bit forced forward (good for gaming, but easy to EQ if needed), and they are not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other expensive headphones (dur)."
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"I love them for gaming."
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"If you have a limited budget and want an all around good headphone for music, gaming, and watching movies, look no further."
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"The sound is very good and a step-up from almost any gaming headset."
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"This made a decent pair of audio headphones into a great gaming headset!"
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"I did a lot of research for some cans that would be great for positional FPS gaming, but wouldn't lack bass and fun factor."
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Listening

Listening:
"Listening to music after I broke these in was astonishing."
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"I bought it to be able to hear people around me while listening to the video game."
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"They remind me alot of the higher end headsets that I've had the pleasure of listening to in studios"
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"Well, Samson has since swapped out the vinyl for velour and I find the headphones to be very comfortable for extended listening."
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"These turned out to be just as good as my other headphones which are for mixing music and they are easy on the ears if you are listening for a long time."
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"This was especially noticeable when listening to good quality recordings with horns (I was listening to Big Big Train's Victorian Brickwork.)"
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Mixing

Mixing:
"By the way, if you need to use headphones for mixing (not the best solution, but sometimes necessary if you don't have a treated room), then you need to be sure and use open phones for mixing, as they soundstage will come a lot closer to sounding like studio monitors."
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"These turned out to be just as good as my other headphones which are for mixing music and they are easy on the ears if you are listening for a long time."
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"Great flat sounding headphones for mixing."
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"Excellent headphones for mixing!"
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"I was looking for some headphones that provided clear and somewhat accurate details for basic mixing, and for the price, these headphones cannot be beat."
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"I ordered it for mixing purpose and I must say it is a great stuff."
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Music

Music:
"Depending what I do to the equalization, I have two choices: I can hear nice, rich music--and vocals that sound like the person is singing from far, far away, in an echo chamber; or I can have decent, but by no means excellent, vocals--and music that sounds like it's being played in a large rain barrel."
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"They're great for movies and gaming and bass heavy music, but if you listen to a lot of other music they might not be the best."
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"Listening to music after I broke these in was astonishing."
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"Nice headphones for the money but not something to enjoy music."
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"These turned out to be just as good as my other headphones which are for mixing music and they are easy on the ears if you are listening for a long time."
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"I listen to a wide variety of music and found them the be great with everything, with a mid bass that doesn't overpower the music but still is strong enough to listen to edm."
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"Oh yeah, other music sounds unbelievable as well (especially rock; I love what these things do for rock), it's just that I wasn't expecting or prepared for the amazing new sound of classical (if you can't tell)."
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"Thanks to their quality and great price (which is due to their plastic-- but not bad plastic-- construction I think), I'm enjoying music like never before."
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"They also work well for general music listening."
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Price

Price:
"It can get uncomfortable on your ears after hours of wearing, but for the price I wont complain! "
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"As so many others have said - These headphones have no right to be this good at this price."
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"These aren't the best sounding headphones I own but they definitely punch above their price class."
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"If you are searching for pretty good quality cheap headphones BUY THEM NOW you wont regret it."
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"They're not the most amazing headphones in the world, but they're far better than their price would lead you to believe."
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"Cheap flimsy construction and cheap sound quality."
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": These are probably the best headphones in the below-$50 price range."
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"These headphones are very impressive for their price range, especially being open-back headphones."
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"Great price."
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"Good sound for the price but poorly constructed."
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"Sounds great for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"I bought these headphones because of all the overwhelming reviews to be extremely disappointed with the sound quality."
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"I do not recommend these headphones because of the extremely uncomfortable ear cups - for me at least, and the sound quality is absolute rubbish and is really disappointing compared to all other reviews i seen."
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"If you are searching for pretty good quality cheap headphones BUY THEM NOW you wont regret it."
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"Good sound quality, but not super comfortable."
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"They sound just okay to me, nothing to write home about, but the build quality is pretty terrible."
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"I had greater expectations about these headphones, they dissapointed me a little bit by the sound quality."
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"Good sound quality, really balanced signature."
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"If you need studio grade headphones, you're better off saving towards something a bit more expensive since quality and comfort should be guaranteed."
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"Clean sound with nice separation, decent bass quality without being overpowering and muddy."
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"Amazing sound and build quality."
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"Very good quality very good price ."
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Range

Range:
"The Bass and the Mid range are not as good as the Denon D340."
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": These are probably the best headphones in the below-$50 price range."
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"These headphones are very impressive for their price range, especially being open-back headphones."
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"Bass response is still good, but other sounds in the mid and high range are fantastic."
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"The highs can get a bit shrieky, but a 1 4 to 1 2 decibel change in an equalizer to the top range makes it sound very nice."
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"Best headphones in this price range available."
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Response

Response:
"But the Samson SR850's had good... not the greatest, response but seem built to last under hard service, and as a bonus they feel very comfortable."
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"I remembered from my younger days that Koss was a reputable brand of headphones, and sturdy with a lot of metal, so I ordered a set of KOSS 44A's, and the thick dull response was unbearable."
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"Bass response is still good, but other sounds in the mid and high range are fantastic."
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"They have great response and will reveal harsh recordings."
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"What I love most about these cans is that they aren't loaded with a ridiculous bass response like a lot of headphones are."
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"They deliver clear and crisp sound in most cases, bass response is very good, but the thing I didnt like about these headphones was the fact that these headphones are not really neutral sounding ( for my taste ).."
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"THE GOOD: - absolute flat frequency response for low mids, mids and high mids."
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Sound

Sound:
"I bought these headphones because of all the overwhelming reviews to be extremely disappointed with the sound quality."
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"I do not recommend these headphones because of the extremely uncomfortable ear cups - for me at least, and the sound quality is absolute rubbish and is really disappointing compared to all other reviews i seen."
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"Depending what I do to the equalization, I have two choices: I can hear nice, rich music--and vocals that sound like the person is singing from far, far away, in an echo chamber; or I can have decent, but by no means excellent, vocals--and music that sounds like it's being played in a large rain barrel."
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"I understand they leak sound, but neither my cat nor my neighbors have complained yet."
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"These aren't the best sounding headphones I own but they definitely punch above their price class."
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"Great crispy clear sound, bass is a bit weak but probably more accurate."
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"100% stereo sounds can be heard well, as opposed to some other closed back headphones."
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"Not to mention, the highs sound okay to me, they're not over-exaggerated in my opinion (maybe I'm already losing the top end of my hearing, haha).Something I wanted to get out of the way before I continue: My opinions may be bias to some, because I have not reached the normal burn-in time limit yet (if you buy into that).Now for the short but sweet meat of the review;Pros:-Great sound stage: Being an open-back pair, you can really differentiate different panning placements and the stereo image overall."
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"Good sound quality, really balanced signature."
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"Good sound for the price but poorly constructed."
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"Sounds great for the money."
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Value

Value:
"The Monoprice is a great value for the money, but are uncomfortable and tend to be heavy on bass."
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"Really good value for the dollars, since they're only a tiny fraction of the cost of higher end phones."
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"But the Samsons do offer a pretty respectable value, and they would certainly be great for backup reference phones or in-room clients."
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"An incredibly good value."
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"I use these for teleconferencing and I am very happy with the sound quality and overall value of the product."
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"Great value."
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