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Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 333 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 0.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Audio4.8   above average
Light4.6   above average
Sound4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Fit4.2   average
Comfortable4.1   below average
Music4.1   average
Range3.9   below average
Budget3.8   below average
Listening3.6   below average
Cable3.3   below average
Design3.3   below average
Frequency3.3   below average
Volume3.3   below average
Size2.9   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"i know my audio setup in my vehicles i HATE when its ear piercing or high pitch at all."
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"I am cursed with sensing the subtleties in audio frequencies and can assure you these headphones are perfect."
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"These are not small, lightweight non-cumbersome headphones, BUT they are VERY affordable AND they produce an excellent level of sound at a broad range of the audio spectrum."
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"Very nice audio fidelty"
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"And buying this might be all you need to get the effect you want, and between spending 300$ and suffering from buyer's remorse or spending 30$ now and possibly avoiding that later, this is a good way to dip your toes into a better audio experience even with an onboard audio solution on your phone, music player, tablet or computer."
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"These headphones are comfortable, have no apparent flaws in audio quality, and produce plenty of sound with even low volume."
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Budget

Budget:
"Hella durable but cable is annoying, I listened to them for hours, nice low-fi budget hella good headphones, better then anything i listened to but im not an audiophile, so my opinion doesnt really matter, does it.."
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"Long cable, thick tangle proof rubber instead of the flimsy nanocablng most budget cans rip you off with."
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"For gaming, it's not as bad, but the sound stage on these is pretty poor to begin with - enough so that I wouldn't even recommend them for budget gaming headphones."
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"Because of this, it's not unusual to see these pair of headphones to be commonly recommended by gamers, especially those on a budget."
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"Still, a great buy and would recommend them to anyone looking for budget high-quality headphones."
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"Hella durable but cable is annoying, I listened to them for hours, nice low-fi budget hella good headphones, better then anything i listened to but im not an audiophile, so my opinion doesnt really matter, does it.."
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"Aside from that they are GREAT budget headphones!"
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"These headphones are one of the best ones out there for your money on a tight budget."
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Cable

Cable:
"They don't look as good as the Superlux HD-681 EVO and don't have a detachable cord but the cord is very strong and durable thus far."
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"Hella durable but cable is annoying, I listened to them for hours, nice low-fi budget hella good headphones, better then anything i listened to but im not an audiophile, so my opinion doesnt really matter, does it.."
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"Are great, the only inconvenient I have is that the cable is too long for just listening music, but like I said in the other aspects are great."
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"The cable is not removable how i expected so thats a little annoying because the cord is really long, but its made of a high quality material so thats good."
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"I would hate it if the cord goes bad then I couldn't switch it out."
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"You'll never realize how nice it is until you have it, it's easy to keep out of the way (unlike cables on both sides).Overall, at $30 you really can't complain, great headphones for a good price."
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"DURABILITY, 7 10: Thick and hardy cable, also a tad long for casual listening but that's always welcomed by me."
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"I would feel more comfortable if the cable was detachable replaceable but for the price of $30, you can easily replace the headphones with one of the same pair or a different pair of headphones."
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"They are sturdy, the cable is actually a decent thickness and has withstood a couple shocks, but the air movement vs every budget powered amp headphone setup was truly awesome."
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"Other than that, good sound, great fit, very sturdy cord as well, and the price is fantastic."
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"Hella durable but cable is annoying, I listened to them for hours, nice low-fi budget hella good headphones, better then anything i listened to but im not an audiophile, so my opinion doesnt really matter, does it.."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"So they went from horrible to very comfortable, which is great, and are now better than the 518s for comfort which clamp ok but get hot."
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"COMFORT, 5 10: Occasionally they do feel a bit uncomfortable, but generally discomfort can be easily alleviated with a five to ten minute break."
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"Now they will loosen up over time but if you need total comfort then these wouldn't be the best ones to consider."
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"But, they can be worn for extended amounts of time with no pain and I have pretty big ears and they're very stiff cartilage so comfort is a big thing for me."
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"The headphones aren't too pretty and the ear cups aren't comfortable but one can't complain at this price."
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"Pros:-Good overall sound quality-Very comfortable for me and I wear glasses-Self adjusting head strap works well-Overall BANG FOR BUCK-Quite durable (iv'e dropped them numerous times and they still work as well as new)Cons:-Can't switch out the cable-Bass isn't too impressive"
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"Awesome headphones, these are super comfortable and sound very good."
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"So they went from horrible to very comfortable, which is great, and are now better than the 518s for comfort which clamp ok but get hot."
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"The headphones do little to allow a comfortable experience, but it's not painfully uncomfortable; they're average."
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Design

Design:
"i can only say that is comfy perhaps for a children or someone who doesn't really mind for sound quality that much, i am thinking on giving this away but for the price i wasn't really expecting much, it lacks bass and treble sound weird to me, i heard on the reviews that it was very bright but that was from dated reviews, i dunno if they changed the design, added some sticker under the ear-pads to muffle the sound, also seems that they added foam on the inside to change the sound signature, it just sound lifeless to me, maybe if you are willing to play with the EQ you will get something decent from the headphones, anyway."
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"Despite probably the world's weirdest package design, these headphones are why the Germans hate China: these are essentially the same form factor as $200-ish Sennheiser studio monitors, which i've also owned."
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"It was almost as if it was designed with the sole purpose of damaging the headphones."
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"What they are not good for is use in public, as all headphones with this design leak sound that will annoy your neighbors on a plane or train."
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"Notice I didn't say well designed because they look like a carbon copy of the superb AKG Acoustics K-240 that go for a very reasonable $89.99 plus shipping on Amazon."
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"They sound fantastic, are comfortable, and because of the open design you can hear surrounding sounds which I like."
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"Some people don't like it, but I think the design of these headphones is amazing."
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"Design is great, snug, have gone through daily use since Christmas 2013 without any problems."
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"its lightweight and since its flexible it doesn't break like every other headset iv used great audio and the headband design feels relaxed and not tight at all"
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"My first open semi open can so the sound profile of an open design hasbeen wonderful for me."
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Fit

Fit:
"The only complain is that this is a bit tight on fit."
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"I have a smallish head, so getting eyewear or headphones to fit can be a challenge."
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"The downside is they do not fit around the neck when you take them off and they don't fold up."
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"I was afraid when they said Semi-Open that it wouldn't be a comfortable or effective fit over my ears, but like I said earlier, they fit well over my ears and where my glasses line."
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"Mostly comfortable and fit well on my larger-than-average head."
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"They are comfortable and fit nicely."
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"Other than that, good sound, great fit, very sturdy cord as well, and the price is fantastic."
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"The fit is great, very comfortable."
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"HD201's fit perfect on my head and very comfortable."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Just curving down in the high frequencies in a equalizer fixed the problem."
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"Update 2 15 14: Now that the drivers have broken in on these, I've added a star because the low frequencies have come alive."
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"These headphones have a very good frequency response its not flat but its good enough for the price they are over the ear headphones, but they are not sound isolation, I'am very satisfied with these headphones because they can be compared or even better than some of the big brands headphones like the AKG or Sennheisers that cost close to 100 to 150 including the horrible beats which are only good for low frequencies."
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"I am cursed with sensing the subtleties in audio frequencies and can assure you these headphones are perfect."
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"I dont think you can do any better for excellent , very accurate bass frequency's than these."
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"The nice thing is all the frequencies are audible at least for me."
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"For the cheap price you cant beat them, The frequency response is fantastic..The cord is a little heavier guage than most other headphones and can take a beating without breaking..but if the cord does break going up inside the headphones, you can pop the small cover off where the cord goes in and take out one small screw and repair them yourself...The only thing negative about the headphones is that they do get a little warm on your ears after awhile because the size of the earpads do cover your entire ear..I give them 5 stars..For the price, you cannot beat them.."
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"While it does a good job, there's a low frequency that I sometimes hear."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Was looking for a replacement gamer headset, but didn't want to spend a small fortune for them after my last pair of gaming headphones wore out and became uncomfortable."
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"For gaming, it's not as bad, but the sound stage on these is pretty poor to begin with - enough so that I wouldn't even recommend them for budget gaming headphones."
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"I mainly use them for music movie listening though I have used them for PC gaming as well with no complaints."
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"For $35 these are headphones that have bass like $125 headphones and very decent surround sound for gaming."
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"Good if you want moderately priced headphones for gaming"
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"They got over my big ears just fine, and feel comfortable after many hours of gaming."
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"These headphone were purchased to replace my Creative HS-1000 gaming headset, and WHAT an upgrade."
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Light

Light:
"Sony MDRV150's fit good and are light but they sit on the ear and become uncomfortable fast."
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"It might be because I am moving from HD201 (which is absolutely light).Overall I would recommend to someone who wants a good quality headphones as an upgrade to entry level headphones."
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"(at least not for those drunken needs to feel the music moments, they come up a bit short)They are light, and bulky at the same time, but also seem pretty durable, for the price 5 stars."
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"Sony MDRV150's fit good and are light but they sit on the ear and become uncomfortable fast."
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"They are also pretty light."
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"So I bought them, and I am very pleased with the build quality and how light they are."
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Listening

Listening:
"Regarding comfort, I have a fairly large head and I found the clamping force of the 681's to be uncomfortable after more than an hour of listening."
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"Are great, the only inconvenient I have is that the cable is too long for just listening music, but like I said in the other aspects are great."
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"I am a quasi audiophile and when I felt the plastic cushioning of the headphones all I could imagine was sweating during the long hours of listening and overall discomfort."
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"With these headphones, because of the sheer clarity and crispness - you'll love listening to your favorite songs in ways you haven't appreciated beforeAn audiophile recommended these to me."
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"I can see it becoming annoying listening to it for too long at a high enough volume."
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"Only problem is that the cord is very long and not practical for listening to an ipod and walking around."
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"I mainly use them for music movie listening though I have used them for PC gaming as well with no complaints."
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"Sound accurate for casual listening and monitoring."
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"Sound is soft and easy and very pleasing, my ears do not get fatigued listening to them."
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"Are great, the only inconvenient I have is that the cable is too long for just listening music, but like I said in the other aspects are great."
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"To me especially after they burn in, Superlux produces very pleasant listening."
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Loud

Loud:
"Due to the semi-open nature of the headphones, they do not isolate themselves well in loud environments; meaning that it's very easy for others to hear what you're listening to, and you can easily hear what's around you."
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"i cant say how much they leak or how loud, but i havent gotten any complaints and thats sitting next to people."
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"That isn't to say they don't get loud enough to cause hearing damage without distorting at all."
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"Oh, music through these headphones sound amazing; my iPhone can power these no problem since they're only 32 ohms, so they can get pretty loud."
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"The ear muffs are dished inside so it traps a air chamber between your ear, and the earmuff...It's a little different then I'm used to, but the sound clarity is good, not very loud though."
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"Semi-open but not too noisy, impedance makes them nice and loud."
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"They still sound pretty nice and are really loud on maximum volume, but I just can't find myself wearing them for an extensive period of time."
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"HARX700's sounded very good and are loud, a little harsh with the highs and the headphones themselves are gigantic but comfortable."
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Music

Music:
"Very smoothI will say that I would not recommend these headphones for studio use or making music."
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"Are great, the only inconvenient I have is that the cable is too long for just listening music, but like I said in the other aspects are great."
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"The only problem is that people can hear the music if you play it really loud to be mindful of that"
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"For avg music listeners, beware that the cable itself is pretty long, so you might have to tie it or just shove it in your pocket."
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"If you're looking for your music to be faithfully reproduced with no coloration, you'll be best served looking elsewhere, albeit with a larger budget!"
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"Good quality sound but if you max the volume people around you can hear the music as well."
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"Oh, music through these headphones sound amazing; my iPhone can power these no problem since they're only 32 ohms, so they can get pretty loud."
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"Well, I pulled them out a few days ago and worked for way too long to find what seems like the perfect settings on my PC music player 18 band equalizer."
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"Quite possibly one of my favorite purchases on here and have been amazingly impressed by the quality of sound these produce, for music listening and production, to gaming and watching videos."
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"I listen to electronic and lounge music mostly and for both these are a nice sound experience."
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Noise

Noise:
"I don't know how well they isolate noise."
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"I studied in a room with many people before, but have yet to hear them complain about noise level."
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"The sound is good and almost all outside noise is blocked which is a bit uncomfortable if talking on skype (can't hear your own voice)."
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"The sound insulation from outside noises is not great."
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"Not very NOISE CANCELLING as well"
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"Semi-open but not too noisy, impedance makes them nice and loud."
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"They are very big though and leak noise sometimes so that others can hear as well."
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"Great sound quality, still comfortable as hell and does a great job of isolating out most external noise (room mates :D) Plus the cord is long and durable which is great if you have a habit of bouncing, flailing, or dancing whilst listening to das epic beats."
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"I believe for the price and if you don't want to look to far or take too much time, these are some of the best noise canceling headphones you'll find easily (as in not having to look too far etc.)."
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Price

Price:
"The sound isn't any better than other headphones in this price range and they are entirely uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time."
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"These are some very clear-sounding headphones, and at their price, it's hard to find higher quality sound."
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"Base is not as good as it could be but is really good overall for the price."
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"For the price this is a hidden gem."
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"To me, there are only a few drawbacks, but for this price, I can overlook them: They are a bit snug, but for my small noggin, not an issue."
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"These are more or less minor complaints again given the price they get some forgiveness."
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"Good sound for the price you are paying."
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"Good for the money for sure and durable."
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"Really pretty good for the money."
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"Overall, these headphones are amazing for the price, and this is coming from someone who usually buys headphones and earbuds in the hundred dollar range."
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"(at least not for those drunken needs to feel the music moments, they come up a bit short)They are light, and bulky at the same time, but also seem pretty durable, for the price 5 stars."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sounds quality is horrible and they just flat out feel like a child's toy."
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"Sound quality wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting."
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"These are some very clear-sounding headphones, and at their price, it's hard to find higher quality sound."
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"I was suprised at how much better these were, and what I was missing from my sound quality!"
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"Build quality is pretty goodCons:Very uncomfortable ear pads, can't use longer than 30 min max."
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"I know this is a mix review but the headphones have great sound but the build quality is not great."
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"Good quality sound but if you max the volume people around you can hear the music as well."
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"I am playing music at lower volumes (I think drivers are designed is such a way that low power also works with it) and sound quality is fantastic as compared to my older HD201."
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"It might be because I am moving from HD201 (which is absolutely light).Overall I would recommend to someone who wants a good quality headphones as an upgrade to entry level headphones."
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"Greatest pair of headphones bought, in fact cheapest and the best quality $30 open headphones i ever gotten."
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"Nice quality sound."
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Range

Range:
"The sound isn't any better than other headphones in this price range and they are entirely uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time."
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"Not only do they sound excellent for the price range, but we're no longer isolated from each other due to the semi-open-back design."
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"The highs texture is fairly soft (not rough or grainy) but they are emphasized excessively (in the 8-12kHz range), so some type of equalization is necessary there."
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"These are not small, lightweight non-cumbersome headphones, BUT they are VERY affordable AND they produce an excellent level of sound at a broad range of the audio spectrum."
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"Clear highs, great bass, and the mid range doesn't get lost."
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"Kinda slick in this price range."
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"Simply stated, outstanding frequency response, excellent S N ratio & dynamic range, great channel separation and sound stage."
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"After about 20hrs (although not quite fully broken-in) their true sound signature begins to emerge: dynamic, fairly clear (still slightly veiled in the mid range) with vivid highs and a remarkable amount of bass for a semi-open design."
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Size

Size:
"To me, there are only a few drawbacks, but for this price, I can overlook them: They are a bit snug, but for my small noggin, not an issue."
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"I only had one small gripe and that is the cord was broken internally at the tip when I bought them."
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"For the cheap price you cant beat them, The frequency response is fantastic..The cord is a little heavier guage than most other headphones and can take a beating without breaking..but if the cord does break going up inside the headphones, you can pop the small cover off where the cord goes in and take out one small screw and repair them yourself...The only thing negative about the headphones is that they do get a little warm on your ears after awhile because the size of the earpads do cover your entire ear..I give them 5 stars..For the price, you cannot beat them.."
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"UPDATE 07 12 2013: (Ear-pad Replacement with AKG-K240 Pads)Much as I like the sound of these headphones (second only to my newly acquired Beyerdynamic DT990-Pro headphones) the discomfort due to their ear-pads being somewhat on the small side for my ears, have led me to the decision to replace the pads with those for the AKG-240 (I've also tried the Beyerdynamic EDT990-VB, velour pads, but these do not fit these headphones)."
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"Only downside is the size, if that's important to you."
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"They adjust to head size very easily."
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"I like over the ear and these looked to be of good size, but after a few hours, i had to take them off."
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"But anyways these Superlux have a very good sound very comfortable to wear and they come with a 1 4 extention and a small bag so you can carry them."
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"Comfort: (6 10) The ear-pads are somewhat on the small size (although they do go around the ears) but they are pretty stiff and they do cause (at least to me) some discomfort."
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Sound

Sound:
"Now the 681's sound OK, but not as good as the 590's did."
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"The sounds quality is horrible and they just flat out feel like a child's toy."
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"Sound quality wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting."
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"SOUND, 7.5 10: Excessive, almost piercing highs; subdued mids; subtle and pronounced lows."
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"sound is clear, different sounds stay separated, weak in the bass, but bass is defined and present."
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"These are some very clear-sounding headphones, and at their price, it's hard to find higher quality sound."
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"Good sound for the price you are paying."
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"Pros:-Good overall sound quality-Very comfortable for me and I wear glasses-Self adjusting head strap works well-Overall BANG FOR BUCK-Quite durable (iv'e dropped them numerous times and they still work as well as new)Cons:-Can't switch out the cable-Bass isn't too impressive"
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"Awesome headphones, these are super comfortable and sound very good."
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"Good quality sound but if you max the volume people around you can hear the music as well."
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"Oh, music through these headphones sound amazing; my iPhone can power these no problem since they're only 32 ohms, so they can get pretty loud."
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Value

Value:
"Great value for the price."
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"The big value is the comfort!"
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"this is a great value for anyone wanting a cheap pair of quality over ear headphones who want to try something open backed."
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"Good value"
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"Great value."
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Volume

Volume:
"I used these every day, and the left earpiece was dead within a month and a half of low-medium volume use."
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"I can see it becoming annoying listening to it for too long at a high enough volume."
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"These headphones are to highs what a lot of those Beats by Dr. Dre sort of headphones are to bass, they boost them so extravagantly that it is seriously uncomfortable to listen to at an enjoyable volume."
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"I need to put my iPod Touch at about 70% to get a decent volume (Sansa Clip users beware!"
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"The only negative is the occasional slight distortion at louder volumes; the bass isn't superb, but that could be the Ipod version I'm using with these."
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"Good quality sound but if you max the volume people around you can hear the music as well."
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"They still sound pretty nice and are really loud on maximum volume, but I just can't find myself wearing them for an extensive period of time."
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"The bass is strong and clear, and the sound is crisp even at high volume."
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"But to get adequate sound volume with portable devices like phones and mp3 players I often have to crank up the devices toward max gain."
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"I had to turn the volume down to 25% on the computer to get a comfortable volume level for my taste."
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