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Old 07-08-2011, 12:16 AM
aimran aimran is offline
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Default My Samson SR-850 Review

You all have probably heard of Superlux headphones and the rave reviews they have been receiving. The Samson SR-850 is apparently a clone of the Superlux 668B. These headphones are apparently supposed to give you the best bang for your bucks and compete with $150+ headphones.

I founded the Samson SR-850 for $37 so I decided why not.

Initial Impression

The Samson SR-850 comes in a pretty nice and professional looking box.

Beside that, in the box, there isn't really anything else. The headphones are placed in a plastic bag with the cord zip-tied. There are also warranty card, a manual and advertisements, but that's about it.

Built Quality - 4/5

The built quality of the SR-850 is pretty good although not as good as its $150+ counterparts obviously. Nonetheless, the SR-850 is more than durable enough to withstand everyday abuse. The entire housing of the headphones are made out of lightweight plastic, but it does not feel cheap. The cable is thick and does not tangle at all.

Overall, the built quality is more than satisfying with no qualm for such an inexpensive headphones.

Comfort - 2.5/5

I founded the clamping force on these headphones to be too much. This cause too much pressure and discomfort for long duration. I also founded the earpads to be quite hot and hard. However, the SR-850 has the exact same housing shape as the AKG 240 and the earpads can be replaced with AKG pads which are much more comfortable apparently. I have not replaced the earpads yet, but do plan to do so. Moreover, replacing the stock earpads with the AKG ones not only improve comfort, but also improve sound quality as well according to other users

Sound Quality - 4.5/5

The bottom line is these headphones sound incredible for the price. So far, I have burned in the headphones for about 25 hours, far from the standard 100 hours, but I am already impressed with the sound quality. And this is with the stock earpads, not with the AKG ones that improve the sound even further apparently.

These headphones are very balanced with clear highs, good mids and lows. These headphones are spec at 10Hz to 30,000Hz. In my listening, these headphones do almost reach almost all the spectrum, providing very detail sound.

The headphones sound very good without an amp; however, with an amp, a Fiio E5 in my case, sounds even better. Without an amp, the soundstage was quite good. But with an amp, the soundstage increases, creating a airy, rich sound with lots of depth and detail.

Update: I added some photos of the headphones and its box. Sorry about my unprofessional photography skill.

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Last edited by aimran; 07-08-2011 at 10:23 AM.
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