Superlux HD668B Headphones : Pros & cons with HTC Vive

Hearing is as personal as you can get. It is also probably one of the most subjective of human qualities to try and describe as most of us, on hearing exactly the same things. We hear those ‘same things’ very differently from each other. Perhaps preferences are determined by our personal perceptions and many other factors. Okay, enough of the high-falutin’ probabilities. These superlux hd668b headphones are, i imagine, a serious attempt to rival the normally mid-to-high-end audio-technica ath-ad series of headphones. As a 79 year old, i now have to accept that my hearing capabilities are not as sensitive (especially among the higher/upper frequencies) as they were when i was told i had ‘pitch-perfect hearing’ albeit when i was a 20+year old. . Today, i am unable to determine/perceive which (from among the superlux hd668b and several of my audio-technica ath-ad series) reign supreme. All produce very similar high quality sounds that are very close to the original performance when connected to quality audio reproducing players and amps. The only real difference which i (and probably most other audio enthusiasts will be aware of) is the “comfort factor”.

I rarely give things 5 stars but boy are these worth itkeep in mind that you are getting audiophile grade sound for this price so they have to skimp elsewhere (build quality). That said, i have dropped them many, many times and they haven’t broken. They come with really nice thick cables (2 sizes). Due to the headband design, they don’t leave any prints in your hair like normal headbands do, which is great for my hair type. The stock ear pads are super easy to clean but as they are fake leather, beware that after a year of use, they will start to crack. Now, i am no audiophile but the sound blows me away. So much so, that after my £170 pair upgrade, i barely noticed an increase. These don’t have much bass, they are very clean. In certain videos, knocks or sounds to the side made me think someone was banging on the wall or door in real life, the sound stage is phenomenal.Sometimes they even seem like speakers and i have to double check whether i switched to headphones mode.

I bought these for use with an htc vive vr headset, as i had heard they worked well with it, particularly due to the short cable. There are pros and cons, however, at least for me. The short cable is good, although too short to use on its own. 5m extension cable bought separately and it’s a good length, although maybe slightly longer would be nicer for putting the headphones down when taking them off. In fact, i may switch to the shorter of the two cables that come with the headphones (which is still longer than the 0. 5m one i bought), but haven’t tried that yet. The negative is that the headphones do not extend much. In fact, the main loop and headphone position on it seems to be completely fixed, whiel the little pads you can see at the top (where a cat’s ears would on your head) can be moved up and down, but only a bit. This is completely fine if i am wearing the heatset on its own, so i am not marking it down for this, but if you intend to use it with the vive, note that the extra bulk of the vive’s harness and cables, while not a lot, will push the headphones up a bit, at least if you have a large head as i do.

At this price you will struggle to find anything that produces sound like the superlux hd668b’s. I have made a few modifications to improve comfort and aesthetic. The original earcups weren’t uncomfortable but the brainwavz cups (in the picture) i bought for £19. 95 made these headphones so incredibly comfortable. I have been using shure se215’s as my day to day in ears set up with my creative e1 soundblaster headphone amp. Although they are an entirely different style of headphone/earphone i’d quite confidently say the sound quality of the superlux’ surpasses the shure’s and i also feel the benefit of the e1 soundblaster more than when used with the shure’sthe bass is far more controlled and doesn’t muddy the mid’s or highs, the highs are a tad overbright and have a harsh sibilance between the 4khz and 16khz range, this is partially down to the final mastering on some tracks and wasn’t noticeable on most, but can easily be dialed down on an eq. The mids i have boosted a touch on the eq to give a fuller sound. Obviously sound is subjective but if you find treble harsh on your ears i wouldn’t say to avoid these headphones just make sure you spend some time to find an eq balance you’re comfortable with. All in all incredibly happy, had a bit of fun with some spray paint to try and give them a bit more of a unique look which i think has turned out well.

I bought these to replace akg k92 that i have (stopped working in one ear after 5 months). Use them mainly for mainly mixing and mastering my own music but also for listening to music/tv. Build very good for this price. Comfort excellent but may clamp a little hard on a bigger head – i wear a small motorcycle hemet. I did fit the pads from my akgs as they are much softer and lying around – this means you can buy sheepskin memory foam akg pads if you like. Detachable cables are also very handy. Bass is deep, fast and clear without any boominess (people used to some equipment may find them bass light but to me they just don’t add bass to everything)treble a bit sharp. Not an issue for mixing as i check all mixes on various setups – hifi, car, phone, laptop, etc. Sharpness is in fact a boon as it makes getting all to common issues with hi freq noise/artifacts sorted easier.

Build quality can be summed up in one word, plastic. But sound can be summed up in one word too, amazingi had bought these as a replacement for my old gaming headset when it broke, after some recommendations from friends i decided to swap from a headset to headphones and a separate mic, this was the pair of headphones i chose. I did my research, the reviews on here are ample and cover so many aspects of the headphones, but also there are some great review videos to be found searching the internet and they were all very positive. This is by far the cheapest pair of headphones i have ever bought for gaming but the superlux hd668b honestly sound amazing, and when you consider the price it’s a no brainer. Music sounds good but so do games, voices are nice a clear, i could go on forever. They do have a little bit more bass going on than my last headset which i like personally and it’s certainly not overpowering by any means. Like many on here i wasn’t so keen on the leather earpads that came with them. They were ok, but a little sweaty after a while of listening and they looked very poor quality so i replaced them with some memory foam velour pads which are much better (brainwavz ones) they make a real difference for longer use comfort wise.

I’ve owned a lot of headphones over the years, none as cheap as the superlux hd668b. But many (most?) returning significantly worse sound quality for a lot more money. I read the rave reviews before buying but i was still skeptical, having many times been disappointed to find my personal taste doesn’t necessarily agree with the majority. Not this time though; quite the reverse happened and i couldn’t believe my ears right from the first listen. Let’s get the negatives out of the way: the ‘leather’ (actually vynil) earopads are absolutely awful and let down the whole experience. They’re hot, uncomfortable and – worse – they creak and groan with every head movement. I expected this of course, they were as bad (but no worse) than the pads on the excellent akg k240’s i used to have and the solution is the same: order some replacement velour pads and your ears will love you. Talking of the akg k240’s: i sold them to a friend who needed some in a hurry and was about to order a new pair of the same when i spotted the superlux. Having used both i can categorically say that the superlix sound better despite being half the price of the akg, and – unexpectedly – are actually more comfortable too. Build quality isn’t as good (but not bad either) and i prefer the use of a standard cable rather than the ‘professional’ (read: annoyingly hard to find and expensive) mini-xlr cable.

  • Excellent home studio headphones
  • Jaw-dropping sound quality at a budget price. Buy it 🙂
  • Budget headphones, bit overly plastic but AMAZING sound for the money!

Superlux HD668B Headphones

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  • Excellent home studio headphones
  • Jaw-dropping sound quality at a budget price. Buy it 🙂
  • Budget headphones, bit overly plastic but AMAZING sound for the money!

Superlux HD668B Headphones

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