TWO PAIRS of high quality Samson SR850 reference headphones with three year warranty for only £38.95 including delivery @ BAX Shop
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TWO PAIRS of high quality Samson SR850 reference headphones with three year warranty for only £38.95 including delivery @ BAX Shop

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Found 4th Sep 2017Edited by:"musical"
These headphones are £29.95 EACH on Amazon, reduced from £54.58.

For an extra £9, get TWO pairs and a three year warranty.

Have a spare or share with a friend.

Here's what one of the reviewers on Head-Fi said:

"Simply put, these headphones are a tremendous deal. Theyd are available virtually everywhere for $60 or less. Purchased mine for 50 bucks from BH, and they are available online on some websites for just under 40. Some of you may have heard of a headphone called the Superlux 668B or 681. The former especially has received some great reviews here on head-fi and some other sites, with quite a few people putting them in the league Sennheiser HD600 and AKG K240. The Samson SR850 are made by Superlux, apparently share drivers with the 668B, and sound very similar.

The SR850 is modelled like an AKG clone, but I couldn't care less about that with sound like this for the price. While I'm not one to like to hype up products against way more expensive products when I barely have experience with those, I can say with full confidence that these headphones easily compete with or even beat headphones much pricier, the likes of the Denon D1100 and perhaps even the venerable ATH-M50."

You can read the review in full here.

Great reviews on Amazon in the UK and US too.
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Good flat sound monitors but not good for daily basis , long cable very big , zero isolating , but great for DJs good price hot<3
Thanks!
Looks like a decent price for a set of quality headphones. :-)
Anyone want to go halves?
These must be the Ones at School, the cushions feel quite odd not uncomfortable but strange
Radhi47 m ago

Anyone want to go halves?


I would but how would postage work ?
Forgive my ignorance, but are these high impedance? Will I notice a difference using the quad dac in my LG V20?
2 sets for ears.... on 2 heads
locktheworldout41 m ago

Forgive my ignorance, but are these high impedance? Will I notice a …Forgive my ignorance, but are these high impedance? Will I notice a difference using the quad dac in my LG V20?


says 32 ohms on the cups, so they're pretty standard, will be driven by anything
johnthehuman7 m ago

says 32 ohms on the cups, so they're pretty standard, will be driven by …says 32 ohms on the cups, so they're pretty standard, will be driven by anything



Thanks, but I mean will they be good enough to notice a real difference?
locktheworldout51 m ago

Thanks, but I mean will they be good enough to notice a real difference?


When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for. I'd recommend AKG or Sennheiser for good budget cans. The biggest advice I'd give you is that if anyone ever offers to let you try a pair of HD650's and you don't have the cash spare to buy some then don't. They'll ruin every other cheap pair of headphones you ever try from that point onwards in a way that is irreversible.
freerangeninja15 m ago

When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for. I'd recommend …When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for. I'd recommend AKG or Sennheiser for good budget cans. The biggest advice I'd give you is that if anyone ever offers to let you try a pair of HD650's and you don't have the cash spare to buy some then don't. They'll ruin every other cheap pair of headphones you ever try from that point onwards in a way that is irreversible.



Cheers
I'm no audiophile but I enjoy music. I was hoping to improve my listening experience without spending too much (as I can't justify it). I've not been able to appreciate the quad dac built into my LG V20, and was hoping that these would be a step in the right direction (although of course I would not expect them to compete with better higher budget headphones)

I might just risk it for a biscuit
locktheworldout14 m ago

CheersI'm no audiophile but I enjoy music. I was hoping to improve my …CheersI'm no audiophile but I enjoy music. I was hoping to improve my listening experience without spending too much (as I can't justify it). I've not been able to appreciate the quad dac built into my LG V20, and was hoping that these would be a step in the right direction (although of course I would not expect them to compete with better higher budget headphones)I might just risk it for a biscuit



If you want to read more about these headphones, there are 21 pages of discussion in the Head-Fi discussion linked to in the description.

These aren't throw in a bag or wear on the tube headphones. They are for home/studio/DJ. People in the thread also say they're great for gaming.
Unless you really want/need TWO sets of these headphones, I'd recommend just going with one set of the Superlux 668B's. They are very, very similar in sound signature and design, but come with a detachable cord which is something I find mandatory in a headphone nowadays so I can get the right length of cord for my use case, but also because cords are easy to damage and it can save you having to buy an entirely new headphone.

That said, the SR850's are incredible sounding for the money, but even at £33 for one pair, the 668B's are, too. Easily rivaling £80-120+ big brand headsets.
freerangeninja49 m ago

When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for.


Eh. You start to hit noticeable diminishing returns pretty quickly. And there are *definitely* some great value headphones out there that punch well above their price range. These Samsons are not badly designed, but they are super light and have a very noticeable 'cheap' feel to them. All the cost goes into the driver, which is actually really good quality. These are headphones for those who want great open-backed reference sound but dont want to pay for it and dont mind skimping on the 'feel' side of things.

I have some Philips Fidelio X2's and I cannot say they are 5x better than my Superlux 668B's like the price difference would indicate. They're not even 2x as good. The Superlux headphones actually have a wider soundstage despite only being semi-open back as well. The X2's are a bit more balanced, doesn't have the harsher high end of the 668B's, and slightly punchier bass, but none of it is a game-changing improvement. Unless you're a serious audio enthusiast, you're not likely to notice *that* much of a difference. I love my X2's, but they were a luxury purchase, not a value one.
freerangeninja54 m ago

When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for. I'd recommend …When it comes to Audio, you largely get what you pay for. I'd recommend AKG or Sennheiser for good budget cans. The biggest advice I'd give you is that if anyone ever offers to let you try a pair of HD650's and you don't have the cash spare to buy some then don't. They'll ruin every other cheap pair of headphones you ever try from that point onwards in a way that is irreversible.


Could't disagree more,the main thing you pay for now over the actual components is the brand name.can find equally good and sometimes much better actual sounding headsets at a much lower price but without the top brand name.
Seanspeed24 m ago

Eh. You start to hit noticeable diminishing returns pretty quickly. And …Eh. You start to hit noticeable diminishing returns pretty quickly. And there are *definitely* some great value headphones out there that punch well above their price range. These Samsons are not badly designed, but they are super light and have a very noticeable 'cheap' feel to them. All the cost goes into the driver, which is actually really good quality. These are headphones for those who want great open-backed reference sound but dont want to pay for it and dont mind skimping on the 'feel' side of things. I have some Philips Fidelio X2's and I cannot say they are 5x better than my Superlux 668B's like the price difference would indicate. They're not even 2x as good. The Superlux headphones actually have a wider soundstage despite only being semi-open back as well. The X2's are a bit more balanced, doesn't have the harsher high end of the 668B's, and slightly punchier bass, but none of it is a game-changing improvement. Unless you're a serious audio enthusiast, you're not likely to notice *that* much of a difference. I love my X2's, but they were a luxury purchase, not a value one.


I'm confused about your comparison with the X2's and 668B's. The X2's have much more bass. More soundstage. And definitely worthy 5x the price, to me, obviously. I can't listen to the 668B's because of how sibilant they are, even with 2 layers of foam. This isn't the reason they're worth 5x the price. The AKG 240's are similar to them, but not harsh.
Edited by: "rev6" 5th Sep 2017
rev65 h, 55 m ago

I'm confused about your comparison with the X2's and 668B's. The X2's have …I'm confused about your comparison with the X2's and 668B's. The X2's have much more bass. More soundstage. And definitely worthy 5x the price, to me, obviously. I can't listen to the 668B's because of how sibilant they are, even with 2 layers of foam. This isn't the reason they're worth 5x the price. The AKG 240's are similar to them, but not harsh.


Nah, they really dont have 'much' more bass. They're still open-backed and thus wont ever give thundering bass or anything. And the 668B's are also 50mm drivers so have a good size to better put out low frequencies(unlike the 30mm of the K240's you mention). X2's have a bit more bass, and the bass is nicer sounding, a bit more punchy, but actual 'quantity' of bass produced isn't a huge increase.

And honestly, they have LESS soundstage than the 668B's. 668B's are REALLY good in this area and it's why they are so often recommended for gamers. X2 might provide a more immaculate soundstage, but not wider.

You are right about the 'sibilance' of the 668B's if you're referring to the harsher treble, though. EQ'ing them down just a tad helps a lot, but I adjusted to them even without that. It's the main drawback of the headphones in terms of sound. It's good in pretty much everywhere other way. Not mind-blowing, but absolutely 'good', even by quality headphone standards.
Seanspeed10 m ago

Nah, they really dont have 'much' more bass. They're still open-backed …Nah, they really dont have 'much' more bass. They're still open-backed and thus wont ever give thundering bass or anything. And the 668B's are also 50mm drivers so have a good size to better put out low frequencies(unlike the 30mm of the K240's you mention). X2's have a bit more bass, and the bass is nicer sounding, a bit more punchy, but actual 'quantity' of bass produced isn't a huge increase. And honestly, they have LESS soundstage than the 668B's. 668B's are REALLY good in this area and it's why they are so often recommended for gamers. X2 might provide a more immaculate soundstage, but not wider. You are right about the 'sibilance' of the 668B's if you're referring to the harsher treble, though. EQ'ing them down just a tad helps a lot, but I adjusted to them even without that. It's the main drawback of the headphones in terms of sound. It's good in pretty much everywhere other way. Not mind-blowing, but absolutely 'good', even by quality headphone standards.



One of the more talked about things with the X2's is the amount of bass they have for open headphones. The 668B's are nowhere near it. I've tested both extensively and the difference is very noticeable. That and the soundstage. The X1 had the same traits here, but more grainy sounding. The 668B's have more low end than the K240's but nothing to write home about.
I don't enjoy the 668B's at all. I bought them because they were raved about. But I don't see what the fuss is about. Apart from the harshness. There's nothing special about them. And they're damn uncomfortable too (maybe just my head).

We say audio is very subjective here but the main reason people like the X2's are for the bass/soundstage and how "fun" they make things sound which is the complete opposite of what you're saying
Edited by: "rev6" 5th Sep 2017
It looks like my V20 needs 50 Ohm and above to trigger the HiFi Dac mode, so these (at 32 Ohm) aren't what I need.
rev618 m ago

One of the more talked about things with the X2's is the amount of bass …One of the more talked about things with the X2's is the amount of bass they have for open headphones. The 668B's are nowhere near it. I've tested both extensively and the difference is very noticeable. That and the soundstage. The X1 had the same traits here, but more grainy sounding. The 668B's have more low end than the K240's but nothing to write home about. I don't enjoy the 668B's at all. I bought them because they were raved about. But I don't see what the fuss is about. Apart from the harshness. There's nothing special about them. And they're damn uncomfortable too (maybe just my head).We say audio is very subjective here but the main reason people like the X2's are for the bass/soundstage and how "fun" they make things sound which is the complete opposite of what you're saying


Well you can go by what you've read, but I actually OWN both headsets and the X2's are definitely really good for bass by open headphone standards. But they're still open headphones. And 668B's already had respectable bass. Maybe it doesn't perform as well with the super low bass frequencies, but going from the 668B to X2 isn't super significant, unlike maybe how it would seem going from the K240's to the X2's. It's noticeable, absolutely. And it's quite nice. But you're talking as if the X2's are some basshead headphones and they're not even close. They can do some rumble and they're absolutely 'fun' by open headphone standards, but they aren't game-changing.

As far as soundstage, I dont know what else to say. There's no metric here to prove it either way, but it's very obvious to me that the X2's have a somewhat smaller image. It's still good, I still totally understand why others talk about how it provides a good soundstage, it's just not quite as big as the 668B's.

And no, the 668B's aren't 'special' if you're comparing to far more expensive headphones. The point is that they are GOOD, and that *for the price*, they are amazing value and punch well above their weight. Obviously if you have a much higher budget, I wouldn't recommend them, but for those looking for sub £50 headphones, I couldn't recommend them enough. Maybe the harsher highs will be a dealbreaker for some, but no headphone at sub £100(much less sub £50) is going to provide a faultless experience.
Edited by: "Seanspeed" 5th Sep 2017
locktheworldout12 h, 17 m ago

It looks like my V20 needs 50 Ohm and above to trigger the HiFi Dac mode, …It looks like my V20 needs 50 Ohm and above to trigger the HiFi Dac mode, so these (at 32 Ohm) aren't what I need.




I'm not really sure why/how the DAC would change depending on headphone Impedance. Unless it gives more oomph to the headphone amp (but they call it HiFi DAC mode).
Edited by: "rev6" 6th Sep 2017
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