Guide for Headphones

We know it and we do not want to recognize it: throughout our melomaniac lives we have spent and consumed more pairs of headphones than of sneakers. With the total of that constant drip we could acquire a high-end hearing aid upholstered in velvet and covered with lacquered sequoia. But, well by ignorance, well by routine, we still wear helmets that do not finish bringing happiness to our ears: either they are too rough to go out with them on, or they have something that does not convince.

At Xataka we want good headphones and extreme competition has conditioned prices to make real jewels accessible. It is the best moment. But the voracious competition has led to a difficult handicap: what to choose?

Previous considerations

Before releasing our euros and ending up repentant in the process, it is convenient to ask ourselves a series of questions about the different subfamilies of headphones: do we want them as button or diadem? Will we go out with them or will they be connected to the PC at all times? Wireless or with several meters of cable? Will we watch TV, play video games, or even dedicate them to producing music?

Starting from these questions, for this guide we have preferred to focus attention on those Bluetooth Headset Pro that listen to music, without emphasis on specific styles or genres: that offer a balanced performance, do not excessively color -not distort or ridiculously reduce the signal- and its usability outdoors be efficient.

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They are within the family of the semi-closed / closed, which in other words translates as we barely escaped sound and the noise we receive from the outside is either very dim or imperceptible. All comply with minimum requirements – OFC or oxygen free cable, with a cable from 1.1 meters, updated standard plugins – and are currently available in any online store or specialized store.

SuperLux HD681B

SuperLux is part of Avlex Corporation, a company based in Kansas City that has spent little more than a decade distributing mid-range headphones at truly competitive prices. The 681 series is perhaps a serious candidate for the throne of the (pre) HiFi diadem, especially the ‘B’ model. The difference with respect to the ‘F’ model is that it colors the bass slightly and enhances some means, giving an additional brightness to the response against the flat frequency of its close relative. On the other hand, the 681 version was thought to be the most attractive for the client, but its low enhancement is excessively artificial after half an hour.

This model ‘B’ part with an additional advantage: its circumaureal design responds better in public environments, against for example the model Evo BK or WH, slightly redesigned and semi-open, letting pass some more noise. They are, on the other hand, subtly heavier than the original model -276 grams versus 220-. For less than 30 euros we have some of the best helmets in the market ; there are those who use them to produce music in home studios, and in podcasting and amateur radio. Its nominal power is huge (300 mW) and, compared to the HD668B model, it fits better the handling and the passage of time.

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Sound MAGIC E10S

Here is the other side of the coin. This Hong Kong company has not been with us for ten years and has already been able to design a solid line of intraaural headphones, reaping awards wherever it has competed. In fact, the iteration of 2012 ‘E10VBK’ received from What HiFi! The award for the best product.

Neither its design nor its packaging are especially attractive, the head is fixed and the 3.5mm jack input is no longer gold-plated, but the performance is beyond doubt: solid bass over a warm equalizer, clear highs and balanced media and with enough depth.

The acoustic damper isolates any noise and, as usual, has pads in three sizes. Its microphone and control is compatible with virtually any current model of smartphone and its scarce 11 grams are ideal to hang and shoot. In contrast to the Sony intermediate series – with special emphasis on the EX450 – or its rivals in the Sennheiser CX series, the SoundMAGICs demonstrate a lower but deeper range of response and warmth and, above all, a long-term performance.

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