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Superlux headphones sound better than they lookDespite poor cosmetics the insanely-cheap Superlux HD 681 have a sound that aspires to greatness and only narrowly miss the mark.
Hi. I'm Ty Pendlebury from CNET. And this is a look at the Superlux HD681 Headphones. The headphone market is booming at the moment but if you want good sound, you have to look pretty hot. Most of the headphones have been around as long as there have consumer models and [unk] don't usually look very pretty, they're often well-built, cheap and sound great. Into that category, we'd put the Taiwanese Superlux HD681s. You can find these online for only 30 bucks and they certainly have the butt ugly thing going on. For starters, it's covered in knobs that make it look like a My First Sewing Machine and what are these things? Clocks. What's the time? It's headphones time. Terrible looks aside these and pretty real made for the money and fit comfortable around the ear. As I don't fold it at all, they do come with a cloth carry bag. So, they look awful and oat-shaped but do they sound good. Well, no on here is balanced as the $60 Sony V6 headphone but they do have plenty of treble detail. Dynamically, they're not very good and can compress music, even if it's not already compressed. This is particularly true with broad sounding recognize. But bass is quite controlled and they can't go pretty deep without distortion. If you want headphones that will help you enjoy the music, this isn't them. But if you want headphones that will help you listen up for flaws and recordings or to make TV more eligible, this would work great. The fact that they are available from the chain from [unk] is even better. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com.