Sunday, October 2, 2011

Superlux HD572 vs Sennheiser HD238 vs AKG K430

Sennheiser HD238
Most left Superlux HD572, mid AKG K430, most right sennheiser hd238

Most left Superlux HD572, mid AKG K430, most right sennheiser hd238 ( After folding up the Superlux HD572 is in between the size of AKG K430 and HD238 )
The AKG K430

HD572 Series
Monitoring Headphones

The HD572 is a supra-aural close-back headphones, which offer better isolation from ambient noise and feature high sound pressure level capability and exceptional comfortable fit. The HD572 features a powerful bass punch, expressly designed to convey the power of drums, while the enhanced mid and high frequencies give high resolution and detail, working well even in noisy environments. The HD572B presents a professional monitoring feel. With its excellent balance in low, mid and high bands and comfortable wearing even in a long session, the HD572B has become a great choice for professionals and consumers alike.

The folding swing-arms allow for one-sided monitoring and will fold into a small package that takes almost no space in your bag. All these features plus a wide, comfortable, molded and detented adjustable headband, make these headphones ideal for studio and DJ use. The ruggedly constructed HD572 and HD572B’s comfort level is as impressive as its powerful low end and accurate sonic imaging.

Type: Dynamic, supra-aural, closed-back
Driver: Ø30 mm, neodymium
Sensitivity: 99 dB SPL (1 mW)
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Max. Input Power: 200 mW
Rated Impedance: 24 Ω (Copper-coated aluminum wire)
THD: < 0.25% @ 1kHz / 1V Ear Pads: Leatherette Cable: 2-meter (6.6 ft.) Connector: Gold-plated stereo mini plug Headphone Caliper Pressure: Approx. 3.5 N Net Weight: 130 g (4.58 oz)
Accessories Furnished

Soft carrying pouch
Gold-plated 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adapter

Ok all those spec above is taken from Superlux web site. Let me try to give you a first impression of this headset but please bear in mind i am not a pro reviewer or an expert in audiophile. I am just a beginner.

The size and design

I like to compare it with my AKG K430 and sennheiser HD238 because they are design with on thing in mind which is PORTABILITY. But from the picture above you can see the 3 in comparison before and after fold up.

It is very light and comparable to sennheiser HD238. The whole headphone is made from plastic. It is quite sturdy. It has a individual cable for left and right channel. The cable is thick too and look durable compare to both the AKG and Sennheiser which is a shame cause the price i pay for this HD572 is just rm59!

The sound

I test the HD572 out from the box. It is a bright headphone. The bass can be punchy but when i drive it using my laptop, the bass is first i thought it is my headphone issue. The i plug in to my Fiio E11 portable amp and voila!! This headphone come alive..i can hear all the punchy bass from the Boom boom Pow song by Black Eye Pea.

I think everyone know how a sennheiser HD238 sound like. Wide soundstage, good mid and high which give you in front of stage/in hall feel. The AKG K430 gives you the on stage feel which is suitable for bassy song..If for vocal and instrumental or concert i will choose the sennheiser. Superlux HD572 has the on stage feel. It is like AKG K430 but minus the bright treble. I feel that sometime AKG K430 can be too bright but on the other hand Superlux HD572 is just nice!

Pros: Give you punch bass, good mid and high.
Light weight plastic made this headphone comfortable to wear.
Super Cheap price !!! at only RM59

Cons: It needs a portable amp to draw out its real potential.
the material for the earcup is of low quality and i doubt it can withstand


Patrick said...

These sennheiser headphones are really great. Most of important thing is that it have Velour ear pads

Izwan Rahman said...

I just order this from lazada. Nice discount got it for rm35. my friend order the 572A.. has anyone tried 572A? it seems open back?