Superlux HD-660 Pro Review
Superlux is a somewhat interesting manufacturer of audio equipment from the Far East (Taiwan). Although the portfolio is always in the lower low-budget range, there are always products valued by professional users. For example, one of the most successful national artists for years has chosen the Superlux HD-660 (without “Pro”) for the vocal recordings of his album. This now somewhat older model, which I made available for the sessions with other studio headphones and classics from different brands and price categories, is virtually the predecessor of our current test object, the HD-660 Pro. Is the addition “Pro” really justified in the product name or just a marketing phrase?
- Great isolation
- Reasonably comfortable even with glasses
- Very listenable sound signature
- Require a good amp
- Not the headphones for use with your iphone or tablet
- Pads are fragile
Details & practice
Features and special features
The Superlux HD-660 Pro is a dynamic one Closed design headphones with a circumaural auricle. Important: The HD-660 Pro is available in two different versions with an impedance of 32 ohms and 150 ohms that we have been testing. The look of many headphone models from the Taiwanese manufacturer resembles various classics from a well-known headphone manufacturer from Heilbronn, which also applies to our test object due to the fork-like auricle holder and the circular, gray velor ear pads. Beyerdynamic headphones’ quality level does not reach the Superlux model, but the pragmatic yet solid quality should also be prepared for professional demands. Why, however, the cables from the bracket to the auricles have to be so noticeably long,
The wearing comfort is noticeably high! Both the padding and fit of the headband, as well as the glorious velor ear cushions, catapult the HD-660 Pro into my top personal charts of the most comfortable and long-term studio headphones, which is an improvement over the HD-660 (without “Pro”).
As with its predecessor, the closed design enables the HD-660 Pro to be used for monitoring in the recording room, for which the insulating properties are sufficient. The Superlux headphones are not a real rampage for use in very loud ambient noises (DJ, live, etc.), which I would like to state rather than criticize.
First, the “bad news”: The Superlux HD-660 Pro is not THE universal headphone for every application and for every taste – which might have been a bit too much of a good thing! The frequency tuning is a little undercooled, which is noticeable in a reduced reproduction of the bass range and the lower mids. That doesn’t necessarily have to be bad and reminds me of the AKG K701, which is widely (but not by every user) appreciated, which was the first headphone I used for additional control in the control room many years ago.
This is followed by a positive message: The HD-660 Pro has the genes of its predecessor, the HD-660, which is available for direct comparison and goes a noticeable step further in many aspects. In summary, one could say quite crudely that the “Pro” sounds even more noble and expensive than the “No-Pro” with a comparable frequency reproduction. Moreover, the HD-660 Pro sounds remarkably high-resolution, in other words: very accurate transients and an organic spatial impression without an excessively wide stereo stage, you almost have the feeling of hearing through headphones of the open design.
Thanks to these detailed, high-quality, and tonally accurate playback properties, Superlux headphones are suitable for mix control (editing errors, artifacts, etc.) and for speech/vocal recordings at least as good as a model for which the 10 or 20 – times the price is charged in the trade. Furthermore, with very accurate transients and an organic spatial impression without an over-wide stereo stage, you almost feel hearing through headphones of the open design. Thanks to these detailed, high-quality, and tonally accurate playback properties. Superlux headphones are suitable for mix control (editing errors, artifacts, etc.) and for speech/vocal recordings at least as good as a model for which the 10 or 20 – times the price is charged in the trade.
The Superlux HD-660 are recommendable studio headphones, which despite their low price, are suitable for many professional applications. Its analytical reproduction properties and remarkably high level of comfort are outstanding! However, lovers of powerful bass reproduction will find more practical models.