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Best Superlux Headphones - 2019

We have currently reviewed 3 Superlux headphones. They're a fairly niche brand that specializes in budget headphones with a well-balanced sound quality, especially for their price range.

Test results

Compared to other brands

  • Good Sound Quality. We have only tested a few Superlux headphones, but so far they're the best sounding budget options within their price range. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound quality as well as open and semi-open designs with a good soundstage that is not typically available at their price.
  • Budget Price Range. The few Superlux headphones we've tested sound like headphones worth twice to three times their price range. Most Superlux headphones are below 50 or 100$, which makes them a great entry level option for critical listeners on a budget.
  • No Active Features. Although Superlux makes some in-ear and on-ear models, they lack a little in diversity. They have no noise canceling or wireless headphones for everyday casual use and tend to focus more on sound quality-oriented wired models or intercom headsets. On the upside, you can use some of their wired headsets for gaming.
  • Poor Build Quality. The budget price range of the Superlux is most noticeable in their build quality. They're typically very plasticky and cheaply made. They're also not as durable as other affordable headphone brands such as Bluedio or Soundpeats.

Overall, Superlux makes affordable and great sounding headphones. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound compared to other headphones within their price range. Unfortunately, they're not typically versatile for all environments. They have open and semi-open designs that leak a lot and don't block any noise. They also have no noise canceling or wireless models for more convenient casual use. On the upside, they're great entry level critical listening headphones and sound as good if not better than some models worth twice or three times their price.

Best Superlux Headphones

The Superlux has one main lineup which incorporates most of their headphone models except headsets.

  • HD =  Most of the lineup which includes open and semi-open over ears as well as on-ears and in-ears.
  • HMC/HMD = The headset lineup with a dedicated boom, condenser or directional mic.

Best Superlux Headphones for Critical Listening

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
Mixed Usage
What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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Critical Listening
What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Semi-Open
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The best Superlux headphones that we've tested so far are the HD 681 EVO. Like the original HD681, they deliver a great sound quality for their price range. They're also a bit more comfortable than the HD 668B. The EVO have a semi-open design, but their ear cups create a bit more bass and are slightly more isolating. It also makes them look a little more premium than the others. Unfortunately, they're just as cheaply built. They're very plasticky and won't be the most durable headphones, but their sound quality is well worth the investment. 

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Superlux makes affordable critical listening headphones with a surprising amount of audio fidelity for their price. Their headphones mostly fall into the critical listening category so they won't have any versatile, noise canceling, wireless headsets that you can use in all environments and on busy commutes. They're also not the most durable headphones since they have budget price tags. On the upside, they're some of the best sounding headphones within their price range and can even compete with headphones from more known brands like Sennheiser and or AKG just won't be as well built or as comfortable.

Check our recommendations for the best headphones for critical listening.



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