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AKG 240 Studio versus the Superlux 668b?

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What are the differences between the two? I haven't been able to find a comparison between them


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The AKG K240S, definitely makes for a much more neutral headphone. The bass and treble of the HD668B is more exaggerated than the K240S. I am quite a fan of Superlux headphones because of their exceptional clarity and value, I mean the HD668 is a fraction of the price that the K240S is. If you want something that is of true value, I would definitely recommend buying from Superlux, because I have felt the pain on spending too much for a product and felt that I would have been much better off buying something cheaper, but of really high value. However, whether the HD668B is the right Superlux headphone for you... is the question... I have been looking around Head-Fi a lot recently, as I am looking for a new pair of headphones myself for gaming and listening to music, because I think that the JVC RX700 just isn't quite what I'm looking for, and my Hifiman RE0, while fantastic at music, just won't be as good at gaming because they are in-ears, not headphones. On Head-Fi, a couple members have done comparisons between the HD668B and the HD681 series. From what I read, the HD668B is much smoother than the HD681 series, but actually has worse harmonic distortion than the HD681 series, making the HD681 series technically speaking, the better headphone. However, I would say that if you tend to listen to a lot of classical music, go for the HD668B, however if you listen to other genres of music more often, the HD681 series is recommended. Like I have said, it is the HD681 series, as there are 3 different headphones in the line-up, the HD681B, HD681 and the HD681F. From looking at the Superlux website, and seeing what they recommend and looking at the frequency chart, the HD681B is best for rock, the HD681F is best for pop and the HD681 is best for those seeking boomy bass.

I am going for the HD681B as it has tighter, punchier bass in comparison to the the other headphones in the series, and should be better for listening to rock music, which is my favourite genre. I will let you know how I like them after they arrive and have some time to burn in...
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The AKG K240S, definitely makes for a much more neutral headphone. The bass and treble of the HD668B is more exaggerated than the K240S. I am quite a fan of Superlux headphones because of their exceptional clarity and value, I mean the HD668 is a fraction of the price that the K240S is. If you want something that is of true value, I would definitely recommend buying from Superlux, because I have felt the pain on spending too much for a product and felt that I would have been much better off buying something cheaper, but of really high value. However, whether the HD668B is the right Superlux headphone for you... is the question... I have been looking around Head-Fi a lot recently, as I am looking for a new pair of headphones myself for gaming and listening to music, because I think that the JVC RX700 just isn't quite what I'm looking for, and my Hifiman RE0, while fantastic at music, just won't be as good at gaming because they are in-ears, not headphones. On Head-Fi, a couple members have done comparisons between the HD668B and the HD681 series. From what I read, the HD668B is much smoother than the HD681 series, but actually has worse harmonic distortion than the HD681 series, making the HD681 series technically speaking, the better headphone. However, I would say that if you tend to listen to a lot of classical music, go for the HD668B, however if you listen to other genres of music more often, the HD681 series is recommended. Like I have said, it is the HD681 series, as there are 3 different headphones in the line-up, the HD681B, HD681 and the HD681F. From looking at the Superlux website, and seeing what they recommend and looking at the frequency chart, the HD681B is best for rock, the HD681F is best for pop and the HD681 is best for those seeking boomy bass.
I am going for the HD681B as it has tighter, punchier bass in comparison to the the other headphones in the series, and should be better for listening to rock music, which is my favourite genre. I will let you know how I like them after they arrive and have some time to burn in...

I was also looking into the 681 but from reviews many people say that the highs are too piercing and harsh. But have great bass, detail, etc. I have also heard that they sound tinny/thin. I could also get the Samson SR850 (668b clone). for $20 - $30 more. But the 668b might sound too boring or laid back. I've been told it is personal preference. The problem is I don't really know which I prefer more.

I'm unsure what category Coldplay fits into but a lot of their songs sound different. Alternative Rock maybe? So the 681b's might be better
Edited by General Crumples - 5/16/12 at 4:45pm
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One thing you have to consider is setting an EQ, I have heard that the HD681 series and HD668B both do well under a treble reducer or similar EQ. This should bring down the highs and makes them more enjoyable to listen to. Instead of just listening to my opinions, I have found this to be a rather good review!
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Yeah I guess. I am thinking of picking up a pair of normal(red) 681s this week. I think the 681b would be a better choice but i like a tad extra bass. Plus I can get them a bit cheaper at amazon with free shipping. smile.gif I was told i should mod them with the filter mod but I lack the patience or skill to do it lol. I'll just slap some velvet pads on it and call it a day. Do you think it would be worth getting an asus xonar dg with it?
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Yeah I guess. I am thinking of picking up a pair of normal(red) 681s this week. I think the 681b would be a better choice but i like a tad extra bass. Plus I can get them a bit cheaper at amazon with free shipping. smile.gif I was told i should mod them with the filter mod but I lack the patience or skill to do it lol. I'll just slap some velvet pads on it and call it a day. Do you think it would be worth getting an asus xonar dg with it?

Yea, I would definitely pick up a Xonar DG to go with it. Let me know what you think when it does arrive!
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Yea, I would definitely pick up a Xonar DG to go with it. Let me know what you think when it does arrive!
Today I am going to order the headphones. I will probably have to get the Xonar in a few weeks. If I order it today it should take about a week to get here. I might make an unboxing video/mini review thumb.gif I will let you know for sure.
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update, I just ordered the 681's from Amazon. I'm expecting it this Thursday
Edited by General Crumples - 5/19/12 at 6:11pm
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Reviving this, got my akg240, don't own the superlux 668b but the samson sr850, since both are almost clones... The akg does well in music, the classical ones, other kind of genres that don't depend on the bass, cause it's toooooooooo moderate, for personal tastes i prefer the samson over the akg for gaming and movies, the akg just for music and nothing else
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