When it comes to discussion about affordable headsets, the name Superlux appears so often that it got me curious, and so I ordered the much praised Superlux HD681 EVO to see what’s so good about it. I was also in need of a good headset, considering some of my videos on YouTube were awful when it comes to audio as I wasn’t able to gauge the output correctly with my existing setup.

Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset Review

Enter the Superlux HD681 EVO, an affordable Professional Monitor Headset that retails for an unbelievably low price of RM 150. From my experience, headsets at RM 100 – 200 price range are often misses, meaning they’re often inept even for gaming purpose so what more can an RM 150 headset that claims to be a professional monitor do?

Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset Review

The unit feels alright, not something well build but not something of cheap plastic either.

Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset Review

The unit comes with moderately flexible closed-cup earpiece and spacious area within the PVC cushion.

Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset Review

What’s included in the package are velvet earcups, bag, manuals and 2 cables.

Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset Review

The HD681 EVO does not come with any cable pre-attached but instead it comes with one short and one long cable (1M and 3M) so you get to decide how the cable length ought to be.

I do not have other details of the headset as it’s not listed on the Superlux website.

User Experience

I’m quite picky when it comes to audio, not the level of a true-blue audiophile but I’m one who is discerning enough to observe audio quality. Right from the moment I played my first test track, I was stunned by the output of this little number.

It’s totally unbelievable that an RM 150 headset could produce such fine quality output, the soundstage is good, the tones are well covered all across. It’s no surprise that people are praising it all over, checkout the comments at Head-Fi.

One of my favorite test would be the soundtrack from Aldnoah Zero by Sawano Hiroyuki and my jaw dropped as I’m hearing instruments that I’ve not heard before, this to me is a hallmark of a good headset.

As the HD681 EVO is a monitor headset, it does not come with mic nor volume control like a gaming headset, and it does not have exaggerated bass and treble like a gaming headset either. The unit is so simple it doesn’t need any software for configuration, you get to hear exactly how the output is and from what I’ve experienced, it works fine even for watching shows and playing games as long as you don’t mind output. To me the output on the HD681 EVO is excellent, the bass is not loud but it’s of excellent quality as it doesn’t sound hollow, and the treble is just as what it should be and not piercing your eardrums.

The Verdict

The Superlux HD681 EVO Professional Monitor Headset retails at RM 150, it’s a neat all-rounder – a Professional Monitor headset that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg that works fine for entertainment purposes. Of course if you are already a user of headsets like those from Shure, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic and the likes of high-end headsets then clearly this is not the one for you unless you’re looking for a cost-effective backup.

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