Silver Crest IAN 9436 Jul 2, 2014 17:09:20 GMT
Post by jc on Jul 2, 2014 17:09:20 GMT
On a whim I picked up a couple of these for the kids, being very cheap at €9.95 each! I had a quick listen in the store using my 'phone and they seemed OK. The manufacturer is named as Hoyer Handel GMBH.
They are a closed supra aural design that partially fold. The cable is single side entry on the left cup, this has a cord like feel and not too skinny, terminating in a 3.5mm plug. No 6.3mm adapter is provided meaning these are intended for portable use. On the right cup there is the natty feature of a pass through socket for a second listener. The headband is padded with a fabric covering, simple wire bar sliders for size adjustment and no lateral pivot.
Build quality, at the price, is better than one should expect, the only possible weak spot being the cable entry point. Comfort is good, just the right pressure, the headband is cosey and the earpads seal well, though may be sweaty on long use.
Again using my 'phone (HTC One S) and mp3 material, the overall sound is quite full, exaggerated upper bass, sufficient lower bass and quite a calm top end, without being recessed, the mids are coherent. I'm reminded of the Superlux HD661 without the bright top end. Trying the kids phones (Samsung S4) I heard pretty much the same sound signature, this was also carried through to my Fuze+. While on the Fuze+ I tried some Flac files, there was some obvious detail loss compared to pricier headphones (Senny HD560ovII were to hand) but nothing to make the sound unpleasant.
Moving on to amplification, a Zigis 3x9v portable amp, the sound becomes a little overblown, that upper bass becoming very prominent although the mid and high frequencies seem to carry a tad more definition.
For €9.95 I would class this headphone as a "result", really cannot complain at this price level. Not giant killers but quite listenable and a "fun" headphone for portable or casual use.
They also come in white, pastel pink and pukey green