The HD681 features a semi-open design so they are best for indoor use. These headphones produce good sound for the price, with the ample bass being the standout in its sound reproduction. Surprisingly, these also have great sound-stage which is very rare in this price range.
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Pro These headphones are fun to listen to because of a bass centric V-shaped sound signature
The HD681s are really fun headphones to listen to. These have what is called a V-shaped sound signature where the bass and treble is boosted while the mids take a backseat. The bass is really commendable in this one as it sounds powerful, deep and satisfying. Listening to bass heavy music with these headphones will certainly be a joy. Also, this quality of the sound gives a lot of impact to explosions that you hear from the movies you watch or the games that you play.
Pro Great headphones for gaming due to its wide sound stage reproduction
When listening to music or gaming with these, users will be able to get a feeling that the music sounds wide. It also reinforces the feeling that the listener is inside the game as these headphones give a sense of space to a game’s audio. Thanks to these headphones’ semi-open design, the sound is not completely trapped inside the ear cup housing. This gives the sound a more natural quality.
Pro Not tiring to wear because these are quite light
These headphones will not put a lot of strain to your neck and head when you wear these, even for long period. Coming in at around 220g, these headphones are relatively light. This is due to the use of plastic as the primary build material, along with metal tubes on the headband frame instead of full on metal sheets.
Con Mids can be lacking for some listeners
As mentioned above, these headphones have a V-shaped sound signature. Some may find the mids to be inadequate though. Vocals, guitars and other sounds in the mid-frequencies may sound distant or too soft.
Con Treble can be harsh
While the bass benefits greatly from the V shaped sound signature, the highs are boosted by quite a lot, which can make the treble sound too harsh for some. Cymbal hits for example can sound too washy and near distorted which can really hurt the ears of individuals who are sensitive to treble.
Con Can get uncomfortable for extended wearing because of the thin ear pads
The ear pads are made of cheap feeling synthetic leather which can get warm rather quickly. To potentially add more discomfort, the cushioning inside these ear pads is quite thin, and can hurt the area around your ears when worn for many hours straight.
Con May come off as cheap and flimsy
The plastics used in the construction of these headphones are not of the best quality. This gives the headphones a rather flimsy feel with a lot of flex and rattles.