The HD681 feature a semi-open design which gives the sound good width. These also have good bass and highs production, giving these headphones a fun sound.
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Pro V-shaped sound signature with emphasis on highs and lows
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 powerful, deep and satisfying. Listening to bass heavy music with these headphones will certainly be a good experience. Also, this quality of the sound gives a lot of impact to explosions from the movies you watch or the games that you play.
Pro Fairly wide soundstage
Audio from these headphones has a wide feel. Thanks to these headphones’ semi-open design, the sound is not completely trapped inside the ear cup housing, giving the sound a more natural quality.
Pro Not tiring to wear
These headphones will not put a lot of strain to your neck and head when you wear these, even for long periods. 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 May feel 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.
Con Mids can be lacking
Some may find the mids to be inadequate. 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 Thin ear pads may cause comfort issues
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.