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Massdrop x E-MU Purpleheart Headphones

Massdrop x E-MU Purpleheart Headphones

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Verified Purchaser
Nice easy-to-drive headphones with pleasant sound signature (definitely on the warm side). I use them mainly for (portable) console gaming or when I just want to relax listening to music even if it would lack some details.
Verified Purchaser
Sounds quality was a little better than expected, given the price and not using external amplification. The quality felt a little flimsy in a couple of places. The purple heart wood was not purple. Looked more like a stained mahogany. Still pretty, just didn't show up anything like the photo.
Verified Purchaser
I've only had these for a few days and they are nowhere near burned in yet but I'm very pleased. They look, feel, and sound fantastic for the price. I bought the Denon AH-D1001 way back in 2009 (around $125, I think) and they were my go to everyday headphones for many years. Sadly one of the drivers just gave out on me after more than 8 years of hard use and those have been discontinued for quite some time. I often considered getting the CAL! version of these but they just always looked bit cheap looking to me. Not the case for the E-Mu Purpleheart. They feel very well made and the wood looks great. They have the same fit, and the same sound signature as the Denons, perhaps slightly warmer and mellower but by no means veiled or dark sounding. So for anyone who owned, or tried and liked the AH-D1001 you will not be diappointed. Great detail, nice but never overdone bass, silky highs, nicely forward mids, etc. I have many more high-end headphones, but I personally think it's hard to find anything better at this price. You can still find the E-mu Walnut for around $100 but these are virtually the same at a lower price (and less branding). I use these primarily as a commuter headphone with Hi-Res DAP's and they are perfect for that. Very easy to drive, reasonable isolation. Definitely thinking of buying a few more of these for gifts... Highly recommend!
Verified Purchaser
Great sound for the price, well-balanced and warm, and they comfortably fit my giant head. No problems driving from a mobile device, PS4 controller, or desktop. The closed-back design keeps me from annoying family members late at night, and the lack of seal from outside sounds allows them to get my attention without throwing something at my head.
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Verified Purchaser
Between three and four stars. These were purchased to replace a pair of ATH-M40X which broke. I was looking for a nice solid closed back design that offered good noise block out. These are not them, but do sound very nice. The Good: these are a nice set of headphones, comfortable to wear, and in a quiet location are OK. They are good at giving a degree of warmth to acoustic Guitar, Cello and String instruments, as well as vocals. The soundstage is good, but not as wide as open back headphones. The accuracy is good as well, although they tend to be a little accentuated on the bass. I especially enjoy using them to listen to orchestral, dub and Reggae. Compared to the ATH M40x that these replaced, they are not as accurate. The M40x is more of a studio monitor, and adds less coloration to the sound. The bad (and reason for the 3 star rating): As initially stated, I was looking for a replacement for my ATH-M40x headphones, a closed back design that really does block a lot of the outside noise. The Purple Heart E-MU headphones do not block as much of the outside sound. For closed back headphones these are really terrible at blocking outside sounds, ad feel more like a semi-closed back design. If this were the only issue, then I could increase the volume and compensate. What really stands out is that certain loud external frequencies appear to resonate within the headphones itself. I noticed this while commuting on the DC Metro, certain external train squeals/sounds became outright painful and louder than if I wasn't wearing the phones. Given the inability to really block out outside sound, I have relegated these to my man cave, permanently attached to my Yamaha receiver, either using them for video games, movies when I don't want to disturb anyone else in the room, or listening to CDs and vinyl while reading or working at the desk. Save your money, and go for the thinksound On2s if you want a nice looking wood backed headphone in the under 120 price range.
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sveerhoff
Why didn't you simply buy another pair of ATH-M40X?
dvisan
The ath m40x has a design flaw that causes plastic failure in the hinge brackets, eventually wearing against one of the wires. I got two years out of them, and my son got 15 months out of his. Kind of soured me on the brand. Both of us wear headphones in excess of 4 hours a day. I thought I would give the E-Mus a try.
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Verified Purchaser
I'm lucky to have choices: HD6XX, HE4XX, Focal Elex. But when I'm just walking around listening to my DAP, these are on my head. If you're thinking about them, just stop and buy them. You won't regret it!
Verified Purchaser
These are not that great. The sound quality is average at best. Best to save up and buy something far superior, or look for a used pair of M50x.
nantipaneith
Oh god not the M50x.
Verified Purchaser
Great Headphones JAZZ Sounds Great with these Headphones
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Verified Purchaser
At least with my LH V20 they are amazing. And to my ears are not warm tilted. They are detailed and have a nice soundstage. I have a small noggin so they are over the ear for me. My only wish is that the wood didn't look like plastic.
Verified Purchaser
For closed back headphones, I was very surprised with the wide soundstage, there was a good separation of instruments when listening to classical and jazz. I prefer a flat sound signature so the bass was sufficient - over all the sound is on the warmer side, not as neutral as other headphones I own. For the price these are definitely nice, but they aren't a super value for the hyper thrifty - That's why I'm only giving them 4 instead of 5 stars - if they were in the $50 range they would have been a perfect 5 star pair of headphones or if they were in the $100 range and featured a few more refinements. Overall though they sound good, look good and are very comfortable.
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Verified Purchaser
The cable broke near the jack in first month. One of the wooden caps is not fixed properly in the frame, causing noise when walking or moving in the headphones. Fits well for my head, but for my wife it is uncomfortable. Sound is good, isolates external noises pretty well. Conclusion: good sound, bad construction.
Verified Purchaser
Feels cheap. Not worth $75. Audiotechnika has older models for less. Should have gone that route. Didn't even come with a case. The sound really isn't that amazing. I'm no audiophile, but the sound didnt blow my mind or anything.
Verified Purchaser
I enjoy the reletive clarity of them, they come across as a little bass heavy, a fraction to "full" compared to my Sennheiser HD 439's. I prefer the lightness of the E-MU's though, and the isolation they bring with the closed back's. The only actual critism I have is the Purpleheart itself. Being a person involved in woodworking, carpentry and the beauty of wood, I was a little disppointed with the finish, and would have preferred to see actual grain showing through the finish, but I understand that the timber needs to be treated to prevent colour change. The finish is extremely flat, to the point that I doubted that it was timber at all.
Verified Purchaser
Sturdy construction, clear sound. Not as much bass as some folks would look for in their headphones but seeing as I use them more as a travel pair they fit the bill nicely. Most genres of music will sound just fine through these and work well with both my laptop and phone. While maybe not an "audiophile" piece of equipment the fantastic looks, solid construction and clean sound definitely get the job done. No complains thus far!
Verified Purchaser
I think for the price these are going to be hard to beat. Very pleasant warmish sound, light, easy to drive right out of any device and can wear these for a while without fatigue. I brought them traveling and they spent a year on the road in South America, used and abused and no issues or breakages.
All in all, a great entry level headphone.
Verified Purchaser
I needed a pair of closed headphones for family peace purposes, and these fit the bill. i had to change the pads almost immediately, as the stock pads had the drivers actually touching my ears. I tried a couple of things but ended up with a pair of Dekoni skeepskin pads meant for AT M-50x. They’re a tiny bit too big, but they stay on and I’m really happy with the result. Nice sound stage and and really warm and lovely sound. Very easy to drive with a phone. With the new pads I can happily wear them for hours.
Verified Purchaser
It is not bad, was expecting more in sound and comfort. They are okay I guess.
Verified Purchaser
Unfortunately the product is a little underwhelming. Apart from the purpleheart wood, which visually was stunning, everything else about the headphone is like stuff you buy in cheap electronic gadget shops. The sound is nothing special.
Verified Purchaser
Nice sounding for phones. Wish cable is detachable.
Verified Purchaser
Excellent quality audio, nice silicone rubber cable, and soft ear cups. The only complaints I have are the ear cups get hot very quickly, and the had band seems a bit flimsy, but it is still working for me.
Verified Purchaser
My first drop is a success. Well packaged and fast shipping .These headphones are beautiful, and doesn’t feel cheap for the price The sound is really impressive for a headphone of this price. Well done Massdrop !
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Verified Purchaser
These are nice entry level headphones. They have a very warm tone. The high end is a little brassy but nothing too bad. The wood is gorgeous but it seems a little strange paired with the plastic which the rest of the headphone is made of. However, it doesn’t feel “cheap” as some headphones do. They are also very comfortable. The earpads are plush and they cover my ears (my ears are small though). If you are beginning your audiophile adventures, this would be a great first buy.
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Verified Purchaser
Great sound, not too bassy, just perfect very standard and flat sound just how i like it, small and compact for a overear headphone , good quality , even tho it feels a bit fragile, it held up very well to a few drops, recommend!!!
Verified Purchaser
Very much an on-ear. Solid quality. Great for soft music or vocals. They have a certain echoy open feel to the sound.
Verified Purchaser
Decent build quality, fairly neutral sound signature, probably the best looking pair of headphones for its price
Verified Purchaser
a little uncomfortable. but sound is nice
Verified Purchaser
tl;dr if you like folk, rock, and podcasts, these are for you. If you like metal and rap, they are not. Comfy. If you have large ears, I'd also look elsewhere. Care has been taken to make these look beautiful, though the cups are not grain-matched.
I am normally one to be pretty sure where I stand when rating a product, but with these headphones I have been very flip-floppy. I have settled with four stars, but this is, truthfully, a 3.5 star review. Here's why:
1) The purpleheart wood is absolutely beautiful, and I love the finish. The cups aren't grain-matched at all though. As such, the grain on one side is curvy, but on the other straight.
2) idk if I just suck at reading the numbers (which truthfully mean nothing to me as someone looking for a good pair of almost student-affordable headphones, not an expensive hobby), but the bass on these things has no punch. I'm not looking to have my head vibrate like people who like edm and such, but I thought you'd at least be able to feel the kick drum, even a little bit. This is not the case. It sounds weak, and makes the music sound weak. Bare in mind that I am a metal head, so this will probably be an atypical complaint. Rock and hard rock sound great (looking at you Nightwish), but if you enjoy any extreme metal, black metal, or death metal, I would recommend you against these headphones. Examples of bands that I am talking about to judge accurately: Dawn of Ashes, Wolven Ancestry, Amon Amarth. Also tried them out with some 2pac and the bass there is also disappointing, so probably not for rap lovers either. Put on some Santana though and boy do these headphones shine.
Anything 'above' the lower drums sounds great though. Podcasts are stellar, and likewise with folk music, atmospheric, and rock. But, again, as a metal head, these are not what I primarily listen to. And, again, idk if this is my error in interpretting data that I don't understand, or an issue with the headphones themselves.
3) Comfortable. If you have large ears, they may be small.
4) I really wish more brands followed suit with Massdrop and E-MU in placing their logos inside the headphones/other products. This alone makes me so likely to recommend them to other people, as care has clearly been taken to making these headphones not only pump through clear, beautiful sound, but to also look beautiful, and to have this beauty be made an important, one might say a defining, feature of the product. You have all the stars in this category*.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product to any one who doesn't listen to metal/rap/bass-y edm, even though I must admit that, though perhaps not disappointed, I am underwhelmed.
Edit: This initial conclusion has felt wrong to me and, as far as I am concerned, is wrong. I would rather convey: Though I may be underwhelmed, I am not disappointed.
*minus the lack of grain-matching