Τετάρτη, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Tecsun headphones E 805



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This is the second headphone set the friend has recently given to me. He bought it from Anon Co about 10 months ago together with other products from Tecsun and Degen, on a joint purchase with me the time I was in a better monetary condition than today. 

As far as   remember the group Tecsun-Degen has stopped making earphones and headphones since 2008 and this is possibly the reminiscent headphones produced from that time. Gone are the days of the excellent  earphones used on the DE1103 (DE929  if I remember correctly  ) a model also available separately that surpassed all  known brands at that time with its very broad audio spectrum that followed the spectrum of  headphones with  as low price as  Eu5-6. I tried  many times   to find them  but my former  source two years ago  advised me that the company stopped quite long to produce them.

As notice previously, my friend has given the headphone to me for testing without its package, which has been littered to the dust bin for space saving reasons. It has a decent and classical design with speakers that cover the ear tough they are quite big at 10 x 6 with plastic lids of ca 1.5 cm wide and 2 mm thick that move inside the headband. In a way it can be characterized as old fashioned comparing to the modern designed Silvercrest model.


The cable used is very lengthy, the lengthier of nearly all tested so far. It was measured to 330 cm. It is perfect to be used with the houses' HiFi system connected to the digital TV receiver.   It uses a twin type possibly coaxial cable similar to Sennheiser.

Nice plzstic sleeve

Now about the audio quality. This is something of big discussion. Its audio spectrum seems  to be quite close to the AKG as tested  in parallel with it,   using the equipment and  connectivity  as with the previous blogs :
"-using the  Bolong radio with a audio 2:1 splitter  over the radios' socket and connecting  AKG  and Tecsun in both  ends. "

Again as with previous post I have used the same station i.e.104 Fm   which has the widest audio spectrum in town with the best audio quality and checked each headphone for a given time and changed it immediately with the other. It is possibly the so called A/B testing

Tecsun has stronger audio than AKG which is good. Unfortunately most of this audio goes to the basses. Around 3-4 db higher a very annoying sound due to very high bass, considering that also AKG has a bassy audio. This is one reason to get rid of them very shortly and change to other headphones. 
A minor problem found is that some bass goes to the left earphone.
Second problem is that monophonic as stereophonic sounds have some added spatiality. The monophonic sounds seem to have a spatiality to a +/-1 range if we set the 5 to the upper left or right that means towards the speakers.  I don’t know what causes this problem and is not my business. 
The only OK is that the audio spectrum is nearly the same as with AKG headset always using high volumes under test. But the above problems underrate it. 

Verdict: this headphone takes a low rating   due to its extra bass and spatiality though spectrum is OK 2/5 not for much time to listen or it can irritate your ears

Silvercrest headphones SKH 60 C1 a tech review



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A friend of me has given several of his headphones for testing. These blog tests   start from this article and follow for the next two articles. As  my friend told me  he bought  this headphone  from a  international hypermarket  chain store  with ca 7 Euro  price which is still quite cheap  . He provided to me it with its full packing in contrast to the others mentioned in the next blogs as e.g. with the Tecsun models which were  given unpacked in a  plastic bag to me. 


It seems that this brand has only one headphone model.  I can't otherwise think model with no product code mentioned in the carton box.

Its carton box is very nice in a black mat color. Very nice packing design with main product info in several languages including German English   Bulgarian Croatian Romanian and Greek. Manufactured in China it is imported via a German company and distributed (exclusively?) via this German hypermarket you guessed it. Unpacking it required to remove a plastic adhesive tape and then  open a stop lid   to open  the main box's carton lid .There was no plastic bag to contend  the earphones inside , but only the headphones which are included  together with the  user's manual (not removed from the box while testing it)

Only in the product guide the code number is only noticed.

The headphones have a very nice design are of closed type speakers with very soft plastic cushions to fit over the ear (circumaural). The top sleeve/ headband   have a textured sleeve to cover the head. It has an adjustable design using a double metallic rod to fold or unfold the speakers from the top hanger. Speakers ca even be folded to inside to save it space.


 There is also a 3.9 connector socket on the lower part of the left speaker that adds connectivity to a second head- or ear-phone. The in between cabling is somehow thin comparing to the  system design with the hope that  it will not easily cut, should it come  into strong pressure  from any external reason. 



The headband has a problem. It comes quite stiff to my head. It is quite tiresome for very long listening. I have to stop using it after 2 hours of continuous usage. 


The cable has an excellent design with textile casing .outperforming in beauty over most other models which use simple plastic casing, even for AKG and competing brands. It is 2 mm thick and 150 cm long as measured that meets the noticed box info. All cables used in wiring the headphone system have the same kind textured coating. 

Speaker:  In the carton box it is noticed that the speaker uses PET 40 membrane, a micro porous membrane that "meets   the best audio criteria used to introduce outstanding audio quality to your hearing experience". (This is mine's talking   using the language of advertising)

Usage: In order to listen and make A/B aural measurements I used a splitter to use a second headphone and tested it with my AKG K44 headphones.  


In order to perform the comparison I used my Bolong radio listening to a station of ’extended frequency range' i.e. .the highest possible audible spectrum. This radio has possibly the best and trebliest sound of all of my radios I have or possess. Only a few FM stations can qualify this requirement (the highest spectrum). One of them is 104 FM (no ID still known) airing mostly ambient music at the time tested.

These AKG   headphones are quite bassy comparing to my other professional heads as Sennheiser and Koss and add at least 6 db in the lower frequencies over the remain. The same happens with the SKH Silvercrest model in terms of basses they are quite bassy as and very close to AKG's fidelity and spectrum.   Only the in ear phones cannot qualify this demand.

This headphone has very clear audio as AKG. Compared   with my AKG 'bassy' headphones  it has  the same audio  spectrum  in higher frequencies , It cuts the very low  -bassy-  frequencies ,giving a sense of 'shifting' bit higher.
Audio level is the same as with the AKG. .Anyway it gets too close with the fidelity of AKG D66 heads at a portion of AKG's   price (abt Eu35 bought 7 years ago). Important to notice  that  in order to  listen  to the best fidelity some added  volume is required  starting  from ca 60 db or you wall not hear the  full fidelity or  audio to activate the speaker. 

My verdict: these headphones excel in design, component selection and also sound quality for their price 5/5.
Comparing to the AKG headphones they have a very narrow bass cut in the lower spectrum 4.5/5