Τετάρτη, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2016

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

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