Edifier H850 Review

Company Name: Edifier

Company Website: http://www.edifier.com/us/en/

Headphone Model: H850

Headphone Style (Open, Closed, On-Ear, Over-Ear, IEM, CIEM): Closed back over ear

Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Sensitivity: 96

Isolation: Not listed

Material: Plastic, leather, metal

Warranty: 1 Year

Price: $79.99 MSRP

Describing Sound: http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

Definitions: http://www.head-fi.org/a/glossary-of-terms

Pros: Very light weight, comfortable, replaceable cord

Cons: Cord length (2m), isolation isn’t the best.

Rating scale Breakdown (1-10)

1-2: Very Bad

3-4: Bad

5: Not Bad/Not Good/ Neutral

6-7: Good

8-9: Very Good

10: Excellent

Audio Quality: 9

Micro-phonics: 9

Comfort: 8

Design: 8

Isolation: 7

Value: 8.5

Accessories: 7

Overall Rating: 8.07

Rating Definitions

  • Audio Quality: How good a set of headphones sounds in relation to other headphones I’ve heard. This will be subjective with any set of headphones that are reviewed.
  • Micro-phonics:Noise that can be heard from the cable being moved around. The less noise the higher the value, the more noise the lower the value.
  • Comfort:How comfortable a set of headphones is over a prolonged period of time.
  • Design:How well a set of headphones are designed. This includes cables, reinforcement points, jacks, and materials used.
  • Isolation:How well a set of headphones blocks outside noises and allows you to hear the music you’re listening to. This also includes sound leakage from the headphones to others around you.
  • Value:Performance to cost ratio. If performance exceeds cost this value will be high. If performance is on the low end for the cost the value will be low. This will be subjective based on audio quality. Everyone hears different things.
  • Accessories:How well the included accessories stack up compared to other headphones of similar style.
  • Overall Rating: This is the average of the other 7 criteria summed and divided by 7.

Accessories

In the box you get the Edifier H850, the cable, and a 3.5mm to ¼” adapter. This is pretty typical of overhead style headphones. I have seen Shure and VMODA come with a carrying/protective bag for transportation. This is especially important if they fold up for travel and are meant to be a portable over ear style headphone like these.

Initial Listening Impressions

Initial listening impressions are very good. It’s a very balanced sound signature where things don’t get muddied. The bass isn’t over whelming and the highs have just enough sparkle. Like most other users I do find the mids lacking.

Build Quality

Build quality is good for a headphone of this price point. The headband and pads are a nice squishy leather making them very comfortable on your ears.

The cups are adjustable and use metal rails to do so versus the plastic I have seen in other models.

The cable uses a locking mechanism to stay in the cup similar to that of Shure. The cable is nice and thick and hard to get tangled despite the length due to the rubberized coating and straight cable design.

Images

Edifier Box Front Edifier H850 In Box Edifier H850 Box Back

Listening Experience

The first song I listened to was Don’t Look Back by Oasis. The bass emphasis was just perfect. It wasn’t teeth rattling or distracting from the rest of the music. It was just enough on the low end to give that emphasis and get out. The highs add just enough sparkle to keep you interested, but it’s not harsh enough to hurt the ears. The mids were there, but they seem to be like the awkward guy at a party that hides in the back corner. They didn’t stand out and weren’t really noticed.

Second song I listened to was Push It by Salt-N-Pepa. Bass and mids were much better than the previous song. They were impactful, but not over bearing. The one thing I did notice was during the intro was the panning left and right. The clarity and separation made it easy to distinguish which side was playing.

The third and last song was Everybody Talks by Neon Trees. This song is well known for being a fun and energetic song. This set of headphones sounded the best with this song. The bass was nice and strong, the treble was perfect, and the mids really brought you into the music.

Comparisons

I have multiple sets of headphones that I have reviewed and at my disposal. The list of headphones that I have heard and reviewed are as follows: AKG K612Pro, VMODA Crossfade LP, Grado Labs SR80i, Shure SRH750DJ, Brainwavz R1, Dunu Topsound I3CS, FocalPrice CK700, iPod ear buds, iPod ear pods, Heir Audio 3.Ai, Aurisonics ASG2.0, Hisound Audio PAA1-Pro earbuds, Thinksound MS01, and Gorilla Ears AT5.

I have also listened to multiple amps/dacs including the Yulong Audio DA8, Soundblaster E5, Fiio E11, and the Schiit Wyrd, Vali, Modi stack.

Overall Experience

Overall the Edifier H850 are great headphones in terms of sound quality and build quality for the price paid. I would definitely expect them to be more expensive. I would like to see them come with a protective case for transportation and possibly a short cable or a coiled cable. A 2m straight cable is quite long to be portable.

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