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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Creative HQ-1400 ear phonesMay 14, 2010
By Joseph B. Ennis
I bought these ear phone to go with a Creative brand Digital Player called a Zen. The Zen has rather good audio and I wanted something that sounded better than ear buds.
It was a gift for my girl friend. But it did not work out. My girl friend did not care about audio quality, only her appearance. The high quality ear phones were too big and they messed her hair.
I kept the audio and changed girl friends.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Replaced a pair of AKG 701's that I owned...that should say something!May 19, 2010
By Joshua E. Hunsaker
I've had a laundry list of nice headphone and a couple very nice headphone amps alongside tons of interfaces, receivers and mixers that I've used with them.
AKG K-240 (2 pairs)
Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro
Monster Beats (Circumaural)
Realistic Nova 20
Realistic Nova 40
Realistic Pro II
Antique Soundlabs MG Head OTL Mark III (w/upgraded tubes & tube dampers)
Oz Audio HR-4
Zero 24/192 DAC/headphone amp
The Creative HQ-1400 sounded better hands down especially in terms of overall balance and neutrality (no spry resonances, peaking or response abberations) than any of those other phones listed. The AKG K-701 was especially disappointing - etched and fatiguing. It seems like a whole lot of B.S. to state that a pair of $16 phones (!!!) can seriously take on a pair with a retail of a whole hecka lot more than that (I think like $350 for the 701's?) - I tried to convince myself for a long time after picking up the Creative's that the AKG's had (don't even get me started on the K240's, geez those things are awful sounding and people use them everywhere) more detail and a 'fuller' sound and more rich/seductive sound reproduction. But then I woke up and realized that I was just kidding myself. Every interface/DAC/headphone I used them with, the Creative's just presented music in a way that actually coincided most with what I would have heard in a tuned room with a very decent 2-channel stereo setup.
I have been using them now for years, sold even the Beyerdynamic DT-770s (now those phones did come very close, but there was some critical mid-bass weirdness that screwed up my mixes when I used them). Songs I have mixed on the Creative's came out better every time than any other set I have ever picked up, regardless of what I used to amplify them with. I still would die for a set of Grado GS-1000 (or PS series) phones, but were talking plunking down a grand vs. a 20 dollar bill. No question what I'll be using until I find something to top this. Funny story - I have a friend who purchased the Creative Auravana phones for $100 and then bought these and completely dumbfounded told me that the cheaper set (HQ-1400) sounded better. I had to laugh.
Creative really needs to fix the dismal plastic headband though - serious piece of junk that thing is (very well documented on most forums that they break like crazy). I had to use a hot glue gun to fix the like 3 complete breaks that developed. I suppose I'll have to just have to stock up on them at the current price but it is seriously annoying.
Seriously, just get a pair of them and put them up against your expensive studio sets and be prepared to feel foolish for having bought other stuff.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
BFHOct 09, 2009
By Stephen Simon
Big F***ing Headphones.
The only complaint here is that the chord is a bit too long, but this is easily fixed by keeping the twisty tie or using a Velcro strap. Other than that they are probably the best over-the-ear-headphones for the price range.
It was nice for a while.Jan 13, 2011
I loved these things. Great quality, almost perfect all around.
I was formerly a Creative repeat customer. Then a few months later...it happened.
The headphones snapped. In three spots.
One crack precisely down the top middle of the headband, and one above each earpiece.
Don't be quick on them being abused by my head size--they fit perfectly.
They broke because of seemingly poor plastic construction. The cracks formed silently above each earpiece and I noticed that the plastic was too thin compared to any other pair of headphones I've used. As a result those sections were unacceptably flimsy toward any kind of pressure.
The crack on the headband itself formed on a little crease that seemed to have been left from a mold during manufacturing.
This was the final stand, and I ditched Creative for any product consideration--coupled with their apathy toward my legitimate support requests of their other products.
Also: This has a cushion along the headband. The glue holding it on had too much applied and would actually seep out over time. This gunk was an utter catastrophe to clean off of anything--the gel stuck like super glue and was extremely difficult to clean off of my desk and took violent scrubbing to barely remove it.
All in all, these were perfect. For about a month. There's no way I am paying for an insurance plan that would cost me just as much as their product--if not more. Not that I would want to do that for these things, let alone buy another pair.
pretty goodOct 01, 2010
Now keep in mind I am not an audio-obsessed person, I just needed these for my PC because the only ear phones I had were a "pair" of those cheap colored ear buds--missing one of the buds.
So obviously this was a huge improvement from what I had before. They sound good to me, the ear cups are decently comfortable, and the cord is pretty long.
The only small complaint I have is that its a tad big large for my small head, and they are kinda weird to adjust.
Also-not a complaint, just a statement- the head band is super tall. Like on the top you have the band that is in contact with your head, and the other one above it is at least an inch above.
So I'd say these aren't out-and-about headphones.
Over all, as an average, non professional listener, these headphones are great for computer use and also a good value.
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