Treat your ears to a little comfort with these headphones from the former king of blank cassettes
Once synonymous with blank audio cassettes, TDK has made a welcome return from the industrial wilderness to the consumer arena with a range of quality headphones.
Somewhat aping a style made popular by Monster and Dr Dre, the ST-700 features a 1in-wide headband that drops seamlessly on either side to form a disc-shape around the 4cm dynamic drivers. The hinged cups fold for storing in the sturdy carry bag.
TDK uses a two-part cord, comprised of 79cm and 48cm sections, so you can dispense of the longer one when using the ST-700 with a device tucked in your shirt pocket.
The tonal emphasis is perhaps a tad bass-heavy, but overall, sonic reproduction across the dynamic spectrum is excellent. Higher frequency sounds in particular are crisp and coherent. Vocals truly shine.
Build quality is first rate. The ST-700 is made from high-quality materials with a scratch-resisting coating (with one exception – see below). The plugs are gold-plated and the anti-tangle cords have a tactile feeling.
The headband is rigid but the drivers can rock to and fro, allowing the cans to sculpt to the shape of your head, with soft-touch cushions ensuring a comfy fit. The ST-700’s sound containment is consequently excellent.
The tight fit can result in hot ear syndrome, especially if you wear the ‘phones for a long period.
The overall excellence of the ST-700’s build quality and appearance is slightly let down by the faux gold and silver coating applied to the plastic driver covers. Not my cup of tea at all!
Price: £130 Approx
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