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Massdrop x E-MU Purpleheart Headphones

Massdrop x E-MU Purpleheart Headphones

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Product Description
Following the success of the Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00, we teamed up with another brand that Foster manufactures headphones for, E-MU Systems, to bring you a new pair of purpleheart headphones—this time smaller, lighter, and perfectly suited for on-the-go use. The Massdrop x E-MU Purpleheart features handcrafted solid wood enclosures and biocellulose drivers, like its full-size relative, with a more understated aesthetic and a warm, appealing, non-fatiguing sound Read More

Customer Reviews

(154 reviews)
90% would recommend to a friend
Oct 29, 2022
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Mostly a more stylish CAL
If you've heard the CAL, you've probably heard this. It largely functions and sounds the same, just with a way prettier look.
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 31, 2021
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Compact and comfy
Dec 18, 2021
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These are finally a pair of headphones that I'm willing to wear while out, because of the tiny size and the fact that they somehow manage to be over ear at the same time.
Aug 23, 2021
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Love these headphones but the pads are a bit small for my ears otherwise they be a 5
Recommends this product? Yes
May 22, 2021
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pretty good
Almost the same as creative aurvana live!
Recommends this product? Yes
May 16, 2021
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CAL! = Creative Aurvana Live! Really the bass just slams. As it pumps during an EDM track, I can FEEL it pushing and sucking on my eardrum. While I like CAL! In t he studio, I reserve these purely for recreational playback.
Recommends this product? Yes
Mar 29, 2021
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Great for the price
I've owned these headphones for years, and can say they are durable and sound great. I find them quite comfortable (I have small ears - as others have noted that the pads are in fact, quite small - right on the edge of on-ear and over-ear for most, but they clear my ears just fine). They lack some bass thump, but overall the bass comes through fine without being fatiguing. I can wear these for hours without ear fatigue, which is challenging, especially with closed back headphones. The detail of these certainly punches above their weight, they are precise and pleasantly tuned. Not much to say about the mids and highs - they're fairly transparent and the highs are never harsh. They pair well with pretty much every genre of music I've thrown at them. I mostly listen to house, techno, blues, classic rock, bluegrass, and folk. If you want a sub-$100 pair of headphones that will last and sound great, I'd highly recommend these. I think you'd be hard pressed to find something better without spending more than twice as much.
Recommends this product? Yes
Mar 26, 2021
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Great sound, build, and looks, that fall short due to comfort and isolation.
Pros: Sound - Bass, good bass, not that beats stuff. If you like edm, this is your budget go to. Mid and high clarity still exist enough, so it is not bass-only, but bass is the dominant aspect of the signature and gets my head bobbing instinctively whenever I play a good track for it. Build - I have dropped this thing in ways more than I would like to admit. No snapped hinges, no scratches on wood. Given how rattly it is, I suspect the 'loose' construction is why it survives drops so well. Anyone else know the difference between throwing an egg at a blanket vs. at a brick wall? And though I mention it is rattly, the spots that matter are still firm, dense, and well built. It is good build quality, worry not about that. Looks - I mean, that's part of what you guys are looking at this for right? The purp woods do indeed look good in person. Are they pure purple? No, more like purple mixed with mahogany. But looks great nonetheless. Cons: Comfort - The pads are small, like recent-Sennheiser-closed-back-abominations small. Good luck staying comfy in there if your ears are any larger than a baby's or have attached earlobes. Yes, you can replace them with meze or brainwavz pads, but what you gain in comfort you lose in sound. Granted I used the meze smalls instead of the recommended meze larges, but if the smalls are anything to go by, the highs just zing too much and being a fatuiging spike in the sound signature. on top of this, the headband is just too thin and hard. Yes, it has a strip of foam, emphasis on 'strip'. Might as well pull a metal bar as the headband and one would be none the wiser. Isolation - I wish this were a true close back, but unfortunately it is semi open so sound comes in and out quite easilly. Conclusion: This headphone is having an identity crisis; it is not for the people on the go or on subways due to lack of isolation, nor is it for those in the office for the same reason. And it is not for the people at home either because if you are at home already, then you would be going for something else fully open back or more comfortable anyways. This is a gimmicked fun experiment of a headphone that people buy for the luxury or niche of it. If you have small ears and do not care about isolation and love good bass and sweet looking woodbacks, then these are the ones for you, whoever you are. :)
Recommends this product? No
Mar 14, 2021
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3.5 overall, needed to swap earpads.
Sound/look is great use it on my walks to/from work and nearby businesses. Probably the weakest/lightest in quality pair of headphones I ever handled though, that and the cable is short. The ear pads are very sticky when in humid weather, I recommend replacing them aswell.
Recommends this product? Yes
Mar 11, 2021
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Nice headphones, nothing special, but for the money I would recommend them
If you want a headphone for low money, this might fit the bill. I picked this up for my mother as she wanted a set of headphones, but didn't really need anything special. her requirements were comfort and look nice. Seeing how she likes purple, I figured I would give them a try. The ear cups are a big small for me. But she can wear them for hours with no issue. At $75, they are great value. Sound quality was better than I was expecting for the price. If they came in a different finish, I might grab a set for travel.
Recommends this product? Yes
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