- Jul 21, 2018
- The Neitherlands
The Takstar drivers (both models, there are 2 different Pro82's) are 30mW rated (I blew one up), the AT drivers are 1.6W and look very, very different.
Maybe I'm influenced by your review:
I don't know why, these HP have the kind of look you can find in electro-DIY shops (and I'm not sure it's a compliment).
Some review has mentioned the pad being glued to the plastic before being screwed on to the cups. I haven’t tried removing mine.
I've seen this headphone hyped as a good value set on forums, I've kept wondering if this is really the case. Now I know. Thanks Amir!
This is a review and detailed measurements of the Takstar Pro 82 headphone. It was kindly purchased by a member and drop shipped to me. It costs US $90 on Amazon but I believe member got a better price.
The Pro 82 looks quite stylish despite its low price:
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The soft touch material is indeed, quite soft. Maybe too soft. The pads are so soft that slightest touch deforms them. While this is good for initial comfort, not sure how long they will last before becoming totally compressed. There were also some fine scratches on the cups.
An unusual feature of this headphone is a switch on each cup which is supposed to adjust bass. See my measurements later on effectiveness of it.
These headphones are quite light:
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Cup size is reasonable at 67x46x18 (height, width, depth).
Note: The measurements you are about to see are made using a standardized Gras 45C. Headphone measurements by definition are approximate and variable so don't be surprised if other measurements even if performed with the same fixtures as mine, differ in end results. Protocols vary such as headband pressure and averaging (which I don't do). As you will see, I confirm the approximate accuracy of the measurements using Equalization and listening tests. Ultimately headphone measurements are less exact than speakers mostly in bass and above a few kilohertz so keep that in mind as you read these tests. If you think you have an exact idea of a headphone performance, you are likely wrong!
Fitment on the fixture was easy the first time. On second try it was quite variable in bass due to the ultra soft pads.
Takstar Pro 82 Measurements
Let's start with the effect of the three-way bass switch:
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As you see, bass is increased but a dip is created around 350 Hz. At first I tried to EQ the lowest setting for bass and while that got me best compliance with the target, I just could not make it sound good. I tried the highest level and that didn't work either. So I settled for the middle setting:
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Bad news here is distortion especially around 5 kHz where we have a dip in the frequency response as well:
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Group delay doesn't show much:
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Sensitivity is above average:
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Impedance is quite low:
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Still, you should be able to play this with many portable devices and get reasonable volume.
Takstar Pro 82 Listening Tests and Equalization
With the switch at its lowest setting tonality was decent. But attempts at equalization just made the mid to high frequencies sound grungy and not desirable. As I noted, I went back to the switch being in the middle. That did better but at the end, I am not really happy with the performance:
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There are no spatial qualities and I just didn't enjoy listening to these headphones.
I spent three times more effort on this headphone than any other I test. At the end it left me frustrated. I am usually able to make just about every headphone sound good with EQ. This one is one of the few that defeated me. The common thread appears to be distortion in the 3 to 5 kHz range.
I can't recommend the Takstar Pro 82 for reasons mentioned.
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takstar pro 82 APO EQ [email protected] 96000Hz July132021-140826 Preamp: -0.9 dB Filter 1: ON PK Fc 42.23 Hz Gain -2.15 dB Q 0.24 Filter 2: ON PK Fc 141.34 Hz Gain -8.47 dB Q 0.75 Filter 3: ON PK Fc 317.18 Hz Gain 4.80 dB Q 1.70 Filter 4: ON PK Fc 872.90 Hz Gain -1.02 dB Q 2.52 Filter 5: ON PK Fc 1594.78 Hz Gain -6.77 dB Q 0.86 Filter 6: ON PK Fc 6499.47 Hz Gain -1.92 dB Q 4.91 Filter 7: ON PK Fc 8605.25 Hz Gain -5.81 dB Q 5.00 Filter 8: ON PK Fc 13432.77 Hz Gain -11.70 dB Q 4.98
They both look like shameless clones of the older Sony MDR-1a/r, which I bought something like 10 years ago.
Those were comfortable too; but the small artificial leather pads got quite hot during extended listening periods.
Forgot where I read this (couple of years back), but my understanding was that Takstar was an OEM for first Beyerdynamic, then Sony: thus, leading to the Takstar Pro 80 (aka much of the HyperX Cloud line) -- DT 7xx-9xx "adaptation", and Takstar Pro 82 (aka Cooler Master MH751/MH752) -- MDR-1a "adaptation".
Certainly, the external looks of the Pro 80 and Pro 82 would seem to indicate this.
Edit: Takstar also has their own gaming version of the Pro 82, called the GM200, but I don't know anything about the sound quality, or if there's any differences between that and the Pro 82 (or, for that matter, the MH751/752). I have heard that it's supposedly "better", but no real idea.
how do you feel about jvc ha-rx700 / 900, samson sr850? looks like head-fi is this topic artificially promoted too?The reason why these got hyped is because back in 2017 the user "BenF" at the Head-Fi forums started curating a thread there where he updates the first post with links to his and other people's reviews/comments in the thread that he sees as most relevant. He talks about how the Pro-82 compete well against his electrostatic headphones and Fostex TH-900MK2. When there are AliExpress sales, he shares the best coupons, and helps people avoid the shady AliExpress sellers. Previous to that, back in 2013 he curated a similar thread for the JVC HA-S680, which was his previous darling for a few years.
The JVC HA-RX700 / 900 are over 10 years old, and I don't think I've ever seen frequency response or other objective tests of them, and I'm not sure they would hold up that well based on what I do remember about them. The Samson SR850 is ok, it has subdued sub-bass (common for semi-open headphones), elevated treble (which can make long-term listening fatiguing), but otherwise a decent response, and is ok for the money. Decent review here:how do you feel about jvc ha-rx700 / 900, samson sr850? looks like head-fi is this topic artificially promoted too?