Conclusion: The NuForce HP-800 is a no-frills studio monitor headphone pair that offers a crisp, articulate response, but is less reliable on tracks with deep bass.
Pros: Crisp, bright frequency response ideal for genres without deep bass. Innovative headband design is secure and easy to wear for long periods. Comfortable memory foam ear pads. Replacement cable included.
Cons: Distorts on deep bass at higher volumes. Doesn't have offer much bass response at moderate volumes. No phone controls on either cable.
Summary: I've had some surprisingly good experiences with NuForce products lately. Their DDA-100 (review pending) is a spectacular all in one integrated. Their Cube compact speaker, which seemed like a toy when I first saw it, is actually rather enjoyable and proves very useful in a number of situations.
Pros: BASS!!!! These really pound, while the rest of the spectrum is not worthless as in some other basshead cans, build is good for the price
Cons: best at low to medium volumes, earpads could be bigger around to not touch the ear
Conclusion: The HP-800 are a stellar sounding pair of headphones. Based on sound quality alone, NuForce could easily ask $300 for these cans. That they cost half that much should make them the steal of the decade, but, unfortunately, the HP-800 are the best-sounding headphones you won’t really want to wear.
Pros: Exceptional resolution of detail and texture, Brilliant treble without piercing sibilance, Crystal-clear midrange, Huge, 360-degree sound field, Beefy low end
Cons: Somewhat cumbersome, Uncomfortable headband, Plump bass is a bit much on some recordings