Summary: The look may give the TDK ST-800 a dated look but the tech inside is state-of-the art. If you like your music to speak volumes but not necessary at volume then you’ll love the spacious mid-tones and rounded bass these headphones have to offer.
Summary: The basics Harking back to an age of mixtapes and recording the Top 40 off the radio on a Sunday teatime, the TDK ST-800 have a heavy-handed retro feel you’ll either love or loathe. Thick leather stitching, matt metal and thick plastic, the quality is spot-on. Then there is the gold-plated 3.5mm audio plug adapter and cloth carrying bag, adding up to a nice rounded package. The good There is no faulting the construction of these headphones.
Pros: There is no faulting the construction of these headphones. Made from sturdy plastic and metal with real leather covering and a head strap that is big and comfortable without being restrictive, the build quality justifies the TDK asking price. The graphic equaliser has a ten-step approach allowing you to fine tune the Bass and Tremble and you can really hear the difference when it’s activated. However, the winning piece of design for us has to be the nifty volume contr...
Cons: Weighing in at just under 420g, these aren’t the lightest headphones out there, so better suited to home use than out on the move. The inline EQ works but we have to admit it’s something of a gimmick and we’re not convinced that simply using the tone settings on your iPod or smartphone aren’t simply just as effective.