Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 18:39
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Much like hardcore gamers who always like to use the highest-end graphics cards to enjoy playing their favorite games at their maximum audiophiles are also after the best possible set of headphones to enjoy listening to their favorite tunes and watching their favorite movies. Looking back now although I’ve used and tested countless headsets and headphones i still haven't found the "one" suitable for me. Many have come really close but personally I’m one of those people who seek perfection (the jack of all trades) in every possible aspect so although I’ve really enjoyed the audio reproduction of quite a few headsets/headphones i can't say the same about their design, comfort and build quality. So while the quest for the best headphones out there continues for me TDK was kind enough to send us their STi710 High Fidelity Headphones with iPhone control and after 2 weeks of testing we can finally upload this review.
TDK Life on Record, a leading global brand with a rich audio legacy, is dedicated to personalizing and enhancing audiophiles’ ever-evolving digital music lifestyles. TDK Life on Record audio products are carefully crafted to focus on performance, marrying a clean, striking design with the precision and flexibility of modern technology. This world-class line of premium audio products delivers a warm, authentic, high-fidelity entertainment experience. The TDK Life on Record logo is a trademark owned by TDK Corporation and is licensed exclusively to Imation Corp., a leading global developer and marketer of brands that empower people to capture, save and enjoy digital information. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
A few years ago the only thing carrying the name TDK in the consumer market was their high quality storage media (CDs, DVDs, BDs and Flash Drives) but largely thanks to Imation that changed a couple of year back and so TDK entered the audio market with a bang not only due to their excellent and very innovative portable speakers but also because of their audiophile grade headphones. So after testing two of their best portable speakers we just had to take a thorough look at some of their headphones the first of which is the quite compact STi710 High Fidelity Headphones. TDK has equipped the STi710 with two 40mm dynamic drivers featuring a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz, 114dB sensitivity and 32Ω impedance and an in-line Omni-directional microphone with a frequency response of 30Hz-16KHz and -58dB sensitivity right next to a volume/track/answer/end controller compatible with the iPhone line of smartphones. Specs-wise the STi710 doesn't really seem to offer anything special that we haven't seen before so let's dig a little bit deeper.