Drop Starts Tomorrow for the Massdrop x EMU Purpleheart!
This headphone is a derivative of the E-Mu Walnut that I positively reviewed here. And the Walnut is a derivative of the Creative Aurvana Live! that I positively reviewed here. And the CAL! is a derivative of the old Denon AH-D1001 that was so long ago it was before I started reviewing at InnerFidelity. Suffice it to say, this is a damned fine little headphone that has withstood the test of time...with flying colors.
With the same price as the all-plastic Creative Aurvana Live!, Massdrop's $79 price for this headphone with its real Purpleheart wood earcup covers is simply outstanding! E-Mu System's E-Mu Walnutthe same headphone but with Walnut earcup coversgoes for around $150.
This is a somewhat warm headphone with a well behaved midrange and a balanced but slightly hazy treble. It's sealed to get rid of some background noise and is efficient enough to get plenty of volume from phones, however, it does not have a mic or remote for headset use.
If you want to dig into this headphone, check out the links to my related reviews in the second paragraph above. For an in-depth look diectly at the Purpleheart you can check out Hands' excellent review at SBAF.
3000 units will become available tomorrow at 6:00AM Pacific Time: Massdrop x EMU Purpleheart