HMC-631 Review

HMC-631

Our new friends at Neufutur took some time to review our Superlux HMC-631 gaming headphones!

“The Superlux HMC631 Gaming Headset is a solid addition to the inventory of any player that would like a pair of headphones that are comfortable, customizable, and at the head of the class in regards to sound reproduction. The HMC631 headphones are able to playback music from bass-heavy (rap, EDM) to vocal-intricate (opera, country) genres in a compelling fashion. Furthermore, vocals (video game dialogue, phone calls) are clear and crisp without crackling or otherwise sounding muffled. When there are a multitude of voices / atmospheric noises, the HMC631 headset does not shudder from the challenge – everything is sorted out in a more than satisfying way.

The audio quality of the included boom microphone is high, meaning that individuals will easily be able to converse, give directions, or otherwise stay active with friends or family. We were particularly surprised with the build quality of the HMC631 headset, meaning that the product will take bumps and drops admirably. The rugged nature of the HMC631s ensure that one can tote the headset around in a backpack or in a car without the product being any worse for wear.

The comfort of individuals is a prime concern for Superlux/Avlex, and the padded headband makes marathon gaming incredibly easy. The variety of settings that one can orient their HMC631s makes this a must-have for anyone looking to upgrade their battlestation.

The MSRP on the Superlux HMC631 Gaming Headset is around $100; look online to find the best price for these headphones. These would be a perfect holiday or birthday gift for anyone that wishes to be fully immersed into their video game experiences Check out the Superlux website for information about the company’s full array of gaming products, while the Avlex website has a panoply of description about their entire range of audio products.

Rating: 8.4/10″

Thanks Neufutur!  You can read the review here!

TOP-248 & TOP-258 Review

TOP-248

Bart with Eatgafftape, LLC has sent us a review of our Superlux TOP-248 and TOP-258 microphones!  

“The TOP-248 vocal microphone from SUPERLUX is one of those little known gems that everyone should know about and have at least one pair of them in their gig box.

I had the chance to beta test the TOP-248 and TOP-258 on several audio consoles including a Midas M32, Yamaha PM5D and a small 8 channel analog desk from a company called AOLONG.

For speaker configurations I was lucky enough to have access to a JBL VER-TECH rig, NEXO GEO-T system and a Peavey powered speaker system for the testing phase.

In a side by side comparison with the Shure SM-58 and the SM-57 the TOP series microphones held their own and sounded outstanding. The TOP-248 vocal microphone has a very rich natural sound and highlights both male and female vocalists quite well. As an avid user and fan of the SM-58 I was very surprised that the TOP-248 actually out-performed the SM-58. The transition in the vocal frequencies were downright smooth during the test with male and female vocalists. To me the SM-58 seemed a little weak and at times harsh sounding during all three tests.  

Another thing I liked about TOP-248 is the construction. Superlux did not hold back when they designed and built this microphone.  The weight alone lets the user know that they are holding a quality professional microphone. The black metal housing fits nicely in the users hand and gives a very nice non slip surface to grab on to. I will slip in the TOP-248’s whenever I possibly can on a gig from now on. 

The TOP-258 was yet another amazing microphone not only is it a great vocal microphone but as an instrument microphone all I can say is WOW. I put this microphone on a boom stand to mic a Martin 000-15m acoustic guitar.  Immediately I could tell from the look on the client’s face that something was bothering him as he started to play. After about 5 minutes of intense playing he stopped and asked if we can try the same microphone on his Mesa Boogie Mark IIB tube amp for his electric guitar. I put the mic on a short boom facing directly at the cab and mic’ed the outside edge of the speaker approx. 3 inches away.

After testing it on the clean channel and dirty channel of the amp you could tell he was very pleased with the sounds that the TOP-258 helped produce. After doing this test on 3 different audio rigs at 3 different events with the client plus comparing them with the SM-57, we both came away quite happy with the performance of all of the TOP Series microphones. I was happy that I found an affordable microphone that can perform and keep up with the big boys and the client came away happy with 2 microphones that he intends to use on all of his gigs.

In closing, you have to have these in your rig – you will not be disappointed!” 

Thanks for the review, Bart!  We agree with you – the TOP Series belongs in every live sound and recording rig!

IS-103 Intercom System – In stock & shipping now!

IS103
As mentioned in our previous blog entry, the IS-103 Intercom System was on its way!  And now it’s here!  We have limited quantities of these systems in stock now but there are more on the way – we’ll likely see them next week.

These wired intercom systems include everything you need to be up and running for your next live performance.  Give us a call for pricing and availability!

As always, if you need assistance with finding an Avlex retailer or contractor, let us know!