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TDK ST-700 review: luxury cans you can afford?

Can the cassette tape brand from yesteryear keep up in the age of digital audio?

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Introduction

We recently reviewed the TDK TAC3521 portable iPod speaker dock. According to TDK that product is part of its entry-level series, but the manufacturer also has more high-end products up its sleeve. These include the ST-700 headphones, aimed at people that enjoy high-quality audio on-the-go but don't want to haul around heavy, over-ear headphones. Hardware.Info took a closer listen.


The TDK ST-700 comes in a fancy-looking box that's quite a bit larger than the actual headphones. It's mostly filled with air, but also a plastic mold covered with a soft layer, an extension cord and a carry case. And of course the headphones.

TDK High Fidelity On-Ear Headphones ST-700

That first thing that came to mind when we looked at the TDK ST-700 is their resemblance to the popular headphones you see on the street every day - the Beats by Dre Solo HD. It's the rounded shape of the earpieces, that continue seamlessly into the straight headband. When we put them side-by-side (see next page) and look at the details, then the similarities are less pronounces. Another important difference is that the TDK headphones are markedly cheaper, and cost £127 instead of £169.


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