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Senal SMH-1000 Headphones
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Senal SMH-1000

Senal SMH-1000 (58Ω, 3.5mm plug with 1/4" adapter, comes with 3' straight and 10' coiled cables, now about $90). enlarge. I'd get it it at B&H Photo-Video. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use that or any of these links when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere, so please always use any of these links for the best prices and service whenever you get anything. Thanks for helping me help you! Ken.


April 2014      headphone reviews   audio reviews    all reviews


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The Senal SMH-1000 looks familiar because they are a direct copy of the world's most popular professional headphones, the Sony MDR-7506 and MDR-V6, for about the same price. They even take the same cushion replacements. I'll mention "the Sonys" throughout this review, by which I mean the MDR-7506 and MDR-V6 after which these headphones are copied.

The really good news is that these Senal SMH-1000 sound even better than the Sonys, and that I've been using them daily and carrying them all over folded up in my backpack these past six months, and they've held up perfectly. These are the best-sounding $90 headphones you can get, unless you prefer the bass-boost of the two similar Sonys above.

These Senal headphones seem as tough as the Sonys, with stainless steel hinges and metal earpiece backs.

These headphones ship with two cables: the straight 3' cable I use, as well as a 10' coiled cable (4' unstretched length). I prefer the 3' straight cable to the fixed coiled cable of the Sonys.

They are very comfortable. These are as small as around-the-ear headphones get. The stainless-steel gimbals always adjust themselves to my head so I never have to.

The harp is more padded than the Sonys, and the earpieces stay adjusted their size. If you want to readjust them for his and hers, the sliders have numbered detents.

If they break, B&H stocks replacement parts and accessories for them.

Sonically, they are a little bit smoother than the MDR-V6 and a lot smoother than the Sony MDR-7506. These Senals have more accurate bass, while each of the Sonys has pleasantly boosted deep bass. The Sonys are more fun, while these Senals are more accurate.

These are fun; they actually say "STUDIO MONITOR" on the headband just like it's the 1970s.

Like the Sonys, these are more than sensitive enough for anything without needing any additional amplification. I usually use them for watching movies on my iPad with the level set only about halfway up.


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Closed-Back, Over-Ear Circumaural Design.

Replaceable Ear Cushions (same as popular Sony MDRs)

Folds for stowage; turns into a small ball just like the MDRs.

Senal SMH-1000 box

Folded Senal SMH-1000.







Rated 58 Ω @ 1 kHz.



102 ± 3 dB SPL at 1 kHz at 1 mW.


Maximum Input Power

1 Watt (1,000 mW).

At 58 Ω, this calculates to 7.6 volts.



Less than 5% @ 1 kHz (no power level specified).


Frequency Range

10 - 20,000 Hz, no parameters specified.


Cable and Plugs

Senal SMH-1000 cords

Senal SMH-1000 cords. bigger.

Two detachable, twist-locking cables included:

10' Coiled and 3' Straight.

3.5mm plugs.

1/4" Gold-Plated Adapter Included.

Replacement parts sold at B&H.



3-Year Limited Warranty



Rated 8 oz (267 g).


Price, USA

$90, August 2013- April 2014.

Senal SMH-1000 box

Senal SMH-1000 box. bigger.

Senal SMH-1000 box

Senal SMH-1000 box. bigger.

Ignore the silly response curves; these sound much better than what the art department drew on the box.


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These Senal SMH-1000 have a clean, open, accurate and reasonably out-of-the-head sound, which is excellent for closed headphones. I've listened to them for months without any strain, just great sound. They are smoother (have less comb filtering) than the Sonys, at least on my head.

These are perfect for movies as well as for music. they have great open, deep and clear sound.

They don't need any break-in; they sound the same after six months.

The highs are light and bright, but not emphasized or peaked.


Compared to the Beyer T1

These have an overall tonal balance similar to the $1,400 Beyer T1, but of course these closed SMH-1000 don't have the smoothness or clarity of the open-back T1.


Compared to the Sony MDR-V6

The V6 has more deep bass; it's boosted in the V6.

The V6 is more reserved, while the SMH-1000 has more upper midrange.

Therefore, the V6 is less clear. (The Sony MDR-7506 might be the same as these Senals).

The V6 has a fixed, coiled cord instead of two replaceable ones.

The Senal sounds cleaner, clearer, closer and more sparkly.


Compared to the Focal Spirit One

These SMH-1000 make the Focal sound more congested.

These Senal have no iPod/iPhone/iPad remote control.

They each have about the same bass response.


Compared to the Beyer T90

The Beyer T90 has less voltage sensitivity (plays softer at the same setting).

The T90 has less bass, but it goes deeper.

They each have almost the same plugs.

They have similar sound, with the Senal sounding closer with sweeter highs. I prefer the Senal.


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These Senal headphones are direct copies of the extremely popular Sonys. Oddly they have the same price, too.

If you're buying these in bulk for distribution to your people, I'd get whichever are selling for less money. They seem as durable as the Sonys, and I don't know that anyone bothers with warranty repairs when these break as opposed to throwing them away.

If you just one to buy one pair for yourself, these sound better overall than the Sonys. These Senal have more accurate (unboosted) bass compared to the Sonys. Buy whichever depending on your own preferences for stronger bass versus better overall sound — or whichever is on sale that week.


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