Cresyn CS-HP500 Headphones
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 04-19-2009
Provided by: Moneual Labs
Evaluation and Conclusion

I have been using the CS-HP500 headphones for several days now, and my results are generally good. The most important thing for most when considering a new pair of headphones is how they sound. The CS-HP500s sound good, with nice deep bass and supporting highs. Everything was generally crystal clear, although sounds were not as dynamic as I had hoped for. At times, some of the songs I listened to sounded a bit flat.

Overall styling is nice and I like the fact that these headphones are very portable and come with a carrying bag. It would have been nice if the headphone cables were detachable, and I would have liked a single cable coming from the headphones rather than a cable leading to each earmuff.

Cresyn also bundles a 6.3mm gold-plated adapter which increases compatibility with different audio devices.

It is important to keep in mind that these are not gaming headphones, so there is no built-in microphone or inline volume / mic controls. Also, cable length is generally short at just under 5 feet - good for portability but not so great for stationary use.

My biggest issue with these headphones, however, is the earmuffs. Every pair of headphones that I have used that are over-the-ear style are true to that name, meaning the entire muff covers your ear. That is not the case with these headphones.

The Cresyn earmuff is on the left and a Logitech Noise Canceling muff is on the right. Notice the big difference in overall size as well as the shape. I would consider my ears to be normal size and I can't help but question the incredibly small size of these muffs. When in use, they simply sit on your ear and do not encompass it. This puts the pressure of the earmuffs directly on the ear cartilage and after an hour or so of usage, my ears were noticeably hurting, which is not good at all. Unfortunately for me, this was a total deal breaker.

Cresyn has a decent offering with the CS-HP500 headphones, but they didn't quite get it right. Future revisions / models must address the poor earmuff design, as nobody wants to use a product that will cause discomfort during moderate use.

As of writing, the Cresyn CS-HP500 retail for $44.99 at a popular online retailer.

Thanks to Moneual Labs for supplying this sample for review.

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