The HI-2050 is a Chinese headphone that appeared on the market (mostly asian online stores such as Aliexpress) a few years ago, and like a lot of “chi-fi” stuff, it got some popularity on N-A / European forums for its good price / performance ratio. It’s basically a DT880 rip-off, same design (and even sound balance).
○ Release : 2012
○ Current status : In production
○ Type : Over-ear / Open-back
○ Measured weight : 327g
○ Impedance : 60 Ohms
○ Sensitivity : ~92-95 dB/mW
○ Average used price : $30-40
I don’t really like the HI-2050. The tonal balance is a bit V-shaped with aggressiveness in the treble. But to be fair, technicalities are quite good for the price. The sound reminds me of a worse DT880, with a bit less resolution, but very close in openness and staging.
Basically, moderate bass impact with low-end roll-off (below 60hz), thin sounding midrange and strong treble, particularly around 6-9 khz. I could not stand that treble for too long, depending the tracks runned.
I can easily recommend them for people looking for something open really cheap – below $50. Despite the tonal balance, it’s an okay open sounding headphone with decent stage and imaging, solid build and nice packaging. Otherwise the K612 or DT880 are much better option for $100 or less (used).