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Kicker HP541 (09HP541) Over Ear DJ-Style Headphones

DJ-Style Headphones w/ Full-Swivel Ear Cup, Tonal Accuracy and Legendary KICKER® Bass Response

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Kicker HP541-TJ Lavin Special Edition (HP541TJ)

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General Features:
  • DJ-Style Headphones
  • Tonal accuracy and legendary KICKER® bass response
  • Cushioned headband allows for extended use without discomfort
  • Plush ear cup cushions provide comfort and help reduce noise
  • Lightweight and comfortable over-ear full-swivel ear cups
  • Unique personalization with vinyl skins that cover the outside of the ear cups
  • Provides dynamic full-range audio and life-like vocals
  • Interchangeable cables – short one for portable media players, long one for the studio
  • Two plug sizes – 1/8-inch miniplug for iPhone and media players, 1/4-inch gold-plated stereo adapter for hi-fidelity
  • Matte black finish enhances the look of applied decals
  • Easy storage with fold-up design and carrying bag
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz–21kHz
  • Sensitivity: 107 dB/1mW
  • Nominal Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Max Input/Power Handling: 100 mW
  • Max Output: 126 dB
  • Cable Types:
    • 3.5m (11.5 ft) Studio-grade cable
    • 1.2m (4 ft) iPhone™ / MP3 cable
  • Plug Type: 1/8” (3.5 mm) corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors with removable gold plated 1/4" stereo adapter
  • Weight: 8.18 oz (232g)
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium Iron Boron (Nd-Fe-B) Magnet
  • Speaker Diameter: 1.97"
  • RoHS Compliant: Yes
2011 Kicker Authorized Online Dealer and eBay Seller

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kicker HP541-TJ Lavin Special Edition (HP541TJ))

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Yes
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
18 - 21,000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
107 dB
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
76%
4 Star
15%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
3%
1 Star
1%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.8
Features
4.4
Design
4.6
Usability
4.8
Nate

Valencia, CA

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Amazing set of headphones. Great bass and response.

January 25, 2010

First off I work for Sonic Electronix... and because of that I am truly fortunate to get to listen to a TON of headphones. I have a set of Monster Beats by Dre, Woodees Earbuds, and JayBird earbuds in addition to these Kicker HP541.

I was lucky enough to listen to these before buying them while at the CES show in early January, and I immediately fell in love with them. The quality of sound and other neat features that I seemingly didn't think about with other over-the-head style headphones just keep making me smile and I have had them for about 10 days now.

They are extremely comfortable and provide amazing bass response too, without disturbing my co-workers, which I cannot say about the Beats by Dre which sound like a boombox on my head to my wife when at home (or anyone else around like in an airport or at work). The additional selling point for me was the price and quality craftsmanship, which are both obvious as you see the price and the Kicker name means quality.

My favorite features are:

a) they require no batteries and deliver great bass still
b) the cord is much more durable (my beats cord shorted out already once)
c) the cord is longer
d) they do not disturb others around me because the sound stays inside for the user.
e) they are more comfortable.
f) you can spin one of the earphones out if you have a friend who wants to listen to what you are listening too... a really fun feature.

I HIGHLY recommend these headphones. Oh and one more feature I forgot is that you can have your own custom skin too. I got a pretty cool Kicker one for free while I was at CES from the Kicker booth :) so I cannot say if the skins are worth the price, but its pretty neat that my HP541 look different than the stock ones.

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chris

churchville, NY

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Honestly Surprised

February 15, 2012

These are awesome!! Great mids, highs, and of course bass!! Just the right amount of each!!

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Matthew

Cleveland, Ohio

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Great Headphones

February 3, 2012

Bought these 6 months ago and immediately fell in love. Haven't stop loving them since. Great bass and still delivers great mids and highs. Sound great!
My only knock is that the kicker hp541 are not very aesthetically pleasing. Kinda bulky and made of plastic. Just take care of them!!

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Jonathan

Bolivar, MO

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Blows People AWAY!

January 26, 2012

I got these here on SonicElectronix after seeing how much cheaper they are on here than at stores. When i first listened i was blown away but then after a while they just start to become daily. Then ill listen to other headphones for a second and go back and again be BLOWN away every time. And when my friends listen they all think they are incredible until i tell them the price then they just get mad they got beats haha. LONG LIVE KICKER!

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J-Money

CP, MD

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Great Headphones!!!!

January 26, 2012

These headphones sound just as good (if not better) than headphones up to 6x the price. These are by FAR the best value in headphones. Why spend $300 on beats when you could have better sounding headphones for $50??

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RKTexas

San Antonio, TX

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Best headphones out for the Money... READ ME

December 16, 2011

Ok I am writing this one because some have knocked them some have compared and some have praised. But I will write this detailed review because there are a few but now one gets into details. The Kicker HP541 headphones are simply AMAZING. Why, you may ask? I will tell you why. These headphones are $50-$60 online at most retailers, I have bought from Sonic for a while and I like the prices. I had a set of Dr. Dre Beats before listening to these. The justification for $300 heaphones was stupid I tried to convince myself that paying that much I am getting the best sound quality as well as a well built headphone. This is far from true. I just hope the guy that bought my Dr. Dre Beats is happy. I was not after hearing these. I compared these between a few different sounding and class headphones. The comparisons were Dr. Dre Beats Studio Beats, Motorola Rokr H9 bluetooth (bass check), Numark Red Waves, Samson SR850 and Pioneer HDJ-1000.

First off the price ranges vary from site to site but the most expensive was the Dr. Dre ($299), then the Pioneer ($169), Numark ($79), Samson ($69) and the Kicker ($49). Ok lets compare and I will be fair I have different needs from different headphones and I cannot justify most of the prices for what you get in any of these headphones except the Kickers and the Samson. The kicker have better bass response then all of them except the amplified Dr. Dre beats, but it is very very close (until you amplify the Kickers to make it fair), with a headphone amplifier the Kickers cream the Beats. Followed by the Pioneer and then the Samson and lastly the Numark.

Overall sound quality - THESE THINGS ARE NOT TINNY. They sound solid and do not have a tin like sound. Now they will not have as crispy highs and mids as the Pioneer or the Numark or even the Samson, they are though much more crisp and clean as the Dr. Dre, I heard things like cymbal taps and and pick strums with the kickers and not with the Beats. The Samson had amazing highs and mids (I am keeping those for classical music and jazz). I listen to everything and I have pushed everything to all these headphones. Classical, Jazz, Alternative, Metal, DubStep, even frequency test tracks. For the money the Kickers are the way to go, absolutely amazing. I like Value, I am not someone that splurges on something just to say I have this or that. I go for what sounds good and these sound way to good for $50. Way too good.

Comfort: They fit my head perfect, I have a thinner head and they take a little adjusting but once I got them adjusted I am able to wear them for 8 hours at work (programmer). Now of all the headphones I reviewed the Samson have the most comfort, they are light weight and self adjusting, I just dont think they are good enough for my Metal, Hip hop, Dubstep listening. Great for classical and jazz. If you have these headphones and others here are some tracks to notate to compare, you can find them all on grooveshark.

Bass305 - Ultimate Bass Challenge 2000
Liquid Stranger - Bully
Flux Pavilion - Voscilate
NAS - NY state of mind
Nero & Skrillex - Promises (good all around)
Bassnectar - Timestretch
Fur Elise - Beethoven
Dirty Magic - The Offspring
The Berzerker - No One Wins

Hope this helps in comparing.

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Alvin

Valencia, CA

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decent cans

December 2, 2014

Not a bad set of cans for 50 bucks. Just be patient when You first get these. These need a little time to break in. Definitely a great looking set of headphones. All in all, for the price, they are great!

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Asencion

Fresno, TX

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awesomeness

January 3, 2014

These are the best headphones ive owned. They sound great. I recommend buying these headphones

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Berggler

Vermont

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Kicker Bass

September 3, 2013

Great bass and overall range. Very sold headphones that wont break easily already dropped them a few times and sat on them once.

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Bryan

Erath, LA

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Great Value

June 12, 2013

Sounds awesome for the price paid. Highly recommend. Have plenty of bass

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bob

Los Angeles CA

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Love em

June 4, 2013

Great headphones even better fo 50 bucks. Not very good off of some smart phones but ipod sounds great. Amazing BASS, great for studio or stereos. MY ADVICE BUY THESE BEST CANS FOR UNDER $50 mine have been thrown at the wall countless times VERY durable

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GrandSlam

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Great Headphones for the price!

May 8, 2013

I started looking to buy a new set of over-ear headphones after my last in-ear pair frayed out. My biggest caveat was finding a cord that would last, along with decent sound quality. Not only is the cord nice, but the 3 year warantee gives me the assurance that I won't have to worry about that.

Sound quality wise, these are nice. Obviously not as nice as $250 Sonnheisers, but extremely nice for the price. The lows and highs are fine, though the highs can get scratchy. For the price I paid, I couldn't have asked for much more. Great product.

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Moo

Canada

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No Bass!

March 14, 2013

I bought these 2 days ago because they were on sale, I was made the mistake of thinking these would have nice bass because they are from Kicker and I saw all these amazing reviews on this page.

Big mistake.

These things have no bass at all, they sound ok but if you are looking for bass look elsewhere because you will be VERY disappointed.

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Riley

Duluth, MN

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Exceptional

March 11, 2013

I am listening to them right now, and I am still in love. I bought these when my roommate got his sound system working, and since then I havent had to ask him to turn down his music! very comfy, good bass, clear mids, and crisp highs. never need to turn the volume up more than halfway on my computer unless i want some bass blasted in my ears, these headphones are for sure the best investment ive made in a long time. incredible for dorm/college life too, makes ignoring annoying roommates 100 times easier :)

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Joe1171

San Antonio, Texas

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Good price!

February 25, 2013

I checked a couple of stores for these headphones and the prices were outrageous. I found them here at a cheaper price and purchased them immediately. They sound great, I would compare them to Dre beats because I have them as well, and the sound quality is very similar.

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Frostburg, MD

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Better thand Beats!

December 25, 2012

Got these headphones today for Xmas from my grandparents. IMO, these headphones sound better overall than Beats! Beats may have a little better bass response, but do not sound accurate in the Mids and Highs, as the Kickers do.

Do NOT buy Beats, buy 4 or 8 pairs of this headphone for the same price instead! Haha

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SoundFX

Yona, Guam

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Great Sound!!!

December 18, 2012

Awesome product!!! Fast shipping and GREAT customer service!!! This product is made to bring you quality sound mids, highs, and BASS!!! Its all there, I recommend this product to all who love sound quality!!!

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Shane

Omaha, NE

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Great Value

November 9, 2012

Just bought these headphones. For the price they can't be beat, great sound. Not the most sensitive drivers sound way better using my Macbook Pro to power them then my iPhone. I bought them for work so its no issue.

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Brad

New York

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Excellent !!!

August 31, 2012

I must say I was in 2 minds when getting this product. But as soon as I plugged them on I was in shock . The quality of the sound was excellent I could not believe my ears !!! This product blew me away. I would and have recommended it to all my friends.

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Kevin

Miami, FL

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Satisfied

August 19, 2012

I have had the Kicker HP541 for more than 6 months now and they still work perfect. They are not BEATS by DR. DRE STUDIOS but really close to it, the headphones get really loud but not noise cancelling but have studio quality sound. Also the plastic used to make the product is not so attractive. Overall i am satisfied for the price. SONIC IS DEFINITELY THE BEST!!!!!

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

HP541

UPC

713034048404

Weight

2.00lbs

Internal SKU

hp541

Internal Product ID

21978

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kicker HP541 (09HP541) Over Ear DJ-Style Headphones