Our Verdict A strong first over-ear effort from SoundMagic For Comfortable fit Good balance Spacious for closed-back cans Lovely high-end Against Slightly flat midrange Reviewed on 7th February 2013 SoundMagic has a strong back-catalogue of in-ears, so we were looking forward to hearing what the over-ear HP100 headphones would offer – and we aren’t disappointed. Packing 53mm drivers, they’re big without being overly bulky. The earpads and headband are soft and comfortable in use. The fit is secure, but never tight. And when you're done, the ear cups swivel and fold away. Build quality is high: despite featuring a lot of plastic the HP100s never feel flimsy. The headband expands with satisfying clicks, and the removeable (coiled) cable screws into place neatly. For closed-back cans, they offer a well-balanced, spacious sound. More after the break But their real strength lies in the high-end, with a sparkling treble that makes jazz and classical music shine. Bass isn’t as accomplished, but it’s still deep, detailed and controlled. Unfortunately, it’s the midrange that suffers, giving a slightly flat, relaxed signature that rounds off some dynamism, particularly in the vocals. Not perfect, then, but for a first attempt at over-ears we think that SoundMagic has done a good job. See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month - February Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 04:55pm Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Headphones HP100 SoundMagic Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.