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These seem to have over all great reviews here. I'm just worried about the build quality. Should that dissuade me from purchasing? I'm very curious about these headphones.
It didn't dissuade me; the planar technology at this price got me interested to try it out. I was quite happy with my existing headphones which continue to be my daily drivers so I could tolerate waiting for the HE-4XX drop to become active; waiting for the product to get shipped; and while it would have sucked if I received mine broken it would not have been that big a deal to return and await a replacement. To me part of this try-it-out mindset was to experience the build and sound quality whatever they may be. I recently spent $150 on Sennheiser 598Cs to use at my desk at work and the HE-4XX at about $20 more easily beats them out in all areas except for comfort.
I did have the 598CS myself but I didn't like the sound. Vocals especially was way too forward and "in your face" compared to the 598SR (open back). I still have the 598SR as well as I now have the 6XX and 58X. I guess it's a question of do I really need another set of headphones.
Hi, question for you, I have the HD 58x and really like them, but am interested in the HD6xx or the HE-4xx. Are the HD6xx different enough from the HD58x to warrant their purchase?
I have all three and each has a different sound. The 4XX are more aggressive sounding than either of the Sennheisers. The 6XX is more relaxed sounding than the 58X which seems to have a more V shaped sound signature. I’d still recommend the 6XX highly.
Naw, Massdrop is good about supporting their co-branded audio products (in my experience and reputedly). The price-risk/reward ratio is really favorable with these. Go for it, chances are in your favor!
As long as you are in US, just go ahead and get it. For us who are outside, RMA might not be worth the effort.
Well I ended up finding them locally which was surprising. They were brand new and never used as the seller bought two by mistake. He didn't realize until after MD charged him. So I bought them and tried them out. The sound was decent but in my mind too forward and aggressive compared to the Sennheiser 6XX or 58X. But the downer for me was that they didn't fit properly on my head. They were too big. Even at the smallest headband adjustment the ear cups were still too low on my ears. Plus the clamp force was very minimal which meant that all the weight was coming down on top of my head. Being planar they're heavier than the Sennheisers. So long story short is that I ended up selling the HE4XX. Comfort is a big deal if I'm going to be wearing headphones for long sessions. Plus I much prefer the sound of the Sennheisers. Although I think I've loosened the 6XX headband a bit too much so I've gotta figure that out.