A Step Above Sennheiser HD 600?
Hi, hope the day is treating you well. I am curious what headphones are considered a considerable and worthy step above Sennheiser HD 600? HD 600 are my favorite headphones ever so far (I tried most of the popular options within 500$ USD price range). Something with a neutral signature, considerably more resolving. Would it be Focal Clear? Sennheiser HD 800S?
Jun 2, 2023
Edit: One other problem - The USB-C port is recessed into the curved section of the headset. To make it look less intrusive, this recessed section is very thin, about 1-1.5mm around the plug. The cable that comes with the headset actually steps down to a thinner section around the plug to accommodate this. I do not own any other USB-C cables with thin enough housings to fit this port, and the curved body of the headset stops larger cables from being inserted far enough. Therefor none of my other USB-C charging cables can be used to charge the Panda.
- The microphones can only be used in bluetooth mode. USB-C cannot use the mic as an input. It would be really sweet if this could be added in a software update, but that might require internal hardware that the Panda doesn't have. Using the 3.5mm jack switches the headset over to passive mode, so no microphone use there either.
- Quality will depend on which codec you are using. Some phones will be able to use high quality audio when using the microphones, and that's great. You may need to access this in your developer settings on Android. iPhones will not be as capable in this regard.
- Windows 10 cannot do this. If you are using windows, then it will default back down to a lower resolution codec for 2-way audio. Voices (of the human variety) will sound fine through the compression, but any music will sound wavy and horrible. You will either need to get a bluetooth USB dongle that supports controls for HD audio in both directions, or you will need to use a boom mic accessory like the Panda one or ModMic Wireless. If you didn't order the Panda boom mic or don't want to wait, then you can get basically identical products by searching "inline boom mic" on Amazon. The V-MODA BoomPro is out of stock at the moment, so I ordered the no-name one instead.