Gold Planar GL600 Open-Back Headphones
Gold Planar GL600 Open-Back Headphones
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After spending years manufacturing for some of the world’s top headphone brands, Gold Planar has set out on its own with the GL600: the flagship model for its first in-house line. Designed as a reference-tuning headphone, the GL600 features Gold Planar’s proprietary nano-membrane, 66-millimeter planar-magnetic diaphragm driver Read More

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Ron-Brandt
0
Sep 1, 2020
I have had the GL600's now for a couple of weeks. They have basic construction but are lacking in appearance unless you are looking old school type look. Head band is quite unlikely to break, it is made from spring steel. The screws will require occasional tightening that hold the earcups to the headband & that screw is likely the weak point especially if not kept tight. Another weak spot is the 2.5mm jack in the earcups, the ground terminal in one of the earcups didn't make good contact with ground terminal on 2.5mm plug causing intermittent cutouts in sound. I was able to make a tool to fix it so it no longer cuts out on me. About sound, the sound stock left a lot to be desired. Male voices were either too bassy sounding & not understandable as a result or were too coarse & shouty. Female voices were just plain shouty. High frequencies were soft & sometimes hard to hear when the whole band was playing hard. The end result was things sounded distorted to me, even at relatively low volume, much lower than I could tolerate on other headphones. Removing foam from back made things worse so I concluded they needed more damping, not less as I see some people doing so I added some more damping & arrived a more than acceptable sound. In fact they sound incredable. I did loose some sensitivity but that's only a minor trade off. They will no longer be loud enough on normal smartphones but they work great on my LG V60 which has a beefier amp than most smartphones. I can tolerate much higher volume now than I could stock & not have it sound distorted, in fact it is very clean sounding. Sound stage is incredible both in depth & width with great imaging throughout. The base driver these headphones are incredible. I wish the manufacturer spent more time in tuning as I have done. If you want to spend time modifying these they are great but not out of the box. I consider these a great buy only for those that have some idea hot to tune the sound on these. Anyone else I would say avoid these as stock sound is not great. It's pretty poor in fact.
Chimera123
14
Jun 23, 2020
Here is a description of who is Gold Planar: https://bit.ly/3fPINo9
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I own the gl600 for around a month. I did remove the fabrictapes that covered the drivers behind, trough easy pull of the earpads, because the fabric tape is behind Them. They sound very lineair. It is a true reference tuned headphone. Ive burn them in with long sessions of White noise. Let them rest a while. And take them to listen. They sound more open and much more clear. But I ve concluded that the stockcable is really slow. I ordered a fast 6n occ cable with 16 silver plated Coppercores. The result was breathtaken. They sound more great now than the 1000se of hifiman. That was the conclusion next a listening session with a small group of audiofeeling friends. They are amazing. I Will recommend this headphone and tweak to everyone that loves a great sound. You shall not be dissapoined! They show the same or more acoustic information than my stax earspeakers. De frequensrespons is much wider than usual for an planar headphone. You can hear clearly the noisefloor that a bad recording or mediaplayer had. They are so wide and stage depht sounding that they give a true live experience. Gold planar did a really good job by taking much stronger magnets for the drivers. The strong puls, detail en musicality and also the very great basresponse and limitless treble makes that I am moving from my electrostatic earspeakers to this tweaked gl600. It is honesly a shame that they deliver a stockcable that the great planar drivers of de gl600, makes sounding cheap and relatively dissapointing by only a bad cable. But by a fast quality cable they sound fantastic. Build quality is very solid, they feel also nice on my head. I suggest them!
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Dopethrone
26
Aug 5, 2020
Stopped reading at 'stockcable is really slow. Ordered a fast 6n occ cable with 16 silver plated Coppercores'.
KuroYariman
51
May 4, 2020
Linsoul has these and the supposed story behind this company is interesting but I doubt these could possibly be better than m565 which by all accounts is probably Monoprices worst planar. In spite of that I’d be very curious to see how these turn out but definitely won’t be risking my cash on them! btw gold planar is supposed to be a planar driver manufacturer so it’s possible that they made the drivers for some of the other budget planars like the older Monoprice stuff. for the price if they can beat the Monoprice sound they may actually find a market for these!
TonyRizo
179
May 6, 2020
Oops, sorry buddy i have no clue how i answer you but it was meant for someone else. LOL
petecamacho
46
May 6, 2020
It's all good. I could had agreed with someone's opinion without realizing. TC
ludachris
307
May 3, 2020
Same materials as the monoprice m1060 v2. Ill have to pass this up because materials will break and chip away over time.
thms
46
May 4, 2020
Source ?
TheRequiem
165
May 4, 2020
asdfasdfafhgah
22
May 3, 2020
those headbands break so easily
DetonNation
72
May 3, 2020
Wow those are ugly. The small circles look like hat snaps. Hmm
CaptainSaif
39
May 3, 2020
drop has been getting worse daily, remember when group buys had things you actually wanted?
deshan
44
May 6, 2020
Remember when the community used to vote on what items to bring in to go in on "group buys" to get fantastic prices on highly sought after items? Now its like looking at flea market bins
SpinyNorman
107
May 3, 2020
I don't see the point of drops like this. There's no review info available for these other than @Bergauk (thanks for that BTW). The discount's only $20. Unless you think these are going to be the "sliced bread" of 2020 (and it sure doesn't sound like it from Bergauk's review) and the price is going to jump, I can't see picking these over the HE4XXs, which along with the HD 6XXs are two of the best bargains in audio today. If $160 is noise level for you as far as discretionary spending is concerned and you just like to try everything that comes down the pike then by all means, go for it. OTOH if you're looking to buy your first set of entry-level planars, the HE4XXs are a much better bet.
MaverickAH
494
May 6, 2020
I see the point. I just don't see the price! With a new, unknown product like this, it would've been nice for Gold Planar to offer it to Drop at a price of about $130 (+/-$10) in order to get the word out if it's truly a product they believe in. Limit the amount of headphones in the order if you must but get some in the hands of actual consumers & not just reviewers. That's the way something like this should have went, IMHO. What I find interesting is that if you do a search on '66mm planar drivers', you come back with several brands using this size priced from these to $2600. Are they all using the same OEM driver? I don't know but I certainly hope not! Anyway, from a quick examination, I would say that the driver has probably been updated from the one used in the Monoprice M565. The specs are slightly different but in the same ballpark. I'd expect them to be similar sounding & the reviews on the M565 are relatively positive. I take that with a grain of salt though since their price made accepting any flaws more palatable when they were first introduced. The introduction of the 4XX changed a lot of that & we expect more at this price level. An 11% discount just ain't doing it. A discount in the 30% (+/-5) is more in order.
Thesesuck
61
May 3, 2020
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So let's see if I understand... This Chinese company manufactured headphones for other companies then decided to steal the intellectual property of those companies and are now making their own. And this, is their crowning achievement that they're calling their flagship which looks like it was made out of bits and pieces of scrap that were waste from their prior manufacturing endeavors. It's rather obvious from looking at them that they didn't hire Jonny Ive as a consultant to make a product that's aesthetically appealing and that doesn't look like it'll fall apart once the chewing gum used on the hinge dries out. Or did I miss something? At this price point you'd be better off buying an open box m1060 from monoprice.
petecamacho
46
May 6, 2020
You said it right there..with age comes wisdom. I'm sure I probably had my first set of headphones before he was born but that doesn't mean I know more. LOL using term of the day. Thank you for setting these b****** straight.
mensrea
243
May 7, 2020
”Ok, Boomer”? Wow, how original.
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I have had the GL600's now for a couple of weeks. They have basic construction but are lacking in appearance unless you are looking old school type look. Head band is quite unlikely to break, it is made from spring steel. The screws will require occasional tightening that hold the earcups to the headband & that screw is likely the weak point especially if not kept tight. Another weak spot is the 2.5mm jack in the earcups, the ground terminal in one of the earcups didn't make good contact with ground terminal on 2.5mm plug causing intermittent cutouts in sound. I was able to make a tool to fix it so it no longer cuts out on me. About sound, the sound stock left a lot to be desired. Male voices were either too bassy sounding & not understandable as a result or were too coarse & shouty. Female voices were just plain shouty. High frequencies were soft & sometimes hard to hear when the whole band was playing hard. The end result was things sounded distorted to me, even at relatively low volume, much lower than I could tolerate on other headphones. Removing foam from back made things worse so I concluded they needed more damping, not less as I see some people doing so I added some more damping & arrived a more than acceptable sound. In fact they sound incredable. I did loose some sensitivity but that's only a minor trade off. They will no longer be loud enough on normal smartphones but they work great on my LG V60 which has a beefier amp than most smartphones. I can tolerate much higher volume now than I could stock & not have it sound distorted, in fact it is very clean sounding. Sound stage is incredible both in depth & width with great imaging throughout. The base driver these headphones are incredible. I wish the manufacturer spent more time in tuning as I have done. If you want to spend time modifying these they are great but not out of the box. I consider these a great buy only for those that have some idea hot to tune the sound on these. Anyone else I would say avoid these as stock sound is not great. It's pretty poor in fact.