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alitomr
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Apr 6, 2018
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One word for these headphones: WONDERFUL.
I owned a pair of HD650 back in 2008, in a period where I tried a lot of audiophile grade headphones. The HD650 were by far, my favorite.
In my search for audio nirvana (not really, I was just trying a lot of stuff), even loving my HD650 so much as I did (to the point that I was anxious to get home, to relax and listen to music through them), I sold them in order to keep buying and trying more stuff. I missed them since day one. I should not have sold them.
At that moment the budget did not allow for a solid headphone amp to pair with the HD650, but I had a portable headphone amp that I think is not manufactured anymore, the Headphonia Lyrix DAC-AMP. It was great. I always wanted to try these incredible headphones with something up to the task of properly driving them, making them shine, because most experienced users told me that I was missing out. A couple years ago I decided to buy the HD600 and I paired it with th Schiit Stack. It was terrific, truly great, andthen I upgraded to the Valhalla 2 and it was even better. Even like that, I felt by memory that I enjoyed the HD650 more, and was determined to get one. I had a very clear idea of what I would consider better sound in the HD600: the voices sometimes were overwhelming and the soundstage was very tight. ThenFound out about massdrop HD6XX and decided it was THE time to get it.
WOW. I have a gaming setup with lots of cables and in the center there is the HD600 with the modmic 4.0. Even as great as it is, to listen to music and relax I always grab the HD6XX. It is the HD600 with all the detail and even more, but voices are more laid back, and the sound stage is amazing. Amazing doesnt mean artificially big. You close your eyes and usually can feel you are in the middle of a great bad playing live in your living room.
200 for these HD6XX, 389 for the Valhalla and 150 for the modi 2 uber and you in for a treat and one that would require a lot more money to improve just a bit. An answer for a question that keeps being asked: The extra money for the Valhalla 2, is worth it? It is three times the magni 3 and it is not three times the sound, but it is worth it IMHO.
One important thing about another question that keeps being asked: any of the HD600s sound very nice out of a headphone jack. Sometimes I sit down and plug the hd600 directly to the mixamp pro (which has the output of many portable devices), and the sound is very good. To get greatness from the headphone you need an amp, and believe me, it has almost nothing to do with sound levels. An amp provides a lot more than that.
Grab one and be delighted.
Apr 6, 2018
Mohannad13
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Sep 17, 2018
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Can you tell me what is the weight of the whole package ??
Sep 17, 2018
alitomr
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Sep 18, 2018
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I cannot tell you precisely. I am not home and will not be back Until september 30th. You will get a very precise estimate based on the actual shipping weight of the HD650, as they are practically the same. The 6xx should be a few grams lighter because the cable is shorter. Check out amazon.com as they have very precise shipping weight information for all items they sell.
Sep 18, 2018
Valesti
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Oct 31, 2018
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I believe 4 pounds
Oct 31, 2018
Mohannad13
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Oct 31, 2018
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Do you find it easier to drive than the 650 ???
Oct 31, 2018
ycz08
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Nov 7, 2018
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So which one would you keep if you have to pick between the hd600 and the hd6xx?
Nov 7, 2018
alitomr
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Dec 14, 2018
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Sorry for not responding sooner. I didn't realized you asked this. This is a very hard question. I love them both. I think my personal preference is the HD650, but I know if I part with HD600 I am going to miss it.
Dec 14, 2018
Anthonyedc
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Dec 31, 2018
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The hd600 has a tad better comfort, but in sound the hd6xx are almost perfect for my ears
Dec 31, 2018
alitomr
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Jan 7, 2019
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They are really amazing. Even with prices of audio equipment getting so low (compared to what they were 15 years ago) , to get something similar in a stereo requires a good chunk of cash. I have a 4k system, composed of KEF LS50, dual SB2000 and 1000, and apart than the slam you get from a big system, all the fidelity of it is in a system you can have around either the HD600 or HD6XX/650., with around 700USD. After adding the KEFs I find myself using the headphones less and less, but I am still impressed by them when I do use them.
Jan 7, 2019
Anthonyedc
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Jan 7, 2019
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I use a McIntosh amp , 2 elac f6 towers a emotiva dac/amp and also my turntables forget the name . But I still love the ermissiveness my cans give.
Jan 7, 2019
LuckyLuke575
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Mar 9, 2019
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Great story and review. After listening to my HD6XXs for the first time, I just thought that if I was to only own one pair of headphones in my whole life, these are the pair. Definitely agree on the point about the amp, these headphones really improve a lot with a decent amp/dac.
Mar 9, 2019
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