Showing 1 of 7234 conversations about:
Apr 10, 2018
I'm not really the right person to write an in-depth, authoritative review of a pair of headphones. This is the first pair of 'high end audiophile' cans I've owned. I did use a pair of Sennheiser HD580 way back in the mid-1990s, when I was recording student ensembles for a music school. They sounded extremely natural, but so laid-back that I had a tendency to over-hype a recording's EQ if I used them for balancing. I usually used a pair of Sony MDR-7506, which I preferred for monitoring location recordings. The Sony's closed-back and bright presentation helped the playback cut through the ambient noise, so I could concentrate better on what was going to tape. But I wouldn't call them 'audiophile-grade' headphones. Later I got a pair of Fostex T50RP, which I like a lot, but somehow they never transported me into audiophile La-La Land. A bit too dark and 'closed-in' sounding. When I saw the Massdrop version HD6XX going for $200, I figured I'd give them a try. I believe these headphones are a huge step up from any I'd owned before. With these 'phones, I find myself just relaxing and listening to the music, totally enthralled. Percussion and drums have an exciting slap, the highs are smooth and clear, the bass goes deep enough and with enough control to be satisfying. (I listen mostly to jazz, classical, and blues, so I'm not a bass-head at all. No EDM for me.) I love the clear yet relaxed midrange. Voices sound natural, not overly electrified or processed. Even massed strings sound somehow organic, not overly electric sounding. I'd say they're very 'musical' -- if that means anything to you. What it means to me is that these 'phones get you to listen to the music, not to the sound. I like them a lot. (I run these HD6XX from a Raspberry Pi with an Allo Boss DAC running moOde, into an original-version Objective 2 headphone amp I built up from a kit.)
Apr 10, 2018
View Full Discussion