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Dash_100
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Apr 17, 2018
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So many reviews here already. Adding quick comments for those not using very expensive DAC/Amp. Also for Indian music listeners (primarily Hindi/Punjabi).
An amp is a must for 6XX. Max volume from my iPad, OP 5T or Thinkpad can't drive it to high enough volume. I am using Creative Soundblaster E5. I was apprehensive first on its capability but seems to be driving the phones real well. Compared to my Philips SHP9500, 6XX has better tonality, bass and instrument accuracy. The soundstage is less wide I would say, and only moderately larger than closed back Momentum M2s. If you like Sony sound, but want something less colored and more accurate on the same line, you will like these.
What I do not like about them is the grip is very tight, gets hot and uncomfortable pretty quick which lowers the enjoyment of music.
For Indian music, they sound better for fun peppy songs than great vocals. Too much bass to highlight vocals of say Arijit or Rahat fateh Ali Khan. The vocalist appears standing a bit back of the instruments, hence not the best headphones for vocals. SHP9500 shines on vocals with low bass, it (albeit with low overall tonality or sound quality). These aren't no Sony MDR 1000x or even XB950 which magically separate bass and vocals (sacrificing accuracy though).
Tip for those using Soundblaster E5: put device volume high and gain on E5 low. I was hearing artefacts at high gain (like guitar plucking on high treble instruments, got annoying after too many times) and 30% volume on my iPad.
Apr 17, 2018
orsonwellz
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Apr 17, 2018
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Reading the above review, I'm moved to mention one thing about the hd6xx. In short, I'm very very happy with the quality of the sound with these cans. But regarding the headband pressure that's mentioned in the review above, I'd like to point out one thing that happened to me. Although my head is pretty standard size I think, I found these headphones to be very tight right out of the box. I quickly began researching the best methods for reducing the tension on the headband. I flexed the metal a few times with my fingers as one of the videos on YouTube clearly demonstrate. I also parked the headphones on their storage case when I wasn't using them, thinking that the band would gradually relax because of the continuous pressure being exerted on them.
Well, I think using the finger / band technique may have helped a little bit, but what really made the headphones so much more comfortable was simply wearing them for a while. I noticed them gradually getting less and less tight on my head each time I put them on. And now, some three weeks or so after receiving them, they are wonderfully comfortable.
So my Essential message, I guess, to my fellow owners of these wonderful headphones, is just persevere. Wear them, enjoy their wonderful sound, and believe me, sooner or later the band will get just where you need it to be. At least that was my experience.
Apr 17, 2018
Ash821
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Apr 18, 2018
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Thanks for the tip. If wearing helps, the process might be expedited by putting them on a dummy head. Well I don't have a dummy head, seems like it is time to go get a watermelon :D
Apr 18, 2018
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