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As of today, these take 109 days to ship from MD (depending on when you ordered). Current price for a pair of 650s on Amazon is $169 more than MDs 6XX version. Amazon ships theirs in two days. So, you save $169 with the 6XXs, but it costs you 109 lost listening days--very frustrating listening days for some (I know, I've been there). Another way of looking at it: each day you wait only saves you about $1.58.
How about this: would you be willing to pay MD more, if they shipped the 6XXs to you faster? Lets say they offered to cut the waiting time down by one half (say 55 days instead of 109 days). Would you pay $86.11 more ($1.58 x 55 days)? That would bring the MD price up to $285-ish. Worth it to save half the wait? Hmm...?
Okay, none of that math actually means anything--only the ship date and the MD vs Amazon prices have any real meaning, but my point is this: if you can swing the extra $169.00, for gods sake, get out of line!
I'm suggesting this because I could have spent the extra dough, and didn't--and now I'm wondering why the hell I didn't?! I like my 6XXs plenty, but I'm sure I would have liked the 650s too. So what was I standing in line so damn long for? I'll tell you why--"MD-itous"--it's a disease! A guy can get caught up in MDs time limited, quantity limited, hype to the point where suddenly several thousand people end up going nuts to buy some what-not for fear it will disappear faster than they can order it (I was one of those guys too). All of that is good for MD--keeps the big guys at the top running around in new Porches and living it up at expensive San Francisco eateries every night, but it's not that good for you!
Unless the $169 is an issue for you (I realize that buys a lot of lunch, and folks have to eat), or if the 109 days is no big thing to you, 'cause you're the patient type.
But if neither applies to you, take my suggestion and just spend the cash and get the 650s!
You know, just say'n...
Patient type here. Also the $169USD can get a pretty respectable amp which I can stare at for 109 days
Time is money--you just earned yourself a pretty respectable amp! Good luck with your 6XXs.
the way I see it I got the HE4XX for free since I got the 6XX instead of the 650. The 4XX costs $169.
Say, you weren't the guy who worked on that Trump tax cut thing were you, because that math sounds familiar? You know, Just ax'n?
Kidding of course, I did the same thing, but I bet we're both waiting for those damn 4XXs to ship, rather than listening to them?
Yeah I wish I was listening, Im just trying to stay positive. 4xx then 6xx then who knows what happens next, maybe ill get a tube amp or balanced or something.
Hang in there! I have the 6XXs--nice, but not a religious experience by any stretch. I opted for the 4XXs just to hear the difference in methodology--for $169, what's to lose?
BTW, I have a balanced amp, and did try a balanced cable with my 6XXs--my verdict: no difference!
Oh well its good to hear feedback, guess theres no point in spending money on that. What would you say one needs to get that "religious" listening experience?
These headphones scale well with better equipment, they got "religious" for me with the La Figaro 339. I was also impressed with how they pair with the CTH, especially considering the price point.
Yes and with luck the he4xx, hd6xx and the HD58x jubilee headphones for the price of the HD 660S. I do not know if I'll try HD 660s one day but I'm sure those three headphones at a similar price will be very worth it.
I had patience with the 4xx's and it was worth it. I mentalized to receive my Darkvoice in June and I already have it at home. one month earlier than expected. When you join the drop you have to be calm and more if you are from Spain as I am. I have joined the drop and I know that the wait until September will be hard :)
First thing I did when I got my Orpheus was replace those dinky Sennheiser Tubes with some hot rod Russian jobs--much better sound stage now!
do you actually have the Orpheus ? :O
Of course I do--or my name isn't Joseph P. Isuzu!
My thoughts on the 6xx changed when I used them with my DarkVoice. They went from the i dont get the hype headphone to the i never want to take them off headphone.
When you say that, I hear the sound of fish food gently falling on the water's surface of the vast MD audiophile aquarium. Oh--look at all the little fishies coming!
I have a solid state amp I really need to try out a tube
Get a great amp...lafigaro 339 or woo wa2 would get you closer to your god or goddess ;)
I have the Aune X1S. I have been thinking might get the dark voice or the little dot eventually. I haven't looked too much into tubes yet.
X1S is solid amp :) People like the dark voice and it is reasonably priced... sometimes they are on ebay for low price
Yep... many people use amps many time the price of the 6xx, they scale up nicely!
the 4xx complement the 6xx and imho balanced cables increase volume but not sound quality, but then again i dont think 500 cables change the sound quality either... i will probably get smacked around for that...lol.. but i do buy custom cables probably more for the looks as i cant stand the crappy cables that come with the 6xx
Well, I have nothing against better looking cables, and I don't mind XLR connections, but I agree with you, the sound improvement is about the same for each ;- )