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I just got my 6xx's today. It was a wonderful surprise because I wasn't expecting to get them for almost another week. Given that these are 300 ohm impedance headphones, I wasn't sure if my Audioengine D1 would be up to the task even though it's rated to handle cans up to 300 ohms in impedance. I was getting ready to drop another $200 on a Schiit stack, but I'm happy to report that the Audioengine D1 is able to power these just fine! I need to turn it all the way up to max for some songs, but going any louder would mean that I can't listen for more than a few minutes so I'm fine as is.
I also tried listening through just my iPhone and my iPhone 7 performed amazingly well driving the 6xx. It's not quite on par with the Audioengine D1, but it sounded quite good and was plenty loud. On some tracks I can't easily tell the difference between having my iPhone as the source or my Audioengine D1.
I also tried it plugged straight into the 3.5mm audio jack of my Macbook Pro. Yeah, that didn't work so well. They sound just fine, but there's no point in owning these if that's how you're gonna use them. Cheaper cans will probably sound better plugged into a crap source.
I threw a bunch of different tracks at it. It handled all of them well. I noticed that it sounded especially good with tracks that had a bit of bass and the evidence of the breadth of its sound stage was evident on songs that have a lot going on. I was listening to some of my favorite Jesus and Mary Chain tracks and amid the wall of feedback and squealing guitars, what's that sound? Where did those cymbals come from?
Strings and piano sound awesome on this. Tom Waits and any music that isolates powerful vocals also shine. Big and bold just seems bigger and bolder.
Where it doesn't seem to do much to elevate the music for me is with folk and acoustic music. It merely sounds decent to me in that department. Hopefully after these burn it, it'll sound better in that department too.
Thanks for a great product Massdrop! Between these, the Audioengine D1, and Swan 1080 IV's (all purchased from MD), I feel pretty set as a low end audiophile.
Give it at least a month and you will be quite happy. They have a pretty long burn in phase but its well worth it.
if you don't mind me asking: when did you order them?
I was part of the March 22nd drop that lasted less than three days. I got on June 19th. The estimated delivery date was August 15th or something like that so I got mine two months early. From what I've been reading it seems 6 to 10 weeks ahead of schedule appears to be the norm.