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JoeBi
Jul 30, 2018
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While I do like the 6xx, it's missing a big chunk from the low end, so much that a $50 Final Audio E3000 is preferable on some level. The 6xx is now running on a Magni 3 from DAC out of an old Fiio X3, which can drive most stuff I have fairly well without help. With rips from older CDs, the 6xx has to go to 8-9 on the dial on the Magni 3. I can hear better the subtle whooshes in Radiohead's "Everything in its right place" compared to the a Fidelio X2 -- but without the pleasing bass and spaciousness. It's like the bottom dropped out. Plus, subtleties are missing with the 6xx on Beatles "Polythene Pam" (paper sleeve) and U2 "Bullet the Blue Sky" (25th). On the other hand the B-52s and Television sound good and loud at 2-3 o'clock. With the Massdrop CTH, things are considerably better in detail, but bass is not very deep. If JDS Atom or Liquid Spark had been around, I'd probably been happier sooner. I don't think these are veiled or too bassy, but a balanced minimum for good sound. I think "neutral" is a definition left over from classical music snobbery. If you heard a decent rock band with the sound of the 6xx, you'd say they were mad at the bass section. It's somewhat lacking in deep bass. Plus I have a smaller head and still can't stand the pressure more than 20 minutes without a short break, so comfort isn't a 6xx quality at the start. After this I'm not sure if anyone will have the patience, but Question -- Is there a mid-range headphone that has a similar low end to the Fidelio X2 but with better mids and highs like the Sennheiser? I've tried several around $200 and never got close (for example, the Phillips L2 was a mess).
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Jul 30, 2018
Anshin
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Oct 29, 2018
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Your best bet is probably a hifiman 400s or 400i, their QC can be a hell though Alternatively, a DT1990 might suit you if your budget allows.
Oct 29, 2018
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