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Okay, I could really use some input. I bought these headphones and recently bought the Cavalli CTH and I’m really not impressed. I was definitely expecting more from this combination. I’m wondering what I’m missing because I’m sure feeling like I just wasted my money.
I have been a hifi nut for most of my life but this was my first “good” set of headphones. To be clear I wasn’t expecting these to sound like my 800 watt bi-amped home listening setup but I really expected much more than I’m hearing. Am I missing something or was I expecting to much?
I'm not audiophile ... but here is my experience with the HD6xx. I have had my HD6xx for 8 months now. I love it. However when i first got it, i was disappointed. Here is my observation
- It needs tons of burn-in time. It started sounding better after 4 weeks (or my ear/brain) got used to it.
- HD6xx is power hungry. U need a powerful headphone amp for it to come alive.
- On a less powerful amp, turn vol knob higher. The HD6xx opens up at higher volumes ( assuming the amp does not clip or distort by then ).
What amp do you use? Is the CTH underpowered for the HD6xx? I get the burn in, in fact I have I have left them playing for probably 30-40 hours to date (not including listening time). It’s my opinion the amp is not powerful enough for the HD’s, but again, I’m new to the headphone world.
AudioScience Review (ASR) measured the CTH to be 0.22 w @ 300 ohm before clipping occurs. This is almost the same as the Magni 2 which I have. Amirm of ASR recommended at least 1/3 w @ 300 ohm when i asked him what would be ideal for the hd6xx . Btw, overall the CTH did not measure well @ ASR.
Right now i am using a Feliks Audio Echo which a friend has kindly lent to me as long as i want. I am seriously thinking of getting the Massdrop THX AAA 789 which is rated 0.8w @ 300 ohm on balanced XLR connectors. The 789 measured well and is highly praised @ ASR.
These headphones are old technology, I bought them based on their rep and sold them after break-in, my Sennheiser Momentum’s sound much (yes, much) better, and are much easier to drive. They were both driven by a Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, which has a strong amp and super clean sound, now driving a set of HiFiman Ananda headphones.