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Was planning on getting a pair of these but now I'm not so sure. I get that price increases are not uncommon as production costs go up, but as many other commentators have said, jacking the price mid-drop is an underhanded scare tactic to get people to hop on to the drop now for fear of future price increases.
The HD 6XX has already sold more than 70k units since its launched and Massdrop/Sennheiser has no doubt made a tidy profit off it, why raise prices at all? Sure basic production would make producing these cheaper than before, not more expensive. This product left the 'early adopters' stage a long, long time ago so that argument is frankly ridiculous too.
When they first launched, the HD6XX represented a triumph for the Massdrop community where we finally had a product that combined legendary performance with incredible value, unlike many of Massdrop's other duds forcing customers to wait for extended periods of time for an out of stock notice or a few dollars discount from other major retailers.
To see what was and still is a great product turned into what appears to be a greedy attempt at scaring people for a quick cash grab goes against everything that this community stands for. I for one expect a better answer for their action than what they've done, because even if the price hike was needed, there are so many other ways this could have been done better than pissing off your loyal customers.
IME the HD6XX is really an outstanding value for anything under $300. Especially if you
factor in for inflation and what the HD650 was selling for a decade ago ($499). You'd be
looking at over $600 today. I don't agree with the way this recent drop is being handled,
however, in light of how many people are flipping products like the HD6XX and Grace
THX AAA 789 for significant gains on Ebay, it is not surprising that Massdrop may feel they
should be charging more for certain products.