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I have the akg kxxx massdrop edition
Are these a upgrade?
no, they are different headphones
Can you lighten a noob like me?
It depends on your music tastes. The K7xx will have a larger soundstage and more treble energy. Although they are considered fairly neutral, the K7xx has a slightly V-shaped sound signature when compared to these. I would say bass is very similar between the two. The HD 6xx will have a better midrange.
I would call the HD 6xx an upgrade (I have spent a lot of time with the K7xx and I own the HD 600), but those are just to my ears and YMMV.
I had the 7XX and have heard the HD650. Different flavours. HD 650 has smaller soundstage and less treble details but has better bass and sounds smoother
I too am torn between these two sets so I reqlly appreciate the input on it! It's so tough because while I do enjoy an expansive soundstage, I do gravitate toward mid-centric phones. But I've never made my way to a local retailer to hear the Senn's. I think I'll prob end up with them tho since I've had my eye on the hd650's for so long and this seems to be perhaps the most affordable way to dip my toes. Thanks again!
Get both and a decent amp and you will have a great setup! They offset each other enough to be a great complement to each other.
No problem! I too gravitate toward mid-centric headphones because of my music tastes so I understand completely. If I can offer more specific input on what I heard between the two, the K7xx was underwhelming in terms of the midrange. Vocals were too recessed for my taste, instruments did not have the clarity that I am used to from my HD600. The midbass hump was ever-present and may have contributed to "recessing" the midrange and the treble can be harsh to some ears. I don't have treble-sensitive ears, so the K7xx did not strike me as too sibilant; I think the large soundstage helped produce a sense of airiness so that the treble wasn't so "in my ear", so to speak.
On the other hand, the HD 600/650 are very smooth headphones with slightly laid-back midranges (but are much more full and resolving than the K7xx). The midbass hump on the 600 is never overbearing (HD 650 and 6xx will have slightly more). All headphones mentioned will roll-off as you move into the subbass, but that is often what happens with open backs. Treble is clear, airy, but never sibilant with the HD line (HD 6xx will have less energy than the K7xx, but it will be tighter and more controlled; you can always increase the energy by using a bright sounding amp, for example the Schiit Magni 2)
Just a note: all testing was done with a Schiit Lyr 2 (stock tubes) and a Schiit Modi 2 using lossless AIFF files. Different setups will change the character of the sound from each headphone.
Thank you so much for all the information! I seriously appreciate it buddy! If sounds as though we have very similar preference in coloration (or lack thereof to a degree) and sound signatures. That's exactly what I was looking for actually regarding a direct A/B. Sounds as though the HD6xx will be a fantastic choice for me then. Espesh considering using a DAC/amp to fine tune the sound. My first budget audiophile cans were sr60i's and those weren't too bright or sibilant for my taste even so I'm sure the soundstage will provide that airiness and spaciousness you describe rather than being harsh etc. Thank you so much, I'm stoked to order these!