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ok so i recieved both the hd6xx and just from opening and feeling both the hd6xx feels light and cheap, almost like a toy compared to these. The HE4XX feels like an actual premium headphone and unfortunately the 6xx falls short.
PM drivers are always heavy. You're feeling heavy magnets, not quality. The HD650 has earned its reputation for a reason, so don't discount it based on something as silly as weight or appearance.
Agreed, they are light and very comfortable.
Though I've only had the HD600 (so far), I will say I preferred the HiFiman's more because of there bass (HE-500/HE-400i), I love me some planar bass and bass extension. Still the HD600/650 line has their own unique qualities that I enjoy and appreciate.
For sure. The 4xx outdoes the 6xx in bass extension and texture, but the 6xx is much more versatile and has an overall refinement that the 4xx doesn't come close to. They certainly both have their faults and their virtues, and honestly I don't think I can really favor one over the other.
Now, I haven't directly heard the HE4XX or the HD6XX. So my impressions are derived from the HD600 and HE400/400i/500, aand as someone who REALLY enjoys the planar bass and nice extended sub bass I enjoyed listening to the HiFiman more often, especially as I listen to mainly modern music. If I could only have one, I'd go planar, absolutely. But likely I'm not limited to just one, so I choose both (many actually as I already have 8 others)
The HD600 did have a wonderfully lush mid-range with great vocals. So for some it may be the better choice especially for certain genre of music. I'm really really considering getting in on the HD6XX drop soon (eventually an HD600 again).
I also think, as many other do, that the HD line is one of the most comfortable line of headphone around.
as far as build quality goes HE4XX out performs HD6XX by a long shot and the comfort is surprisingly similar even though the HE's are slightly heavier.