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Are these headphones worth it if I already have the HD6XX?
Is the sound profile different enough to justify having both?
They are practically open opposites
no its not worth it hd6xx are better
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My pair of he-4xx sounded good, but not great. Punchy/impact boomy controlled bass but no ozzyness, but kinda dull sounding with fizzy/fuzzy almost sharp highs and not so clear vocals.
I like the 6xx. They got boomy oozy warm low end. Good highs that are not fatiguing or sharp. Up close clear vocals.
K7xx. Artificial sounding. Sounds start farther from ear and soundstage goes really wide. Vocals are recessed and highs are good and excellent separation. They got some low end to be happy with, but I would rate it as weak.
M1060 (open, don't bother). Get the m1060c instead. Closed or modded open will sound better than the original open m1060. M1060c stock (closed): Bass is very good, not as punchy as 4xx or ozzy like 6xx but I like it. Volcals are and everything else is high fidelity and clear and these beat the k7xx for soundstage/imaging/separation which means the m1060c is good for music and gaming.
- Music: m1060c > 6xx > phillips fidelio x2.
- Gaming: m1060c > phillips fidelio x2 > 6xx (6xx is not great for gaming).
- Some reviewers like zreviews, dms3 tv have been sent a review pair of mod house argon mk3 (pre order). These may be the headphone that beats the m1060c for around the same price.
I see you bought all three massdrop headphones. What do you think of each?
They offer a different presentation, a bit more open but thats no better or worse here just different.
I would say so. The 6XX are power hungry and really need a solid amp to get to their true potential. They're also warm as hell and sometimes way too smooth and boring. The 4XX are punchier, faster, and have more air up top, and are much more fun overall.
I generally only prefer one to the other depending on source and genre at the moment as they both just inherently couldn't sound more differently.
I game with both out of an Atmos enabled receiver and think they both fair well from an imaging and soundstage perspective. They both deliver good depth and height and allow me to pinpoint noises and voices with great accuracy. The 4XX might lose a bit because it is brighter so depending on the SFX for the game, they can become grating and require me to back off the sound a bit. For Blu-ray movies, the 4XX win hands down as they're much more dynamic than the 6XX and do a better job of conveying LFE effects instead of smoothing/smearing everything as the 6XX like to do.
Just my .02 cents.
+1 I would also choose the 4xx over the 6xx if it should be one of them. Meanwhile I sold both ;)
I might be in that same boat soon myself. I just got the Elex and it very easily eclipses the 4XX and 6XX to the point I have no inclination to go back to them. If it came to it, I would consider the 4XX as it's overall brighter and that does bode well for certain genres. It's also dynamic but not nearly as dynamic and punchy as the Elex. Hell, even from a speed perspective, the Elex is damn fast for a dynamic driver headphone.
I really would rate the Elex a step above also. Fantastic good Focal driver and how pity not available in Europe. The Elear mostly is the same but significantly more expensive.
the 7XX are great for no amp and i use them with my phone even on trips down to the shops. they arnt super open so people dont hear what you are listening to. they are also very spacious and comfortable.
the 6XX i use on my pc they do need that ampage to sound good but they sound and feel great tend to wear them all day even.
the 4XX has bad build quality and are in my opinion a bad design when it comes to comfort. they need more from an amp to get the same sound but its sound profile makes some songs sound horrible. also never accidentally cover the outside grill while playing music or you might blow an eardrum due to the pressure change