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View Full Discussion I have been enjoying my 4xx for about 6 months but I wouldn't say they were my favorite. That honor fell to my 6xx especially when used with my DarkVoice amp. I have been primarily driving the 4xx with my Aune X7S amp via the single ended (SE) output. I have balanced cables for the 6xx and it makes a noticeable difference in performance over the SE output.
I was hesitant to get balanced cables for the 4xx because I figured the SE output (1000mW @ 32ohm) seemed more than sufficient for the 35ohm 4xx. That was a mistake. A mistake that was rectified this week when I received my balanced XLR cable from Periapt Cables. This my second set of balanced cables from Periapt and I am very pleased. Superb build quality and performance.
The 4xx driven by the balanced out (1700 mW @ 32ohm) on the X7S is sweet. Similar to what I experienced with my 6xx in balanced mode the soundstage widens, bass is more substantive and snares and kick drums hit hard. Overall clarity and detail is improved. The differences between the SE and XLR out on the X7S are not "night and day", but they are noticeable, significant and enjoyable.
I bought the X7S for the balanced output and it could be that the SE out on the X7S isn't as good and that 4xx would sound as good via a dedicated SE amp. IDK. I guess the morale of the story here is if you have an X7S and the 4xx invest in balanced cables. For now I'll say 6xx is still king for me, but the 4xx are now in serious contention for the lead.
Can you explay why do you like the 6xx more? I recently sold the 58x for the distant mids signature and the enormous distracting bass it have. I’m tempted by hd6xx and 4xx but i can’t decide. I really want realism in human voices. I have the pinnacle px paired with the radsone earstudio and for me it’s almost a reference. Open headphone is a less flawed option but if i fell a veil in the 58x mids, i suspect i will find more veil in the 6xx, is it true?
I have PX and EarStudio 100 as well. Not my favorite as I feel it’s lacking in bass. I have do some EQ magic to get them sounding good.
If you like the PX sound I would steer you toward the 4xx as I think it’s sound signature closer to the 4xx than 6XX. The 4xx are strong with vocals and have good mids and highs with good controlled bass. While I haven’t heard them, my understanding is that the HD600 might also be to your liking if you like the detailed sound of the PX.
To me the 6XX, when properly amped, have a warm sound signature with great mids and is excellent with vocals. It pairs extremely well with my DarkVoice amp. I love it for listening to jazz, vocal, acoustic based music and classic rock.
With regards to the 4xx, IMO, good amplification is also important. The ES100 in single ended mode doesn’t have enough power to get the job done. I don’t have a balanced cable for my 4xx or 6XX that’ll fit the ES100 so I can’t speak to how that performs.
Last thing about the 6XX and 4xx. Many say they don’t need amps to sound good. I disagree. They are both OK out of mobile devices, but neither satisfies me unless I’m giving them power. If you don’t have a powerful solid state amp, I would recommend getting one of you decide to pick up the 6XX or 4xx. Something like the JDS Labs Atom might work really well with the ES100 as a DAC. (I think my wallet is going to be $99 lighter very soon).
thank you. I was very tempted to take the hifiman... but the hoor story about the build quality scared me... so last month I went to a specialized store in a not so near city, just to clarify my doubt. There was a hd 650, a fidelio x2, the complete offer by Beyerdynamic and the hd 598. After a marathon of 2 hours, and the complete hate of the clerk, who left me there, i discover something i didn't imagine. I really need that articulation in the highs, and the extension up top, so sennheiser hd6xx was excluded, also 'cause the mids were too forward in my opinion. Being in search for a reference i also want a neutral but solid bass, so the wonderful hd598 with that airy bass was also in the "no" list. I can say that x2 was almost perfect, but that bass was really too much for my tastes, to the level that the voices was too immerse in the stage. Dt770, non existent mids. Dt990 bombs and blades. Dt880: perfection! I found my reference. I have it from 10 days, and that wonderful stage is alwayvrevealing of something new. The bass is tactile, the mid section is just present and tonally correct, the highs can resolve the most complicate festival of cymbals. I can easily recommend this hidden classic
Which cables did you get, I don't see a replacement cable option with 3.5mm for all three connections on Periapt.
My 4xx have 2.5mm connections. Type 2 XLR. Send them an email and tell them what you need. The made a custom XLR to 1/4" adapter for me when I asked.