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Even less bass than the HD6XX? I found the 6XX to be bass shy and I didn't notice a veil so I think I will be sitting this drop out. However, hats off to Massdrop for this interesting and affordable collaboration! Now if they could resurrect the AH-D2000 as a more affordable version of the TH-X00.... :)
I found it far from bass shy(coming from dt770 pro 250ohms), though so far it feels more smooth rather than punchy, so the overall feel is just that it's dark sounding. I'm really conflicted using them for Elite Dangerous, as the darkness sometimes drowns out some of the sounds which are higher pitched like the ship's computer's voice.
My magni 3 took care of the bass issue. Oh the grace sdac helped as well.
Hello fellow commander o7.
Well, I should clarify. I'm a basshead, for one. And the HD6XX has bass just no subbass to speak of, I mean the driver fires and you can hear it when doing spectrum sweeps but it just doesn't have any weight to it. I have tried it on a variety of amps, and even on my IFI iCAN SE with the bass boost switch on it wasn't that great for bass heavy music. It's fine, though. I just don't listen to electronic music with it.
The IFI should do it. I guess I'm not a member of the bass head brotherhood. Love my 6XXs
Peachtree Audio Shift took care of the bass and sound.
What amp do you use?
I'm also a bit of a basshead, and as you said the 6XX have almost no sub-bass for my taste. And if you put in an aggresive EQ to pump up the sub-bass you'll get a lot of distorsion and uncontrolled bass all over the place, which ruins the sound quality of this great headphones. But the bass is rich and punchy, with that nice warm bump on the mid-bass (specially driven from higher impedance amps like OTL or hybrids). If you want sub-bass, closed back headphones are the way to go. Just to mention ones that I own and I can say they have massive sub-bass: Audio Technica ATH-M50x (love them or hate them, but they're great for the price and VERY FUN to listen).
That's been exactly my experience! The HD6XX sound quite good except for the sub bass roll off (and just like you said, EQing the bass up just causes massive distortion) so I enjoy using them for non-bass heavy music. I have M50s and love them. The sub bass on my DT770, properly amped, is also really good, so I use them to watch movies.