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I am admittedly a headphone newb. How do these differ from the Massdrop x Senneheiser HD6xx headphones that are currently in active drop status?
This video should explain that.
TL;DW - This sounds less "veiled" than other HD6** series headphones (ie, treble range extends higher, and is more pronounced), also has slightly more relaxed bass compared to the others. Though I'm not sure if that was before the revisions were made to the driver. The other major thing is that these will be easier to drive given that they're half the impedance of the 6xx's. That means they'll sound good-to-great on a smartphone or digital audio player, and great-to-fantastic when used with an Amplifier. Hope this helps.
**EDIT**: Lastoftheoldgods confirmed this video was indeed the prototype, that being said, it means the highs will be slightly less, but still higher than other 6-series, and the bass was brought up some from what's mentioned in this video.
**EDIT 2** From the front Page " This [production revision] corrects minor issues with the original pre-production HD58X such as the lack of bass extension and a small peak at 5.5kHz. The issues were minor, and given Massdrop’s price, easily forgiveable. Now that these issues have been corrected, what we have now is a headphone with an amazing performance-to-price ratio. The lows now extend as well as the HD6XX headphones, and actually sound clearer. There is actually more clarity in the bass than the HD6XX! Not quite as good as the HD600, but somewhere in between, closer to HD600"
Just a heads up. It looks like the video you linked is reviewing the original prototype version of the HD58x. The version that is actually shipping has improved bass in addition to several other tweaks.
That is what I figured, and I think I tried to note that in the TL;DW section, but thank you for confirming!