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r-gordon-7
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Jun 29, 2018
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I have the AKG K7XX (with which I am quite happy). How would the Sennheiser HD 58X compare with or be different from what I am hearing through the AKG K7XX - and would there be sufficient difference to warrant giving the Sennheiser HD 58X a try as a second pair of phones?
Jun 29, 2018
spronk
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I had the K7XXs at the same time as HD600 and 650. I now have 58XJ at the same time as 600 and 650.
K7XXs did sub-bass and soundstage better than the 600 and 650. I think they've met their match on sub-bass with the 58XJ, but the AKGs still have the better soundstage.
I'd probably give the nod to the Sennheiser series overall as I think they just do most things better than the AKGs, but I'm not sure I would consider them a big upgrade at all.
Jun 29, 2018
Cokeman
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K7XX is a similar signature to the 650, with more low end and better sound stage. But the K7XX is pretty grainy compared to the 650.
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spronk
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I'm noticing that every one of the Massdrop collab headphones I've bought (6XX, 7XX, 4XX) sound, well, like the HD 650. Moreso than the models they were based on.
Jun 29, 2018
Cokeman
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6XX is the 650, K7XX is a similar signature, but the 4XX doesn't sound anything like the 650.
Jun 29, 2018
spronk
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I dno, they are pretty similarly voiced IMO. Compare the 6XX vs the 400i, then compare the 6XX vs the 4XX. It's like Hifiman tuned all the dials to match the 6XX as closely as they could.
The 4XX is honkier in the mids, but the overall tone of instruments etc I find quite similar.
Let's put it this way - the 4XX is much closer to the 6XX than any Grado, AT, or Beyer headphone I've heard is.
Jun 29, 2018
Cokeman
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HE400i is the HE4XX. Identical headphones in sound. Look at the graphs they are a 100% match.
Jun 29, 2018
spronk
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SBAF beg to differ... graphs halfway down. https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/massdrop-x-hifiman-he4xx-measurements-and-impressions.4815/page-3 I definitely thought they sounded different to the 400is, easier to listen to.
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Cokeman
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They are nothing like the 6XX.
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spronk
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That's a pretty similar FR curve in relative terms (frequencies relative to other frequencies). The 4XX has more sub-bass - but from 100Hz to 5000Hz, they are pretty damn close.
Jun 29, 2018
Cokeman
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Similar in the mids, but a very different sound from the 6XX.
Jun 29, 2018
john.doe
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Jun 29, 2018
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I also have both, and I think the K7XX is more natural in the low end. As I posted earlier, the K7XX sounds very close to my Dynaudio studio monitors, and the 58X is more exaggerated in the bass.
Jun 29, 2018
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