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View Full Discussion I received HD6XX a month ago, and it became my favorite headphones. Then I bought HD58X, and I received the package yesterday. Last night I listened to music over 5 hours comparing the two cans. Here are my personal(=subjective) impressions and thoughts about them.
* Both sound great and very pleasing. I can live with either of them.
* I was able to tell the difference of their sound signature. HD58X is lively. HD6XX is rich. HD58X is brighter than HD6XX. Neither is fatiguing.
* But they are too similar to each other to justify myself to keep them both.
* Drums and trumpet sound better on HD58X. Hi-hats and cymbals sound so realistic and detailed. Kick drum has more impact.
* Electric guitar, vocal, and cello sound better on HD6XX.
* My recommendations
- If you have HD6XX and you always wanted it to be slightly brighter, go try HD58X. You might like it better. Otherwise, just stick to HD6XX.
- If you don't have any of them and you'll use for yourself, I would suggest to get a HD58X and save $50.
- If you're buying as a gift for someone else, HD6XX might be a better choice because it comes with a nice hardshell case. On the other hand, the packaging for HD58X is very basic.
* FYI, I use Schiit Fulla 2 as DAC/Amp and have no problem to drive either of them.
I placed an order on 6/27, and I received the package on 7/2. I live in MA.
The serial number was 2xxx. (if it matters to anyone.)
Nice! What about driveability, given half the impedence, are HD58x that much easier on portables and desktop without powerful amps?
HD58X is definitely easier to drive than HD6XX. It can get reasonably loud with my phone(galaxy s7 / at max volume). But it's an open back headphones so probably not the best choice for portable or outdoor use.
I've never owned a sanheiser before and I was in doubt what to get (between this or the 6xx)on the one hand, the 6xx had definite reviews, but on the other hand, this is 50 bucks cheaper and easier to drive making it the better bang for the buck, but the downside here was that it was a gamble to take nor knowing how it sounds especially comparing it to the legendary 6xx. so every time someone posted a bad comment, my heart skipped a beat... but now that imm seeing this, it's a big relief!!
So thank u!!
Just I've got one question, how's the bass response on these headphones in general and specifically compared to the 6xx??
Just FYI, I found that HD58X sounds louder than my 80-ohm Beyer DT770 at the same level of volume. So given HD58X's 150-ohm impedance, I would say it's fairly efficient.
To my ears the bass response on BOTH headphones is great, balanced and detailed. Just right amount to my taste, and very pleasing quality. The more I compare 58X and 6XX, the more I notice differences in highs and middles.