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Such a pleasant surprise, since I've gotten these they've been broken in thoroughly and I've thrown everything I possibly could at them. For 170$ headphones they blew me away, I own 650's, 600's,660s and these are on par with their siblings minus the 660s those are voodoo magic. One thing that is shared with the 660s is the ease of use when on the go due to more efficient drivers.I happen to run these on the go quite a bit, they don't look as in your face as other audiophile headphones I own so they work when out in public. You can easily drive these without a portable amp and straight from a smartphone though I opt to use my little bear or fiio q1 mk2. I take these out over my 660s for on the go because they are good enough to be a stand in and would hurt me a lot less financially if I lost or broke them. If I had to describe these headphones I'd say they were most like HD600s but with slightly less detail overall but a more excited tighter bass. Oh yeah did I mention they are 170$?
That's a good comparison. I also own HD580/600/650/s and the simalarities are striking. The MOST difference in my opinion is in how much an amplifier's importance is with the HD600/650's. I prefered a Tube amp with the 600/650's, whereas my Cary SS Headphone amp is perfect with the HD58x.
So are these 58x similar in tonality with the 660s or a complete different headphone? Would you say the X58 close to the 660s?
Close in fidelity no they are not, 660s are much more refined and clean. It is easy to distinguish between the 2 in an A/B test based on fidelity alone. That being said in terms of tonality they feel similar as in HD 58X's sound like 660s with less fidelity,soundstage,imaging and a bass that rumbles more but the mids and highs albeit less detailed are the same flavor. This isn't an insult to the 58X though because the HD600,650 also lack in all those aspects compared to the 660s. In conclusion they're amazing for the price but dont expect them to be 660s killers I will say they are better when it comes cost to performance ratio.