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If one already has the Hifiman HE4XX's, listens to all genres of music, would the 58X or HD6XX be the better buy if you could only go with one?
Reason I'm asking is because a lot of people say the 58XJ is "brighter" and more exciting, but so are the HE4XXs, so would the HD6XX be a better option for a change in audio scenery?
I also own the SHP9500s which are a lesser version of the 58Xs, in a sense...
Any advice appreciated.
I own both the HE4XX and 58X they completely different sounding headphones. People say the HD6XX and HE4XX tend to be clinical and I know the 58X aren't at all, great bass and perfect highs for me when listening to rock music. The HE4XX play everything so well but to me they are missing that depth of bass the 58X have. So I would personally save a little cash and go with the 58X over the HD6XX. Oh added bounus you can drive the 58X off of a phone without to many issues. Please take this with a grain of salt as I haven't gotten to listen to the HD6XX yet.
Where are you getting this from? I have never heard anyone say that 6xx or 4xx are flat much less clinical. Ever.
No modding required ,just wait til they burn in
Yeah, as @Heefty said, the 6XX and 4XX are anything but flat and clinical. If you want to know what clinical sounds like, listen to the HD 800. Even the HD 600 isn't clinical despite it arguably being the brightest of the group.
Also, I wouldn't state that the 58X could easily be driven from a phone. They're still 150 ohm and have a healthy Vrms requirement (from 2 to 3.5Vrms) although it isn't as demanding as the 6XX. Most phones aren't hitting 2Vrms, let alone 1 so while they can get loud they are not properly driving said headphone. Listening to the 58X/6XX on a very powerful amp (iFi Pro iCAN) unencumbered is vastly different than listening on a cellphone.
Ok bad choice of words from my car audio days. I would still disagree as these headphones even on a phone sound great compared to anything else in the price range. I also have plenty of power to play with, I usually drive them off of my Emotiva A-100. They do sound much better but defiently not bad off of a phone.