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AnalysisParalysis
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Nov 6, 2018
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UPDATE: Short comparison to the HE4XX: HE4XX has a noticeably bigger soundstage. Better bass presentation mostly due to its more linear response. More clarity and better separation for my ears. It does feel like a wall of sound hitting you because of the nature of planars vs dynamic drivers. Highs are more extended but can be harsh depending on the music and the paired equipment. Vocals sound further away than on the HD58X. Definitely needs an dac/amp or DAP as a laptop or a phone will not really make it sound great. Most reviews comparing the two are spot on. **** Had this for a few days. TL:DR Overall a great sounding headphone I would recommend, especially as a first time getting into quality sound scene to anyone. Packaging is pretty poor as it doesnt protect the unit to my satisfaction. Sound: Listened to FLAC, MP3, via Fiio X3II, Laptop to my by Fiio K5, X3II docked as a DAC in the K5, iPhone 6S, Foobar on a Samsung S7E, and from just a laptop and PC headphone jack. Also watched some videos using the PC and Laptop headphone jacks. It is definitely a step up from the HD558. When listening to the HD58X then switching back to the HD558, it feels thinner and like something was missing. I never found the HD558 to be lacking in bass, nor the HD600 I demoed a few times, but I like the bass extension from these. It has more highs but I have not yet found a song that feels harsh, normally I can hear a harshness in Rebecca Pigeon's Spanish Harlem on the MSR7 especially when on the cheaper Chi-fi amps with high output impedance. So as you can tell I like neutral/warmish/balanced sounds, but I also want as a range of sound as possible. If that makes sense. Definitely sounds better with enough power as it dint sound right out of the laptop, on the PC headphone jack it seemed better. Phones were ok sounding with the limited time I used the HD58X on them. Sounds best on the DAP or AMPed to me. I cant wait for my HE4XX to get here so I can compare. Packaging: Seemed like a crappy box. I'm not sure if it was because the forwarder opened it (and resealed it after whatever inspection had to be done that an xray could not do) but there was only one short bit of pillow wrap that dint quite cover anything and it hardly had any air in it. Given that the actual package the headphones come in has no inner foam and the unit is just wrapped in a plastic bag this could have been damaged. There are some scuffs on the plastic indicating it did get banged around quite a bit. So far its working fine. I'll compare when I get the HE4XX as it will be direct from Massdrop. (Lucky HE4XX goes on vacation to Germany for a few days from New Jersey before coming to me) Build: Nice snappy metal. Clamps just a bit much, but not as much as ATH-MSR7. Not a fan of the glossy headband. Removing one of the earpads reveal that the foam underneath has tears where it came into contact with the grills behind. Either that's some flimsy foam or they just mashed the pads on with a mallet. Others: My son says he can hear things better on his online game compared to the HyperX Cloud or the HD558. Sounds seemed to move better. This is based of just the laptop headphone jack.
Nov 6, 2018
Uzuzu
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Nov 7, 2018
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when you get your he4xx don't forget to update the comparison here ;-) I assume it sounds like the he400i but I haven't heard the 4xx
Nov 7, 2018
AnalysisParalysis
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Nov 7, 2018
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I dont have nor have I heard the HE400i but that is what everyone keeps saying.
Nov 7, 2018
hoodafukisalice
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Nov 8, 2018
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+1 Torn between this and the HE4XX. Will wait for @AnalysisParalysis's comparison.
Nov 8, 2018
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