I use the HD 599’s with my Xbox (plugged directly into the wireless controller). They sound amazing compared to even 2x more expensive “gamer” headsets. Would HD 6XX’s provide a similar experience? Better? Worse?

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Vansant93
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May 23, 2022
Probably worse, the 599s have a nice open soundstage and decent imaging, the 6XX sound a lot more closed in and "veiled" so probably not as good for gaming. They are better overall headphones and better for music, and don't get me wrong, they would be fine for gaming, but not as good as the 599s. The 6XXs also usually need an amp to sound good and I doubt your controller will be able to get them very loud. I have both and use my 6XXs for music and 599s for movies and games.
hogunner
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May 23, 2022
Thank you so much for such a detailed answer! :)
Vansant93
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May 23, 2022
No problem! It's just my opinion but I think most people would agree. If you didn't have either and where asking which to buy I would definitely say 6XX (assuming you use them for music as well) because it's a step above the 599s in detail and clarity, and because the game takes care of most of the imaging for you, but since you already have the 599s and they have a better Soundstage, there is no point "upgrading" to a headphone that is harder to drive and worse at doing what you are using them for, unless you want them for music too. Although even then, I think the 599s handle bass heavy music a little better, like EDM, rap, etc. Even though they lack the detail and separation If you are looking for a different headphone, HD 58X might be a good choice. It is a part of the 5 series of headphones but it almost sounds like it belongs in the 6 series. It has better detail and clarity than the 599 and since it has the same angled drivers (same angle not same drivers) it has great Soundstage and imaging. I don't know how much of a noticeable difference it will make, or if it's worth buying them just for gaming if you have the 599's but they are definitely better for music. I have heard them, but never had a chance to use them gaming, although I have heard they are really good for gaming. Thankfully drop has a (30 day, I think) return policy and you could always send them back, they are cheaper than the 6XX's as well. Edit: I should note, I have been strongly considering selling my 599's and buying the 58X's, because I want them, but they are similar enough that it doesn't make sense keeping both.
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