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What’s the difference between the HD6XX and HD58X?

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Jan 30, 2022
I compared the 58x's over a months time to 6xx, HD800 and he400i. I thought it was a little bright but I like that long as there's no sibilance. 6xx is a little lacking on top end extension, I can barely hear subtler cymbal work on these but the bottom end is tight. Female voices are a bit recessed for my liking but acceptable. 58x bass was unnaccaeptable. It isn't just overdone imo, it's resonant and flabby, almost unlistenable imo. I keep putting them back on thinking I'll learn to like em but I don't. I have recently developed an addiction to some ath-msr7b's, brighter than 6xx, slightly lighter on the bass but not too much and liquid gold on the vocals. These I'm having a hard time NOT reaching for. They can be jubilant with some music. It's hard to find any fault with the 800's, so faithful and precise, mildly stunning at times coming off the other Senns. Everything driven with a Marantz Dac1 or thx 789. Everybody's hearing is different, ear lobes and ear canals(which are mechanical resonant chambers)are different. There's no way sound signatures can be the same for everyone so being open minded and tolerant of others opinions is necessary and is how grownups are supposed to act.
Oct 3, 2019
The 6xx are harder to drive, so a amp/dac may be needed. The 58x should be easy enough to run on a phone or laptop, but a dedicated amp/dac would be advised to get better sound quality and power. Build is mostly the same while the 6xx come in a nice foam case and are midnight blue color while the 58x only come in a cardboard box and are gloss black in color. As for sound summery. The 6xx is smoother, warmer, more mid/upper bass fullness but less sub bass extension. 6xx have slightly more forward vocals. Treble is a bit darker, but overall provides a bit more resolution. Depending on sound preferences you could like either one I prefer the 6xx.
Oct 3, 2019
The 58X doesn't require its own separate amplifier due to its lower electrical resistance (only 150Ω vs 300Ω of the 6XX). But the 6XX is better able to replicate sound with greater fidelity. Very broadly speaking. The 6XX sounds closer to the original sound of the source file, while the 58X has more bass. The 6XX costs more and needs an amplifier; the 58X costs less and runs fine without an amplifier.
Oct 3, 2019
I have both. The HD6XX are definitely worth the premium and, to my ears, have fuller and crisper bass and clearer more defined highs. They are harder to drive, but I feed them with a Schiit Stack or EarStudio ES100. The HD58X feels lacking comparing side-by-side, but on its own is still a very pleasant listening experience.
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