What's the difference between the HD 58X and HD 6XX?
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OakParkMusicGuy
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Nov 29, 2019
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I agree with what people say about the voicings. As far as difficulty driving I’d like to add that the 6XX aren’t that bad and that my AKG 7XX seem more power hungry than either the 58X or the 6XX.
Nov 29, 2019
Narq
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Oct 3, 2019
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Such a potential can of worms here... I think it comes down to 2 things:
  1. The subjective/personal experience of which sounds better (and there are hundreds of opinions out there about which one sounds better and/or how they are different). Even if 2 people agree on how they differ in sound, they might disagree on which they prefer.
  2. The objective difference, of which there is really only one that matters- impedance. You have to use an amp with the 6XX @ 300 ohms. You can get away without one on the 150 ohm 58X (but I don't recommend it). Otherwise, I don't find any spec or build differences that really matter (at least for me).
If you're on the move, with your phone, and don't want to slip a portable headphone amp in the chain, the 58X would be the better choice. Personally, I use my 6XX with an amp, primarily for gaming and listening to music that is on my pc. My 58X is plugged into a keyboard, without an amp. They both sound and feel fantastic. Choosing between them, for me, is fairly impossible. I love them both, I would be fine with just one or the other. And, at the end of the day, I don't think anyone could make a wrong choice by buying either one or both. The only bad decision would be not to buy one at all.
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Oct 3, 2019
OakParkMusicGuy
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Nov 28, 2019
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I agree. Although I use the 6XX for gaming just because I like the more tamed treble. As a classical musician, the 6XX sounds more critical while the 58X more ‘fun’. I’m happy I own both!
Nov 28, 2019
Narq
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Nov 29, 2019
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I would certainly do it your way, however I'm plugging in directly to my keyboard's headphone out, so I like the lower power requirements of the 58x.
Nov 29, 2019
SpaceCadet24
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Oct 3, 2019
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To my ears, the 58X has deeper sub-bass, fuller midrange and a sharper top-end while the 6XX has more mid-bass and smoother top-end making for a sound that is often described as plush. I greatly prefer the HD58X.
Oct 3, 2019
Blue5688
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Oct 3, 2019
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The main differences are price and sound stage, the hd58x are better for gaming imo and are much cheaper but if you are looking for a very neutral sounding headphone and are willing to spend more then get the 6xx.
Oct 3, 2019