Originally Posted by Helter Skelter
From a comfort standpoint, there's just no contest, Sennheiser has it hands down. This wasn't even remotely a surprise, though.
For sound? Tough to say right now as I only just got them and they're still going through burn-in. So far, they do seem to share some similarities in overall sound. The SR-60 has more oomph to the bass, but the HD595 has better detail and overall clarity (though the SR-60 isn't bad in either of these regards).
I definately prefer the HD595's imaging and soundstage. Claims of the SR-60 having a "forward" soundstage were not without merit. There have been a couple tracks where it felt like the music was actually coming from a bit behind my head. The HD595 in comparison is just wide open and airy, and it's much easier to pick out and follow individual instruments.
The SR-60 sure is fun, though. I just came back from walking to the store while listening to some Bloodhound Gang and just had this huge grin on my face the entire time.
They have some similar traits, like I said. The share bit of the same smooth treble, and seem to be well balanced with a bit of a warmer sound. It's almost like they take a different arrpoach to the same basic sound. I think they complement each other well.
So far, I like 'em both (is that even allowed around here?). I still see the HD595 as my fave 'phone for most situations, but the SR-60 has passed inspection so far and will certainly see more use.
I myself would like to have them in my (small) collection. But at 140€ I wouldn't buy them. If at the American price tag I might rush to the shop before even making up my mind .
The problem is, how much more can you get from a Grado than the SR60 'standard' ? I wouldn't regard Grados as one of the ultimate examples of high-end sound quality and realism. But sure I think it would be more than worth it for the SR60 at a reasonable price.
Edit: honestly, at the moment I wouldn't know what else/more to wish than HD595 and 650 already give me. I just feel like I've found my 'sweet spot' and I can comfortably sit there for rather long...