Apologies for reviving an old thread.
Just curious... how would the Z6 hold up against more modern on-ear cans such as the V-Moda XS or the Sennheiser HD25/Amperior/etc. (their model lineup still confuses me)? I jumped almost immediately to vintage cans after getting into hi fi and thus have no idea on what i'm missing out on. Where does the Z6 stand in the grander scheme of things?
While we're at it, I recently got a decent DAP (Cayin N5) in a trade and was thinking of either getting a more modern can (V-Moda XS) or sticking with the Z6 as a "transportable" rig (my first). Any thoughts? I would probably have the plug on the Z6 reterminated though, which I would rather leave stock. Would changing the plug affect the value in any way?
Thanks in advance for your time!
Compared to modern stuff it does fall short especially in it's overall frequency response.
Bass and treble rolls off a bit early and you don't get a 'full bodied' kind of sound. This doesn't mean it has poor tonality, but does leave it sounding thinner and analytical in the midrange.
There are areas it excels, perhaps even moreso than modern headphones like transient response and decay, but often these values are overlooked since frequency response and tonality are usually what people hear first.
Irreversibly modifying any rare vintage headphone will negatively affect it's resale value.
Changing the plug would lower its face value, but if you could skillfully put the old plug back on at a later date without causing any damage, there is little argument for depreciation.
Especially since this line of Sonys is slightly infamous for dying cables.