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post #12136 of 12147
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Originally Posted by Viscera View Post

Have had the HD600 for a little more than a week and I'm quite impressed by the upgrade from HD515 (old HD518). Yesterday I switched back to note any difference... wow, they suddenly felt very muddy and low on detail compated to the HD600 biggrin.gif

I've got one question though. When I'm running from an Xonar STX, it feels like the sound is a bit strident. It kind of gives me headache on brighter music after an hour or so. Will the o2 or schiit combo make it sound less strident?

I have a JDS Labs O2 and it did not pair well with my HD600. The HD600 sounds great with all my other amps and the O2 sounds fine with my other hp's but paired together didn't work for me. :frown:

post #12137 of 12147

Got my new hd600s today. I must say for the buck these are wonderful headphones. Especially with auralic combo.

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Could anyone tell me the difference hd600 vs hd800 in sound signature. Is it true that the hd800 is even more analytical?

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Originally Posted by Lavakugel View Post
 

Could anyone tell me the difference hd600 vs hd800 in sound signature. Is it true that the hd800 is even more analytical?

 

HD800 is definitely another level in terms of retrieving details. HD 800 has bigger soundstage and is more neutral than HD 600. But the slight coloration of HD 600 is actually quite pleasing to me.

post #12140 of 12147

Owning both, I'd disagree a little in terms of neutrality.

 

Neither is spot-on neutral, though both sound very natural. I'd say that the HD 600 is the more neutral of the two, with having a moderately warm and bassy tilt. The HD 600's upper bass is, though, always there as it's somehow got a peak and rolls off more than the HD 800 which has, on the other hand, overall a tad more bass than the 600, but extends lower, making the moderately emphasised bass less obvious. One thing you notice when listening to the 800, compared to something more neutral (ER-4S for example), is that bass also bleeds into the ground tone a little, but way less than Audeze cans.
The HD 800 even has got a moderately v-shaped sound signature which comes in handy when one is listening at low volume levels as our hearing will perceive a moderate v-shaped sound as more neutral at low levels (keywords: loudness, aurally compensated volume). Sennheiser even somehow recommends to listening at rather moderate volume with the HD 800 in the manual somewhere.

 

In terms of resolution, instrument separation and speed/attack, the HD 800 wins, hands down. Though, both have got a pretty different sound-stage presentation: the HD 600 stage is rather small, compared to the HD 800, but has got a balanced amount of width and depth (all in my ears and from my perception, of course), whereas the HD 800's stage is darn wide and, though it has some decent depth, imho lacks about 60% of depth to create a balanced ratio of depth too width.

Instrument separation is very precise and sharp with the HD 800 which is also able to generate (subjectively perceived) "black, empty space" between instruments.
The HD 800 is less forgiving than the HD 600.

 

Imho, though the HD 800 is definitely Sennheisers' flagship out of the current models, providing stellar flagship sound, the HD 600 is Sennheisers' model with the best value-for-money ratio. I think there's a reason why they're still producing them (though they seem to have slightly changed over the years), just as the HD 25.

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Originally Posted by HiFiChris View Post
 

Owning both, I'd disagree a little in terms of neutrality.

 

Neither is spot-on neutral, though both sound very natural. I'd say that the HD 600 is the more neutral of the two, with having a moderately warm and bassy tilt. The HD 600's upper bass is, though, always there as it's somehow got a peak and rolls off more than the HD 800 which has, on the other hand, overall a tad more bass than the 600, but extends lower, making the moderately emphasised bass less obvious. One thing you notice when listening to the 800, compared to something more neutral (ER-4S for example), is that bass also bleeds into the ground tone a little, but way less than Audeze cans.
The HD 800 even has got a moderately v-shaped sound signature which comes in handy when one is listening at low volume levels as our hearing will perceive a moderate v-shaped sound as more neutral at low levels (keywords: loudness, aurally compensated volume). Sennheiser even somehow recommends to listening at rather moderate volume with the HD 800 in the manual somewhere.

 

In terms of resolution, instrument separation and speed/attack, the HD 800 wins, hands down. Though, both have got a pretty different sound-stage presentation: the HD 600 stage is rather small, compared to the HD 800, but has got a balanced amount of width and depth (all in my ears and from my perception, of course), whereas the HD 800's stage is darn wide and, though it has some decent depth, imho lacks about 60% of depth to create a balanced ratio of depth too width.

Instrument separation is very precise and sharp with the HD 800 which is also able to generate (subjectively perceived) "black, empty space" between instruments.
The HD 800 is less forgiving than the HD 600.

 

Imho, though the HD 800 is definitely Sennheisers' flagship out of the current models, providing stellar flagship sound, the HD 600 is Sennheisers' model with the best value-for-money ratio. I think there's a reason why they're still producing them (though they seem to have slightly changed over the years), just as the HD 25.


And what headphone would you choose for a relaxing listening experience? Is the hd800 fun listening to?

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@Lavakugel: Everything is subjective, of course, but for a more relaxed sound signature while still staying natural, I've chosen the Audeze LCD-X. As I see on your profile, you've got the LCD-3 which should take the part of the relaxed sounding headphone (along with the Philips which I'd have recommended, too). The HD 650 also imo also fit into this category, but it's quite a while since I demoed them.

 

If you define "fun" by a tendentially rather strong v-shaped sound (DT770 Pro, Triple.Fi 10), the HD 800 probably isn't the headphone for you to go, but if you define "fun" by a very moderate v-shape, along with great resolution, instrument separation and freshness, the HD 800 could be something for you.

By the way, I've also reviewed the 800 in my German audio blog (link is in my signature, the blog offers an automatic translate feature (google translate... :confused_face:)), maybe it's worth a read for you. Anyways, you should best demo them yourself.

post #12143 of 12147

Thanks Chris but I speak fluently German so I don't need any translator :-)

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Has anybody tried the aftermarket cables from moon audio: black and blue with hd600? How's the sound?

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Originally Posted by Lavakugel View Post
 

Has anybody tried the aftermarket cables from moon audio: black and blue with hd600? How's the sound?


No, but  FWIW I hear no difference between stock cable and the Cardas aftermarket one.  

post #12146 of 12147
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Originally Posted by Billheiser View Post
 


No, but  FWIW I hear no difference between stock cable and the Cardas aftermarket one.  

Really? A lot of people swear to hear differences. Good for me because I can spend that money otherwise :-)

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Originally Posted by Lavakugel View Post
 

Really? A lot of people swear to hear differences. Good for me because I can spend that money otherwise :-)

I'm told that the sound from the channel from the black wire is darker than that from the blue wire. :blink:

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