I just can't help myself feeling that the HD600 is one of the very best headphones around right now. Today I decided to let my much beloved Beyer T1 go in favor of the HD600... The Audeze LCD2 and the Hifiman HE6 shared a similar fate. I guess either my hearing is getting worse, or my approach at audio has changed completely, or both - anyway, to me it seems no longer desirable to have the largest soundstage, the best detail retrieval or the flattest response curve in a pair of headphones, but rather to have a 'phone that:
- lets me enjoy any type of music, from any genre
- sounds great no matter how well the recording was mastered or how old it is
- ... while still sounding natural (not necessarily neutral) and without adding any sort of coloration
Well, so far, the HD600 is the only headphone that fullfills these requirements for me. Higher end headphones may be technically better, have better resolution and whatnot - but I never enjoyed listening to music quite as much as with the HD600. Needless to say, I'm heartily glad that I decided to purchase a HD600 again, this supposedly inferior headphone, when I was already used to much more expensive ones...
I'll have to add that at least some of the enjoyment I'm getting with the HD600 has to do with my new CSP2+. With the stock 6N1P tubes, I didn't care much for the combination - after swapping them for 6922s however, it's quite a different story! Comparing the CSP2+ to the Concerto when using the HD600, the Concerto just doesn't hold up and sounds grainy and rough in comparison. I'm normally a rational person when it comes to audio (as far as one can be considered rational when spending so much cash on headphones), but I can't deny that the HD600 sounds fantastic with a tube amp. I'll be enjoying this combination for a while...
I agree with you! I am a casual audiophile I guess you can say...I appreciate good sound but I'm not going to sit there and pick apart a song's reproduction on headphones. I'm in this hobby to enjoy my music not critique the products I'm listening them on.
With that said...my biggest expense are my Denon AH-D7000s. I listen to various types of music but I love those for trance/techno and movie watching late at night (can't beat the bass on those cans). Anyways, someone stole my HD595's and I took it as an opportunity to venture into the HD600s. I listened to one pair at a meet after listening to the HD650s countless times (friend owns them). I was shocked at how much better I found the HD600s to be. Perhaps I feel this way because I don't "need" the bass that the HD650s provide since I have that need taken care of with the Denon's.
Anyways, I bought the HD600s mostly for the open sound stage (I'm a former Grado guy) and for classical music. Ironically, I find I use these about 80% of the time for my other music too and only use the Denon's on occasion. It's that good of a headphone (the HD 600s) and they're cheaper than the Denon's by a decent amount.
I don't plan on parting with either I feel I have the best of both worlds...a bass thumping, closed headphone and a neutral sounding open headphone. :)