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4zattt $$$$$ i would go with Forza audio works Hybrid cable...

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4zattt $$$$$ i would go with Forza audio works Hybrid cable...

The cables they were discussing are $30-50, the Forza Hybrid starts at approx. $200 and for the one that I had was $330+shipping IIRC, you could get a second HD-600 for the price of the cable.  Also, it didn't sound any different from the Mogani cable that I also had, but they do look gorgeous, a little on the heavy side also.

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I just got my HD600 and after listening to 6 songs, I LOOVE THEM! :L3000:

 

They are importantly underamped, and are not being FED nothing fancy.  am running them from my unexpectedly powerful behringer Q502USB mixer, connected from my Yamaha receiver preouts. Currently listening to Spotify in extreme, but my music collection is in FLAC and also lots of CDs that I will be listening from the PS3. 

 

Right now, I am close to the feeling I get from my main audio system. I think the HD600 are more detail and maybe a little better at some things but not close at others. Cymbals sound out of this world from my Klipsch, and my SVS subs provide me with unmatched lows, sooo musical..the Hd600 is just not at that level, at least not as they are now, practically brand new and underamped/underfed). 

 

Sooo, my plans are to try a lot of Schiit to see how they synergize with my new HD600. I will also be getting a HD650 to compare side by side, and will probably keep just one, unless I find them too different and love them both. I am looking for value, and building a system with no obvious flaws, knowing my weak links. 

 

I used to have the HD650 and loved it. What I remember (from back in 2008) is that they were more laid back than these, and that at the beginning I was underwhelmed, but they grew on me and it was one of the nicest audio experiences I have ever had, only matched (surpassed) by my current main audio system (speakers). I also think these HD600 are currently not reproducing highs from cymbals with the incredible clarity and presence I remember from the HD650. But we will see in september when I'll go to NYC with the purpose of testing and listening to a lot of audio equipment. That is when I will order the HD650 a DAC (undetermined), and several Schiit amps: Asgard 2, Vali 2, Valhalla, Lyr 2 (probably). 

 

My question to you now is, what can I get right now that is less than 200, to get them to improve over what I have. It could be two items, but they have to be less than 200 each (avoiding crazy high import taxes). 

 

Oh, i have a pair of HD595, but these HD600 are so much better than it's not even worth comparing them. Soundstage, bass, highs, mids (OMG!). Everything is just a couple leagues above. 

 

PD: I read somebody said guitars sounded off with the HD600. They sound incredible right now in mine. 

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Originally Posted by alitomr View Post
 

I just got my HD600 and after listening to 6 songs, I LOOVE THEM! :L3000:

 

They are importantly underamped, and are not being FED nothing fancy.  am running them from my unexpectedly powerful behringer Q502USB mixer, connected from my Yamaha receiver preouts. Currently listening to Spotify in extreme, but my music collection is in FLAC and also lots of CDs that I will be listening from the PS3. 

 

Right now, I am close to the feeling I get from my main audio system. I think the HD600 are more detail and maybe a little better at some things but not close at others. Cymbals sound out of this world from my Klipsch, and my SVS subs provide me with unmatched lows, sooo musical..the Hd600 is just not at that level, at least not as they are now, practically brand new and underamped/underfed). 

 

Sooo, my plans are to try a lot of Schiit to see how they synergize with my new HD600. I will also be getting a HD650 to compare side by side, and will probably keep just one, unless I find them too different and love them both. I am looking for value, and building a system with no obvious flaws, knowing my weak links. 

 

I used to have the HD650 and loved it. What I remember (from back in 2008) is that they were more laid back than these, and that at the beginning I was underwhelmed, but they grew on me and it was one of the nicest audio experiences I have ever had, only matched (surpassed) by my current main audio system (speakers). I also think these HD600 are currently not reproducing highs from cymbals with the incredible clarity and presence I remember from the HD650. But we will see in september when I'll go to NYC with the purpose of testing and listening to a lot of audio equipment. That is when I will order the HD650 a DAC (undetermined), and several Schiit amps: Asgard 2, Vali 2, Valhalla, Lyr 2 (probably). 

 

My question to you now is, what can I get right now that is less than 200, to get them to improve over what I have. It could be two items, but they have to be less than 200 each (avoiding crazy high import taxes). 

 

Oh, i have a pair of HD595, but these HD600 are so much better than it's not even worth comparing them. Soundstage, bass, highs, mids (OMG!). Everything is just a couple leagues above. 

 

PD: I read somebody said guitars sounded off with the HD600. They sound incredible right now in mine. 

Not sure if the DragonFly Red or Black would work with your PS3.  I have the Red currently and love it with my HD600s.  The Black is $100 cheaper and is 80% of the Red's performance in my opinion.  Once you upgrade your system you can still use it with a Smartphone so it will still have value to you.  I also use it as a DAC through my Vali 2 so it can serve that purpose as you upgrade your Amplification.

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Thanks. What I am trying to do now if follow a very sensible advice I read here in the forums: "Listen extensively to songs you know and you like, and then try to identify what things you dont like about the sound you are hearing". 

 

Right now, two things come to my mind:  1) highs could be a lot clearer, more defined. I think they are better with the HD650. and, 2) Overall the sound is great, but sometimes, like where there is a lot of attack and lots of instruments, I hear the headphones struggling. I can't say if either  its the headphones or another part of the system/audio chain, which I know are supposed to be weak, but those things are there, very present. 

 

So, are these things inherent to the HD600 or can they be fixed with better equipment in the audio chain, as DAC and Amps?

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Originally Posted by alitomr View Post
 

Thanks. What I am trying to do now if follow a very sensible advice I read here in the forums: "Listen extensively to songs you know and you like, and then try to identify what things you dont like about the sound you are hearing". 

 

Right now, two things come to my mind:  1) highs could be a lot clearer, more defined. I think they are better with the HD650. and, 2) Overall the sound is great, but sometimes, like where there is a lot of attack and lots of instruments, I hear the headphones struggling. I can't say if either  its the headphones or another part of the system/audio chain, which I know are supposed to be weak, but those things are there, very present. 

 

So, are these things inherent to the HD600 or can they be fixed with better equipment in the audio chain, as DAC and Amps?

The HD600, IMO, is the most Amp dependent headphone I have owned.  It scales very well and the better Amplification you put behind it the better performance you receive.  Based on my research, and I am generalizing here, most find the HD600 less veiled than the HD650 but bass light in comparison.  There are thousands upon thousands of comparisons between these 2 headphones.  If you are driving it through the Headphone output of a Receiver, you are most likely getting a solid idea of its performance.  Based on your love of your Klipsch Speakers, you may want to try a Grado if you find the treble lacking.  Just an opinion. 

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mks100, I wa once bought an SR225 and sold it like a week after. I just hated it. There wasnt a single thing about them I liked. I prefer the HD555 by a very wide margin. 

 

The thing with the highs, its the cymbals. They dont sound as realistic as they sound in my speakers, or as realistic as I remember them in the HD650, which were a revelation to me back then.

 

I see a valhalla 2 in my not so distant future, and probably a modi 2 uber or bifrost. 

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Originally Posted by alitomr View Post

 

Right now, two things come to my mind:  1) highs could be a lot clearer, more defined. I think they are better with the HD650. and, 2) Overall the sound is great, but sometimes, like where there is a lot of attack and lots of instruments, I hear the headphones struggling. I can't say if either  its the headphones or another part of the system/audio chain, which I know are supposed to be weak, but those things are there, very present. 

 

So, are these things inherent to the HD600 or can they be fixed with better equipment in the audio chain, as DAC and Amps?

 

Well either way it's hard to be sure due to relative factors. For others they upgraded the amp and they got the improvements, for others if for example the attack you're looking for sounds more like a Grado, then you should get the RS-1.

 

Assuming you'd keep the HD600 though:

 

1. Try loosening the clamp force - if it's on too tight at the default shape it boosts a narrow range in the treble, set it too loose in the default shape and the treble can sound a little hollow. Stretch out the headband frame and then bend those metal sections in the center and closer to the gimbals, holding at each point for 10secs, cycling through and repeating until the grip is relaxed as per your preference. 

 

2. Try a different amp - look into Meiers, or a good OTL that doesn't EQ the sound too much, like the Schiit Valhalla. Might as well grab a DAC, or get a DAC-HPamp like AudioGD's NFB-11.


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