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I ordered a pair of HD600 yesterday and thinking for an amp either the JDS Labs C421 or Leckerton UHA-4.  Has anyone heard these?

I will probably go with an ipod for source.  I've read great things about the O2, but it's too large.

 

Used to have the Leckerton. It drives the HD600s ok, but not as good as my Asgard. Still sounds pretty damn good though. I wouldn't necesarily recommend a portable player for the HD600s though.

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Used to have the Leckerton. It drives the HD600s ok, but not as good as my Asgard. Still sounds pretty damn good though. I wouldn't necesarily recommend a portable player for the HD600s though.

 

Are there any deficiencies you notice with the Asgard? I've thought about pairing it with my HD650...

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Are there any deficiencies you notice with the Asgard? I've thought about pairing it with my HD650...

 

The Asgard is great. I haven't ever used another full-sized amp, so I can't compare, but it really does make the HD600 sound great. Maybe I'd say that the amp's a bit warm, but the HD600 by nature is on the warm side, so that might not be why.

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I just ordered JDS Labs C421 to pair with the HD600. I understand the amp does very well with the DT880's. 

If the O2 was smaller, that would have been my choice.

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Loving the HD 600 right now and have absolutely no inclination to reach for the HD 800, which is in a box in my cupboard about six feet away from me. To me, music is pretty much always immensely enjoyable with the HD 600. smily_headphones1.gif

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Loving the HD 600 right now and have absolutely no inclination to reach for the HD 800, which is in a box in my cupboard about six feet away from me. To me, music is pretty much always immensely enjoyable with the HD 600. smily_headphones1.gif

That is some high praise! 

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Loving the HD 600 right now and have absolutely no inclination to reach for the HD 800, which is in a box in my cupboard about six feet away from me. To me, music is pretty much always immensely enjoyable with the HD 600. smily_headphones1.gif

 

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That is some high praise! 

 

Lets see... if tdockweiler says the Koss DJ100 is better than the HD600 and Windsor says the HD600 is better than the HD800.... then that means the Koss DJ100 is the best headphone EVAR MAYD!! tdockweiler was right!!!

 

/endsarcasm

 

Seriously though, I'm not surprised. I haven't tried the HD800 yet but my 600's have absolutely spoiled me. Everything else I've tried has been an utter disappointment even when they were a great value for the $. My FLACs sound like 128k mp3s in everything but my 600s. :)

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Lets see... if tdockweiler says the Koss DJ100 is better than the HD600 and Windsor says the HD600 is better than the HD800.... then that means the Koss DJ100 is the best headphone EVAR MAYD!! tdockweiler was right!!!

 

/endsarcasm

 

Seriously though, I'm not surprised. I haven't tried the HD800 yet but my 600's have absolutely spoiled me. Everything else I've tried has been an utter disappointment even when they were a great value for the $. My FLACs sound like 128k mp3s in everything but my 600s. :)

 

When you're fully in the moment any headphone can sound like the best ever! smily_headphones1.gif

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Lets see... if tdockweiler says the Koss DJ100 is better than the HD600 and Windsor says the HD600 is better than the HD800.... then that means the Koss DJ100 is the best headphone EVAR MAYD!! tdockweiler was right!!!

 

/endsarcasm

 

Seriously though, I'm not surprised. I haven't tried the HD800 yet but my 600's have absolutely spoiled me. Everything else I've tried has been an utter disappointment even when they were a great value for the $. My FLACs sound like 128k mp3s in everything but my 600s. :)


Not a huge fan of the HD-600 (have a love/hate thing going on with it), but I love the HD-580. People can say it's 100% identical in sound to the HD-600, but this is definitely not the case for me. Even graphs seem to show this.I like how it has more forward upper mids and less mid-bass. It's all about the sound signature preferences I guess and maybe i'm too picky. The HD-600 does sound a lot warmer and has a larger soundstage. I actually think the HD-580 is a step closer to the HD-598. If I listened to more rock music, I'd maybe be raving about the HD-600. Maybe not.

 

I think the HD-580 is technically better than my DJ100. Everything I love about my DJ100 is mostly there on the HD-580, but obviously it's quite different due to being open.

 

I think in a year the HD-580 could top my Q701/HD-598 as my favorite open headphone. My only major complain is it's small soundstage.

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Not a huge fan of the HD-600 (have a love/hate thing going on with it), but I love the HD-580. People can say it's 100% identical in sound to the HD-600, but this is definitely not the case for me. Even graphs seem to show this.I like how it has more forward upper mids and less mid-bass. It's all about the sound signature preferences I guess and maybe i'm too picky. The HD-600 does sound a lot warmer and has a larger soundstage. I actually think the HD-580 is a step closer to the HD-598. If I listened to more rock music, I'd maybe be raving about the HD-600. Maybe not.

 

I think the HD-580 is technically better than my DJ100. Everything I love about my DJ100 is mostly there on the HD-580, but obviously it's quite different due to being open.

 

I think in a year the HD-580 could top my Q701/HD-598 as my favorite open headphone. My only major complain is it's small soundstage.

 

There were a few variations of the HD-580, correct?  I thought I remember reading about an earlier version and then revised version.  Yesterday, I went through my 2nd purchase of the HD-580s.  I initially purchased a pair several months back, but something just didn't appeal to me.  However, the pair I purchased yesterday, have me hooked.  Several years worth of break-in time, yet the ear pads and head cushion are still in great shape, as are the plastic components.  I'm enjoying them quite a bit.  Also, thanks for you comment on the Q701.  I had nearly purchased a pair of those, too, to place into my collection.  I think I should hear them at some point, before making any commitment to buy the AKG headphones.

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There were a few variations of the HD-580, correct?  I thought I remember reading about an earlier version and then revised version.  Yesterday, I went through my 2nd purchase of the HD-580s.  I initially purchased a pair several months back, but something just didn't appeal to me.  However, the pair I purchased yesterday, have me hooked.  Several years worth of break-in time, yet the ear pads and head cushion are still in great shape, as are the plastic components.  I'm enjoying them quite a bit.  Also, thanks for you comment on the Q701.  I had nearly purchased a pair of those, too, to place into my collection.  I think I should hear them at some point, before making any commitment to buy the AKG headphones.

 

I had the HD-580 back before anyone was using mp3 players and using the internet so much. I was basically clueless and and using it from a portable CD player(!). How dumb is that. Hated it obviously and wish I would have had a receiver (or a brain) at the time. I just remember it sounding very dark and muffled. Probably due to lack of any sort of amping. I imagine this was the first version. I think I only paid $200 retail. Don't remember. I could have swore that the version I had came with a 1/4" plug. This one has a 1/8" plug.

 

This one also has silver grill. I didn't even know the HD-580 had a silver screen version. I bought this pair for $150 from someone on Head-Fi. Pretty surprised how much more I liked it than the HD-600. I've determined that it's only due to the grills that alters the signature slightly. I once put some HD-600 grills on it and it sat in my closet for a week. That's when I really decided to figure out why I liked the HD-580 a bit more.

 

I imagine unless someone is looking for a specific sound signature, the HD-600 is probably best for most people. I'm glad I bothered trying the HD-580. Even sounds good from my portable amps, just not my E11. Amazing with my Total Airhead, E9 and Micro Amp too. I think my HRT MSII DAC isn't the best match for it though.

 

I think people who love the HD-598 would maybe prefer the HD-580 over the HD-600..maybe not. The difference between the HD-580 and HD-600 isn't huge. It's about like the difference between the K702 and (my) Q701. Actually the Q701 is a slightly bigger improvement I think. Except with that headphone I can't figure out why it sounds different than the K702. Don't even care anymore.

 

BTW if you check reviews online there's people that claim the HD-580 has bloated bass, recessed mids and too much treble. Huh?! Mine sounds nothing like that thankfully. This pair has less mid-bass than the HD-600 for sure. Probably due to the driver getting less air because of the grill. That's how i've found out it works. The more air the HD-600 driver gets, the more bloated the mid-bass is. Weird. My DJ100 is the same way, but that's closed.

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It's funny how sometimes you go round in circles searching for that perfect sound. I have been exploring the grado sound recently after starting on this journey with the hd650, which I have bought and sold twice. I am now on my second pair of hd600s but it's funny this time around I think that after the grado excursion, these sound perfectly balanced and are now my goto phones, even over the highly regarded ps500. The only other cans I would like to revisit is the ms pro which shares a similar neutrality to the hd600 but obviously a much different presentation. I am now awaiting a blue dragon cable, my second one by the way - I had one in combo with my first hd650 and really enjoyed it, the longest combo I have kept before I got curious -almost 12 months. The hd600 I think has the missing speed and sparkle that invariably drove me to sell the hd650 and they have just that little bit of a smooth top end that is a welcome relief after listening to grado, which I find to be just at little bit too bright for longer listening sessions. If you're not after the last word in detail then I think the hd600 strikes the most listenable balance of all the headphones I have tried and really makes the saying, gets out of the way of the music ring true.
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Bookaboo, how would you compare the mspro and the hd600? I purchased the MSpro about 2 months ago and it has been my best headphone ever, but a few nights ago I listened to my HD580 and I preferred it, and then I have mixed feelings...

 

The senn is really one scary headphone given its broad genre acceptance...

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Hi there,
I am currently selling my ps500 to buy back the ms pro in order to do that exact comparison! I somehow think the hd600 may top ple it off it's perch as my face headphone ever as there is nothing the hd600 doesn't do well - it is probably the greatest all rounder ever and it smooths over bad recordings in a way that the grado variants don't so if you hate sibilance, as I do, then its hd600 all the way. That being said the ms pro has its advantages as well - minimal amping requirements and great energy but yeah after extensive searching I think these are my top 2 headphones long with the dt250/80 as a closed option - once I have the ms pro back in the collection I think that will be it for the experimentation for me. But sometimes I wonder if should even bother getting another pair of ms pro at all since I enjoy the hd600 so much and would be perfectly happy with them as my number one headphone - but curiosity is getting to me and I feel I need to do the compraro to find the one headphone to rule them all :-)
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