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post #2281 of 9258

the cardas on the hd600 took my appetite off the toptier cans :P

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post #2282 of 9258

The HD580 with stock cables took my appetite off top tier cans.

post #2283 of 9258
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

the cardas on the hd600 took my appetite off the toptier cans :P

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  same here..

  though the upgrade i have made  could easily purchase hd800 ,  i stick to hd600 after cardas comes along..

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post #2284 of 9258

what improvements do expensive aftermarket cables (like the cardas) provide for the HD 600?

and more importantly, how noticeable are these improvements?

 

are there any cables less than $100 that are worth trying?

i absolutely love the HD 600, and would consider testing cables out myself if they're not too expensive.

post #2285 of 9258

Forget the hd800 and get the hd600.

post #2286 of 9258

The HD600 I just bought has a hole in the mesh layer between your ears and the driver.

Is there any reason for this to affect the sound?  and is it replaceable?

 

Also I just read that the Pads have an impact on the sound?!

How would worn out pads sound any worse? 

post #2287 of 9258
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Originally Posted by CSGO rice View Post

The HD600 I just bought has a hole in the mesh layer between your ears and the driver.
Is there any reason for this to affect the sound?  and is it replaceable?

Also I just read that the Pads have an impact on the sound?!
How would worn out pads sound any worse? 
A photo?
post #2288 of 9258
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Originally Posted by CSGO rice View Post

The HD600 I just bought has a hole in the mesh layer between your ears and the driver.

Is there any reason for this to affect the sound?  and is it replaceable?

 

Also I just read that the Pads have an impact on the sound?!

How would worn out pads sound any worse? 

 

Worn out pads move your ear closer to the driver, which affects the sound. Whether it makes the sound worse or not is possibly a matter of opinion.

post #2289 of 9258
None. Snake oil. If anyone claims to hear a difference, it's all from expectation bias or they are trying to justify to themselves the money they spent.
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

what improvements do expensive aftermarket cables (like the cardas) provide for the HD 600?
and more importantly, how noticeable are these improvements?

are there any cables less than $100 that are worth trying?
i absolutely love the HD 600, and would consider testing cables out myself if they're not too expensive.
post #2290 of 9258

Sort of hard to see in the pic, but you get the idea.

 

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post #2291 of 9258
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

what improvements do expensive aftermarket cables (like the cardas) provide for the HD 600?

and more importantly, how noticeable are these improvements?

 

are there any cables less than $100 that are worth trying?

i absolutely love the HD 600, and would consider testing cables out myself if they're not too expensive.

 

I just like the look and feel of "some" aftermarket cables.  They all sound the same to me..

post #2292 of 9258

Hi, there is no problem with it. Mine is like that too.

 

 

700

 

On the other hand, try this ;)

 

700

 

And for people afraid of pads getting worn, why don't you stuff a tissue or a cable beneath the pads?

post #2293 of 9258
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Originally Posted by CSGO rice View Post

The HD600 I just bought has a hole in the mesh layer between your ears and the driver.

Is there any reason for this to affect the sound?  and is it replaceable?

 

Also I just read that the Pads have an impact on the sound?!

How would worn out pads sound any worse? 

the hole you are talking exposes the driver right? If true that would make them sound better however you risk damaging the driver from getting oil from your ears on it.  I took out the stock foam piece completely and replaced it with a cut out piece of thin pantyhoes.  They make the 600s sound less bassy and it seems to bring out the highs a bit more.

post #2294 of 9258
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

what improvements do expensive aftermarket cables (like the cardas) provide for the HD 600?

and more importantly, how noticeable are these improvements?

 

are there any cables less than $100 that are worth trying?

i absolutely love the HD 600, and would consider testing cables out myself if they're not too expensive.

I could never justify spending $200+ on a cable. I could get similar results with a DIY cable and save money.

I imagine that most of the costs for these expensive cables are just due to labor and a markup from running a business.

 

Don't listen to these weirdos that somehow think there is no difference with ANY cable and just keep trying to preach to people. I won't say there is, but best way is to try them out for yourself.

I bet none of them have tried ANY and are just repeating what someone else told them. I did this too once.

 

I couldn't hear an ounce of difference without my computer DAC and a good amp.

 

Right now i'm using all stock cables. Double Helix offers some differences, but it seems to make the HD-600 less warm sounding.

Sometimes headphones are actually WORSE with upgraded cables. The ALO SXC was nice on the Q701..at first. Then I started to hate it.

It just made it even more revealing and analytical. Everything sounded thinner and much more distant. Don't have a clue why.

 

I think the differences are due to capacitance. The HD-600 seems to sound best (IMO) with a low capacitance wire such as Belden 1192A or similar.

I HATE the Sennheisers with Canare.

 

A DIY recable would cost less than $30. $20 of that is in the Cardas plugs.

 

BTW IMO a headphone cable has never made more than say a 5% difference/improvement. The biggest difference i've ever heard was when I recabled my HD-598 straight to the drivers with cheap Mogami.

It's probably just because the stock wiring is very very thin. Who knows. Actually maybe the 5% is a bit off, since I'd probably hate the Q701 with a silver cable. Even silver plated copper was bad.

 

So basically the biggest difference is how bright/warm the sound of a headphone will be. Very minor differences. I can see how using a silver cable with the HD-650 could "Wow" some people into thinking it's so much better.

I imagine silver would make the 650 less fuller sounding and a lot thinner. Not sure why. Isn't silver a low capacitance wire?

 

Spending $30 on a DIY cable upgrade is a fun project. Making an HD-600 cable is actually way easier than making one for the Q701 with those awful mini-XLR plugs.

I did this once and that's what got me interested in making my own cables. I prefer Monoprice and Mogami biggrin.gif

post #2295 of 9258

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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

what improvements do expensive aftermarket cables (like the cardas) provide for the HD 600?

and more importantly, how noticeable are these improvements?

 

are there any cables less than $100 that are worth trying?

i absolutely love the HD 600, and would consider testing cables out myself if they're not too expensive.

 

If you can solder and rebraid, or you know someone who can, use these :

 

Cable - around $11

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-FT-BULK-CANARE-L-4E6S-L4E6S-STARQUAD-MIC-MICROPHONE-CABLE-21G-BLACK-FASTSHIP-/271019465208?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item3f1a04d9f8

 

Pins (headphone side termination) - around $12
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD650-HD600-HD580-HD25-DIY-Pin-Connector-Pair-Gold-Plated-/121003502171?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item1c2c5eea5b

 

6.3mm plug - around $5

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Neutrik-Rean-NYS228BG-1-4-Inch-Stereo-TRS-Plug-6-3mm-3-Pole-/251195320425?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item3a7c686869

 

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Originally Posted by mrAdrian View Post

And for people afraid of pads getting worn, why don't you stuff a tissue or a cable beneath the pads?

 

Before my new pads arrived I tried fluffing up when I replaced the crumbling foam cover with panty hose. Basically I cut more pantyhose than needed and tried to get them thich enough at the pad mount, but then if it was, it won't lock in place.

Or do you mean cutting open the padding itself and stuffing tissue or fabric in there? I'm dropping by a friend's upholstery shop this weekend to see if he can salvage the plastic frame on my old pads by cutting out the velour and mounting fresh, firm, furniture-quality foam on it. We figure it'd be ugly but just for the sake of seeing what can be done using spare foam we're gonna do this over beer.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 12/9/12 at 6:18pm
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