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post #2506 of 8809

I think the DT880s are more dry and have more treble etching.  The HD600s are more smooth and liquid.  They may have similar frequency responses, but they don't sound very similar at all.
 

post #2507 of 8809
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

I think the DT880s are more dry and have more treble etching.  The HD600s are more smooth and liquid.  They may have similar frequency responses, but they don't sound very similar at all.
 

That's what I'm looking for, similar performance but different, so I can choose depending how I feel, you know?

post #2508 of 8809
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Originally Posted by Leveler View Post

How does the "neutrality" of the HD600 compares to the "neutrality" of DT880/600? I currently have the DT880s and really want to try  the hd600s, and if the 600s are laid back compared to the 880s I might give them a go, I'm not trying to upgrade, just find what I like the best, I love the 880s but I want to see what else is out there

Thanks!

When comparing directly to the 880s they are more laid back or less bright
post #2509 of 8809
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Looks like about $20.  Get the prettier one and once you get them PM me. I'd like to talk to you about some magic beans I have for sale.



Hmmm, so no big difference?
I'll get the cable after I save some money.
Thanks for the suggestion, and i'll contact you later!!!

post #2510 of 8809

If you want something to pair with the HD600s, I think the DT990s would be a better contrast.  The DT990s have more bass and more treble etching.  Just my opinions for you to consider.

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That's what I'm looking for, similar performance but different, so I can choose depending how I feel, you know?

post #2511 of 8809

Received my HD600's and I am enjoying them immensely.  This was a considerable upgrade as my prior set was a Sony MDR-V6. 

 

Signal Path:  iPod 5th gen>FiiO L9 LOD>X-CANS amp.

 

Ornette Coleman's "Ornette on Tenor" sounds amazing.

post #2512 of 8809

Thank you very much everyone for your opinions, I'm looking forward to try the HD600s, they is an online distributor locally but IDK if there is any way to audition them, I'll see.

 

hodgjy: If you think the DT990s are a better contrast to the HD600s, then perhaps HD650s are a better contrast to the DT880s? Just wonderingtongue.gif. Since I would prefer getting something different to the 880s than changing everything hahaha

post #2513 of 8809
That's a fair assessment. The HD650s have more bass and treble roll off than both the HD600 and DT880.
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Originally Posted by Leveler View Post

Thank you very much everyone for your opinions, I'm looking forward to try the HD600s, they is an online distributor locally but IDK if there is any way to audition them, I'll see.

hodgjy: If you think the DT990s are a better contrast to the HD600s, then perhaps HD650s are a better contrast to the DT880s? Just wondering:p . Since I would prefer getting something different to the 880s than changing everything hahaha
post #2514 of 8809
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Originally Posted by Nirvana Woman View Post

 

why don't you just use some cheap contraption to tie down the cable a little?

 

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

I'd put up a want add in the cable section of the for sale/wanted. You should be able to purchase one from someone who has good feedback here for $30-40.

 

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Originally Posted by cswann1 View Post

Or this could be a great intro to modding. You could buy a Sennheiser replacement cable an iron and a 1/4 or 1/8 phono plug and simply cut the cable to your desired length and solder your connector.  I'd suggest leaving an extra foot so that if the process goes awry you can chop it and try again or just have someone do it for you.

 

thanks for the responses... i'm prepared to mod if necessary, but i was first curious if anyone knew of a reasonably priced shorter cable... i'm surprised that i was/am unable to find one.

post #2515 of 8809

The HD25 cable? XD

post #2516 of 8809

I'm looking to do an upgrade to my source to get a little more out of my HD600's.  I listen from my PC, all FLAC through a Xonar Essence ST sound card.  The sound card is amazing, 24bit DAC and Amp already on it....but I was wondering if I would get a noticeable sound upgrade if I moved to a stand alone DAC & Amp.  I was really looking to try out tubes, and have had my eyes on the Schiit Valhalla and Bifrost.  It's been a while but I remember people saying this combo was a good one, especially for the 600's.....is this true?  Coming from a $300 sound card, would there be a noticeable difference to a $700 source?  The price difference says....well YES duh, but in reality will I go WOW, look what I've been missing?   I know others would say, use that money toward a higher end set of cans, but my source would still be the same, I'd rather upgrade that first...then really go for something that can benefit from the upgrade a few years down the road.  Thoughts?

post #2517 of 8809

I think that coming from the 600s you would need a headphone upgrade but at the same time that headphone upgrade would need an amp upgrade to go with it to really get a wow factor. My first wow factor was the LCD-2's with the Schiit Lyr. So I think that either route you take now you will have to eventually take at some point to get that wow factor.

post #2518 of 8809

Indeed I definitely don't think you're going to get more performance from any DAC, as basically even the cheapest of DACs tend to perform well. The Essence is already a great DAC and whatever flaws the really cheap DACs may have, I'm pretty sure the Essence, that is proven to measure very well, takes care of those. I don't see how a Bifrost would be any kind of substantial upgrade over it. It might be a little different I guess. I'll freely admit to not having heard the Bifrost, I'll be honest about that. Also this is no personal vendetta against the Bifrost or Schiit of any kind. So take my opinion as you please. But to me, no I just don't see it. I think for wow factor, you need to look at recording quality or the transducer, maybe the amp. Not the DAC, if what you start out with is great as it is.


Edited by Nirvana Woman - 1/25/13 at 7:44pm
post #2519 of 8809

Makes sense, I've have never owned a stand alone component to drive my headphones yet and was wondering if they would add anything more to the picture....being that they are made specifically for one purpose.  I think my headphone upgrade from the 600's would probably be the 800's.  I've only owned my 600's for about a year now and I'm not quite ready for an upgrade.  If I go that route, I'd go for a dedicated solution, but if anyone has any other suggestions about DAC's and Amps in regards to the 600's...feel free to chime in.  Thanks for your input!

post #2520 of 8809

Yeah your sound card probably has as good of a DAC as most of the sub-$500 dedicated DACs out there. That's my guess anyway. Personally I would probably put off a DAC upgrade until you want to go all out and get a TOL $500+ DAC. I've heard that the implementation of the DAC is more important than what DAC chip is used and that higher quality DACs can in fact sound better.

 

As for amps, there's tons of stuff out there. You might want to look into tube amps. There are also a lot of great solid state amps for the HD600. I have the Lake People G109 and I love it. Checkout the link in my signature if you're interested. There's also a G103 that's great bang for the buck.

 

For tube amps checkout Little Dot and Woo Audio among others, or even something like the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 which has a tube stage and is a 24/96 USB and coax/optical DAC as well.

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