Originally Posted by diaBoliQu3
So, HD600 is consider bright or a neutral or slight bright headphone? Thinking of C5, Shonyun 306a, C421, Dot MK III. If somehow still bright for me, maybe sell this and get HD650. Hopefully I don't need to trade or sell tho/. I love this can so much.
They're just slightly warm - if neutral is dead center it's just a bit off towards warm. Earpad condition however affects the response - on perfectly new and stiff pads, they're as close as possible to neutral. Once the pads are broken-in, they tend to get a bit warmer as the pads get too squishy; when they're too worn, the drivers are too close to your ears, so you get a lot more bass but some range in the treble also gets a little too sharp.
I suggest not waiting to wear out the pads before buying a new set, and rotate them regularly. I'm using an older pair now, and with the newest set broken in - each set gets about a few weeks, max 2hrs a day, and on rotation the sound isn't too different going from one set to the other as opposed to wearing out one set, then get another one to wear out while having a basically useless (for my preferences anyway) set lying around.