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That's because the HD600's design has very good damping. As far as damping goes that doesn't mean one can get away with too much.
As far as bass boost goes, using a higher impedance will cause quite a bit of bass boost. I'd rather not have that as an always on thing and rather call it up when I want it by way of EQ under a controlled manner, i.e., frequency, level.
I would agree with that statement about 40-50 Ohms. At 300 Ohms you'd be looking at about a 6 dB boost at the impedance peak which IMO is a touch too high in freq. to sound right to my ears.
I have both cans. While I enjoy the HD558's, they are not that close to the HD600's. I'll concur with our friend from down under that said, "Wishful Thinking."
For these two reasons and that I prefer Open Back cans I take the 558's to the Office and leave my more expensive leakier cans at home.
I'll admit that I listen a touch on the loud side but not enough to require a hearing aid. I tend to EQ up the bass for two reasons.
OK, so I also like bass more than I should.
Bass levels and the equal loudness contours is not a big of an issue as treble levels. It is high treble volumes that will eventually cause issues with hearing loss.
When one turns up the volume to hear more bass, that increases treble as well and as you say singes the ears. EQ'ing the bass up some is IMO a safer option.
Depends on your patience level. I ordered Vali/Modi when my HD600's shipped, and the amp/dac took a week longer than the 600s to arrive; it felt like a long week.
And on the volume thing, I turn my Vali up to 9:00 max, usually closer to 8:00. Any more than that already sounds too loud to me
That's what I love about the HD600's, they are even tempered. There must be a reason why they've been around so long and remain so popular with people that know what they are listening to.
Yup, top studios still relying on the HD600/HD650 for monitoring - I mean specifically these two cans.
It is the "Sennheiser HD 600 Appreciation Thread".
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