Originally Posted by r010159
I am looking at the HD600s for purchase. I have the DT880s and enjoy them. But I am looking for a second pair of headphones. What is the difference between the HD600 and DT880? Is the detail in the soundstage improved? How is the build quality of the HD600s?
I have both - they're a nice complement to each other.
Build and fit
I'd give the Beyers the nod on the build - less plastic, more metal, more durable. But the Senns are no slouch either. Completely modular (unlike the Beyers) and parts are easy enough for the user to replace. As far as comfort goes - the HD600 are a bit clampy at first - but both really comfortable. Beyer by a nod.
Assuming you get 250 ohm Beyers - the Senns are still easier to drive. But pretty comparable.
My impressions (subjective).
Both quite neutral. I'd actually say the Beyer is the flatter of the two. It has slightly better extension (both ends), but has some treble peaks which make it slightly brighter than what I would call 'realistic'. Still a lovely can to listen to though - and that's why I still have it. All-rounder really.
HD600 also very neutral - but (and this is a difference) - it is the more natural of the two. HD600 has better presentation of timbre and tone. A violin really sounds like a violin. Noting is spotlit. It has a little bump in the mid-bass that the Beyer doesn't have - and this gives a little impact - but again sounds quite natural (to me anyway).
Stage / Imaging
Staging is similar on both, as is imaging. Beyer (because of its slightly brighter top end) can give the illusion of bigger stage, more space, better separation - but to me this is just an illusion. Apply some EQ to the HD600 and it can do exactly the same. The HD600 is still quite open - but the stage is very natural (not over-emphasised), and imaging is really good. It's not expansive like the AKG K7xx series - but it is completely believable.
Touched on this earlier - but thought I would explain something about the HD600. I have quite a few really good live recordings. Among them is Bonamassa's live concert from the Vienna Opera House and also Loreena McKennitt's live concert from Toronto & Paris. Both are fantastic recordings - and I have to admit that with Joe's concert from Vienna - I do love what the Beyers do with Joe's guitar work (stunning). But in both recordings (for me anyway), there are passages where I can close my eyes, and the HD600 can actually put me in the audience. It is utterly believable. That's something the Beyer (for me) doesn't quite achieve.
Both have their strengths. Both are fantastic phones. That's why - although I have sold both before - I also repurchased them, and they remain with me now. Both are keepers.
Edited by Brooko - 2/21/14 at 12:54pm