Originally Posted by Kinru
I currently have another thread open, but I figured I'd post in this thread as well since I have some specific questions about the d600. I'm in the process of looking for new headphones and am currently leaning towards the beyer dt880 250 ohm. I've read some negative, but mostly positive reviews for the d600 in comparison to both the d2000 and the d5000. Some people seem to hate them and others seem to like them more than even the d5000. I am wondering how they compare to the dt880 (couldn't find anything). I listen to a little bit of everything with most of my music probably being alternative. I prefer tight/punchy bass vs bloated or a muddy sound. Overall I am looking for a very *clear* sound with a lot of detail/depth. I don't want to rehash too much from my other thread so I'll just leave it at that.
I can pick up the dt880 for $250 (270 w/ tax) vs the d600 for 340.
I have built up a lot of experience with both these headphones, including the original Dx000 line of denons. But before I can give a proper suggestion, it would help to know of any other headphones that you've heard and what your impressions were of them, as the Beyers and Denons are really quite different from each other. That being said, I'll try outlining some of the differences between them that I found, and perhaps it will help you make up your own mind.
The DT880 are very clear, instrument separation/imaging is the best of the 3. The soundstage is decently wide (as wide as it has to be to give it's level of detail/separation, but not any more, and not as much as the D5000's). And while the DT880 has decent bass, it isn't particularly 'punchy' nor does it extend very far and it isn't compensated for a 'subwoofer-in-the-room' effect (important if this is what you consider 'neutral'). The highs aren't bad but they are slightly hyped, and the mids are just a tad bit recessed, but overall the sound is very balanced. I originally got this headphone for studio purposes, and while I like it and would say it's good for that, I wouldn't really recommend it for anyone looking for a 'fun' listening phone, unless you know that is really the type of listening experience you want.
The D5000 on the other hand, has rather neutral bass (taking into account 'subwoofer-in-the-room' compensation) if a tad bit hyped, and the the extension is great (it clearly goes all the way down to 20hz, and can rumble down to 1-5hz), but it is quite muddy. The highs aren't bad, slightly warmer than the DT880's but still on the bright side, and the mids are recessed on these a good bit more than than the 880's. The soundstage on the D5000's is the largest of the 3, but the imaging isn't as clear as the 880s. I would also say that the D5000 is right on the edge of what I would call 'balanced' or somewhat 'neutral', even though they are colored as described above.
Then there's the D600's... these phones get a lot of flak, but I actually think they're quite good if you know what they excel at and adjust your expectations accordingly. Out of all the headphones I've ever heard, these have the best, clearest, most neutral compensated (i.e. like a studio subwoofer setup) bass, and are the 'punchiest' of the three. The extension is pretty much the same as the D5000's, but the roll-off begins at around 30hz as opposed to 20-25hz in the D5000's, though the roll-off is a lot more gradual than the D5000s', and it can still rumble down to 1-5hz just as well at normal listening volumes. The original Dx0000 line may appear to have more sub-bass at first, but that's just due to bloat/muddiness and harmonic distortion, whereas the D600's bass response is drastically cleaner/clearer with less distortion, hence I prefer them for that. BUT, and here's the kicker (the reason this phone is so 'controversial)'... the mids and treble are truly not very good. They were so disappointing when I first heard them, that I immediately began preparing to return them; luckily, I decided to give them another shot and burn them in for a good while, and in doing so, not only did the bass improve with that, but the highs/mids did too. Not nearly enough to actually be considered 'good' mind you (especially compared to the other two cans), but definitely tolerable. The problem is that the mids were noticeably more recessed than even the D5000's, the highs feel artificially boosted but without any 'air'/'sparkle' to them, and the soundstage is also noticeably smaller to boot. I do like these headphones now though, and use them to evaluate bass when doing studio work (only for mixing though, not mastering), as they really do have the best bass I have heard. Then again, I'm still waiting for my Lawton Audio mod-kit for my D5000's, so that opinion may change soon.
Edited by oblique63 - 1/2/13 at 3:54pm