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post #1366 of 1552

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-DENON-AH-D600-MUSIC-MANIAC-OVER-EAR-AUDIOPHILE-GRADE-HEADPHONES-LAST-3-/151065540293?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item232c3536c5

 

In case anyone is price shopping I got my d600s from these guys for $298.

post #1367 of 1552

I got the  AH - C300s and they make my cowon i9 sound like absolute crap, like hearing the music from outside a nightclub. 

The sound perfectly fine on my samsung S3 and when i hook a fiio up to the cowon. Must be the jack. Weird eh?

post #1368 of 1552
Early impressions of brand new D600.

My head is still wrapping around the sound signature of these.

In no way a neutral phone. But coming from a pair of SRH-840s these are distinctly better in terms of soundstage and resolution. Bass is delightful and I have to admit, after auditioning these at BestBuy, is why I decided to buy these. It was pure greed on my behalf.

So being very familiar with my Shures, MDR-1r, and my ex600 I'm immediately taken aback by the authority these headphones deliver. They are a qualitative step up in realism especially for acoustic drums, guitar and bass. That was my immediate impression listening to an old stand-by' Wes Montgomery Impressions:The Verve Jazz Sides. Also the sound quality is pristine as is on the Ex600 but more so and better imaging.

I'm loving forward to pitting these two headphones against each other. The EX600 already had the MDR-1r beat in resolution and bass texture, and I'm thinking the denons may outpace the EX600.

Is the bass too much? Perhaps, it seems that way sometimes. Time will tell. Honestly even right of the box, I think I can live with this though. It may not be a can for all occasions.

Pleasantly surprised that it can handle piano well too. Again immediate impression, where my EX600 puts the grand right in your face, this is the night and day difference between the D600 - the piano is on a stage in front of you and in hall. It sound much more realistic. Testing a stand-by again, Shostakovich played by Vladimir Ashkenazy sounds very good. I am noticing a bit more resonance in the higher registers, and will have to see if this is an artificial artifact of the headphone. It does feel a bit sharp.

Moving to some psy-trance... Gah...This is where the D600 finds it's stride, pure liquid bass lines, crisp hats. Depth both wide and in front and behind. Seems to flex well at a higher volume without distortion, in fact it may balance itself out a bit better. Which may be demonstrating that they need more juice than what can be pushed out my iPhone 4S.

Only vocal recording I had on my phone right now was from a friend Scott Cook 'One More Time Around'. Okay, it's starting to hit me, I feel like I'm listening to a high end speaker system. Wow. Just wow.., this is really beautiful. The mix of rich vocals and guitar, with pristine realism is really something special.

Comfort and fit for me is excellent. As good as hd5xx series. It seals very well, and the design has some merits, though I can see that it may not fit all head types. Distance of the drivers to the ear is perfect.

I think the detractors of this headphones may have some points. I'm keeping my mind and ears open, but honestly I've read these being trashed and they are far from that. I've been looking for the perfect sealed, closed , comfort fun cans and this seems to be it. I had the MDR-1r and spent some brief time with the Momentum, enough to tell me that this headphone is a notch above in most areas that matter to me. If the MDR-1r had this quality I would have kept it without hesitation.

I'm enjoying the slow ascent of this audio journey. I wonder how I'll look back at these in years time.

Lastly, a test of awesomeness is not complete without listening to the hit song 'Friends' from my favourite 80s ninja-vs-taekwondo-rockers film 'Miami Connection'. The D600 put me there, it was like I was listening to Dragon Sound in a stadium-live.

Edited by Malfunkt - 10/15/13 at 10:22pm
post #1369 of 1552

I recently purchased the AH-C300 and am really enjoying them for what they are- an excellent workout headphone designed to run through a portable player or smartphone.  The tips fits securely enough to do backflips without falling out and the overall sound is enjoyable enough, but the real highlight is the bass- WOW.  Unlike many bass-heavy IEMs, the highs are respectable.  They are lacking in resolution and detail retrieval.  However, these are a fun IEM that are perfect for EDM, dance, hip hop and pop.  I also like the controls in the earpiece.  Since they are so easy to drive, I can run directly through my smartphone without an amp so that I can actually use that feature.

post #1370 of 1552

The Denon D600, for me, is a complementary can to my HD 598's. The D600 surprisingly has a lot in common with the 598's but I would say it is more of a movie can for it's excellent low extension, vocal accuracy if not a touch tinny at times (with music), and surprisingly large soundstage for a closed can. For music I really do love the 598 though, I like how the drums are crisp and the way they present the guitar and jazz and string instruments to keep it short. Really I find myself using the D600 when I want a different flavor. Surprisingly they preform very well with vocals, I was expecting them to be polluted by bloated bass but so far this has been a non issue. Over all I would say at the new price of 268 they are worth it. I wouldn't say a deal, for if I would have paid the full 500 before hand, well I wouldn't of. I listened to them for a while at a local hi fi shop in my town and had my eye on them for quite some time because I thoroughly enjoyed them but simply could not see the nearly 300 dollar improvement over my 598's. Though my judgement is a little clouded because even at a higher price point I would say the 598 fits me best at most times. 

 

Going off Malfunkt,

 

I also find the D600 to sound like an actual speaker system and their imaging is great. For the comfort, I will have to say the 598 are better... That being said the D600 is only marked to second almost for weight alone and they get a little warm. They really are very comfortable and second on the list by a good margin above third out of the dozen ish I have experienced. I have not heard the D2000, 5000. So I cannot compare or argue for or against the bad reviews in comparison to those, but in no way, to me are these bad. My least favorite part of these are... They are not as tight as a closed can??? They are colored??? They are not a reference can??? To me they are a very fun, engaging can that you don't want to go to sleep listening to because you wont.

post #1371 of 1552

I actually have the C300, C400 and the D600, I like them all, there's definitely a Denon sound to these.

post #1372 of 1552
Can't wait! Ordered my d600 a few days ago for $240.00 brand new from eBay. I hope it pulls through
post #1373 of 1552
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Can't wait! Ordered my d600 a few days ago for $240.00 brand new from eBay. I hope it pulls through

nice congrats!  They're a lot of fun for movies and especially EDM music.

post #1374 of 1552
Heya, I received them on saturday and let them burn in for a solid 20 hours. They're pretty fantastic.
Sound: For starters, people say they're very bassy, but I don't know about that, upper mids seem to stand out a lot to me, more than anything else, possibly because I'm used to UE iems/headphones which are always a V sig. The bass is clean and booming, stays where it should, doesn't seem muddy at all. The most important though is the sound stage. Going into these just feels so different, every other pair of headphones I've owned places the music in front of you, but these...You just feel like you're in the music. I love it.

Construction: More flimsy than I anticipated. They're probably not going to break, but the plastic isn't very hard, and neither is the clamping force. The 'phones themselves stick out about 2 and a half inches from your ears! Lastly, 2 complaints, these are for big heads! The smallest size works for me, but barely; and to make it worse, the little metal thing that lets you extend them (need a word for this) is fairly loose and just bouncing them a little can cause them to extend. I'll look for some way to maybe fix this. I currently use a button-on headband that goes over the headband to make it more comfortable and reduce the head-size, so I might just tape the metal part so it doesn't extend anymore (since the headband would cover the tape tongue.gif)

Anyway, great headphones, not disappointed, also: check out the denon app for iphones, it comes with a nice EQ ($1.99) which lets me lower the mids on these things.
post #1375 of 1552
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Originally Posted by Hapster View Post

Heya, I received them on saturday and let them burn in for a solid 20 hours. They're pretty fantastic.
Sound: For starters, people say they're very bassy, but I don't know about that, upper mids seem to stand out a lot to me, more than anything else, possibly because I'm used to UE iems/headphones which are always a V sig. The bass is clean and booming, stays where it should, doesn't seem muddy at all. The most important though is the sound stage. Going into these just feels so different, every other pair of headphones I've owned places the music in front of you, but these...You just feel like you're in the music. I love it.

Construction: More flimsy than I anticipated. They're probably not going to break, but the plastic isn't very hard, and neither is the clamping force. The 'phones themselves stick out about 2 and a half inches from your ears! Lastly, 2 complaints, these are for big heads! The smallest size works for me, but barely; and to make it worse, the little metal thing that lets you extend them (need a word for this) is fairly loose and just bouncing them a little can cause them to extend. I'll look for some way to maybe fix this. I currently use a button-on headband that goes over the headband to make it more comfortable and reduce the head-size, so I might just tape the metal part so it doesn't extend anymore (since the headband would cover the tape tongue.gif)

Anyway, great headphones, not disappointed, also: check out the denon app for iphones, it comes with a nice EQ ($1.99) which lets me lower the mids on these things.
How do you like them with EDM?
post #1376 of 1552
well, my favorite genre is trance. (Above & Beyond, Emma Hewitt, Armin Van Buuren, Cosmic gate) so my opinions are already based mostly on dance & trance. Although, for string and piano parts, these didn't seem to shine as brightly as my custom tf10s which really just sound more musical
post #1377 of 1552
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Although, for string and piano parts, these didn't seem to shine as brightly as my custom tf10s which really just sound more musical

That's sounds about right and if you look at the frequency graph for the D600s, it tells a similar story.

post #1378 of 1552
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That's sounds about right and if you look at the frequency graph for the D600s, it tells a similar story.

 

I actually think the bass adds a weight to the piano. I love them for piano.

post #1379 of 1552
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I actually think the bass adds a weight to the piano. I love them for piano.

I still adore my D600's but it's personal preference.  They are so comfortable too!  I actually use my D600s more than I ever used my Denon D2000s

post #1380 of 1552
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Originally Posted by Hapster View Post

well, my favorite genre is trance. (Above & Beyond, Emma Hewitt, Armin Van Buuren, Cosmic gate) so my opinions are already based mostly on dance & trance. Although, for string and piano parts, these didn't seem to shine as brightly as my custom tf10s which really just sound more musical

Are you aware that EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music?  Given your answer, I wasn't sure you were just being more specific about your tastes or if you didn't know what EDM meant :D

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