I haven't bought it yet, and I'm thinking about going for something cheaper than the HE-6 which doesn't require that much power. There's something I don't like about the HD-600 from what I've read, it is said to be the jack of all trades, master of none, meaning it's a good all-arounder but it doesn't excel in any particular genre. Do you think that's the case with the HD-600? I listen only to rock and metal, so I would want something which excels in it. This doesn't mean I'm not considering it though, I can't judge something I haven't heard. Do you think it would excel for my genres despite it's reputation as an all-arounder?
btw, I'm also considering the DT880, can anyone comment on how they perform forrock and metal?
I've heard some higher-end Beyer headphones inc the T1 and 880 and they sounded good and forthright with precise musical definition, but the Sennheiser HD 600 sounds great with everything I feed it. It's so musical and really hits the spot whatever I listen to with it. If I could have one headphone (apart from the Orpheus or R10) it would be the HD 600 and to me that says a lot!
With the HD 600 and a transparent source you can really just set it and forget it and let the music speak, meaning that it excels in getting out of the way and reveals the music, which is really the point of enjoying music with headphones for most people IMO. With my HD 600, the music speaks more than the headphone and I love that! To me that sure beats fussing over the sound of the headphone and not enjoying the music. If you have the chance to listen to some music with the HD 600 I'd say go for it. Sure, the HD 600 can have perceived faults like any other headphone, but if you ever branch out and listen to other genres, the HD 600 won't let you down!
I'm listening to Queens of the Stone Age now as I type this and I'm fully satisfied with the performance of my HD 600. Also, a few days ago I was editing my most recent drum video (as can be seen on my Youtube page - 'The Windsor Shuffle') and primarily used the HD 600 for editing purposes; when I switched to the more expensive HD 800 the sound was a bit tinny and going back to the HD 600 was bliss!
If you're in doubt and you just want a great headphone setup, I'd say the HD 600 and a decent DAC/Amp combo would be a good bet, leaving you with a few hundred dollars (in relation to your initially stated budget) to spend on more music or whatever you heart desires!
Edited by Windsor - 11/6/12 at 8:35pm