Originally Posted by Tony1110
There should be a ban on mentioning the TH-900 in the TH-600 thread. Please people, don't tempt me to buy them :-)
Having "A-B ing" the 900 and 600 for closed to 2 hours yesterday evening at Jaben SG, to my ears and my music preference, I'll go for TH600 most of the time.
Here are my short finding.
The 900 hits harder and deeper, with more sub-bass quality.
The 600 has more mid-bass and rumble, which sounds like it has more bass present.
For rock music, I'll go for TH600 coz I'll start to toe-tapping and head-nodding once the music start.
I found the 900 bass to be too clean and cynical, and can be perceived as lack emotion.
They are both recessed, compared to the mids from LCD2/3, although coloured, managed to make me close my eyes and imagine the singer sings in front of me.
The difference between the 900 and 600 are in the lower mid and upper mid.
The 900 has more pronounce upper mid and lacking lower mid, which make it has more taller soundstage.
It also makes female vocals like Colbie Cailat and Taylor Swift to sound thinner and less engaging, and in some cases, almost "shouty".
The 600 on the other hand has more lower mid.
I prefer the female vocals on the 600 as their songs have the added "weight" that were missing from the 900.
On both phones, male vocals such as Michael Buble and Jack Johnson are not that affected, but if I were to listen to lots of female vocals, I'll choose the 600.
This is where the 900 trounced the 600, IMHO that is.
900 has a very smooth, extended yet very detail treble.
Almost like comparing Focal Electra speakers which use Beryllium tweeter against their lesser brethren the Chorus that uses Aluminium/Magnesium tweeter.
It's non-fatiguing and less sibilance on female vocals.
The 600 sounds a bit edgy, rough and metallic.
To me, the only genre where the 600 excels in this region is rock.
Even if the 900 is priced the same as the 600, notwithstanding the built quality or the finishes, I'll still go for the 600 for the type of music that I listen.
The amplifier used is Otomatsu BDR-HPA02, single ended.
Source is my AK120, using mini-stereo to RCA interconnect.
Edited by akhyar - 10/4/13 at 2:43am