As new Fostex TH-600 headphones. Come as bought with box etc. Unwanted gift.
Probably used slightly. Maybe not a good price after all
I have the 5.32 ~ pretty much the same thing, and have used both TH600 and 900 on it. Sounds very impressive on low gain. Treble slightly hot on the 600's from memory, depending on track.
Thanks Saren. Do you think I'll benefit from recabling them balanced so that my Topping TP60 speaker amp can drive them?
I've recabled the HD600s and HE500s balanced and they sound really good out of the Topping.
How much power does the topping put out? My only concern is that the TH600 is 24 ohms and rated at 1800mW max input. The volume pot would give you only a sliver before being too loud, not much control. I run my TH900s on low gain on my amp at 11-12 o clock, high gain is very loud at 9 o clock. Likewise, I'm not sure if overpowering them would be dangerous for the drivers. However you are successfully running the HD600 off the amp and they have a 100mW power rating if I recall.
I'm objective regarding cables, so I cannot make a comment regarding any differences. At the very least by re-cabling you will have a better more durable, less tangle free and more attractive cable for them. The stock one seems a bit flimsy personally.
The Topping pumps out a claimed 50W @ 8 ohms so not sure what that would be for the TH600s but seems like too much but I'm driving my HD600s fine with the same balanced setup. The DAC out of the Audio Gd 15.32 is volume controllable so I'm using it as sort of a pre-amp to the Topping which gives me plenty of control of the volume at the Topping.
How do you calculate 16.66 w? I've been using the Topping on the HD600s for over a month everyday with no resistors in place and no issues, knock on wood.
I'll be honest, recabling my TH-900 balanced didn't improve the SQ much by itself (the upgraded cable was probably what I was hearing first and foremost). Most of the improvements were subtle but noticeable unless I was critically listening. I suspect the bump in overall SQ was due to: 1) Upgraded Cable 2) My amp having a better balanced connection (natively balanced).
If you feel your amp has a significantly better balanced output, then have the cable terminated balanced, if not I wouldn't worry about it.