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I've owned the TH600 for 2 weeks and I am very impressed with it's U-shaped curve.  I had the HE-4, HE-500 and LCD-2 rev1 & rev2 for 6 months each prior to the TH600.  The top end of the TH600 is better than the LCD-2 or HE-500.  The soundstage depth of this closed headphone is on par or better than the HE-500 or LCD-2.  The bass of the TH600 has better texture while the LCD-2/HE-500 do have better impact and speed.  I feel that the TH600 is an excellent all arounder headphone, better than the LCD-2.  HE-500 is kind of a toss-up because I liked it with most genres of music.  The TH600 also fits the same criteria.  I had the HD650 and HD600.  I would easily pay the extra amount of money for the TH600.  Just better detail and high/lows.  I didn't find the midrange of the HD600 nearly as refined as that of the TH600.  The HD650 midrange may have been more palpable for piano than the TH600 but timbre goes to the TH600.  I haven't listened to any flagship dynamics.  Naturally take all of this with a grain of salt because I didn't own all of these headphones at once but going off of memory I'm just stating my opinion of the TH600.  I've tried a couple of the new Audio Technica midrange offerings (ESW9a, WS99, AD900X) and while good they do not offer the detail, bass and sparkle of the TH600.

 

I am curious about the TH900.  One thing that might stop me from trying it is a return to the orthos.  I may just put off buying that HE-6 and enjoy the TH600.  Save up and eventually have both in the lineup.  If the TH600 had the midrange of the orthos then I would take this lightweight, comfortable headphone over most things in its price range.  Fostex has a winner on its hands here.  In the shadow of the TH900 it is hard to live up to big brother.


Edited by WNBC - 5/27/13 at 10:04am
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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:12pm
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I wouldn't call my D7000s bass-centric. It's far short of what I'd call overbearing.
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I am trying to find out just how much the price difference compared to performance difference between the th-600 and th-900 really is? The th-600 is 53% of the price of the 900 for what % of sonic improvement?  Given I would prefer a less V shaped response and think that the black version looks much nicer I'm not sure if I'm gonna be let down with the th-900 vs cost/performance difference. Is the difference in the detail/clarity/micro-detail? If it isn't then I think I would be happy with the th-600.

 

My plan is to hopefully have the can as an all rounder but also be used for reference/production work of EDM music. I have decided since the reference work is only for EDM it needs to be a little exaggerated in the sub bass/treble to realistically represent the genres (but only to a point for obvious mixing reasons) and therefore something such as the th-600/900 should fit the bill perfectly, but which one?


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:11pm
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lol. Well I know the d7k has a warm, fun sound sig. that works well with most music but to say it isn't a bass centric headphone... I think your just kidding yourself. The th-600 is bass centric as well but not to the degree of the d7k.

 

 

Just picking with you.  However,  The D7K is a pretty good all rounder type headphone.  IMO anyway..

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I wouldn't call my D7000s bass-centric. It's far short of what I'd call overbearing.

Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:10pm
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I've owned the TH600 for 2 weeks and I am very impressed with it's U-shaped curve.  I had the HE-4, HE-500 and LCD-2 rev1 & rev2 for 6 months each prior to the TH600.  The top end of the TH600 is better than the LCD-2 or HE-500.  The soundstage depth of this closed headphone is on par or better than the HE-500 or LCD-2.  The bass of the TH600 has better texture while the LCD-2/HE-500 do have better impact and speed.  I feel that the TH600 is an excellent all arounder headphone, better than the LCD-2.  HE-500 is kind of a toss-up because I liked it with most genres of music.  The TH600 also fits the same criteria.  I had the HD650 and HD600.  I would easily pay the extra amount of money for the TH600.  Just better detail and high/lows.  I didn't find the midrange of the HD600 nearly as refined as that of the TH600.  The HD650 midrange may have been more palpable for piano than the TH600 but timbre goes to the TH600.  I haven't listened to any flagship dynamics.  Naturally take all of this with a grain of salt because I didn't own all of these headphones at once but going off of memory I'm just stating my opinion of the TH600.  I've tried a couple of the new Audio Technica midrange offerings (ESW9a, WS99, AD900X) and while good they do not offer the detail, bass and sparkle of the TH600.

 

I am curious about the TH900.  One thing that might stop me from trying it is a return to the orthos.  I may just put off buying that HE-6 and enjoy the TH600.  Save up and eventually have both in the lineup.  If the TH600 had the midrange of the orthos then I would take this lightweight, comfortable headphone over most things in its price range.  Fostex has a winner on its hands here.  In the shadow of the TH900 it is hard to live up to big brother.

 

Are you... me?

 

I don't quite agree with the soundstage (vs. HE-500) but the rest is pretty much my experience.

 

Well, to be honest, I still feel the HE-5LE is a class above the TH-600 on my setup (NFB-27 + SA-31). That's kind of disappointing but that could well be due to amp miss-match. The TH-600 might sing better with a tube amp like the WA7, who knows (well, Anakachan does :D)

The bass is definitely tighter than the HE-500.

 

And I'm also on the fence for the HE-6. Well, I know I'll get them eventually, but I might end up keeping the TH-600 anyway, even though I don't have much need for closed headphones. I say that but I can also sell them next week, so... For sure, these are very fun and refined sounding cans!

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Hello long lost twin.  Would definitely be interesting to pair this with a tube amp.  This headphone can take 1.8 watts.  It's begging to be driven hard.

 

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Are you... me?

 

I don't quite agree with the soundstage (vs. HE-500) but the rest is pretty much my experience.

 

Well, to be honest, I still feel the HE-5LE is a class above the TH-600 on my setup (NFB-27 + SA-31). That's kind of disappointing but that could well be due to amp miss-match. The TH-600 might sing better with a tube amp like the WA7, who knows (well, Anakachan does :D)

The bass is definitely tighter than the HE-500.

 

And I'm also on the fence for the HE-6. Well, I know I'll get them eventually, but I might end up keeping the TH-600 anyway, even though I don't have much need for closed headphones. I say that but I can also sell them next week, so... For sure, these are very fun and refined sounding cans!

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:08pm
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Just picking with you.  However,  The D7K is a pretty good all rounder type headphone.  IMO anyway..


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:08pm
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Great review, it got derailed with all the d7000, LCD closed talk. I notice you are using the Fostex dac/amp but you also have another amp? Does the Fostex HP-P1 drive the 600s fully? What do you think about pairing the 600's with the Solo-R + Rx mk2? Which would be better? I also notice that Alo has a NOS portable, what do you think?

Thanks
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A DJ. Finally I'm not alonedt880smile.png. Actually I use my mad dog and annies for mixing thoughtongue.gif. The 600's I use for playing out. Easy to drive, emphasized bass and treble, and extremely comfortable. Just tell your other dj friends it's a $50 headphone so they won't be tempted to use it.wink_face.gif

Well I dont DJ much these days, and I own the ath-pro700 with xb1000pads mod which easily fills both dj and basshead requirements. I would expect the th-600 to be far more ballanced bit still retain an EDM signature hopefully perfect for producing.  

Can anyone comment on the accuracy/detail sonic diference between the th-600/900?

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I just noticed on the fostex website that the th-600 Sensitivity is 94dB / mW where as the th-900 Sensitivity is 100dB / mW. Is it just me or does that difference seam fairly damn large since all other specs are fairly identical. I guess the difference in gauss matters.

 

Wait the th0900 says it is 1.5 tesla/15,000 gauss while the th-600 is 1 tesla/1,000 gauss!!!

 

I guess the gauss ratio between the two equates to the logarithmic sensitivity difference between the two. In theory the th-600 should be a lot quieter than the th-900, can anyone back that up with their experiences with the two?

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:07pm
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Well I dont DJ much these days, and I own the ath-pro700 with xb1000pads mod which easily fills both dj and basshead requirements. I would expect the th-600 to be far more ballanced bit still retain an EDM signature hopefully perfect for producing.  

Can anyone comment on the accuracy/detail sonic diference between the th-600/900


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 7:06pm
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