Originally Posted by designbykai
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Have you tried Mad Dogs vs TH600 for production or DJ monitoring?
I would love if someone here who has TH600s could listen to this track and sum up how the sub bass sounds from 1min and 2min onwards
(Great album highly recommended, awesome German Tech producer who uses a lot of analogue synths etc)
To me, my Beyers get it but clarity isn't quite there, not an 'even' sound (even if the bass note is modulating/down shifting in tone). HE-400s do a stellar job of reproducing it without dropping the volume/amount of audible bass frequencies.
Tried listening to the track and here is my thought.
Listened with the following headphones
2. Mad Dogs
3. HE500 (don't have the HE400 - I know they are different but this is the only Hifiman I have)
6. Beyer DT770 pro 250 (J$ pads)
Sub-bass around 2:09 into the music came in strong, good impact and clean.
Overall all best balanced imaging of the group. Nothing seemed to be rolling over into other components. There is a good amount of air as well compared to some of the other headphones. Perhaps the highs created that a bit more along with the accurate imaging. The only thing I would say is the highs were a little high for my taste. It had the most high present among the group which should be no surprise but there is a lot of it. It didn't hurt my ears but more than what I am personally used to for a long period of listening.
Bass was not there and sub-bass was very little. You really had to listen to pick it out. I don't know that this mid-range cans are the best for this type of music. Just didn't do it for me after listening to the TH600.
Much less air and felt a bit less refined over all to the TH600. The sub-bass was lacking and things were blending into each other a bit. I put the headphones on speaker taps and the bass along with the music came alive. The bass and sub-bass really had a punch to it and the imaging improved greatly. The air was still not as good compared to the TH600 and soundstage was not as good either. It felt a little bit like a traffic jam of sounds but you could notice they were there. The TH600 just had a more refined sound.
Ran these through the speaker taps and they had better imaging but the highs were rolled back compared to the TH600. The sub-bass did not have the punch as the TH600 yet very clean. Imaging was good over all and soundstage was better than the HE500 and very close to the TH600. The LCD3 was just a little too lush for this type of music IMO. For my taste the LCD3 are better with a more romantic genre of music (especially with cello).
Very similar to the TH600 but the sub-bass was just over powering on this track. It was fun for about 30 seconds but it got annoying from being a bit over powering. It's too early in the morning for this much bass. Perhaps later in the day or evening it would have been better. It was like going to a club and standing next to the speaker. If you like the heavy bass then this was clean and a lot of it. Had the most punch by far yet very clean and controlled. Imaging was very good as well. There was very little difference overall from the TH900 and the TH600 except for the heavy bass from the TH900 which made the highs seem to be less present.
Beyer DT770 pro
You mentioned the Beyers so I tried these cans and overall was pleasantly surprised that they sounded pretty good. Normally the Beyer highs are higher than I like but that was not the case with these cans. The bass was good but these cans lacked refinement. The details were lacking but overall was good but nothing more with these. I think I understand what you mean by clarity here. Good but not great.
Overall, The TH600 seemed to have performed the best with your track. Detailed imaging, punchy bass and sub-bass, along with a good mount mid's and ample highs they all came together very well. This is making me rethink about keeping these cans. They are more linear than the TH900 as expected. I think these are a very refined, clear, with better soundstage than the HE500 and a very good amount of openness and air in a closed can.
As for leaking sound they do leak. Not as bad as the HE500 or open cans but you can hear them. I've tried putting on the alpha pads as well as the J$ pads and you loose that sense of air and it does get darker overall but the imaging is still very clear. They just don't seal as well as some good thick pads out there.
Hope that helps... Not sure if it did or not but these are my thoughts from your track on the TH600