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post #1 of 19
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Good evening Head-Fiers.

I require some advice.

 

I just broke my HD600s.

I managed to irreparably damage the driver in the right side. A silly accident and one that I regret. However, it's lead me to think about my headphone selection and, recently, I've been enjoying reading reviews and trying to decide on my next pair of headphones.

 

I've had the 600s for a couple of years now and thoroughly enjoyed listening to them; almost always through my DPA Enlightenment DAC and Lehmann Black Cube Linear Amp.

However, recently I've been using my Beyer DT880s (600ohm) more than the Senns. I've also been regularly stealing my friend's HD25-IIs and have listened to these more than the 600s.

 

I've not got a lot of cash to burn. I can't get a pair of HD800s or go STAX. I'll probably not spend more than £300. I'll buy new.

So, my question is:

 

Would you go closed (AKG550s, Ultrasone Pro900, DT770s, Audio Techinca, Senn Momentum)

Would you go open but get something different to the DT880s (ATH-AD900, AKG701s, or even HD650s)

Would you give Grado a try

Would you stick with what you know and just get another pair of 600s...

 

Or, would you call the whole thing off and reach for the bose..... (only joking)

 

I know this is highly subjective. I'm not here to ask "what's the best headphone under £###". I'm just wondering what general direction you guys would take.

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by GreyArea View Post

Good evening Head-Fiers.

I require some advice.

 

I just broke my HD600s.

I managed to irreparably damage the driver in the right side. A silly accident and one that I regret. However, it's lead me to think about my headphone selection and, recently, I've been enjoying reading reviews and trying to decide on my next pair of headphones.

 

I've had the 600s for a couple of years now and thoroughly enjoyed listening to them; almost always through my DPA Enlightenment DAC and Lehmann Black Cube Linear Amp.

However, recently I've been using my Beyer DT880s (600ohm) more than the Senns. I've also been regularly stealing my friend's HD25-IIs and have listened to these more than the 600s.

 

I've not got a lot of cash to burn. I can't get a pair of HD800s or go STAX. I'll probably not spend more than £300. I'll buy new.

So, my question is:

 

Would you go closed (AKG550s, Ultrasone Pro900, DT770s, Audio Techinca, Senn Momentum)

Would you go open but get something different to the DT880s (ATH-AD900, AKG701s, or even HD650s)

Would you give Grado a try

Would you stick with what you know and just get another pair of 600s...

 

Or, would you call the whole thing off and reach for the bose..... (only joking)

 

I know this is highly subjective. I'm not here to ask "what's the best headphone under £###". I'm just wondering what general direction you guys would take.

One of the great things about Senn's is they are very repairable. Get a new driver from Sennheiser and replace it.

post #3 of 19

Agree with above.

 

Sennheiser have great customer support and would be able to find you a replacement driver relatively quickly and fit it for you.

post #4 of 19
If you likes DT880 then T90 willbe better upgrade and they will replace the HD600 with higher end soundquality.
post #5 of 19

I'm with the driver upgrade, maybe you could take the chance and try the HD650 instead.

post #6 of 19

Yeah the HD600 drivers are surprisingly cheap IIRC, like $50 each. Well worth it to get a headphone like that working again.

post #7 of 19

Not sure if sennheiser still sells HD600 drivers. They try to fix the old drivers, but you need to wait a month approx. 

 

But they sell HD650 drivers, maybe its time to take the next step. 

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

Not sure if sennheiser still sells HD600 drivers. They try to fix the old drivers, but you need to wait a month approx. 

 

But they sell HD650 drivers, maybe its time to take the next step. 

 

I wouldn't really think of the 650's as the next step. They're neither a step up or down from the 600's. They just have a slightly warmer sound signiture with a smoother (more rolled off) treble.

 

Sennheiser still make the HD600 model, so they will definitely have parts available.

post #9 of 19
Mad Dogs or HE-400 or HE-500 if you can afford it.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by disastermouse View Post

Mad Dogs or HE-400 or HE-500 if you can afford it.

 

I think the 500's are out of the question. Will never be found at £300.

 

The 400's may be available somewhere at that price, but it will require some shopping around, as they usual sell at about the £400 point.

 

The Planar-Magnetic technology intrigues me though. Will have to try and get a shot of a pair, just for the experience.

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sound Quest View Post

 

I wouldn't really think of the 650's as the next step. They're neither a step up or down from the 600's. They just have a slightly warmer sound signiture with a smoother (more rolled off) treble.

 

Sennheiser still make the HD600 model, so they will definitely have parts available.

 

Do consider that the HD650 scale well with better gear. While the 600's not as much. 

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sound Quest View Post

I think the 500's are out of the question. Will never be found at £300.

The 400's may be available somewhere at that price, but it will require some shopping around, as they usual sell at about the £400 point.

The Planar-Magnetic technology intrigues me though. Will have to try and get a shot of a pair, just for the experience.
Then Mad Dogs are your answer, I think.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

 

Do consider that the HD650 scale well with better gear. While the 600's not as much. 

 

Perhaps. But even the 600's do a fair job up to a point.

 

A point that many will probably not be prepared to go beyond.

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sound Quest View Post

 

 

A point that many will probably not be prepared to go beyond.

 

That's when they need to start their own Sound quest wink.gif

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

 

That's when they need to start their own Sound quest wink.gif

I said "many" wont be prepared to go beyond.

 

However, I probably would (if I had any money). biggrin.gif

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