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post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by sofia88 View Post

hI M-13 !

 

Actually im really considering in getting the FiiO E09K Amp to pair it with my Andes... well that if I go for the HD600's...

 

Tell me, in your personal experience, how do the HD600's develop? 

 

Could you be somewhat detailed?tongue.gif

 

thks

HD600 is a reference quality headphone, that is about as neutral/balanced as you can ask for at its price range. It's been around for 15 years and many audio professionals (mastering engineers) swear by it and it's one of those headphones that have a long proven track record and is a classic that will never die. I've had the E09K, and it was a considerable step up from the old E09 in every respect. It won't be the best amp in the world to drive the HD600, but like I said previously, since you already own the E07K, it's a great place for you get started and start enjoying the HD600 without spending a lot of money. If you can spend a little more money then I think the Schiit Audio Magni/Modi combo will be even more pleasing than the Fiio combo (this all from personal experience). Also the HD650 is pretty nice too, but I think HD600 is a nice way to go. I'll say you definitely picked the right cans to start with if you pick-up the HD600. You're headed for a lot of good music/fun.

 

By the way I tihnk you should continue to read other threads on this forum. You'll learn a lot more that way instead of just asking for opinions from random people who want to contribute to this thread. Most of the questions people have, have already been answered multiple times. Once you start reading a lot of reviews/impressions you'll start to get a good general idea about what's out there and what is good for you.

post #17 of 33
Thread Starter 

Hi Jmstrmbn

 

You've been very kind with that explanations you made, simple, easy and fast... and mostly your own POV... just one more question... what about the soundstage... i'm also interested in that...wink.gif

post #18 of 33

I find the 600s soundstage to vary a lot depending on the quality of the components behind it.  I use the Nuforce HDP as a DAC and the Bottlehead Crack as an amp.  With this combo I get a good sense of space laterally and in particularly good recordings there is a bit of dimensionality front to back as well.  My dad has a decent speaker set up and I will occasionally borrow his DAC for a few days (PS Audio DLIII) With that DAC in place the staging is miles better.  The headphones get out of the way and the music pours through.  This may not make sense when you first read it but I don't feel as if I'm listening to headphones using that DAC instead it feels like a small speaker system just in front of my head.

 

I have never experienced a pair of headphones that are known for exceptional soundstage, so the above is really all I can offer as to how the 600s compare to other cans.  

post #19 of 33
Thread Starter 

thank you Jmstrmbn ... you've been so helpful but you know (and others) i've just realised the DT880's are also in my price range... I've been doing my homework and they alos seem to deliver quality sound...  I'M CONFUSED AND INDECISIVE... DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO...

ANY SUGGESTIONS BETWEEN HD660'S OR DT880'S? confused.gif

post #20 of 33

Do you like treble? The DT880 has more treble energy. The 650s have sweet lush mids/vocals and are darker (less treble). The 600s are the most balanced. But either way... all 3 are considered somewhat neutral and "reference" quality. Add the K702 or the new K712 and you have the 3 most popular cans before 2009. Lots of old threads debating the merits of them, but I personally think the HD600 have won that debate, or the HD650, as their popularity has continued even to today (2013). Not that the other two are not popular. I think the new K702 Anniversary or K712 have renewed the dying ethusiam for the AKGs and are somewhat popular again now.

 

So yeah in conclusion I recommend the HD600 or HD650 (if you want less treble and more upfront lush mids)


Edited by M-13 - 6/30/13 at 7:21pm
post #21 of 33
Thread Starter 

Hi M-13, thanks for replying again... well as i stated in the beginning of this thread, I'm a very "open-minded" and very cultural girl( musically speaking) and i really like to listen from Operas, through jazz, rock, electronic, reggae, pop, country...you name it ...and i like well balanced cans, and im looking also for good soundstage... so i am very confused and dont know what cans should i get...frown.gif

post #22 of 33

It really depends on what your tastes are. DT880's are a bit more detailed, it's like a spotlight on the music. The HD600's are still detailed but the detail is not the main focus here. Both are very transparent. Soundstage-wise, some people say the DT880's have a larger soundstage but to my ears they're the same. The main difference is the treble on both headphones. DT880's treble is clean, nice and extends all the way up there. For some, the treble is a fatiguing after long periods of listening. The HD600's treble is also nice, it can smoothen out brightly mastered music which is something the DT880's can't do. The DT880's will show you how bad your 128kbps/poorly recorded songs are while the HD600's will be much more forgiving of them. If i have to sum it up, the DT880's have a very involving, lively sound signature while the HD600's have a smooth, laid back sound which is better for long listening periods. 

post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by sofia88 View Post

thank you Jmstrmbn ... you've been so helpful but you know (and others) i've just realised the DT880's are also in my price range... I've been doing my homework and they alos seem to deliver quality sound...  I'M CONFUSED AND INDECISIVE... DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO...

ANY SUGGESTIONS BETWEEN HD660'S OR DT880'S? confused.gif


Speaking as a previous owner of a DT880 and current owner of HD650, I highly do not recommend them for your taste in music, it has a slight recessed mids which does not deliver the oomph of the vocals. I found it to be more suitable for orchestral music or other such recordings where a large soundstage is required. As the case between HD600 and HD650, I think you should go to the HD600 given that you are coming from an AD700 (the HD650's mid bass might put you off abit). If you don't need a DAC, then try the O2 amp which will deliver more than enough kick as a starting point. (Apologies I don't know much about the FiiO product range).

post #24 of 33
Thread Starter 

Hi kookoo, Thaks for replying ! 

 

So tell me , in your own personal experience, how do the DT880's develop? Cause now Im between the DT's or HD's ...

Thank You etysmile.gif

post #25 of 33

Best thing to do would be to get your hands on a pair and listen to it yourself.

Another question is why HD600? I just remembered  there's also the audio technica AD1000X (around $280 that's far less than the $400 budget). I've had a few gos at listening to the AD1000X and came very close to buying one. Sony MA900 for less than $250 is also a good viable alternative.

post #26 of 33

The AD900X is also supposed to be phenomenal.

 

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHAD900X

post #27 of 33
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The AD900X is also supposed to be phenomenal.

 

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHAD900X

For about $150 the AD900X is a good buy but I found it to have a grainy sound especially in the lower treble. the OP has put forward a budget of $400 for headphone and basic amp, the AD1000X is a much much better buy even though it's twice the price of the AD900X

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by kookoo View Post

For about $150 the AD900X is a good buy but I found it to have a grainy sound especially in the lower treble. the OP has put forward a budget of $400 for headphone and basic amp, the AD1000X is a much much better buy even though it's twice the price of the AD900X

This reviewer seems to agree with you. To the OP, this is worth looking into.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/654161/review-comparison-ath-ad900x-vs-ath-ad1000x-vs-mdr-ma900-its-still-over-900

post #29 of 33

Just gonna jump right in here and say for what your looking for, you are in dire need of a pair of Grado/Alessandro headphones. The presentaltion of the midrange is is my favorite part of my SR325is, with a very nice (albeit a tad sharp at times) treble. The bass, while very controlled and well defined, is lacking in general quantity (A little DIY can fix that if you so desire). Another great point is the high sensitivity and low impedance, so you don't need to upgrade from your current amp (just yet at least), or crank up the volume so you get the detail in the can, but that's only a real plus if you prefer low volume listening, or long listening sesssions. So yeah, Grado/Alessandro are cool. Grab the SR-225i, 325is or the MS-2 with a budget like that.

post #30 of 33
Thread Starter 

To all the lovely and patient hifi'ers members of this excellent site... I finally managed to fight my indecision and through several days of self control , I may now announce that I'm a owner of a new pair of DT880's .

 

My musical journey , which i think its gonna be long-lasting, starts today.

 

Thank you so much for all the suggestions you made and all the info you gave me for finally getting my mind straight and getting these sweet pair of cans.

 

I think I'll see you cute guys again...

 

Nice trip and enjoy always what you do... no matter what.

 

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