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Sennheiser hd555 vs hd600

post #1 of 11
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I'm using a sennheiser HD555 for 5 years now and I like their sound very much. I like especially their full and neutral sound that's never harsh or artificial.  

 

But there's more and I'm thinking of an upgrade to a senneiser HD600.

How do a sennheiser HD600 compare to a HD555? Has the HD600 the same sound characteristics but better, or is it a whole other sound? I like the first. There aren't stores nearby to listen so I have to buy online . . .

 

And is a headphone output of a receiver good enough to power a HD600? I use my HD555 with a marantz receiver, and this amp sounds much better (much more body) than direct out of a MP3 player. But a HD600 is 300Ohm . . .

 

ps

Sorry for my english, I'm not a native speaker but I like to post on this forum because there are many with expierence here.

post #2 of 11

Heya,

 

Basically a little better in every way, more refinement, more natural sound, better extension, better sound stage, more neutrality, etc.

 

The headphone out of a receiver is good enough. In fact, you want high impedance headphones for receivers as a rule of thumb. So this works well in your favor.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by 00headphone00 View Post
 

I'm using a Sennheiser HD555 for 5 years now and I like their sound very much. I like especially their full and neutral sound that's never harsh or artificial.  

But there's more and I'm thinking of an upgrade to a Senneiser HD600.

How do a Sennheiser HD600 compare to a HD555? Has the HD600 the same sound characteristics but better, or is it a whole other sound? I like the first. There aren't stores nearby to listen so I have to buy online . . .

And is a headphone output of a receiver good enough to power a HD600? I use my HD555 with a Marantz receiver, and this amp sounds much better (much more body) than direct out of a MP3 player. But a HD600 is 300Ohm . . .

Sorry for my english, I'm not a native speaker but I like to post on this forum because there are many with expierence here.

My Yamaha RX-V671 does a nice job of driving my 600-Ohm headphones.

The HD600 are only 300-Ohm and you would think a Marantz would come with better amplifier(s) then a Yamaha, so you should be fine.

 

So, where are you located?

post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the response ;)

 

I'm located in the Netherlands (south).

 

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
 

Heya,

 

Basically a little better in every way, more refinement, more natural sound, better extension, better sound stage, more neutrality, etc.

 

The headphone out of a receiver is good enough. In fact, you want high impedance headphones for receivers as a rule of thumb. So this works well in your favor.

 

Very best,

Do you mean because the HD600 is slightly better on single points it is in general much better?


Edited by 00headphone00 - 9/15/13 at 9:50am
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have bought the HD650!

It's sounds nice, lot clearer than the HD555 and a bit more treble.

Only the (mid) bass is a bit weaker than the HD555, but I think I need a headphone amp for it, it's now connected to a AV receiver.

post #6 of 11

I just did this upgrade; HD-555 to HD-600.

 

Obviously, because of the price, I spent the first few days doing side-by-side tests; in short, the upgrade is absolutely worth the money. I loved my HD-555s (still do), and I used them for seven years, but the sound you get out of the 600s just blows the 555s out of the water. I currently use an X-Fi Xtreme Music audio card in my computer and it sounds great, but I will be upgrading to external DAC/AMP in the near future.

 

In addition to the sound, one of the reasons I chose the HD-600s was because of the fact that I was so pleased with Sennheiser's build quality. Over seven years, those 555s have seen some abuse, and the 600s feel just as sturdy. They have a few more joints, with vertical and horizontal movement on the cups allowing for a more natural fit on the head, but it does not feel as though the joints add any frailty.

 

Super pleased about my purchase, and if you have been impressed with your 555's, I think you will be pleased with the upgrade as well.

 

Edit: Silly me, I didn't even notice OP was the one who replied and said he bought the 650s. Congrats on the buy! Hope you enjoy them.

post #7 of 11
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After one evening listening, I can say everything sounds much clearer and I can hear things I never heard before. The HD650 are very detailled and lively. That's really great.

 

The only thing for now, they sound a bit thin/bright in (compare to my old HD555). The 650 are brighter and have less (mid) bass. The sub bass is a bit stronger. I hope a better amplifier can make the lows better. The headphone out of my receiver is just a 330Ohm resistor connected to the speaker amplifier.

 

@adamantium How do you experience the lows compared to the HD555?


Edited by 00headphone00 - 11/20/13 at 2:41am
post #8 of 11

I posted some of my thoughts on the bass here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/538255/sennheiser-hd-600-appreciation-thread/5025#post_9975853

 

Elaborating on that a little bit, I think that what the 600s do really well is accurate sound reproduction; meaning that if I put a song with light bass through, I'm going to get light bass, but if I put something through that was recorded with and meant to have really strong bass, such as some electronic music or rap, it's going to give me a really strong bass response.

 

Compared to the 555s, I feel like the bass response is just as strong. I keep my EQ flat with both headphones and the bass hits just as hard on the 555s, but with less distortion.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

After some days of listening I can conclude that the HD650 don't have less bass than the HD555 but more controlled. I really like the HD650 now, they sound outstanding with almost everything.


Edited by 00headphone00 - 11/22/13 at 1:02pm
post #10 of 11
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I have the HD650 tested with an old vintage amplifier with a high impedance headphone output (pitty I don't know how much). And the difference is huge!

Much and much fuller sound and smoother highs. My next upgrade is a amplifier with high output impedance.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by 00headphone00 View Post

After one evening listening, I can say everything sounds much clearer and I can hear things I never heard before. The HD650 are very detailled and lively. That's really great.

The only thing for now, they sound a bit thin/bright in (compare to my old HD555). The 650 are brighter and have less (mid) bass. The sub bass is a bit stronger. I hope a better amplifier can make the lows better. The headphone out of my receiver is just a 330Ohm resistor connected to the speaker amplifier.

@adamantium How do you experience the lows compared to the HD555?

That's the problem. Try a dedicated HP amp.
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