OK, I've been poring over this site for many weeks now and in that time have purchased:
Woo Audio WA7 w/upgraded tube set for home
Schitt Magni & Modi combo (vacation home)
Shure 840 (vacation home)
and . . . I already had a set of HD600's from about 6-8 years ago with light use
I listen to a wide variety of music with over 6,000 copies of vinyl and several thousand CDs. Very little Rap and Electronica. Lot's of Folk, Acoustic, Jazz and Pop
Favorite CDs are ripped to both my server and my MacBook to listen as FLAC files using Fidelia
I thought/think my Wa7 Fireflies sounds great with my HD600s BUT all that changed when I bought the Schiit Stack and the Shure 840's as I now prefer my 840s out of the WA7 . . .
I'm really at a loss as I'm blown away by how good the combo sounds. MOST of the credit goes to the 840s as they sound great out of either the WA7 or the Schiit equipment.
I would love to hear from others who either own BOTH the HD600 and the 840 or have at least heard both. I know the sound signature of the HD600 real well and I also know that the 840 is NOT supposed to "beat it" in sound. Let me qualify my hearing ability to say that at 50 years old, the high end is gone and the left ear has some high end damage (lower high range) from sustained noise as a teen (read loud rock concerts) but I know what and how to listen for changes in music within my hearing range. So . . .
Here is my take on the 840 vs HD600
1) Bass is tighter and more of it (actually lots tighter and lots more- I can almost "feel" the bass wavelengths on the 840s)
2) I hear MUCH more air around instruments and lower treble regions are more forward (in good way)
3) Soundstage is different entirely but I'm not sure that its worse on the 840, the sound is MORE enjoyable
4) The 840s let me really enjoy the music, switching to the HD600, I'm literally soon not even paying attention (almost too polite?)
I burned the 840s in for 24 hours non-stop music off my MacBook at mid volume with a huge variety of music
The HD600s likely have about the same overall time on them as they were rarely used after I bought them new
Couple of thoughts and questions:
I'm inclined to sell the HD600s and buy another set of cans and I know that "closed back" is = to not good but . . .
If I'm simply lucky to be someone that loves the Shure 840 sound and would NOT be able to duplicate that signature sound with another closed back style, WHAT HEADPHONE set would you all suggest that would be similar in sound?
Again, most will probably think I'm crazy but I'm no newbie to sound or equipment and have a high end dedicated listening room (and have had for over 30 years) so I too have spent hours fussing over speaker cables and other $$$$ tweaks only to convince myself there was an impact. I know one when I hear it and this is a distinct difference that to me is a huge POSITIVE change.
Would love thoughts and comments