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Poll Results: Which one is to your fancy ?

 
  • 13% (22)
    HD6 DJ
  • 9% (16)
    HD7 DJ
  • 59% (101)
    HD8 DJ
  • 17% (30)
    None of them
169 Total Votes  
post #706 of 888
Check some previous posts. There was a quick comparison between the 3 models.
post #707 of 888

I have the HD 8 DJ's reserved and awaiting collection from local store (finally in stock). I'm off to get them later today. I use AK100 and ZX1 (non UK) as source without additional amplification. I listen at fairly low to moderate volume, so my HD25 Alu's don't normally see more than mid volume level on the source players. Will these players drive the HD8 DJ's with enough 'gusto'?

 

thanks

Paul

post #708 of 888

Wonder how these compare with the Focal Spirit line. 

post #709 of 888
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post

Wonder how these compare with the Focal Spirit line. 

Hdj8:
- More dominant bass
- less attack
- lower mid dip
- rolled off treble
- smoother sound
- smaller soundstage yet not far behind
- good wholesome tone
- less balanced particularly in the treble because the dip around 3 k pulls the air out of vocals
- better fit
- better build
- almost as detailed with no grain
- good imaging
- best isolation and least leakage
- better at loud volumes
- extremely non fatiguing

Spirit pro:
- perfect balance
- tighter bass but a lot less
- thicker mids lower mids
- balanced and better extended treble
- slightly more detail
- better transient response and punch
- less accessories
- worse isolation though not bad
- less genre selective but needs bass boost on modern music
- more sparkle in the highs but not bright either
- less comfortable

Sound IMO goes to the pro because it has way better balance and slightly better sound quality. Though the hdj8 bass is more it's less tactile and when the pro is boosted via hardware it hits harder but still isn't as heavy sounding as the hd8dj. The only thing holding the hd8dj back in portability over the pro is the long cord otherwise it's the best design for portability EVER MADE. Music in general sounds less colored in the pro and despite having less is still more engaging because of its attack and treble. But the hd8 Dj's have a very sweet rounded sound to the notes and suit bass heads more.

My friend is a hip hop producer and loves the pros.
post #710 of 888

So, I'm pretty lucky. Sennheiser Australia lent me all three headphones to do a review of, and so I get the chance to compare the entire series at my leisure.

 

I made an unboxing video here, but long story short they are all physically quite similar. The hinge mechanism on the HD8 DJ just feels heavenly though. I could swivel that thing all day.

 

 

Here are my first impressions quoted from the description:

 

Quote:

All three headphones share a similar character. Do not expect a neutral sound; these have been tuned for a bassy low end with smoothed over highs for DJ beat tracking. As a result they have a smoky kind of signature with tremendously tight and visceral bass impact.

The HD6 Mix is the leaner sounding of the three, with tamed mid-bass. Isolation is also  slightly poorer on the HD6 Mix, but this is not saying much - all three headphones isolate fantastically.

The HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ sound very similar, with a warm thick sound and a very satisfying low end - but not quite as much perceived clarity as a result. The HD7 and HD8 sound so similar that it is in fact difficult for me to tell if any differences I am hearing are in my imagination. The HD7/8 DJ can be driven from an iPhone 5S, but power output (volume) must be raised above 50% to achieve reasonable listening levels.

So far my initial impressions have been very positive, but this is definitely not a headphone for those after a neutral sound suitable for all genres. All three headphones have a certain smoothed off wooliness to the treble that seems intended to protect the ears of the user in the typical environments DJs encounter. As nicely technical and probably indestructible bassy headphones, these are great - but they were clearly engineered and tuned first and foremost for DJs.

 

I think given the relative pricing, the HD6 is the best value of the bunch and will probably find most favour with the Head Fi crowd, but I think it's pretty clear given the high impedance and lack of portable short cable (even without an iPhone remote) that these products were designed and tuned for DJs.

post #711 of 888

sounds like my review on the hd 8 dj. I feel the treble roll off is overkill if senn for the most part defaults to smooth treble.

post #712 of 888

Are these headphones worth it relative to their price? I found a sale for the HD7s for about $230 shipped. well that hold it own against similarly priced headphones like AKG K550? Also for sheer sound quality, ignoring leakage, etc, are these better than a cheaper open set like Hd598

Sorry if any of these questions are dumb, I really don't know much about headphones :3

post #713 of 888
Quote:
Originally Posted by helpmebuystuffp View Post
 

Are these headphones worth it relative to their price? I found a sale for the HD7s for about $230 shipped. well that hold it own against similarly priced headphones like AKG K550? Also for sheer sound quality, ignoring leakage, etc, are these better than a cheaper open set like Hd598

Sorry if any of these questions are dumb, I really don't know much about headphones :3

I honestly would look elsewhere if you are after sheer sound quality. For 230 I would be looking for a used focal or NAD or even akg k267. It has sound quality at a decent level but there are better out there. 

 


here is another review that I found that explains it

http://headfonics.com/2014/04/the-hd6-mix-hd7-dj-and-hd8-dj-by-sennheiser/2/

post #714 of 888

I was actually shopping around the $100-$150 range until I saw these on sale, if I don't buy these I'd probably just go back down to my budget range. So even with about a $100 discount, at $230 you don't think they're worth it? I haven't been able to dig up much about the HD7 because they're relatively new, but so far the reviews seem really polarized: some people thought they were fantastic (I've seen people say these beat the Senn Momentums in most areas), and others say that the sound is terrible.

post #715 of 888

Well they do have better sound quality overall than the momentums less grainy, better soundstage, tiny bit more detail. But the momentum has a better balance and less weird sounding. 

 

at 230 I havent heard the hd7 but it doesnt sound like a bad deal. I just think at 230 you can get better if you look hard. 3 things I dont know enough to make a solid suggestion:

 

what do you like to hear in a headphone(mids highs etc)?

what music styles are you listening?

what headphone are you coming from?

post #716 of 888

haha I feel bad cuz this is way off topic. But I listen to about a equal mixture of acoustic, pop, and rap. So like jack johnson, sara bareilles, taylor swift, macklemore, eminem, and some like radio songs. I think I enjoy the midrange most, i really don't like sharp uppers, don't like sibilance.

I currently have Klipsh Image Ones that I got used for $30. They're kinda fun, bass heavy on ears, but they're uncomfortable and mine have already broken in two places and are being held together by superglue.

I'm looking for headphones with good soundstage, good vocals, and good sound quality per price ratio. So I had actually ordered the HD558 but canceled the order when I saw the sale price for the Senn HD7

post #717 of 888

hmm I have heard the hd 8 dj and not 7 so I shouldnt comment any further but I would say for the hd8 dj there are better vocals,  but I would choose it over the hd558 i heard

post #718 of 888

How bout AKG 550, someone really helpful on headfi linked me to a good deal on a set, I've heard nothing but good things about the soundstage, and that was one of the main things I was looking for in my next pair of headphones

post #719 of 888
Good soundstage and clearer than the hd8 dj, some like the vocals, though I find them a bit dry with the mids slightly recessed, bass shy, and sharper highs, I don't rem enough more about it. A lot of ppl like here and a lot don't. S
post #720 of 888

Imma give it a go. thanks for your help ^_^

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