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Sennheiser HD 600 over Momentum

post #1 of 20
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I am currently using the Momentum, and (since I started being interested in hi fi like 2 years ago) it is the best headphone I ever heard. However there are some thing I don't like. On some recordings bass seems to drown out the other sounds. Also, I read that it doesn't suffer from 'sibilance', but mine does. On for example I Am The Walrus the s sound is very harsh. 

 

So I wonder, would the HD 600 prove considerable improvement over what I use now. I use a Meridian Explorer and an AudioQuest Forest USb to connect the pair to my PC. I listen to flac. 

post #2 of 20
I have both and, yes, the HD600 is better in every respect! It's an open headphone though, so offers no isolation from outside noise and also leaks a lot of sound, so others will hear what you are listening to.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post

I have both and, yes, the HD600 is better in every respect! It's an open headphone though, so offers no isolation from outside noise and also leaks a lot of sound, so others will hear what you are listening to.

 

+1. HD600 is in a different category from Momentum. It's one of the best headphones ever made.

post #4 of 20
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That's not really an issue. I intend to keep it in my room. I read enough to know it is truly good but I'm more worried about if I am able to utilize the improvement. I read everywhere that it needs good amplifiers to shine, and i have no dedicated amps (I have one for my speakers but it doesnt sound good with headphones). I only have my Meridian explorer DAC, will that do?

post #5 of 20

It's 300 ohms. It really needs a decent amp.

post #6 of 20
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So you think the difference won't be significant? The Meridian is the best rated DAC in this price class so it's by no means bad. Also, what kind of amp would you recommend me (and stay under 300 euro, which mostly comes down to under 400 dollar). 


Edited by Renatar567 - 3/2/14 at 9:51am
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Renatar567 View Post
 

So you think the difference won't be significant? The Meridian is the best rated DAC in this price class so it's by no means bad. Also, what kind of amp would you recommend me (and stay under 300 euro, which mostly comes down to under 400 dollar). 

 

From what I can tell, it's a DAC not an amp but look into that.

 

If you need an amp, I like the O2 ($130 at JDS; Epiphany's version should be fine too). If you listen at very high volumes, ask about a more powerful plug.

post #8 of 20
You do need a decent amp to get the absolute best out of the Hd600, but they'll run perfectly well out of a cheap portable or USB powered amp.

I've run mine straight off the headphone out of my ipad and they still sound pretty good!
post #9 of 20
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Yes it's a DAC. I must admit I was kind of oblivious to the need of both a DAC and a headphone amp in a good system.

130 dollar isnt too much, but that amp doesnt seem too readily available in my country. It is a headphone only amp right? I found out that a store in my town has the 600 in stock, so I'll see if I can borrow it maybe To try here at home. Thanks for the input. 

post #10 of 20
The Meridian Explorer is both a DAC and a headphone amp and it should work with the HD600. I use a pair of HD650 with mine at the moment and, while it's not the best amp for that job, it gets the job done.

I also have the Momentum and the HD650 is a lot better when it comes to both comfort and sound quality. But then again, it's a different type of headphone altogether. smily_headphones1.gif

You can always upgrade the Meridian later on if you feel like it.
post #11 of 20
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Oh god why'd you have to do that. Now I have to go over all these heated discussions about the HD 650 being 'worse' than the 600... 

post #12 of 20
HD600 easy! Momentums are overrated, IMO
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Renatar567 View Post

Oh god why'd you have to do that. Now I have to go over all these heated discussions about the HD 650 being 'worse' than the 600... 

It's a matter of taste. Best to hear both (HD600 and HD650) and decide. If you can't get to both, you can choose the one whose FR chart matches your preferred sound because the charts are more or less accurate in this case.
Edited by Claritas - 3/3/14 at 5:43pm
post #14 of 20

yes i prefer hd 600 to than momentum

post #15 of 20
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I tried it out, first at home and then on a CD player in the store. The soundstage is much better, but I find the clarity lacking and I feel I need to pair it with a amp that can drive the trebble upwards.

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