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post #31 of 80
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Originally Posted by Malfunkt View Post
 

Just want to chime in on the AH-D600 that you can power it fine without an amp. It needs a good source but was designed to be directly used out of portables. As an over ear closed back, it so comfortable. Though it does seem to be design for those with medium-to-large noggins. I have fairly large ears, and they fit fine inside of the shaped cups. Its very enjoyable listening to cinematic music, movie scores, thanks to its rich bass. Its a headphone that had its hare of criticism, but I really enjoy it - its quite relaxed, and I just seem to gel with it and want to listen hours on end.

 

The great thing about it, well they've been going for good prices, way below the MSRP. 

 

I've owned the MDR-V6, its been a while but I remember it as an excellent headphone. Especially for its price. The high-end could get a bit sharp. 

 

Oh, another recommendation would be the Shure SRH-840 and SRH-1540. Definitely read up on the latter. Its fairly new and has been described as a mixture of AH-D600 meets Sennheiser HD650. I've owned the SRH-840, and I prefer the Denon AH-D600, more for the better soundstage, clarity, and low-end. The SRH-840 is more a monitoring headphone in the vein of the MDR-V6. Some may prefer that type of sound. The SRH-1540 is more tuned for musicality and enjoyment.

 

Also would look into the MDR-7520. A proper studio can, but one that is said to have incredible bass reproduction while remaining neutral, also very comfortable.



Just listening to some tracks from Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine, and they are using modern production techniques and effects processing, including drum sampling and synthetic percussion. On the D600, you'll definitely get the impact from the percussion and lower bass they've worked into tracks.

+1 to this. The Denon AH-D600 also offer deeper, and more bass than the SRH-840. Speed wise, the AH-D600 did ted better IMO 

post #32 of 80
Thread Starter 

OK, first of all I want to thank everyone for their help!

But now, it's down to four headphones:

 

Parrot Zik

 

Denon AH-D600

 

PSB M4U 2

 

Beoplay H6

 

So, which one is the best, purely on sound quality, with NO amp.

Thanks in advance! :)

post #33 of 80
I will simplify things for you based on my opinion ^_^

Bang & Olufsen H6 (balanced) = Denon AH-D600 (for a more cinematic bass and warmth) > PSB M4U1/2 > Parrot Zik

The Denon AH-D600 VS B&O H6 FULLY depends on your taste. The H6 is less bassy and may lacks warmth to some while the AH-D600 offer more warmth and bass. I personally find the B&O H6 to be more natural in sound as well. I did a full review on the B&O H6 and comparison to Denon AH-D600 awhile ago smily_headphones1.gif
post #34 of 80
Thread Starter 

How big is the difference of each?

post #35 of 80
The PSB M4U1 at $300 or M4U2 at $400. The extra $100 for ANC but also heavier which affects the comfort. Sound wise, PSB VS Denon / B&O, while it offers the soundstage, the B&O has it too and IMO, better resolution than the PSB. Parrot Zik sound wise is kind of dissapointing.

But is it worth for an extra $100 from PSB M4U1 to B&O H6? Sound wise, not really in all honesty but you were to take build quality, comfort, features and everything, I personally think that it's worth considering. smily_headphones1.gif

Let us know if you have any more questions xD
post #36 of 80
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Originally Posted by sixsamuraisoldi View Post
 

So, which one is the best, purely on sound quality, with NO amp.

Thanks in advance! :)

Purely on sound quality... forget the ANC then! So no M4U2 which means --> M4U1 which means you should look into --> HP50 as they're very similar but reportedly more refined over the former, and compare those to the H6 according to BilsonChang007 IMHO. Again, I'm no expert on these areas, but I'm confident that you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not at least reading a review or two of the HP50's. I don't think that's an unreasonable suggestion on my part. You never answered why you wanted ANC, btw.


Edited by jodgey4 - 6/18/14 at 10:07pm
post #37 of 80
Thread Starter 

It's now between the PSB M4U 2 and the Denon AH-D600, which one is better in sound quality and by how much?

Thanks in advance! :)

post #38 of 80
Bass or neutral? smily_headphones1.gif I will go for AH-D600 if you want something warmth and adds musical. Go for PSB M4U1/2 neutral. Good luck and let us know your choice biggrin.gif also let us know if you are happy with your decision xD
post #39 of 80
Thread Starter 

Well, I want good mids also, which one is better in mids?

And what about treble?

Also, sound stage is a small factor.

post #40 of 80
Go for PSB M4U1/2 out of PSB vs Denon xD the PSB offer better midrange IMO. AH-D600 midrange is kind of covered by the bass a lil when unamped smily_headphones1.gif

Happy listening! biggrin.gif
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #41 of 80

another vote for PSB M4U-1. They're GRRRRREAT!

 

also, this: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-300ish-headphone/

post #42 of 80
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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post

another vote for PSB M4U-1. They're GRRRRREAT!

also, this: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-300ish-headphone/

x1. on the psbm4u1

buy denon if u hv heard it..n , liked it. otherwise quite a gamble.
post #43 of 80
Thread Starter 

what if i use a cheap amp like the FiiO E11?

post #44 of 80

e18?  :P   dacamp is more versatile than an amp alone

post #45 of 80
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Originally Posted by sixsamuraisoldi View Post
 

what if i use a cheap amp like the FiiO E11?

 

it wont make the denon's as good as the PSB

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