I have both 616 and 716, and the 616s sound pretty sweet. so if you want black, I'd go for it. They seem to need an amp less than the 716s, too. And with the 716s, you have that annoying pod (and the white color). Having said that, I am going to send my 716s away for a podectomy, since I am selling the 616s to a friend. In both cases, I paid $40 (616) and $50 (716), so the price we very right.