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Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by windsor, Feb 6, 2011.
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  1. PinkyPowers

    The newer thing is always the better thing, and the older thing is worthless.

    That is a child's mentality, and one steeped in ignorance.

    Denouncing tubes for "colouring the sound" is just as thoughtlessly pedantic.
    Bob A (SD) likes this.
  2. DeadHead57
    . I couldn't agree more! This debate has been going on for quite some time. It all boils down to what sounds good to the individual as music is so subjective. I personally enjoy the Valhalla 2 with my HD600's and I am still using the stock tubes that it came with. If possible see if there is a store near you that will allow you to audition. There is no right or wrong here. The right choice is the one that puts a smile on your face and keeps you wishing you had more free time to listen.
  3. MWSVette
    PinkyPowers, while I completely agree with newer is not always better. And that a quality tube amp will "resolve" as well as a quality SS amp.
    I do not see a need to call names and insult someone who disagrees.
  4. Karias
    C'mon guys, let's not fight.

    Honestly speaking though, if something is more well built (using better components) and more expensive (maybe) than it's cheaper counterparts, there's a high chance that it will be "better". If you get a good tube amp, it will absolutely destroy a crappy solid state, and as vice versa, a good solid state will absolutely crush a crappy tube amp.

    ...but hey, audio is very subjective and nobody can say for sure. Just get what fits your budget and what gives you the sound you want.
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  5. DavidA
    Since this question of SS or tube comes up for the HD-600 and many other headphones perhaps it might be better if this question comes up again to just direct the person asking to one of the threads that is specific to the topic like this one: http://www.head-fi.org/t/8846/preferences-tubes-vs-solid-state rather than have it played out here.
    or: http://www.head-fi.org/t/599128/tube-vs-solid-state, or: http://www.head-fi.org/t/311379/solid-state-vs-tubes
    or: http://www.head-fi.org/t/481847/solid-state-vs-tubes-which-one-s-and-why-plus-more
    There are a few more threads that have this discussion if one wants to look.
    Just my $0.02
    Midgetguy, MWSVette and Pahani like this.
  6. yangian
    As far as I know, Elise is amazing for its price. You can read those threads for Elise. They are super hyped.
    If you decided to try it, I would suggest not buying any tube from Felix and do a thorough research from Elise thread and get the corresponding tubes for your taste to save money from tube rolling.
  7. UtopiaB
    Would a 'balanced' amp benefit the HD600? Or not much? What would be the benefit, that's what I actually need to know.
  8. perhapss
    "Denouncing tubes for "colouring the sound" is just as thoughtlessly pedantic."
    I didn`t say that but that`s fine. 
    My point is many people prefer solid state for consistency, reliability and clean power.
    And those who buy the premise that " A high end tube amp would definitely be more resolving than, let's say, a cheap solid state. " 
    are being misled.
    There are many factors regarding why someone may prefer one amp to another. but clean, adequate power and a great source/DAC and recording will "resolve" just fine. And regarding cost well, you believe what you wish.....
    Incidentally, one of the charms IMO of the hd600 is it`s slightly warm signature.My experience is it pairs quite well with a good ss amp.
  9. perhapss
    Good points! But you left out the design factor.
    All the great parts crudely integrated can be awful.
  10. Midgetguy
    All I'll say is that I'm very happy with my HD600 running from an SMSL sApII Pro connected to a Topping D20 DAC. To my ears, it's been cheap and effective in delivering my daily dose of audio bliss [​IMG]
  11. DavidA
    As I posted above the tubes vs SS should be moved to a separate thread since this is always escalates to a word war.
    I don't consider the HD-600 a "slightly warm signature" and I've never experienced it to pair well with most SS amps that are reasonable (under $1000), only two SS amps that I would take over my BH Crack are a Liquid Gold and Master 9, these two amps make the HD-600 really shine, but its still a little behind the EC Balancing Act or Liquid Glass IMO.
  12. fiascogarcia
    I personally don't think there's a lot of difference if the amp was designed around the type of output your using.  Quality of the amp output and its signature being to your liking is more important.  Some do it with single ended, some with balanced.  Just my opinion.
  13. UtopiaB
    I don't even know what "balanced" is! I just know it is beneficial in long cables to shut out any potential noise interference, but I don't know how it's implemented or if it has 2 outputs or just one. I only have a phone at the moment, i'm waiting for the iBasso DX200 DAP to be released, which will have sufficient power to run the HD600, unlike most other DAPs these days.
  14. PinkyPowers

    Balanced headphone amps are a different beast than the more traditional concepts. They've only been around for maybe 15 years.
  15. krismusic Contributor
    I may be wrong but I think balanced came from pro audio where runs of meters of speaker cable are common. In the context of headphones this would of course be irrelevant. People may now mean something else by "balanced" though.
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