Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread
Oct 1, 2021 at 4:18 PM Post #21,721 of 21,838

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Would be so nice if Sennheiser just remade the HE60. How do you drive it from a Stax amp? Thought it has different connectors.
 
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Would be so nice if Sennheiser just remade the HE60. How do you drive it from a Stax amp? Thought it has different connectors.

With an adapter (built by the previous owner).
 
Oct 12, 2021 at 1:14 PM Post #21,724 of 21,838

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A smartphone doesn't have nearly enough power for an HD-600; you won't be hearing it at its best without an amp. Focal Clear, on the other hand, doesn't require an amp; you'll get the best sound possible from a smartphone's electronics. I have both headphones and tried them out with my iPhone 11 during a recent power outage. The Clears even sounded good with my 10 year old cheapie portable CD player.
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 1:39 PM Post #21,725 of 21,838

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A smartphone doesn't have nearly enough power for an HD-600; you won't be hearing it at its best without an amp. Focal Clear, on the other hand, doesn't require an amp; you'll get the best sound possible from a smartphone's electronics. I have both headphones and tried them out with my iPhone 11 during a recent power outage. The Clears even sounded good with my 10 year old cheapie portable CD player.
If it's driven to sufficient volume, does it matter? Or do amps actually change sound quality (assuming they meet basic thresholds like inaudible THD and whatnot)?
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 1:41 PM Post #21,726 of 21,838

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I'm loving my HD600. Currently using Oratory's EQ (harman target) for them, driven from my Qudelix (unbalanced). It's exceptional. I've come a long way... had the Sony V6 in highschool, moved on the Ultrasone Pro 900 (yeah, yeah, I know, haha), then got the KRK KNS 8400, and now I have the HD600. I just need a closed-back phone to pair it with for when I'm at the girlfriend's place. :p
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 2:16 PM Post #21,727 of 21,838

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If it's driven to sufficient volume, does it matter? Or do amps actually change sound quality (assuming they meet basic thresholds like inaudible THD and whatnot)?
One of the oldest arguments in audio.
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 3:42 PM Post #21,730 of 21,838

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Haha, yeah? He who shall not be named being the most notorious advocate of the view I pitched? I think I'm inclined to it. I am not privy to any science suggesting otherwise.
I guess the only way for you to know for sure is to try some different amps. If they all sound the same, then it doesn't matter.
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 5:51 PM Post #21,731 of 21,838

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A smartphone doesn't have nearly enough power for an HD-600; you won't be hearing it at its best without an amp. Focal Clear, on the other hand, doesn't require an amp; you'll get the best sound possible from a smartphone's electronics. I have both headphones and tried them out with my iPhone 11 during a recent power outage. The Clears even sounded good with my 10 year old cheapie portable CD player.

I like it from my Xperia 5 ii.

Tried swapping out the foam covering the driver w a nice speaker grill cloth cut to fit with excellent effect earlier
 
Oct 13, 2021 at 11:23 PM Post #21,732 of 21,838

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All I know is I never listen to the 600's on the Rag 1 since I finished my BHC.

Own a 600, if you haven't had it on a capable OTL I don't think you have heard it.
~ Indeed! I am fortunate to own several h/p/a: tube OTL, tube OTC, hybrid tube/ss, ss. This last one is the Flux Lab FA-22, a really fine class A h/p/a. The Sennheiser HD-600 sounds wonderful, layered, reverberant etc with the FA-22: no complaints.
~ With the Woo Audio WA2 (OTL: Mullard EZ81, GEC CV2984, RFT ECC81), the HD-600 gains in stature. Everything comes through with more gravitas. The movement of air is more palpable. Emotion, excitement is more directly, more easily conveyed.
~ I certainly enjoy different pairings of h/p with h/p/a and the one below is a “sonic oasis” to which I always return. Yes, Bagwell, one hasn’t heard the HD-600 really strut its stuff until fueled by “a capable OTL”!
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If it's driven to sufficient volume, does it matter? Or do amps actually change sound quality (assuming they meet basic thresholds like inaudible THD and whatnot)?
Yes, it matters! I used an HD-600 with the headphone jack on my Denon receiver. There was plenty of volume, but the sound was very thin (and no audible distortion). Other headphones that require less power sounded fine through the AVR. Then I got a Burson HA-160 amp, which has more power than the AVR but is hardly a beast--the HD-600's sound great.
 
Oct 15, 2021 at 4:26 AM Post #21,734 of 21,838

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Not able to decide which one to keep for life!! Initial impressions one has nice airy treble extensions while other has lush musical notes.

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