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In Reply to: RE: Best "under the radar" headphones under $1K? posted by RealStereo on September 29, 2016 at 01:17:10
Still the deal of the century IMNSHO.
Have tried a lot of $500 and up to $1K headphone and always end up going back. Granted I use mine with an after-market balanced headphone cable, but still.
These still get head time while T1's, HE500's and LCD-2's sulk.
I have had the Sennheiser 650's,700,800 and the Beyer T1 V1. They were all fine with the receivers I was using, then went to an Ember headphone amp and things started to sort themselves out. When I purchased a Feliks Audio Elise headphone tube amp, with 6 Philips El3n's, it all became much clearer. Have sold off the 650.700 and the Beyer T1 went back as it had the left driver problem. Kept the Senn 800, with this amp they are top notch. Clarity, and sound stage are the best I have heard, so far.
They are now going under $1k.
"A man need merely light the filaments of his receiving set and the world's greatest artists will perform for him." Alfred N. Goldsmith, RCA, 1922
I agree that the Sennheiser HD600's are the deal of the century. I initially found them dark and muddy when powered by my receiver's headphone jack. I sold them to a friend. I then bought a headphone amp the HD650's. I liked the 650's with the amp but weren't listening to them much, so I sold them for about6 $20 less than I paid.
Then I asked my friend if I could try the 600s I'd sold to him with my amp. They sounded great, so I bought them back for what he'd paid me for them. Then I bought a Burson amp. I love this combo, and I'm sticking with it.
HD580 becomes beautifully improved once the foam mod is done, and one can order the HD600 outside grills for them, which will make them look great. Very economical way to go if one can find some HD580's on the net..
I used to own the HD580. The new grills alone make it sound identical to a stock HD600. The foam mods make it sound like something different.
To each his own, but I prefer them with the stock foam. However, I do agree that the HD580 with new metal grills looks killer - better looking than the 600 or the 650 IMO.
Opinions vary on removing the foam behind the driver. Removing the foam between the driver and the ear didn't improve things for you?
Different but equally viable.
I would agree that the HD-600 is one of the best headphone designs of all time, for the money. The only thing I don't like about the HD600 is the faux-marble finish. I prefer the look of the older HD580 or even the HD650.
never wear them outside..
When you are listening to the HD 600s you can't see the marble finish :-)
I may not always see the faux-marble finish but I'm pretty sure that it affects the sound somehow. Haven't you heard that everything affects the sound somehow?
Besides, marble is for floors and countertops.
Different sound, but many people like them.
I do not!
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