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In Reply to: RE: Senheiser HD6xx from MassDrop is STILL the best buy in headphones... posted by Ivan303 on January 28, 2022 at 06:13:52
I have Sennheiser HD600's and the Massdrop/Sennheiser HD6XX. They are very similar (I think identical), and can highly recommend them as a very physically comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and pleasant-sounding choice.
Some hear the HD6XX as sounding like a halfway-hybrid of the HD600 and the HD650. Others think it sounds much more like the HD650 than the HD600. And others (like yourself) think that the HD600 and the HD6XX sound identical, or nearly identical.
Some measurements appear to show that the HD6XX sound signature resides somewhere in-between the HD650 and the HD600, and this assertion would seem to back up what I think I'm hearing when I listen to my own pair of HD6XX headphones.
Thank you for that comment - that's interesting. I like them both, but you know, I've never really A/B'ed them, since they were used in different locations (office vs home office). The 600's were already fairly old and well-used when I got he 6XX's. I don't recall noticing big differences, but probably ascribed any to break-in and the comparatively noisy office environment. I've never heard the HD650's.
When we all retreated to home offices, the 6XX's went into a box to bring home, which I'll have to find so I can do a better comparison. For all its pros and cons, at least working from home allows one to conduct such experiments.
But, HD650 sounds slightly darker, slower, and bassier than HD600.
HD600 sounds slightly lighter, quicker, and airier than HD650.
And, HD6xx sound lies somewhere in the middle of the other two, but leans more toward HD650 than HD600.
This is what my ears have told me so far. But I could be mistaken because, in truth, all three headphones sound quite similar.
Not doubting what you are hearing 650 v 6XX but by all accounts they are electrically and mechanically the same headphones. Do they both have pads of similar age and compression characteristics?
Some have measured slight diffs between 650 and 6XX in frequency response. These diffs might be due to slight variations in production runs, but who knows for sure ?
That said, I'm guessing that a lot of people would not notice such slight diffs (if any actually exist) when listening to actual music.
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