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Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones

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if you are looking for an enjoyable headphone. One that is pleasant and pleasing to listen to after a long day at work, just get a pair of these. I have had mine since the end of 2016. I was able to jump into the original drop of the HD6xx. I have bought several other headphones throughout this time and I always ended up with these.
the 6xx lacks quantity in bass, but it does not lack quality. it has enough for genres like Jazz, not enough for other genres though. I am currently powering my 6xx through the Massdrop Liquid Carbon and it just such a beautiful pairing. There is zero fatigue. the liquid carbon adds a bit of umph on the bass too.
these are great headphones for vocals. Male & female
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shenan24
Mine just arrived today and here is my set up: MacBook Pro - Pioneer Blu Ray Player - Schiit WYRD - Schiit Jotunheim - Balanced output to Surf balanced cables to Senn HD 6xx. Bass is quite good with my set up and I'm particularly impressed with the vocals including backup vocals plus Stevie's Hohner Clavinet which has a fair amount of bass on Talking Book.
The vinyl album using Senn's 598's is nearly identical but in a different setup with Schiit Mani and Schiit Asgard2. . Too difficult to differentiate. Just like the 598's, I am assuming the HD6xx will only get better. First impression is very good so far.
One of the best amps to hook up to these cans to, is the DarkVoice 336SE OTL.
Verified Purchaser
One word for these headphones: WONDERFUL.
I owned a pair of HD650 back in 2008, in a period where I tried a lot of audiophile grade headphones. The HD650 were by far, my favorite.
In my search for audio nirvana (not really, I was just trying a lot of stuff), even loving my HD650 so much as I did (to the point that I was anxious to get home, to relax and listen to music through them), I sold them in order to keep buying and trying more stuff. I missed them since day one. I should not have sold them.
At that moment the budget did not allow for a solid headphone amp to pair with the HD650, but I had a portable headphone amp that I think is not manufactured anymore, the Headphonia Lyrix DAC-AMP. It was great. I always wanted to try these incredible headphones with something up to the task of properly driving them, making them shine, because most experienced users told me that I was missing out. A couple years ago I decided to buy the HD600 and I paired it with th Schiit Stack. It was terrific, truly great, andthen I upgraded to the Valhalla 2 and it was even better. Even like that, I felt by memory that I enjoyed the HD650 more, and was determined to get one. I had a very clear idea of what I would consider better sound in the HD600: the voices sometimes were overwhelming and the soundstage was very tight. ThenFound out about massdrop HD6XX and decided it was THE time to get it.
WOW. I have a gaming setup with lots of cables and in the center there is the HD600 with the modmic 4.0. Even as great as it is, to listen to music and relax I always grab the HD6XX. It is the HD600 with all the detail and even more, but voices are more laid back, and the sound stage is amazing. Amazing doesnt mean artificially big. You close your eyes and usually can feel you are in the middle of a great bad playing live in your living room.
200 for these HD6XX, 389 for the Valhalla and 150 for the modi 2 uber and you in for a treat and one that would require a lot more money to improve just a bit. An answer for a question that keeps being asked: The extra money for the Valhalla 2, is worth it? It is three times the magni 3 and it is not three times the sound, but it is worth it IMHO.
One important thing about another question that keeps being asked: any of the HD600s sound very nice out of a headphone jack. Sometimes I sit down and plug the hd600 directly to the mixamp pro (which has the output of many portable devices), and the sound is very good. To get greatness from the headphone you need an amp, and believe me, it has almost nothing to do with sound levels. An amp provides a lot more than that.
Grab one and be delighted.
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alitomr
So which one would you keep if you have to pick between the hd600 and the hd6xx?
ycz08
Sorry for not responding sooner. I didn't realized you asked this. This is a very hard question. I love them both. I think my personal preference is the HD650, but I know if I part with HD600 I am going to miss it.
Verified Purchaser
[I'll keep this part short because the rest of the review's pretty long. If you're thinking of getting or holding back on buying the 6XX, I'd recommend getting them. They're pretty amazing. 👍]
I'll start this review by saying that I'm not at all an expert at audio with dozens of headphones and dacs and amps lying around to test with. I'm just a dude with two headphones, a Magni 3 amp, and a Topping D30 dac. Actually, I've been running the 6XX off just the headphone jack for about 5 months now. But I can tell when something sounds good and these, of course, sound good. However, I can't say that you'll agree with me or any other review out there, so take everything you hear with a grain of salt and keep in mind what you want in a pair of headphones.
Now I'll be honest, I expected a spectacular, night-to-day difference between these $200 headphones and my other broken $20 bluetooth headphones. When I first listened through these, I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped. But that doesn't mean they're bad at all, I was just still adapted to my older, closed-back cans. What I do remember was thinking how much clearer everything sounded. Everything just sounded clearer and better, with all the little details standing out.
As I listened through these more and more, I started to get a feel for the nicer sound and clarity of the 6XX. All the frequencies sounded nice when listening, but I particularly liked how these had a more controlled bass than my old headphones. I almost always listen to electronic music, but I've found that I prefer cleaner bass over really powerful bass (I'm not all into kicks that make your head feel like exploding all the time, but I still enjoy a hard kick when appropriate). I think that these can deliver bass with just the right amount of power while remaining clear and sharp. And when listening to or making music, being able to hear the sub bass and other minor details in songs is a blessing.
As I write this, I realize that the review is probably getting long and boring. So I'll just list out some other things I've noticed: -Comfortable. They're light with soft pads. Your ears won't burn up while listening for long times due to the open grills and big pads that your ears go inside instead of being on the pads. -Open-back. You may like this or not, but I like the music being wide and spacious. I also like being able to hear outside noises while listening to music. -Packaging. Comes in a really high quality box with soft foam. I use the box to store my headphones a lot. -Shipping. These came almost two months before the expected delivery and they came safely. Nice. -Everything else. Cable length is great for me. Included adapter is also very nice. I also like how the cables are detachable and the headphones can be taken apart easily.
If you actually read through the whole review, that's pretty cool (you deserve something but I don't have anything to give so sorry lol). I'll just end it here by recommending the 6XX for how great they are. For the price, I do feel like I'm getting very high quality sound and premium build quality. Thanks Massdrop and Sennheiser for this product!
TheFieryHaze
One thing to consider,with headphones or any type of speaker-you mentioned how you noticed more and the better they sounded as you listened to them,a lot of this is due to what is called "burn in",all speakers require a burn in period before they reach their optimal sound. To burn in speakers or cans,play them at varying power levels for at least 24 hrs continuous,you can leave them at a single power level too,and just let them play while restraining yourself from cranking them up to full,the longer the break in the better they sound imho-i also personally do a minimum of 200 hr burn in on any new speaker purchase,i dont go above 50% power till im done w/burning them in.This is just what "I" do with my speakers etc,to each their own,but give it a try,just hook them up to any output,and let them play at a low to medium power for 5 days,listen to them before,and then after and revel in the improvement,you can as you have,listen to them and hear the quality get better each time,w/my home theater speakers-Klipsch RP series,when not watching TV i would turn the volume down low enough to where it didnt interfere w/anything and let them go,was much harder to keep the theater at lower levels while burning in,but i knew when i did throw power to them they would be ready for it,the R-115SW took a while longer,which lengthened the process,but was worth the piece of mind-no im not looking for a bragging contest-i know there are better speakers,but at their price range you arent going to get anything better.
Verified Purchaser
I got this drop a month ago and I would like to big thank Massdrop for this amazing opportunity. I think these are the best 200 bucks I spent for my music listening. They are now playing connected to my Mac book pro with Tidal and and iFi black nano. I confirm what reported by other users. In short, the bass aren't that deep but the mid and the high are really well balanced. Overall a great clarity and a nice stage. I can't compare with anything else at the moment but I am really satisfied. Next step will be a more powerful and authoritative amp, maybe tubes, I guess they can scale up great with the other chain components. Just a note for EU customer, please be patient since it could take a bit long to be delivered, mine arrived after 3 weeks. Highly recommended !
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Verified Purchaser
Best 200 spent on a headphone... pretty much uncontested for 200. just make sure you don't live in a place noisy when you buy this...
Verified Purchaser
It's a great product, especially at this price point. My Sennhesier 650's felt like they had a higher build quality, but I feel like the sound quality is the same which is probably the most important thing to most people. I prefer my Sennheiser HD 800 S's (for flat sound profile) or Campfire Audio Andromedas (for fun sound profile) honestly, but couldn't resist the midnight blue color. Definitely a solid pair of headphones and can't recommend enough.
Verified Purchaser
Great set of open ended headphones for the price. Do not expect a lot of bass - but these seem to produce the right amount of highs, mids and low end all the time - in every track I throw at them. Highly recommended - they are not easy to drive due to their impedence but my Schiit Magni 3 seems to be managing them very well!
Verified Purchaser
Love the flat response. These are great cans. I picked these up to mix audio with. I was previously using closed back cans and I love that my ears don't get as hot when listening for longer periods of time. My mixes are also turning out a lot better!
Verified Purchaser
I've had these headphones for a couple of weeks now.... I like them a lot, no reservations at all about purchasing them. I use them primarily straight into my cell phone or into my laptop. I don't yet have a headphone amp, and based upon past experiences with home audio and guitar rigs, I am quite sure that the extra headroom that a headphone amp provides would really make these things sound even better. "Turns out, my cell phone (LG V30) has a super quality DAC that runs to the phone's headphone jack (and not to Bluetooth) and I think that adds to my enjoyment. Anyway, my point is that, without a headphone amplifier in the line, I still find these phones to be airy, comfortable, and excellent-sounding. &At this price point, its just difficult not to totally love'em, in my opinion. I suppose that if I listened to thumping hip-hop or ultra-loud whatever, these Sennheisers may not be one's optimum/first choice. But they're really great high fidelity clean-listening headphones.
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Verified Purchaser
Couldn’t ask for a better deal. Amazing headphones at an incredible price. For those interested in colour, the deep blue looks black or almost black in almost all conditions. My kids think they’re black. Studio lighting for photos brings out the blue. For those who have read about the head clamp, yes it’s tight but easy to eliminate. YouTube has a short video demonstrating how to do it in 1 minute. The trick is to pull out each side fully and then bend back the metal carefully while never touching any plastic joints or parts. The packaging is great and because the box has hinges I use it to store the headphones. These cans burn in exceptionally well and they’ll last a lifetime if you take care of them. They appear fragile but are tough. The plastic keeps them light and the velour pads keep your ears cool so you can use for hours without fatigue. Best deal on Massdrop.
Verified Purchaser
Great pair of headphones to listen to music. My previous main headphones were Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm. They are very detailed, but need some EQing to control the highs slightly. I do prefer their bass to the HD 6XX and I believe their highs are a bit more detailed. However, the best part about the HD 6XX is really just how pleasant they sound. They don't lack detail, they're just more relaxed and very pleasing to the ear. Also ordered the DarkVoice 336SE OTL amp from Massdrop, eager to listen to these headphones with it. My current setup is just a Schiit stack, which does drive them well. Definitely recommend these headphones over the alternatives, especially for this price.
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I don't think it's a matter of competition. Aside from noise isolation, I think it's more a matter of taste and preference and also depending on music genre, as well as recording. I will definitely still use the 770s for some tracks over the 6XX, at least with my current setup. I did wish the 6xx were as comfortable as the 770s, but I'll probably switch their earpads at some point.
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DGM09
I will admit the beyerdynamic DT series is more comfortable.
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jusy getting into the audiophile world but thee sound amazing! Compared to my Audio Technica m50xbt’s and Sony 1000xm3’s, these make music sound whosleom. It’s like moving away from a home theatre sound system to the actual cinema!
Verified Purchaser
Bought 2 to give 1 away for Christmas. Look at the reviews and discussions! What more can be said! The pairing with an upgraded DV 336 is a match made in Heaven! What more can I say to convince you?
Verified Purchaser
Great! All the positive from the other posts and no customs to Belgium! My week could not be better.
Verified Purchaser
I started back in the early 80s with a pair of Sennheiser HD 230 (very hi-end for the time) and have been a fan ever since. In the studio I use the HD 300, for live work I use the HD 280 and for home when no leak is required I wear the HD 569 closed back. My serious music listening has been with the BeyerDynamic DT990 which are boombastic. However with this deal on Massdrop I couldn't resist the HD 6xx. Without spending time to discuss all of the emotional jargon used to describe headphones (there's a lot of that online for these phones if you want) I'll just say this - THEY SOUND FANTASTIC. The comfort is better than most even though I prefer a floating headband like the 230s or many AKG. Construction is made of a good quality plastic mixed with some metals. As you already know, some plastics are brittle, looking and feeling cheap - not these. And the earpads and cables are replaceable which is a huge plus. There, I said it. Now go order a pair. Even if you don't have an headphone amp. You won't be sorry. Best open headphone under $500.
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Verified Purchaser
Amazing pair of headphones. Unbeatable sound for the price! Surprisingly they are possible to drive by smartphone, quality is decent. Much better with high power amp tho.
Verified Purchaser
Auditioned these and the Massdrop x Hifiman 4XX's via USB from laptop to Massdrop O2/ODAC. Upgrading from ~5yo Sennheiser 595s. I preferred the 6XX over the 4XX: more bass, more detail, better fit, more comfortable with glasses. The sound is a moderate improvement over the 595s, as you'd expect. Sound is similar from the headphone out on my Marantz AV8802A; IIUC, both that unit and the O2/ODAC use AKM 4490 DACs, so you'd expect it to sound similar. Recommend them over the 4XX's (mine are for sale!), but also note that companies like Massdrop are making it pretty hard to hide in headphone land: better headphones cost more, and not-quite-as-good ones cost not-quite-as-much.
Verified Purchaser
I absolutely love the headphones best headphones I've ever owned. The sound quality is excellent I would highly recommend these to anybody.
Verified Purchaser
Absolutely amazing. The neutrality, the clarity, the soundstage! These cans are a must-have. Especially if you're looking for the uncoloured sound. There's no competition at this price-rance. None. Zero.
Verified Purchaser
Very happy with these headphones. Audio was a jump up certainly over my old earphones. I originally paired with a Dac-X6 which I bought at the same time. I wasn't satisfied with the dac-x6 so switched to a Grace SDAC and JDS Atom, and wow, everything sounds fantastic.
Verified Purchaser
Just as comfortable as my old Sennheiser HD 580s when they were new. Plug works great and it's nice that it's mini jack for me. Sounds just like I would expect for a high end Sennheiser.
Verified Purchaser
More headphone than I need. Really awesome sound when you get an amp. I found the Jubilee to sound better and more adaptable to all inputs from TV headphone, my Sony receiver, and just my IPHONE.
Verified Purchaser
Best that I have owned. Still breaking them in. Thank you!
Usehername
I love them so much I bought a second pair.