Mar 27, 2019537 views

HD58x or HD6XX ?

I am very confuse for choosing either a HD58x or a HD6xx , after so much searching on the internet I feel like it's more hard to choose which one is better tbh. I want to choose like the best overall headphone (of those 2), price will not be bother me. I will also buy an dac and amp after i decided what to buy... so don't need to worry about am I buying an amp or not. I know they are both good but I just want an answer on which is better... the more I search , the more I lost (for real) . I've heard that someone said HD58x is best overall but theres someone who also said that HD6xx is MORE better in terms on sound quality . Please reply with more simple words but not like "this is warmer" , "this has more treble" , "this has more on highs" , "this is better in lows" ....... I am a newbie to this audio world so I don't know what is those :( Explain with a reason will be great. Thanks in advance !
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A significant difference between the two is that the 58x has an impedance of 150 Ohm and is easier to drive while the 6xx has an impedance of 300 Ohm and needs a good amp to perform at its best.
Let’s start with what’s not different: For all intents and purposes, build quality is identical. They take the same cables. Both do a good job with every style of music. Whichever you pick, you’ll be happy. Don’t stress about making a wrong choice, because there’s not one. If a wine analogy helps, this is a bit like asking whether a Pinot is better than a Cabernet—the right answer depends first and foremost on your preferences, and your answer may change with the meal you’re pairing. Nevertheless, a good wine is a good wine, and both of these headphones are good in that sort of way. A few months ago I decided to buy either a 58x or 6xx for a longtime friend as a gift, and I sat down to do some A-B listening between the two. Without getting into esoteric audiophile terminology, the overall presentation of the 58x feels more like swing music—vibrant, lively, in-your-face—whereas the 6xx feel more like lounge—chill, sultry, refined. My friend is a metal-head and guitar player, and listening to some of his favorites, guitar riffs were a bit more forward and detailed on the 58x. I got him those, because I figured they’re probably a better overall match for his favorite listening: diving into a wall of sound and rocking out. Meanwhile, I like all types of music, and I enjoy taking in the overall “big picture” of tracks—analyzing layers of instruments and taking in how all the various parts interplay with one another. The 6xx sound is a bit more open; I prefer them over the 58x for the ease with which I can indulge my own wanderings through chill tracks. But I prefer the 58x for things like intimate vocals, heavy rock, maybe EDM. Back to the wine analogy, it takes a certain level of snobbery before a particular wine varietal makes any difference whatsoever to your enjoyment of a meal, and that only develops after plenty of experience, gobs of over-analysis, and a healthy dose of lost perspective. Since you’re coming from a place of inexperience, just pick a flavor—jam or chill—and start enjoying. Get familiar, then come back later and sample something else if you like.
SpeleoFool
My gosh thanks for the explanation.. it makes me clear that I do not go for the wrong one.. I got a closed back headphone already rn, but if I go for 58x, it's almost (?) The same type "in the face" feel, but I like the bassy feel also, that's why I have a hard time choosing 6xx and 58x . I ended up choosing 6xx is because I feel like I'm more into something massive difference so I chose 6xx. I hope I'll get more excited when the time I listen to music with that :)
HD 58X: Uses better-behaved drivers from a HD 700. More treble energy than HD 6XX, but HD 58X is slightly grainy. Also has better extension in the sub-bass. Less "warm" and more neutral than the HD 6XX. HD 6XX: Essentially a HD 650 that's dark blue. Less treble energy, but smooth and well-behaved. Mid-bass hump is tasteful and doesn't bleed into mids. More resolving than the HD 58X; I still consider the HD 6XX one of the most resolving headphones that I've tried. This last point makes the HD 6XX especially transparent to changes in your system; it scales almost infinitely, something the HD 58X can't do. In essence, I think the HD 58X is more "fun" and the HD 6XX is more "serious."
dcha12
" In essence, I think the HD 58X is more "fun" and the HD 6XX is more "serious." " Can I take this as, HD 58X is more into gaming, movies, and some bassy beats music while HD 6XX is more into serious music listen but still work fine/well with the HD 58X can do ?
is subjective. I prefer the HD58X. you really cant go wrong with either. If you had both you might pick one over the other. if you have only one you will be happy camper.
Better is subjective. Everyone has opinions and you can't say that an opinion is right. I like the HD58X because it has some punchy bass. From what I read, the 58X is about the bass while the 6XX is about the analytical sound. That's probably the simplest explanation I can give without throwing in big words and making it convoluted.
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I don't see any thing preventing you from trying them out. I will say lo-fi stands for Low Fidelity and is intentionally recorded with pops, static and massive amounts of distortion so it will sound worse every time you move up the fidelity chain.
ElectronicVices
Hey, don’t knock pops, static and distortion. ;-) Your comment just made me dig up an old favorite and give it a run on the AK380 + Stellias: “Slipping Away” by Nine Inch Nails from the Things Falling Apart EP. I recall reading in an article way back when that the opening beat of that track was recorded out of a blown speaker—it’s absolute mush, but offset against razor sharp synth, strings and vocals, the contrast of that crunchy, flabby bass is just perfect. Another good old use of that kind of effect is “Booty Swing” by Parov Stelar. Vinyl pops and nasally vocals are an intentional flavoring to give that song an old-timey feel, and they absolutely make the track. I don’t really know what “lo-fi” means as a genre (I detest genre labels in general), but just pointing out that even elements like noise and distortion can work well in a highly-resolving setup.