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Best Headphones Under $500
Best Headphones Under $500
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MY GOD what an apples and oranges survey!
Quick remark about the Senns;
The 600's were very underrated, especially after Sennheiser decided to "upgrade" by making the 650.
The result was to replace,in the consumer mind, the excellent, precise, true-to-the-performance headphone with a pretty bass-heavy, rather bloomy, and imprecise headphone at a steeper price tag. Much of that was to appeal to a more bass-headed,popular music-loving consumer who preferred a more all-rounder for things like gaming and driving electronica. Even the 598's were/are, for some genre's, better headphones.
This is not to say that the 650's are not good/excellent headphones.
But these are much more "tuned" than clinical, and many folks who actually want an accurate, less veiled presentation of the music pass the 600's by because they almost don't figure into people's purchase considerations because there is a prevailing, incorrect belief that the 650's are 600 "upgrades". They are NOT.
The Massdrop 6XX is a 650, but tweaked to present a more honest presentation of the music than the original 650's. The bass has been adjusted to be a bit less forward and the claim is that there is a better accuracy.
If you want a more accurate, more neutral set of headphones, that STILL provide a lively and appreciable bass,(that doesn't overwhelm or veil the mids and highs), the 600 is the better choice.
If you like dubstep, dance electronica, bass-happy rock/popular, and you want a boomyrumbly explosions gamer set, that are quite good headphones for these genres, (and will present classical happily but less precisely), or want a "warmer" headphone experience, the 650's and/6XX 's are more likely to suit you well.
I have reviewed all of these headphones, and, when it comes to purchasing Senns, I go with the 600's every time, over much more expensive models that are supposedly "better", or "flagship". I can't get round the bass-heaviness, as I am a classical/acoustic/live listener, for the most part. If I want "warmer", I use my amplifier to change the sound characteristics, using tube amps to add a more liquidy/velvety quality to what I am hearing.
not such a "quick comment".
The HD 650's have a more balanced frequency response than the HD 600's. It is closer to the target FR for headphones. So the HD 600's are less accurate.
Although you mentioned there are differences between the 6XX and the HD650 in terms of bass tweaks, the measurements still argues that they are identical, according to Head-fi's observations.
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