This is a great sounding open back headphone that is very treble heavy and bright. Being a 6oo Ohm can, it needs a headphone amplifier to power correctly. Most folks have agreed on this. However, there are others out there who claim to get pretty decent sound without one. It’s really up to you. You could always upgrade later if need be.
These have a really nice sound-stage as well, and are a bit colored. The bass and treble especially have that extra bit of “oomfph” if you will. Many folks really love the bass response but are a bit turned off by the highs. They are a bit too in your face after long listening sessions. Still, the sound could be described as gorgeous and stunning, and the clarity is such that it will allow you to immerse yourself in the details of the song.
The bottom line is that it will either sound amazing or bad, depending on the source (a good or bad recording).
Being very versatile (good for gaming and movies), sporting a tight bass response as well as great treble makes them a good value in my book. Add the fact that they are extremely durable and comfortable, and you really have a match made in heaven given the right source & amplification.
The sound signature overall emphasizes bass and treble. Some people have said that the mid range becomes recessed because of this. These are good for mixing/reference, but they also happen to provide quite the pleasurable listening experience as well.
Be advised that these are open backed headphones, and therefore not suitable for listening in a noisy environment. You will be able to hear what’s around you, and people will be able to hear what you’re listening to at higher volumes. They do require a bit of a break-in period, so be prepared to give them 20-40 hours (and upwards of 100) before they truly shine.
They are also preferred in an isolated studio environment. Just YOU and your MUSIC BRO. 😛
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There is a lot of added weight and impact when compared to the DT 880’s more textured approach. This is definitely what you would call a “bass heavy” can. Does that mean it’s a bit colored? Sure, but reviewers are saying it’s delightful 😛 It’s not fake or over-exaggerated though. It’s deep and punchy, and leaves folks feeling super satisfied.
The highs are so bright that they can become harsh at times. There is a lot of sibilance going on, which may lead to a disappointing listening experience after extended periods of time. However, the highs are very life-like and give a nice extra emphasis on drums especially. The sound has been described as “musical bliss”
I’ve heard people say they are slightly recessed because of the aforementioned bright sounding treble. Some say however that this could be due to an inadequate source, or the amp in question.
The ear pads are made of velour, so comfort is never a bore! Wow that was a really lame attempt at rhyming. The point is, these babies are super comfy. Thanks to Beyerdynamic using velour on like everything they’ve ever made ever, you can wear these without even knowing they’re on your melon! A lot of people say they are more comfortable than the DT880’s.
The build quality is also sleek but rugged, with a nice padded head-band made of spring steel. It’s just an all around solid pair of headphones that remain light but durable. They fit great and the clamping force is just right around your dome piece.
An airy, open, and precise sound-stage. Described as one of the widest and most realistic around. Simple as that. There are countless reviews that talk about how great it is. What is Soundstage?
This is perhaps the most important section of this review. Please do not just buy these headphones expecting them to sound amazing without proper amplification. You WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. What I can recommend is a couple of great options that have come up numerous times in my search:
Both FiiO’s are great portable amps, and also happen to be very affordable. Do yourself a favor and don’t attempt to buy these headphones if you aren’t willing to spend the money on a suitable amp. The Woo Audio amps are more expensive but worth it if you’re really looking to invest.
people who are looking for a purely enjoyable listening experience, rather than a critical one based around reference/mixing
bass-heads (HIP-HOP ANYONE?!?!) and treble lovers
A great and versatile set of headphones, especially if you love bass and appreciate the high end (treble). The mids have been called a bit “recessed” (still detailed), but you will appreciate this phones comfort, durability, and overall sound. It also sports a really wide and accurate sound-stage with great instrument separation. If you enjoy hearing the finer nuances and subtle details in a song, these are the cans for you!! If you’re a bass head…
Are you looking for the absolute best in mixing/reference? Look no further than the HD 600. It’s been called the Gold standard, a genre master, and just may be the best price to performance ratio headphone out there. It’s been around since 1997, and is about as flat and neutral as it gets.
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