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Re: Really? Another headphone Thread? Sennheiser HD 660 S [Re: David B] #2842509 04/25/19 11:45 PM
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I received my Massdrop/Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee headphones yesterday. I'm not an audiophile and this is the first set of open back headphones I have owned. I'll compare these to the Shure SRH 440's that I've been using. First, let me mention Massdrop.

I never heard about Massdrop until this thread. This forum continues to bless my heart. I saved a substantial (for me) amount of money. I placed my order and they were suppose to ship on the 5th (20 days ago), but there was a delay in the process. Massdrop was very prompt in responding to my inquires. I was impressed with their customer service and would definitely order from them again.

Now for the headphones. I can only compare them to the Shure 440 since that's all my experience will allow.

1. Fit and finish.

They are significantly lighter and more comfortable than the 440's. That really is a big benefit. The 440's actually caused pain to the top of my head after prolonged use. The 58X's are light as a feather. They are also very quiet compared to the 440's that rattle and make a lot of noise when handling. I think they look ok. However, I'd prefer it if the grills were black.

2. Musical Sound quality.

I spent last night listening to a stylistically diverse amount of music and immediately I could tell that there was more clarity and instrumental separation with the 58X's. I don't know the proper audiophile nomenclature, but I could hear more of what was going on compared to the 440's where the frequencies seemed to be mashed together more. There was more discernible texture in the music if that makes sense. Also, they sounded better as the volume was increased compared to the 440's that seem to wash out more as the volume went up. I was able to drive the 58X's with both my iPhone and MacBook Air to ear damage decibels if I wanted.

3. Piano Sound quality.

It's easy to preform a comparative analysis with the N1X since it has two headphone jacks. I first listened to the demo songs on the the N1X and it was readily apparent that the 58X's had a more pronounced bass and evenness across the frequency spectrum. The 440's sounded a bit hollow/shallow with less frequency separation if that makes sense. Again, the louder I turned the volume, the better the 58X's sounded compared to the 440's which seemed to diminish in performance as the volume was increased. I then played the piano for a few hours switching between both headphones, and the aforementioned characteristics of the 58X caused me to eventually stop reaching for the 440's.

The N1X drives the 58X's fine at a little past 50% volume for me. I really like the open back design. I can hear myself singing and it feels more realistic compared to the 440's, giving me a stronger sense that I'm actually sitting in front of an acoustic piano. Overall, I feel they are a really good deal (for me) at $160. As long as I don't try anything "better," I should be happy with these. smile

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Thanks for all the help.

God Bless,
David




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Re: Really? Another headphone Thread? Sennheiser HD 660 S [Re: David B] #2849762 05/18/19 08:49 PM
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I've got GAS again.

I like my Massdrop HD58X, but I wanted to compare them with a set of Hifiman Planar Magnetic Headphones. The cheapest pair I could find are the HE400i.

They are on sale for $159.00 on the Hifimam website and Amazon. Hifiman offers a 30 day refund for any reason at all. I figured I'll try them out and compare them to the HD58X. I'd really like to try the Sundara model, but they are a bit out of my price range.

I wouldn't be in this predicament if the N1X binaural sample wasn't so nice to use with headphones. Now I'm chasing after the ultimate combination. The 400i's should be here next week.

I hope I'm not losing control here. crazy

God Bless,
David


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Re: Really? Another headphone Thread? Sennheiser HD 660 S [Re: David B] #2849779 05/18/19 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by David B
I've got GAS again.

I like my Massdrop HD58X, but I wanted to compare them with a set of Hifiman Planar Magnetic Headphones. The cheapest pair I could find are the HE400i.

They are on sale for $159.00 on the Hifimam website and Amazon. Hifiman offers a 30 day refund for any reason at all. I figured I'll try them out and compare them to the HD58X. I'd really like to try the Sundara model, but they are a bit out of my price range.

I wouldn't be in this predicament if the N1X binaural sample wasn't so nice to use with headphones. Now I'm chasing after the ultimate combination. The 400i's should be here next week.

I hope I'm not losing control here. crazy

God Bless,
David


Hi David,

Have you tried the Sennheiser HD 6XX? They pair nicely with the Yamaha binaural samples.


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Re: Really? Another headphone Thread? Sennheiser HD 660 S [Re: David B] #2849782 05/18/19 11:35 PM
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I like those HE400i headphones a lot. That $159 price is an excellent deal.

Re: Really? Another headphone Thread? Sennheiser HD 660 S [Re: JJHLH] #2849796 05/19/19 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by JJHLH


Hi David,

Have you tried the Sennheiser HD 6XX? They pair nicely with the Yamaha binaural samples.


I haven't.

I did consider the 6XX, but ultimately I went with the 58X because they were cheaper, seemed to have updated diaphragms, and didn't require as much power to drive.

God Bless,
David


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