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  • Refresh aesthetic/improved utility +classic Sennheiser sound
  • Transducer principle: Open, dynamic
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz – 41 kHz
  • THD: < 0.05%
  • Nominal impedance: 300 ohm
  • Cable length: 6 ft (1.8 m)
  • Connector: ⅛ in (3.5 mm)
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Drop [drop.com] has Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6XX Open Back Headphones [drop.com] on sale for $179. Shipping is free.

About the Product
Refresh aesthetic/improved utility +classic Sennheiser sound
Transducer principle: Open, dynamic
Frequency response: 10 Hz – 41 kHz
THD: < 0.05%
Nominal impedance: 300 ohm
Cable length: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Connector: ⅛ in (3.5 mm)
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Includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty w/ purchase

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everettedl asked this question on 01-12-2022 at 11:07 AM
01-12-2022 at 11:07 AM
They're completely different sound signatures. HD560s is more neutral and analytical. The HD6xx is more colored with forward mids and slightly recessed highs. The HD560s has a bigger soundstage. The HD6xx scales much better with better amps. It also depends on the genre of music you listen to. The HD560s is more comparable to to the HD660, in terms of sound signature.
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Quote from Splash15 :
Are you just picking and choosing what you read? I said OTHER venues along with ASR.

I just prefer reading over watching. Everyone is different which is also the point of audio gear.

Personally Sundaras are better at majority of genres than the 6xx, while the 6xx I like for classical and instrumental music. Hence why I rec the Sundara's over the 6xx if you are only getting one pair.
But you gave just a blanket suggestion of spending the extra money for the Sundara. I've heard the Sundaras, great headphones but I'd choose the Elex as a better overall headphones for me...which I did when they went on sale, but they probably get the same amount of ear time that my other headphones get, because the other ones do better in certain genres and I listen to a very wide range of music(except country). Why tell people what to buy when you don't know their preferences for sound is or what genres of music they listen to?
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You lost all your credibility linking rtings as the comparison between headphones. They are the bible for tvs and monitors but they are pretty garbage for all other things (mice, keyboards, headphones, etc).

Also 6xx is $179 + tax vs Sundaras are currently $299 with no tax (hifiman does not charge tax here) they frequently have $25+ off coupons.
Did you look at their reviews? They tested both headphones in a lab with a standard methodology (v1.5 for both).And you say your subjective view is more credible. Also most reviewers do not use lab equipment to test headphones. They are influencers paid by companies.

About prices $299 is open box so if you want to compare them to HD6XX you should use new price not open box. Otherwise we can find both headphones cheaper in ebay as used like new. Also everyone can get $10 discount by using a new email to order so price is $169 not $179 and I don't see any $25 coupon right now. And even we assume all thse are true still we are looking at $169 vs $275 still more than 60% higher so not a fair comparison.

Another point related to price is that I read and heard from multiple reviewers that HD6XX is good with most amplifiers while Sundara needs a good amplifier to reach to its potential (I think because Sundara is a planar). This makes the total price difference between these choices even higher.

One final point, I read people still using their even 15 years old HD600 in forums etc. but I see many Hifiman cans are broken after just a couple of years. Yes sound is important but this is also important for me.

This is a choice. You can find better cans than Sundara but probably you were not willing to pay that much and others decided for HD6XX. Nothing wrong with any of these choices. They are both very good headphones no need to insult the other to justify our own choices.
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Still a very good price, but I can't remember if these went for $159 back on Black Friday?
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Still a very good price, but I can't remember if these went for $159 back on Black Friday?
Not this Black Friday but a few years back. But remember that inflation is 7% now, so $169 this year is lower than $159 last year. I don't think $159 will come back again.
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New to audiophile headphones. I mostly listen to music on PC(Tidal/YouTube). I bought these headphones. Do I need an amplifier for my PC? If so, can some pls suggest a good amplifier <$150.
Not just an amp, you also need a DAC. A good combo DAC/Amp for under $150 is the Soundblasterx G6. It's more than powerful enough to power 99% of headphones properly. It also has a good DAC inside. If you upgrade in the future then can use the G6 as the DAC and purchase a different amp...if you want to.
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Not just an amp, you also need a DAC. A good combo DAC/Amp for under $150 is the Soundblasterx G6. It's more than powerful enough to power 99% of headphones properly. It also has a good DAC inside. If you upgrade in the future then can use the G6 as the DAC and purchase a different amp...if you want to.
Awesome. Thanks very much.
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Awesome. Thanks very much.
My research is that if you will use your phone or laptop to listen these a USB-C to Audio 3.5 DAC adapter may be enough for DAC side. You can buy Conexant CX31993 for around $10 at Aliexpress. For amp I bought a "Douk Audio U3 Mini Class A Headphone Amplifier" from Amazon. I bought it for $26 but it costs $40 now and has good reviews. Schiit Magni 3 is also on sale for $59.

As in the headphone itself there is no end to how high you can go with these equipment but even cheaper equipments use renowned chips. So I guess it will be good enough for now and I plan to buy a better combo in the future.

Wanted to share my experience for a budget solution.
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My research is that if you will use your phone or laptop to listen these a USB-C to Audio 3.5 DAC adapter may be enough for DAC side. You can buy Conexant CX31993 for around $10 at Aliexpress. For amp I bought a "Douk Audio U3 Mini Class A Headphone Amplifier" from Amazon. I bought it for $26 but it costs $40 now and has good reviews. Schiit Magni 3 is also on sale for $59.

As in the headphone itself there is no end to how high you can go with these equipment but even cheaper equipments use renowned chips. So I guess it will be good enough for now and I plan to buy a better combo in the future.

Wanted to share my experience for a budget solution.
Thanks, it makes sense to invest low and upgrade as needed. Schiit Magni 3 is $100 now. Recently bought a Sony WF-1000 XM4. I really don't know if this headset would make a difference, but I wanted to try the audiophile version.
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My research is that if you will use your phone or laptop to listen these a USB-C to Audio 3.5 DAC adapter may be enough for DAC side. You can buy Conexant CX31993 for around $10 at Aliexpress. For amp I bought a "Douk Audio U3 Mini Class A Headphone Amplifier" from Amazon. I bought it for $26 but it costs $40 now and has good reviews. Schiit Magni 3 is also on sale for $59.

As in the headphone itself there is no end to how high you can go with these equipment but even cheaper equipments use renowned chips. So I guess it will be good enough for now and I plan to buy a better combo in the future.

Wanted to share my experience for a budget solution.
After a lot of reading, I realized that these are amps. Is DAC needed for this headset while using with PC?
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After a lot of reading, I realized that these are amps. Is DAC needed for this headset while using with PC?
I am not an expert on this but my understanding is if you have a 3.5mm jack this means you have a DAC in your device whether PC or phone. DAC means digital to analog converter. Wired headphones are analog devices and your PC plays the music as digital signal, so that digital signal has to be converted to analog for you to use your wired headphones. So all digital devices with a 3.5mm jack needs to have a DAC.

For devices without a 3.5mm jack you need a USB C (or lightning) to 3.5mm converter which includes a DAC chip in it. According to my research Conexant CX31993 DAC adapter is a good one with decent DAC chip and can be bought pretty cheap at Aliexpress.

Note that what these headphones require is an amplifier rather than a DAC. A good DAC may improve sound quality but any other headphone would also benefit from that. But since these headphones require more power than a regular earbud, power provided by a simple PC audiojack will not be enough to drive them. It is the amplifier not the DAC that provides the power to them.
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I am not an expert on this but my understanding is if you have a 3.5mm jack this means you have a DAC in your device whether PC or phone. DAC means digital to analog converter. Wired headphones are analog devices and your PC plays the music as digital signal, so that digital signal has to be converted to analog for you to use your wired headphones. So all digital devices with a 3.5mm jack needs to have a DAC.

For devices without a 3.5mm jack you need a USB C (or lightning) to 3.5mm converter which includes a DAC chip in it. According to my research Conexant CX31993 DAC adapter is a good one with decent DAC chip and can be bought pretty cheap at Aliexpress.

Note that what these headphones require is an amplifier rather than a DAC. A good DAC may improve sound quality but any other headphone would also benefit from that. But since these headphones require more power than a regular earbud, power provided by a simple PC audiojack will not be enough to drive them. It is the amplifier not the DAC that provides the power to them.
Thanks.
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Are these worth getting if I already have something like the PC38X? Not a huge audiophile or collector of headphones, I just like to have a reason for each set I own (PC38X I got for gaming/general PC use)
keep the pc38x if you mostly game.
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$10 off is only applicable if you are a new user at Drop. For the rest of us who's been using Drop before the price is $179.

Should mention this in the listing.
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$10 off is only applicable if you are a new user at Drop. For the rest of us who's been using Drop before the price is $179.

Should mention this in the listing.
Just make a new account
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Quote from TealPiranha605 :
But you gave just a blanket suggestion of spending the extra money for the Sundara. I've heard the Sundaras, great headphones but I'd choose the Elex as a better overall headphones for me...which I did when they went on sale, but they probably get the same amount of ear time that my other headphones get, because the other ones do better in certain genres and I listen to a very wide range of music(except country). Why tell people what to buy when you don't know their preferences for sound is or what genres of music they listen to?
Honestly the "except country" meme by people trying to project how wide ranging their music tastes are, shows how ignorant they are and certainly not open to a wide range of music.

Going forward, when you want to depict how wide ranging your music choices are, don't say "except country" cause it has the exact opposite effect.
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