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its about 600's family

AMKAM

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i have been thinking of buying HD600 for a long time but never did. then a lot of things changed like 650, ndh 20's, dt 1990's, 660s and now there is ndh 30's. seen a lot of reviews back and forth on each one of them and there is something about 600 family.
never heard 600 or 650 but i want to buy them now. so the q is there anyone who owns 600, 650, 660s the whole family and what are there experience?
 

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Make your life easy- find a shop that sells at least 2 of the headphones you are interested in and go listen. Then buy your favourite from Amazon or a retailer that has a good returns policy and listen more and explore the EQ possibilities.

Failing that, buy the HD 6XX from Drop.com (Its the 650 in different clothes) for $220 currently and be happy.

From the HD6 range the 600 and 650 seem to fare better than the 660 in public opinion.
 

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Was about to make the exact same suggestion as @Jimbob54 without even reading the thread. Even if you did find the 600 marginally better than other 600-series, price of the 6XX makes the answer obvious. If you are planning on spending more than $220 and didn't want a closed headphone, next best options are buying a DCA+Drop Aeon Open and EQing, probably, unless you want to shell out for an Expanse or Stealth.
 

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They're fairly similar. I would also add the HD58X to your consideration. I have not personally heard it but it's quite affordable and apparently has marginally better bass extension (probably the main shortcoming of the HD600/650) and a somewhat warmer tuning but is otherwise similar.
 

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To me each headphone is just a bit better in certain aspects than the other ones.
Below these 4 headphones are rated in order of best performing in each aspect in a subjective sense, to me personally.
Your preference may be different.
Best on the left, the lesser ones towards the right.
  • Bass extension: HD58X > HD660S > HD650 > HD600 (with perfect seal of course)
  • Bass quality: HD660S > HD58X > HD600 > HD650
  • Mids quality: HD660S > HD58X > HD600 > HD650
  • Warmth: HD650 > HD58X > HD660S > HD600
  • Clarity: HD600 > HD660S > HD58X > HD650
  • Treble quality: HD650 > HD600 > HD660S > HD58X
  • Treble level: HD600 > HD660S > HD58X > HD650
  • Smoothness: HD650 > HD600 > HD660S > HD58X
  • Liveliness: HD660S > HD58X > HD650 > HD600
  • Neutral sound: HD600 > HD660S > HD58X > HD650
  • imaging: HD600 = HD650 = HD58X = HD660S (all very similar)
  • price: HD58X >HD600 > HD650 > HD660S
 
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Pretty much the final word
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Make your life easy- find a shop that sells at least 2 of the headphones you are interested in and go listen. Then buy your favourite from Amazon or a retailer that has a good returns policy and listen more and explore the EQ possibilities.
I don't know if it is just me and a youth spent in retail, but this kind of activity annoys the biscuits out of me. I just feel it is so unfair to the 'bricks and mortar' stores. That and who is taking the hit on all the returns? </old man rant>

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Its not ideal, and if the store is reasonably competitive on price I would buy from them- certainly compared to importing from say Ali-express where warranty can be an issue.

But if Amazon sell something 20-30 % cheaper on a £400 item then there is only one way consumers will behave. My bigger issue is finding a store that has at least a decent number of items to try from my shortlist. A quick look now suggests finding anyone near here with any 600/650 to try isnt throwing out much.
 
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Failing that, buy the HD 6XX from Drop.com (Its the 650 in different clothes) for $220 currently and be happy.

Agree 100%. I bought HD600s in 2006, changed the pads on them a couple of times, sold them on HeadFi, then bought lightly used HD6XX and am quite happy. Better bass extension and clarity, IMO, but not as warm as all the HD650s I auditioned from 2006-2009 that I found to be overly warm vs. the HD600.
 
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