I recently took the plunge into advanced audio with my own headphones and Amp / DAC setup: Sennheiser HD 650 headphones with Schiit Magni and Modi stack. Now I will admit that this is far from a $ 1,500 Sennheiser HD 800 S or $ 4,400 Focal Utopia set-up, two headphones I’ve only had the brief pleasure of testing, but I love my Sennheiser HD 650s and this Black Friday deal on their Drop collaboration, cousins provide cheaper access to high-end audio than most.
What you get is pretty much the same headset as the Sennheiser HD 650, which was once the company’s flagship. The difference really comes down to color – HD 6XX comes in a nice midnight blue – and price. The Drop x Sennheiser pair is surprisingly cheap for a headset that is more or less identical to the HD 650.
The important thing is that the sound profile of the HD 6XX is kept the same as the HD 650, so you will still enjoy the advanced sound that everyone has been excited about for years now. This means a very balanced mix throughout the frequencies, however with a generally very clear and crisp response at the intermediate and high levels. The bass is a little smaller than you might expect compared to your standard gaming headset, but there is still a nice resonance there that is not muddled up in the sound elsewhere by being too overpowered.
Like a pair of open-backed headphones, you can expect a light and airy sound that avoids becoming too punchy or piercing. It’s great as long as you’re in a quiet place. When you’re open, you lose the noise isolation of a pair of closed headphones, but honestly, that’s a trade-off I would make every day of the week.
This pair is also exceptionally comfortable. They are terribly light, which makes it easy to listen for long periods, but also the soft and large ear cups really help to spread the weight out. around your ear, instead of pressing it.
I’ve also thrown in the Drop x Sennheiser HD 8XX headphones if anyone wants to take the plunge to rethink Sennheiser’s current flagship. They are currently under $ 1,000, which is quite a saving from the generally expensive HD 800 S on which they are based. The actual HD 800 S cans are getting more well received, but when they are around $ 500 more expensive, I can see why many choose the Drop pair and put the money into a DAC / amp.
Speaking of which, you want to pick up a DAC and amplifier to really get the most out of both headphones. Drop offers one myself, O2, though I have not tried it personally. My own setup uses Schiit Modi and Magni, which works wonders, even though it’s a bit more expensive for both discrete models.
You will also need a discreet microphone if you hope to communicate in the game with these on your head. I use a Blue Yeti X, though there are plenty of great microphones for streaming and games out there, and some quite cheap too.
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