Luxury Full-Sized Sealed Headphones with Great Bass, Poorly Designed Cord
20 December 2013
Summary: A few months ago, I bought a pair of Monster Inspire headphones—which I found to be tremendous. I let my wife Danya try them on and I could sense a tinge of envy—she appreciates good sound. To alleviate any potential domestic strife, I needed to have two pairs of premium cans in the house. My solution? I picked up a pair of Denon AH-D600 "Music Maniac" headphones. At first, I was glad I took the plunge, because I found the AH-D600 is quite similar to the Monster Inspire.
Pros: Full range, detailed, great sense of space. Very deep bass, but always tight. Massive, comfortable earpads. Comes with two cords.
Cons: Headphone cord rubs against my shoulders if I tilt my head too much.
Summary: Here's my D600 out-of-box impressions.
Received only yesterday and paired with the ODAC/O2 as my laptop rig, the bass is the first thing that captures your attention. In some songs, like David Guetta's, the D600 would deliver great and deep bass, slightly more than HFi2400 even, IMO. However, the bass is always nicely controlled and tight, not intruding into the mids.
Pros: Fun, Musical to listen. Smooth and detailed. Very comfy and non-fatigue headphones.
Cons: Bass maybe boosted a tad too much. Ears get hot in hot weather (~33°C)
Summary: I went into a local business that had these on display, and after trying them I decided I enjoyed them more than enough to get them . . . assuming I could get them substantially under MSRP which I did. Let's get started on the good, the bad, and ugly.
Very easy to drive, you won't need an absurdly powerful amp to drive these and get the best they offer.
Pros: Musical bass, high separation for closed can, sparkly treble without fatigue, looks, removable cable, imaging
Cons: High MSRP, bass slant may be too much for some, weight, not suited for small heads.
Summary: I agree w most reviews that these does not warrant the $499 MSRP. (Then rather opt for D5k, D7k).
BUT - at the +-$230 range I got them at (Amazon warehouse) - these are VERY good value for the money.
Pros: Comfort, bass, 2 chords (1 x portable, 1 x desk), balanced (with a good amp)
Picked these up for a special price after listening in store and liking what I heard very much. A clear, clean sound with a really fun bass response. A very different sound compared to my HD 800 and I liked the idea of a headphone that made you tap your feet.
First of all the Denon D600 is an extremely comfortable headphone. The pressure on the head is spot-on for a closed can and the well shaped, memory-foam earpads feel wonderful.
Pros: Extremely comfortable. Clear, engaging presentation. Easy to drive.
Cons: Lack of coherency. Midbass resonance. Not the best choice for the MSRP. Design is maybe a bit dull?
Summary: Bought these used off the FS forums. I had been interested in these since release, but due to negative reviews did not think it was worth pulling the trigger when they sold for $500. At the price I purchased them at, I am quite happy with them. So long as you know what you're getting, I believe the D600 is a headphone that pleases.
The lower end has a very significant hump that can sound exceptional with certain recordings.
Pros: Comfort, solid build, not fatiguing, fun!
Cons: MSRP $$$, Earpads can get heated, weighty - not suitable for portable use as Denon intended
Summary: I think that the old D2000 sounds better than these, they are not bad at the current pricing but they do not sound very natural in the treble and also the midrange is a bit lacking, the size of these beasts is impressive and so is the bass and soundstage, I like the big sound of them, just shame that the treble sounds a bit odd.
Summary: Great sound but its my first time with closed back headphones and i prefer the more relaxed feeling of my hd580 Sennheiser's still quite good apart from noise from the lead if it hits anything
Summary: The selling point of these headphones to me is the tonal quality of the bass. Some time ago I read that differentiation between bass guitar/string bass and bass drum was a feature of good quality audio. It may seem an obvious distinction. However, many systems will deliver a punchy bass which sounds appealing because of its liveliness on first listen, but further more critical listening reveals the defects.