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#159215 - 03/05/07 07:26 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
F107plus5 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
#3334....cool!

Nice photo too! Nice cans!!
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#159216 - 03/05/07 07:37 PM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
They look as good as new but sound better




Edited by wid (03/05/07 07:49 PM)

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#159217 - 03/06/07 12:36 AM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
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Loc: Davenport, Iowa, USA
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But sadly, the MS-1s are getting less and less listening time and the HD600s are getting more and more.




Hi Rich! Tell me...when will the HD600's start getting less and less listening time before you move on? This headphone addiction can be very dangerous!
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#159218 - 03/06/07 08:55 PM Re: Headphones [Re: sonicfox]
F107plus5 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
Yes it can; Mary! Very dangerous indeed!

While the MS-1s have been replaced by the MS2i for the rock side of things, the HD600s will probably be around for classical for a good long, long time!

Yeah; I did a study to see which phones would likely be my best bet for the bigger classical pieces, and just as importantly portray my favorite instrument, the pipe organ, as well as practical to complement my MS2i, with a bass response similar to the MS2i in presentation but yet go deeper to follow the longer pipes, and I found from taking lots of notes and wearing the heck out of the search function that HD600 would most likely best fit my style of listening.

That was cool.

What was cooler yet was when I was talking to a guy from Kansas about a couple of fellas I had known very well up in Michigan from the U of M school of music, one a Professor, the other a student who has since gotten his Doctorate, from back in my choir days. Turns out he knew them too, even mentioned the name of their dog!

And this guy happens to be Vice President of his company; a major pipe organ manufacturer! Really! I looked up his companies web site!! His primary job is being the "tuner" of the instruments and spends most of his life bopping around the country helping to design and setting up these organs in some pretty elaborate churches and cathedrals.

Another part of his job is making CDs of the recitals in which these organs are used when they are first dedicated. He is the most logical person to be involved in the CDs since he is by far the most familiar with the sound that these instruments are intended to produce.

To make a long story short; he tried a whole slew of headphone designs and models and eventually decided on HD600s to monitor the recitals and the mastering of the CDs.

...his recording engineer uses similar sounding HD580s.

When he decided that HD600s were the best bet, he bought two pairs; one for home and one for on the job. Turned out he didn't use the second set that much since he normally brought his "work" pair home.

Timing is everything...the cans were for sale last fall! Although we agreed that I would buy them last October, I had to wait for the Christmas damages to my wallet to heal.

But since we had a few mutual friends, he even threw in a few CDs that were mastered with these exact same cans that just for fun he took along on the trips he made from October until I took delivery in February! Yeah! These very same cans were used in the making of a nice batch of organ CDs!! He also tossed in some publications documenting the assembly and history of the churches and the organs used in the making of these CDs!

Yup; real published CDs! Currently sold on the Raven label, as well as some CD masters not yet edited into final form yet. Entirely too cool!!

So all in all; I have a pair of phones which have somewhat of a historical, as well as personal significance, as well as being cans that sound really good to my ears within my current system!

Nope! These HD600s ain't goin' nowhere! They got themselves a permanent home!!

.....now if I can just figure out a way to keep my heavier-than-MS-1 MS2i from falling off when I'm trying to type, I can wear them more often too!

As much as I really love my aluminum MS2i, a move up to those lighter weight wooden MS-Pros are starting to look.....

......arrrrgh!
Rich.

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#159219 - 03/06/07 09:04 PM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7412
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Great story, Rich. I'll have to check out those pipe organ CDs. Watched the episode of "Dirty Jobs" where the host helps the pipe cleaners. It was pretty fascinating. Such intricate and immense instruments of music. Glad to know the Senns can reproduce them. Would have gone with the HD600s if I had not come across such a great deal on the HD650s.
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#159220 - 03/06/07 09:37 PM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
F107plus5 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
I had almost gone with the HD650 myself had I not gotten the info concerning the pipe organs. That pretty well sealed the deal.....plus also a very good price and some CDs, some history and some other good stuff!!

Yeah; I figured if the guy who builds the instruments contends they sound most accurate with HD600s....what the heck.

From most everything I have read, the HD650 outdoes most everything the HD600 does, but it's the bass that scared me off. I was of the understanding that it was almost overpowering to much music, but after seeing a few graphs it looks as though the difference is only about 2db!!

Two little stinkin' db!!
Dang!!
Rich.

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#159221 - 03/06/07 10:16 PM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7412
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
No, they sound very balanced to me. I haven't heard the 600s for a comparison, though. My only complaint is the smelly foam from the box. Yuck.
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#159222 - 03/06/07 10:50 PM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
F107plus5 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
Ok...ya got me curious.

....so I dug out the box and took a sniff of the foam, and......nothing.

I wonder how old the cans, and the foam is. Hey! They're serialized!

This could be fun finding out!
Rich.

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#159223 - 03/06/07 11:12 PM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
St_PatGuy Offline
axiomite

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7412
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Oh man, I sniffed my box, too. Verdict: still smelly. I can't even begin to describe it.

Looked, and no serial number. Where would it be located? Hmm, I can't remember how long ago I bought these. More than two years.
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#159224 - 03/07/07 12:01 AM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
F107plus5 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
Aw Phooie.

It may not be an S/N after all.

I took another look and....oops...it's a fabrication number instead.

It's listed on the outer box flap, and the way it has been penned on the label it looked at first as though it were an S/N.

Then again, looking at the label it does list the Sennheiser P/N of the HD600 and then the penned in Fab No. right below it, so perhaps it actually could be a serial number. The number is 68333 which could well be the number in sequence of build since I guess these guys have been in production at least back somewhere into the 90s. I can't find a number anywhere on the cans though.

Hmmmmm....I love a good mystery!!

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