Well balanced sound with great clearity.
After all those years, still the same great sound
In all honesty, the tone of the customer service experience from SH as a whole, as someone with older phones looking for earpads SH has seemed a little offended at times. I have however had many years of excellent audio with 515s and 518s via 3rd Party Earpads. I had to go for the HD600 as a result as a gesture of solidarity and frankly the respected review Discord I use is fairly clear about their value. There were two other options the AKG and the HiFiMan's I think but the HD600 was a no-brainer really given my experience. Thus far I've been impressed with the extra detail and subtlety and I wouldn't say they've changed my life, but each time I listen to something new, I am listening to it for the first time given the output from these phones. I like the balance, not too bassy not too trebly! (sic) and I think they don't overpower my ears which are a little sensitive. The clamp strength is a little tighter than my old phones but that's normal. By no means painful and I've not been sore. Hugging might be the word! I am not familiar enough with this higher level of headphones to really state unequivocally if they are leaders in this price bracket but they've been really nice so far. I've just settled into them very easily. Like a more comfortable more luxurious version of an old familiar sofa but with a more detailed cloth. For £239 I think I will reflect on them being an excellent bargain.
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