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  1. Hello all, decided to share my impressions regarding the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones, from a completely audiophile noob standpoint, so buckle up, get ready, because here we go! About me: I do like quite a neutral sound signature, but my "secret pleasure" is and always has been, a bit of bass (definitely not muddy or overpowered, just present, if you know what I mean - to make the music sound more "alive”), so I guess you could categorize me as a bit of a basshead. Now, from what I’ve heard and understood from the many, many people of YouTube, Head-Fi, Reddit and other reputable websites/forums/reviewers, the HD 58X/6XX headphones were definitely not supposed to be basshead headphones and I was perfectly okay with that, just because people were recommending these over and over and over and over. And this is where we come to my decision about purchasing the HD 58X’s over the HD 6XX's... from what I've read it seems like the HD 6XX headphones are a bit more “precise”, analytical and cooler sounding, while the HD58X’s (which are intended to be pretty much my daily driver for movies, gaming and music listening - mixed genre) are a bit warmer, have a touch more bass and are just more enjoyable and easy to listen to. I know they don't really need an amp for the most part, but I really wanted to get a setup that would be able to support maybe even some other harder to drive headphones down the line and I was hoping that the tube (I know it's a hybrid, but still) would help with the smoothness and warmth - at least a tiny little bit. So thats why I also decided to purchase the ALEX CAVALLI TUBE HYBRID AMP and GRACE DESIGN STANDARD DAC. I need to mention that where I live (Slovenia), there is pretty much no way for me to test or try out headphones in some kind of store (even audiophile oriented stores), as they mostly only have more generic headphones on display, or much, much more expensive models of headphones and amplifiers, of which a lot of us that are just getting into high fidelity audio, probably haven’t heard of before. Not to mention that it is almost impossible to find reviews of those products online, or at least some kind of information, from which you’d be able to compare those against the products that we hear about on YouTube, various forums, etc. I have also never heard/tried out a tube amp, but this was my long time dream and I am glad I was able to finally get a pretty decent one! - I understand the basics of how tube amps work. So what I am trying to say is I have never heard of any other headphones apart from a couple of generic "buy it at any store" Sony's, my long gone HD 518’s, HD25’s (awesome btw) and my V-MODA M100's (used to be used for DJing, but use them daily now), so I basically had to rely on reviews across a variety of platforms, when making this decision. When choosing between the two I asked myself… what about the drivers? Are they worth the money? Like I mentioned before a lot of people have categorized (and very strongly might I add) the 6XX’s, which are essentially HD650’s (an absolutely legendary $500 pair of headphones, that can be had for cheaper most of the time), as vastly superior in terms of drivers. The HD 58X apparently use newer drivers, that are NOT the same as the HD 660 S or 6 series driver for that matter (as confirmed by Sennheiser, apparently).. and so at this point I am asking myself: is the $170 price on Massdrop right now actually worth it? What if I am actually getting a much much cheaper driver instead? I do realise this is a funny and probably stupid thing to be worried about, but still.. I just had some doubts, since we as consumers naturally want to get our money’s worth and make the best decision possible. Well after digging on a vast majority of highly respected audio oriented forums I concluded that even though a lot of people agree that the 6XX’s are generally a bit more capable (they also scale very nicely with different amplifiers) the 58X’s are definitely worth the price. Keep in mind that even if they use a “inferior” 5 series driver, the way those are/would be then tuned, could make them worth way more, as if we’re honest, it’s about the sound with these headphones, or any other headphones for that matter and not about what’s inside. So… how do they sound? (Please keep in mind that I am an audio noob, so really trying my best). Really not sure what else to say other than yep - these are pretty much awesome. Again, keep in mind this is coming from a bit of a basshead! I’ve used a couple of Sennheiser headphones before, though not quite on the same level as these, but still. However, right now you should be aware that, as mentioned before, I am coming from the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 which are a pair of coloured headphones, as they are meant to be used mostly in loud environments, such as clubs, so naturally they have a “V shaped” sound signature, meaning that they have a lot of emphasis especially on the bass (and also the highs). I was afraid based on what people were saying that the 6XX, or even the 58X would sound too flat or thin for my liking, but boy oh boy was I wrong… I’ve honestly never been this pleasantly surprised with a pair of headphones (especially with Sennheisers as most people define them as “oh, those are the headphones with no bass, for classical music, right?”) in quite a long time! They definitely don’t lack bass, not at all! And it’s actually quite punchy, very well defined and precise, in my opinion. It also doesn’t colour the rest of the sound, as the mids and highs remain smooth and well defined with lots of resolution, even when the bass is "hitting" - something I’ve never experienced before. What I also noticed is that the bass here is going to be reproduced by the actual track itself and NOT the headphones, meaning tracks with less bass, will have just that - less bass, which is how it’s supposed to be, at the end of the day. And this is not to say that these suck the life out of songs. Nope, quite the opposite - they just make them sound clear, not muddy at all (which some of us bassheads will possibly never understand, untill now) and just generally smooth and awesome! BUT, with tracks that have more pronounced bass, you definitely hear the bass. Mind you, it isn’t going to shake your skull, but still.. it’s just.. I don’t know really - it’s just extremely pleasant to listen to and for me (again, coming from pretty much a basshead headphone), not lacking in the low end at all! - and I really mean that! They just sound warm and pleasant while expressing an extremely large of detail in the mid and high range. What I kept saying to myself is: "Damn, these just sound so nice, just, so nice..." They just sound good and natural is what I kept thinking, while I was trying to find flaws when listening to them. I honestly thought I’d have to EQ these (or the 6XX’s), but I won’t be touching them with any piece of software, ever, because I absolutely LOVE the way they sound and after a bit of burn in I’m sure they’ll sound even a bit better and warmer! One thing to mention is in spite of them being an open back pair of headphones, they don't have a particularly wide soundstage, which is to be expected, if you've ever read/watched some reviews practically on any of the series 6 Sennheiser headphones. However, the intimate vocal performance and just general intimate nature of these headphones should not be confused with them being aggressive, shouty or in your face! Instead I found out that I was experiencing the singers as if they were singing TO me, rather than AT a crowd/spectators - and they were doing so in an intimate, but very pleasant way. The build: They are built well in my opinion. They use "Sennheiser's signature plastic", which at the end of the day is still plastic, but feels robust and solid. I am sure many people will tell you that they are still rocking extremely old pairs of 6 series Sennhesier headphones and that they are basically (apart from the pads) solid! One thing though: please STOP putting shiny glossy plastic on anything electronic (that we touch on a regular basis) - this should be illegal haha, because while it may look good (to some), it’s going to show imperfections on the nano-scale + you touch it once aaaaaaand, boom - a million scratches. Not sure if these are going to have the same issue as pretty much most other pieces of glossy black electronics/devices, but I would seriously prefer the “naked black plastic” look. Packaging (international): Pretty good. The actual headphone box itself is quite flimsy and the headphones are not really fastened in any kind of way (they just kind of sit in the box), unlike some of their other products, such as the Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amplifier and Grace Design SDAC (great packaging in my opinion), but they still managed to get to me completely 100% fine as they were packed inside an outer box with some packaging air bags, so I guess it works! Shipping (international): Was EXTREMELY satisfied with the tracking and speed of the shipping. We must not forget that we are living in very different times compared to only a couple of months ago, yet most of the products I ordered managed to arrive within two weeks of me placing the order - fantastic. They managed to get through customs pretty quick as well (about two days in my case), though I did (as expected) have to provide them with proof of purchase. Here's roughly what the tracking should look like for us international buyers: order processed -> DHL distribution centre -> processed at origin (U.S., airport) -> processed at transit facility (EU, Frankfurt) -> arrival in country (your home country) -> held at customs -> cleared customs -> delivered. FINAL Price (international): $170 + shipping (roughly $15) + import tax (22% in my case) + customs processing charge (roughly 18EUR in my case) = around 230EUR in my case. Conclusion: buy these, seriously. If you have the chance try them out first then try the 6XX as well. I think BOTH are going to be a good choice, but if you don’t want to invest in an amp (which even for the 6XX’s might not necessarily be needed as long as you have a decent motherboard), then I’d go for the HD 58X and trust me, if you find yourself in anything that I’ve written above, you WILL NOT be disappointed. Hope this helps somebody! Thank you all!
  2. Definitely a good tip, which I follow in most situations. However, from what I've heard/read there are very important security updates in 1903, or maybe I'm just paranoid? Also, the possible bugs and glitches is exactly why I didn't update, or I should rather say, haven't updated in a year, but the thing is 1803 version is no longer receiving support, which is a bad thing.. I guess? @LogicalDrm I am guessing you didn't understand/haven't read the posts. I was not asking myself that question, but another person (I literally posted the video under a quote from someone else). Let me make myself more clear for future reference: Linus is not a thief - and this is my opinion. In fact I wrote that the reason I'm asking if Windows maintains functionality is so that I would be able to test whether my system works fine with the newest version or run Windows on it till I upgrade (due for an upgrade of some components very shortly, btw), assuming I could even get into Windows. After a bit of discussion on this forum I even wrote that if this topic (not activating Windows) is controversial I completely understand, but have maintain there is no attempt to promote any kind of piracy or activities related to that, which again, you would understand if you read my 1st post where I explained the actual issue. In any case, I am really glad and happy that some people gave me some good advice/help - really appreciate them.
  3. This is where I completely agree with you. I too am not sure if this kind of thing is appropriate to ask on this forum. I only figured since we're talking about a computer with existing fully paid fully licensed software that it shouldn't be a problem, since we're talking about (essentially) a bit of DIY troubleshooting and/or ideas to get me back up and running (for the time being). Agreed. Thank you for the advice, appreciate it! I'll give it a look. Might leave things as they are at the moment, because I want to finish a couple of projects I'm working on, so I'd rather not F anything up. But when I get all of my things done I'll definitely give some of your guys' options a shot. Thanks again!
  4. I think grand theft auto and not activating Windows are two VERY different things @homeap5. What I said is this boot loop is NOT my fault. If you want to get "technical" then it's essentially the manufacturers (Microsoft) fault, since a piece of software, which I PAID for SHOULD work. Instead what I get is (not sure if you read what I wrote, I guess you did not) an endless boot loop, which as far as I know and experienced would not be fixable (have tried literally everything), if I didn't have the two BIOS chips (for some reason) - now I know BIOS usually has very little to do with your OS or updating your OS, but this is what worked for me, as far as getting back into Windows is concerned. Like many in this thread have pointed out, it likely has something to do with the actual update being corrupt or something in software not working properly (let me point out I tried downloading the update manually etc.), which, again IT SHOULD - at least at the end of the day. But obviously software is incredibly complex, especially when you have to factor in Windows works with pretty much any piece of hardware out there today. But again, I PAID for it, so I SHOULDN'T be having this issue, if we want to be technical. So, Linus is a thief? I am not trying to "steal" Windows. I just want to see/test if my computer even works with the newest version, without first spending money only to later find out that it doesn't.
  5. Thanks @Anthony813! Will do.
  6. Yeah, I was thinking the issue lies within the same place. I'll give it a shot, but I am reaaalllly considering just wiping everything and doing a fresh install..
  7. I have, yes! Believe me, I've tried every button on my motherboard hahaha!
  8. I believe it should be compatible + I've been using it with Windows 10 for quite a long time.. it's only when I try to go to 1903 that it does this..
  9. Does it e.g. kick you to the desktop, when you're playing games/doing work in applications (full screen)? Thanks for the help!
  10. The thing it it doesn't even make it to the windows logo... it just cycles between the megatrends, Asus ROG logo, the boot screen, where it says Asmedia sata controller (not sure what that type of screen is called exactly) and black screen.. I should mention that the order of the "boot screens" and time intervals are not predicable/constantly the same.
  11. Hahaha, I feel you!
  12. Thanks for the info @Oshino Shinobu - appreciate it!
  13. Well, that's awesome! Thanks for the screenshot @tank234!
  14. Thank you for the reply @Statik - appreciate the help. Yeah, I was thinking about doing pretty much the same thing!
  15. Hello everyone, I guess I need a bit of help/advice with Windows, as I am a bit stuck.. Specs: Intel Core i7-3930k @4.4GHz (cooled by the original Corsair Hydro Series H100 - temperatures are completely fine, pump works fine, even after all these years) Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4X4) @2133MHz Asus Rampage IV Forumula PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX580 8GB (used, recently upgraded from the Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II) OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Crucial MX100 256GB (upgraded from the OCZ Vertex 4, which died) (18431 hours) Samsung 850 EVO 500GB (X2) (15636 hours) WD Caviar Black 2TB (26810 hours) Problem: Let me preface this by saying that I am updated to the newest BIOS and that all settings before attempting to update are stock (no CPU OC, no memory OC, no nothing). Basically my computer gets stuck in an endless boot loop after trying to update to Windows 10, version 1903. I mean the kind of boot loop that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to get into any kind of safe mode or anything else. It just randomly keeps restarting and physically shutting off and turning on by itself (it does this for hours if I let it and continues like this in no particular intervals). Even if I PHYSICALLY UNPLUG the power cord from the machine and let it sit unplugged for some time, it literally physically (like pressing the power on button) turns on and continues with the boot loop, as soon as I flip the switch on my PSU to ON. The only thing that managed to save me (for some reason) was switching BIOS chips (the Asus Rampage IV Formula has two physical BIOS chips and an actual physical button to switch between them - one is updated, which I use daily and the other one I've always kept stock, so oldest possible version). I have absolutely no idea why switching my BIOS was able to get me into Windows (didn't update, btw), but it did... after that I am able to shut my computer down, switch the BIOS back to the updated one (which I run daily, of course) and the computer works fine. Basically I gave up trying to update this PC and I turned off any auto updates, any update prompts in the registry, etc., so I'm just running my PC without updating it, which is not ok.. If anyone could give me their input, spare some of their time to try and help, or offer me some advice, I would appreciate it greatly and I for that I would like to sincerely thank those people in advance. So I basically gave up with updating my pretty much 9 year old PC (built it myself, 1st and only owner, of course), because I am looking to upgrade in the next year or two. What I wouldn't like to do at this moment is buy another Widows licence key, but I've been hearing and seeing people running non-activated versions of Windows just fine and from what I understand I just have to download the official Windows installer to an USB stick, install it without being connected to the internet and then just.. not activate it..? Is this true? Can I use Windows normally even if I don't activate it or will there be a problem? I was thinking just of wiping all of my drives to eliminate potential (software related, I guess...?) issues that might have been causing the boot loop in the first place. So, the question: can I use Windows normally without activating it & what would be the best way to go about doing that? Does anyone else have a better solution for me? I would like to thank you all in advance for reading and taking your time to think this through - deeply appreciate any help!
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