Mage Audio DT770 (Red) vs Sennheiser HD600 (Blue).
Just to get a clear picture of the differences made by the Mage Audio mod (Red) vs stock (Blue). Better seal on these measurements. Comparison to the Sennheiser HD600 coming shortly. Will be doing some more comparisons in the near future to help give a better idea of how these sound. Stay tuned!
Here are measurements from 3 separate units of Mage Audio modded DT770s taken using the minidsp EARS. The plush earpads of the DT770 make positioning moderately difficult, but these are pretty consistent measurements across multiple units. Having a wide variety of modding resources available to compensate for stock unit variations and channel imbalances helps a lot.
Here is the Right channel of the stock DT770 Pro 80 Ohm for reference:
Black Mage Right channel FR:
MrSpeakers Aeon Closed Right channel FR for reference:
Sennheiser HD650 Right channel FR for reference:
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this has been helpful and informative!
Stu Black at homestudiobasics.com knows headphones- he’s reviewed over 70 of them on his website. He and I were introduced through a mutual acquaintence at Audio Advice here in Raleigh, and when I had finished tweaking the last edition of the Black Mage, Stu agreed to give them a listen and possibly write a review if he liked them. After listening to them for a couple of days I got an email from him with his initial impressions:
“Wow…how did you get a closed back headphone to sound so open?”
Stu remarked on the phenomenal clarity and near-perfect treble, as well as the articulate bass that sat just right in the mix, and he told me a review was forthcoming. You can check out his comprehensive review here:
-“I don’t want to say these are as good as a Focal Utopia, but I’m almost inclined to compare the two.”
-“I was flabbergasted listening to tracks I’ve heard many times over…Decay, Instrument Timbre, Soundstage, Instrument separation, and clarity are all absolutely stunning to the point of it being almost too much for me to handle.”
A big thanks to Stu for putting the Mage through its paces!
The latest and most likely final edition of the Black Mage is here! After months of further testing and comparing I’ve settled on a tuning that I feel is the absolute best I can pull out of this headphone. If you are looking for a natural sounding headphone that portrays instruments and voices with both heft and clarity, look no further than the Black Mage.
With more auditions taking place, expect to see impressions rolling in. So far the response to the Black Mage has been unanimously and overwhelmingly positive! Most are siting the sharp imaging and layering, expansive soundstage and natural presentation as the highlights. We have one pair taking a promotional tour and another heading home to our first customer!
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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to audition the Black Mage and give us vital feedback towards crafting the final product!