Wanted to share my thoughts about a recent impulse purchase of the B&O H6 due to a very good price on a colour that may be an acquired taste (£179 with free shipping) .
I have had varying experience with other headphones so I will make comparisons but I am aware that my memory may be a bit distorted over time, I have not made any direct comparisons.
The first thing I noticed was the smell of the leather which was very satisfying! The phones are light but the materials and finish are very good. Comfort as well is top notch, I think they are probably the most comfortable over ear headphones I have used. As I write I have been wearing them for almost 4 hours and it is almost like I am not wearing them. I don’t plan to wear them out and about that often but I think they would be very comfortable if I did. They also seem quite small and unobtrusive for an over ear headphone. B&O also offer a 3 year warranty which I thought was good.
In terms of sound please bear with me I am not brilliant at describing these things but will give it a go.
For closed back phones they feel quite open and airy, they cannot compare to things like the Grado sr80 or senn HD650 in this regard but they are as good as any closed back design I have heard. I would say the overall sound is balanced; bass not too pronounced, and the vocals push through the music well. Level of detail is also up there for me.
They seem to be able to handle well most of the music I have listened to so far. I think they may not be best suited to seriously bass heavy dance music or thrash metal but I think they would cope well with most genres. I tend to listen to electronica, indie, rock, folk with a bit of classical and blues every now and then and nothing has really tripped them up.
In terms of comparison to other headphones I would say detail levels are up there with Grados up to SR 325, for me the grados are a bit harsh in the treble until you start getting to the RS2 (which I loved when I tried them) which is a jump in money. I owned some HD650 for a while and I loved the sound and the H6 cannot quite compete but I got rid of the HD 650 as they were just not practical for my listening habits. Had very short listen to the B&W P5 and P7 and to me I much prefer the B&O H6. To me the P7 had too much of a pronounced bass and the P5 just seemed to suck the life out of the tracks I listened to. I didn’t get on with the Sennheiser Momentum over ears either but that may have been because I was comparing them to my HD650’s at the time.
Hope this is helpful, I plan on sticking with these and am happy (until the next itch needs scratching!)