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Sennheiser HD 600 Circumaural Open-Back Professional Monitor Headphone

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An audiophile quality, professional stereo headphone, the Sennheiser HD600 utilizes "Duofol" two-layer diaphragm technology to radically reduce surface born resonance. A powerful Neodymium-ferrous magnet is optimized to control the motion of the diaphragm, which provides deeper bass without the loss of definition.

Complementing the diaphragm and driver magnets are triple wound aluminum voice coils, which housed in an acoustically transparent ear cup, maximizes the benefits of the open design. The HD600 is an ideal choice for the professional recording engineer, providing an uncolored and spatial rendition of any program material, especially classical music.

Open circumaural high-definition stereo headphone
High-quality open metal mesh earpiece-covers aid in delivering extremely transparent sound
Computer optimized magnet system minimizes harmonic and intermodulation distortion
Duofol diaphragms to reduce standing waves for distortion free sound
Neodymium ferrous magnet system ensures optimum sensitivity and dynamic response
Extremely lightweight aluminum voice coils for highest transient response
Very comfortable to wear due to BioNetic design
Detachable Kevlar-reinforced OFC copper cable
Type Circumaural, open-back
Frequency Range 12 Hz - 39 kHz
Impedance 300 ohms
Sensitivity 97dB SPL/mW
Maximum Input Power 200 mW
Connectors 1/8" stereo mini-jack, with 1/8" to 1/4" TRS phono adapter
Cable Length 10' (3 m)
Weight 9.2 oz (260 g)
Sennheiser HD 600 Circumaural Open-Back Professional Monitor Headphone
  • H50635 - Ear Cushions for HD545/565/580
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    SennheiserHD 600 Headphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (14)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Comfortable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (10)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Home studio (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Window to Your Music!

      I am a lifelong audiophile, but, due to a few life changes, find myself living a condo where I'm aware of how often my neighbots vacuum or do laundry. The big sound system...Read complete review

      I am a lifelong audiophile, but, due to a few life changes, find myself living a condo where I'm aware of how often my neighbots vacuum or do laundry. The big sound system was sold more than a year ago, but I still needed to scratch that itch of listening to fabulous music presented as pristinely as possible and at appropriate volumes. Headphones seemed the only way to go.Given current economics, I'm very value oriented. When the price of the HD600s, a pair of cans that have earned many glowing reviews, dropped below $300, I pulled the trigger. To extract audio from computer files and drive the headphones, I chose the E-MU 0404. I don't have any immediate need to do recording, but may in the future since I now have the capability.I am thoroughly pleased with these headphones. The adjective "balanced" is used in many other reviews of these 'phones, and it's very appropriate. There is no area of frequency response that seems exaggerated or lacking. Violins sound like violins. Kick drums sound like kick drums. Dynamics are rendered very well. A plucked guitar string has an almost visceral attack. I particularly enjoy orchestral crecendos with no compression and each instrument still having its own voice.These cans are also very light and comfortable, suitable for hours of continuous listening.The only comprimise I'm making over the big system is the visceral impact of low bass. Just no way to get that punch with headphones.One possible con for these 'phones is that they are an open design with no reduction of outside sounds. Your office mate should develop a teste in your music.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      sounded great but had busted cable and a

      I returned these headphones because, although they sounded great, the arrived with an 1/8'' to 1/4'' adapter that didn't quite fit properly, as well as either a broken or...Read complete review

      I returned these headphones because, although they sounded great, the arrived with an 1/8'' to 1/4'' adapter that didn't quite fit properly, as well as either a broken or poorly connected cable into the right headphone. together, the the problems resulted in intermittent and highly degraded audio, similar to the worst of the worst mp3s. for $, i would have hoped that they showed up fully functional.

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      5.0

      Musical Head phones

      By 6striingblues

      from Mid west

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

        I was looking for a Hi Quality set of head phones to listen to music. I am an audiophile but I also play acoustic guitar. I wanted a set of phones that would be accurate and musical. The HD600's are both.

        I also own a pair of HD 280 pro and they both have the Sennheiser sound. If you are looking for a forward sounding in your face sort of thing look ells were. Both the the HD 280's and HD600's are laid back and slightly warm not overly Basie. But the HD 600's sound very natural, and have better resolution, more open and airy. I listen to a wide range of music from finger-style guitar to modern rock, and the HD600's let me enjoy the music. The type of recording and it's prepossessing are pretty evident using these head phones. The dynamics of an uncompressed acoustic recording really come threw. Just as I notice the compression and normalization used on loud rock recordings.

        Both are very comfortable. Some have complained of to much tension with the HD600's head band, I do not notice that, And I have a larger hat size.

        Over all I think the HD600's are great head phones great way to enjoy music.

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        5.0

        Works well with Kawai digital piano

        By Andrew

        from Toledo, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

          I bought this for my Kawai MP11. I originally tried Shure SRH440s and found them uneven and buzzy at higher dynamics. The Sennheisers have a cleaner, sweeter sound, and are more consistent throughout the dynamic range. They also stay in place better than the Shure headphones if my head moves while I play. People who aren't moving around might find them too snug, but for me that's a plus.

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          5.0

          Fantastic High End

          By M Henry

          from Asheville, NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

            Overall great sound, especially beautiful high end. Generally flat color, very descriptive of the spectra. Great for mixing, good for mastering.

            One catch is the noise that the foam makes when you wear them - the only way to achieve silence is to be very still. Still would highly recommend!

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            1.0

            sounded great but had busted cable and a

            By rx

            from new jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

              I returned these headphones because, although they sounded great, the arrived with an 1/8'' to 1/4'' adapter that didn't quite fit properly, as well as either a broken or poorly connected cable into the right headphone. together, the the problems resulted in intermittent and highly degraded audio, similar to the worst of the worst mp3s. for $, i would have hoped that they showed up fully functional.

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              5.0

              Sounds great directly plugged in to MBP

              By Chris The Audiophile

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                I use this product for mixing video and sound in Adobe After Effects and it gets the job done perfectly. I have an o2 headphone amplifier.ODac and that combination sounds like my uncle's pair of expensive loudspeakers. However, It is no slouch when connected directly to the output jack. Highly recommend.

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                4.0

                Great headphones for a price

                By Cv

                from brooklyn

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                it may be worth paying the $ extra for the HD-650s for the better cable. But the 600s sound excellent and are very comfortable. You might be able to get the same sonic quality for less but not with the nice ear pads I suspect. If you have a big head you should try them on before you buy as they are a tight fit

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                4.0

                They are worth the money

                By Alejandro Aspinwall

                from Montreal, QC, Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                Excellent piece of gear, ideal long hours of editing and maybe mixing.
                The legend is alive, I love them.
                Don't expect a powerful high end from these but the low frequency response is amazing.

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                5.0

                Beautiful clarity...

                By NickA

                from Thousand Oaks, ca

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                  These headphones offer great clarity, separation between voices and a flat, uncolored response ideal for studio work. They do have a high impedance, so a decent headphone amplifier is necessary to achieve the necessary gain without distortion. I'm using an Aphex Headpod 4, and they sound great, plenty enough headroom to drive these phones without distortion.

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                  5.0

                  Clean Sound and Comfortable Feel

                  By Marsala's Dad

                  from Easton, PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • 18 Inch Plug

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                  In the tradition of Sennheiser's audiophile headphones, these phones deliver transparent clean sound, without undue coloration. They are comfortable for extended wear. My only minor complaint is that the cord ends in an 1/8 inch plug, with a 1/4 inch adapter attached. I'd prefer the main plug to be 1/4 inch to plug into mixing consoles without the adapter. I guess they are just responding to the current market of people who want to use these phones with a tablet or computer instead of pro audio equipment.

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                  5.0

                  A Worthy Classic

                  By Michael Thomas

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Mids
                  • Clear And Detailed
                  • Comfortable
                  • Impactful Bass
                  • Natural Soundstage
                  • Non-fatiguing
                  • Smooth Treble

                  Cons

                  • Can Sound Too Smooth
                  • Lacks Sub-bass Extension
                  • Needs Decent Amp

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                    The HD600 is a classic headphone, and it still holds its own against contenders in its price range. In my opinion, it is better than the headphones in its price range.

                    To elaborate, perhaps the biggest contender in the HD600 price range now is the Hifiman HE-400. The HE-400 has a meatier, faster bass that extends deeper than the HD600. However, the HE-400 can't even think about touching the HD600's mids. The HE-400's biggest weakness is its mids presentation; the HD600's biggest strength is its mids presentation. And again, in the highs, the HD600 far surpasses the HE-400. The HE-400 has recessed lower highs, followed by a crazy peak in the upper highs. The HD600 is much more evenhanded, very smooth, nonfatiguing, and yet still detailed. As for the soundstage, the HE-400's is wider, more panoramic. The HD600's has a more realistic shape and depth, however. Both are nice, but the HD600's soundstage is more natural ultimately.

                    To summarize this brief comparison of two of the mid-fi heavyweights at this time, the HE-400 does one thing really well, and that's bass. If all you care about is bass...well then the HE-400 is snazzy. If you want the whole package, the HD600 is it. It's on the smooth side, and sometimes lacks aggression; but it is a very good, natural sounding headphone with fantastic mids / vocals that are best in class. Highly recommended.

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                    5.0

                    A symphonic bouquet for your ears

                    By Symphonic Mike

                    from Pearland, TX

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                        These headphones are perfect for melting the stress away at the end of a long hard day. The headband is extremely comfortable, and the ear pads fit snug around your ears. Symphonies are well represented with the highs being crisp and clear. The mids are very present and the lows (bass) is evident but not too punchy. Everything is just right. With these headphones, you get a bouquet of symphonic sound. Very impressive! A separate headphone amplifier is a must.

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                        5.0

                        Professional in every way

                        By cre8tive

                        from Chino Hills, CA

                        About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Bass
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio
                          • Music
                          • Working

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                          Extremely comfortable...can be worn for hours on end without fatigue or discomfort. My video editors remarked that they hear sounds from the source footage they never knew were recorded. Only drawback, maybe too much bass emphasis.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great sound, a bit uncomfortable

                          By tinyrodent

                          from Ottawa, Ontario

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound

                          Cons

                          • A bit too tight

                          Best Uses

                          • Quiet room listening

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                          I bought these headphones as an upgrade from my Sennheiser HD570, and the sound is much better. They are plugged directly into the audio out of my computer, for music/movies/gaming. I was afraid the high impedance of the HD600 would demand a headphone amplifier, but they work ok without one.

                          Unfortunately the pressure on my ears & head is much higher than the HD570 so I can't say they are as comfortable. Hopefully over time the spring tension will relax and provide better comfort.

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                          5.0

                          A Window to Your Music!

                          By CharlyD

                          from Sammamish, WA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • No sound isolation

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Audiophile listening
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                          I am a lifelong audiophile, but, due to a few life changes, find myself living a condo where I'm aware of how often my neighbots vacuum or do laundry. The big sound system was sold more than a year ago, but I still needed to scratch that itch of listening to fabulous music presented as pristinely as possible and at appropriate volumes. Headphones seemed the only way to go.Given current economics, I'm very value oriented. When the price of the HD600s, a pair of cans that have earned many glowing reviews, dropped below $300, I pulled the trigger. To extract audio from computer files and drive the headphones, I chose the E-MU 0404. I don't have any immediate need to do recording, but may in the future since I now have the capability.I am thoroughly pleased with these headphones. The adjective "balanced" is used in many other reviews of these 'phones, and it's very appropriate. There is no area of frequency response that seems exaggerated or lacking. Violins sound like violins. Kick drums sound like kick drums. Dynamics are rendered very well. A plucked guitar string has an almost visceral attack. I particularly enjoy orchestral crecendos with no compression and each instrument still having its own voice.These cans are also very light and comfortable, suitable for hours of continuous listening.The only comprimise I'm making over the big system is the visceral impact of low bass. Just no way to get that punch with headphones.One possible con for these 'phones is that they are an open design with no reduction of outside sounds. Your office mate should develop a teste in your music.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent buy for NEUTRAL headphones

                          By Chuck

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful
                          • Professional Functions
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • High Impedance
                          • Open Back Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Classical Mixing
                          • Music Playback

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                          Sound is neutral and very clear.

                          Much wider sound stage than other (cheap) headphones I've owned.

                          Not too hard to drive; bass is lacking from iPod output, but my Creative X-Fi Elite Pro does a fine job. They have a 300 ohm impedance which means they need high amounts of voltage with low amounts of current.

                          These are open back headphones which means sound easily leaks IN and OUT. You can be bothered by ambient noise and others will likely hear what you're listening to if within the same room.

                          Construction is semi-modular; you can replace ear pads, cabling, etc. by buying parts through Sennheiser USA (very low cost).

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Sound and Very Comfy!

                          By ScottieB

                          from NY, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                            As a long-time owner and lover of Grados (most recently the SR-225s for about 2 years), I was skeptical that these would impress me. I was wrong. I haven't touched the Grados since I got these. The balance is incredible. No, they don't have the almost magical guitar sounds as the Grados, but everything else is improved. Bass goes much deeper and has more punch, vocals sound amazing, and brass instruments?! Wow. They are also about 100x more comfortable than any other headphones I've used(including the Grados, BeyerDynamic DT-225 and Sony MD-7506)- perfect fit.

                            A few things to be aware of: these are 300ohm headphones, so you will need a serious source to drive them properly. An iPod won't cut it here. They also leak a lot of sound (more even than the grados) and let sound in. These are decidedly home or studio 'phones.

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                            5.0

                            Hard to get any better

                            By mjelen

                            from Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Professional Functions

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Music Videos
                              • Professional Recording
                              • Soundtracks

                              Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphone:

                              Before the HD 600 I was used to use an AKG K240, wich is not a great headphone, but is at least a regular one. After listening to the HD 600 I thought that the AKG was something like a consumer headphone.
                              Maybe it's not the "best sounding" headphone, but it is so precise that a good recording sounds good, and a bad recording sounds bad.
                              It does not make anything better than it is.
                              If you are looking for a headphone for professional use (audio engeneering) I recommend it very much. If you listen to good recordings I recommend it very much. But... If you have chosen to listen to low quality mp3 audio I don'n recommend, because I think you're going to be disappointed.

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