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SennheiserHD 600 Headphone
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (10)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Home studio (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), 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

    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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                      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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