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SennheiserHD 600 Headphones
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Comfortable (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (10)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hard to get any better

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...Read complete review

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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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

Classsic pro headphones

By Doc.Manfred.

from Tucson ,Az.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones:

    Listening to classical music and opera recordings,the Sennheiser HD 600 exhibit superb dynamic range,lack of IM and harmonic distortion,even at high volume levels.Great mid range and realistic string sound.Exceptional value.Light and comfortable.

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    5.0

    Unbeatable at this price point

    By Erik

    from San Francisco

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones:

    At this price there's no other headphone that can match the Hd600's. They are about as neutral as you can get in this price range. Bass is tight but not boomy. The mids are airy and open. They are quite comfortable too.

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    5.0

    Superbly balanced & detailed headphones

    By Hush the Audio Engineer

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Comfortable For Long Use
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Trust Worthy Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Compact

    Best Uses

    • High Quality Listening
    • Home Studio
    • Mastering
    • Mixing
    • Watching Films Or Tv
    • Watching Filmstv

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones:

    I'm a mixing and recording engineer, and record producer.I've used these headphones for mixing and listening. I also know of mastering engineers that use them for mastering.What's great about them:- Comfortable to wear for extended periods of time Their open back design along with the design of the cushion prevents the ears from getting sweaty or overheated and doesn't press on your head too much. - Doesn't sound as boxy as the average headphones, again because of the open back.- In my comparisons was only beaten (sound wise) by the Sennheisers 800, or the AKG K812, both between X2 to X4 the price.- Because they're about $ I'm not afraid to use them or take them with me. It's not small money but I can confidently use them as I please knowing I'd be able to afford a replacement should something happen.What's not as good about them:- Open back comes with it's own drawbacks - can't use these in the live room as much if at all, they're noisy to the environment (if you're next to someone sleeping or in public) and the environment is nosy back at you (though this can be useful if you need natural sound to come through headphones).- They're not small, for carrying around. But I'd take sound over this comfort any day.These are the best I've heard in this price range, and I've tested a lot of companies thoroughly.

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    5.0

    Excellent Audiophile Headphones

    By Jenny

    from St Cloud, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Hinest
    • Honest

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Critical Listening
      • Performances

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones:

      This is my second pair of HD600s they are, by far the most accurate, comfortable headphones you will ever find. These phones are honest, they will quickly point out the shortcomings of your recordings. Excellent for classical music and jazz, but do not expect the artificial bass boost of hip hop style headphones. These are 300 ohm headphones with replaceable cables. The cord is 10 feet long and uncoiled. It has an integrated ¼ inch adapter that looks like it belongs there. The comfort is truly luxurious, and I find that I could easily listen for 8 hours straight(and have) while forgetting that I have them on. They are an open design so I am not isolated from others, and there is no back-pressure on the ears that you often feel with closed phones. I have tried thousand dollar headphones, and they offer neither improvement in sound, nor comfort. Do yourself a favor, hook these up to a good amp and listen to a binaural recording… instantly you will know that it will be many decades before any speakers or surround sound can even approach this realism. Not a good match for hip hop or metal

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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 Headphones:

        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 Headphones:

          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 Headphones:

            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 Headphones:

              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 Headphones:

                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 Headphones:

                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 Headphones:

                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 Headphones:

                  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 Headphones:

                  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 Headphones:

                    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 Headphones:

                        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 Headphones:

                          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 Headphones:

                          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 Headphones:

                          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 Headphones:

                          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 Headphones:

                            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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