Pros: Pros : Sound quality, comfort, build, modularity (parts), balance, naturalness, clarity, detail
Cons: Cons : Headband not as strong as it could be, initial clamp force
Pros: Pros : Sound quality, comfort, build, modularity (parts), balance, naturalness, clarity, detail
Cons: Cons : Headband not as strong as it could be, initial clamp force
Pros: Luxurious midrange, full and extended bass, smooth treble, comfortable.
Cons: Maybe a bit too full-sounding? Not quite as resolving/detailed as some of its peers.
Let me just say one thing up front: if you have any complaints about the speed or the bass extension of these headphones, you need a better headphone amp. /endofdiscussion The HD600s will take the best in source material and amplification, and give you the best sound in return. It's not coincidental that these cans are held up as the reference's reference: more than any other headphone I can think of they sound like whatever it is you are listening to. Their most notable audio characteristic is this ... amiable compatibility. That and the ability to play cleanly at very loud peak levels. Combined, the HD600s are ready for whatever you care to throw at them, never drawing unwanted attention to themselves, always sounding great.
Perhaps part of the secret to this neutrality and high enjoyment factor is the way they dial down the resolution just a tad. A fraction de-focused, one notch less treble intensity - blending the music into a coherent experience rather than individual strands of detail. Some people might disapprove, I call it genius.
These are comfortable, durable headphones built to a high standard. The foam pads on the earcups and headband died after a decade or so, but I easily replaced them with the new parts from Sennheiser.
Pros: Sound Quality, Build, Comfort, Scalability, Modularity
Cons: Stock Cable, Veil, Slow Speed
The Sennheiser HD600's are my first set of headphones. I have long wanted to pen down this review, and here I am writing this review after several months of experience with my beloved HD600’s.
Intro : I am an 21 year old Engineering student living in a small town in India. I would like to call myself an music enthusiast, rather than an audiophile. I mostly listen to Bollywood and Indian Classical Music. There is not much audiophile-community presence in India, Though lot of potential remains to be tapped. Auditioning an headphone is almost impossible in India. At the time of my purchase, I took recommendations from fellow Head-Fi ‘ers who guided me into right path, towards the Mighty HD600.
I will try to keep this review simple and hope it will help fellow enthusiasts to know more about the wonderful HD600.
Sennheiser HD600 is an upgraded version of the HD580, which was an revolutionary headphone released in 90’s and has won thousands of ears along its journey till today. The HD600 is made in Ireland, and comes packed in an thick and strong cardboard box which is cushioned from inside, where the HD600 stays put, for its onward journey towards the beloved owners! No complaints here.
Design and Build : Excellent and practical build with professional grade materials. High quality joints, nothing squeaky, sturdy grills, conventional yet very reliable connectors. nano-carbon material ensures in light weight. Very durable, sturdy and reliable construction, along with an attractive Marble finishing. Now not many prefer marble finishing, but as for me, I love it! The HD600 is modular! One can fully dismantle it and assemble it back with ease! Which ensures in long life and easy maintenance of the headphone.
Comfort : It is very comfortable, can be worn for hours without any sign of discomfort, thanks to oval shaped earcups. The Initial clamp force is a bit strong, but the force relaxes off gradually according to the shape of our head. Ventilated velour pads along with head cushions keeps us cool and comfortable, which is a big plus for Hot climatic countries like India.
Sound : The HD600 is an Wonderfully sounding headphone. It’s sound can be consider as ‘Euphonic’ Rich, Textured, magical sounding with very good sound stage and details. It’s natural, smooth and grain-free sonic quality often makes one feel as If they are hearing their music in real concert and not through an headphone!
Lows : Very good bass and sub bass. Balanced and Tight, well extended, and clean.
Mids : Seductive and very natural. Mids are presented in a lush and rich manner, which results in its pleasing natural sound.
Highs : Realistic and smooth. Not Bright. Just ‘Right’
Sound-Stage and Details : Sound stage is very good though not as wide as Q701 and not as detailed as DT880. The soundstage and detailing of HD600 is very balanced and ‘Just Right’ and ‘Realistic’
The HD600 can be said as more natural than neutral with respect to its sound. The HD600 gives Hi-Fi sound at Mid-Fi price point. One can listen to HD600 for hours together without any hint of fatigue or discomfort. Another positive point about HD600 is that, HD600 scales very well with equipments! I can easily recommend the Bottlehead Crack, which is an excellent OTL amplifier, has special synergry with the HD600. Otherwise an economical O2 amp will also do for an very good listen. The stock cable is quite thin, a reasonably priced Cardas cable would further enhance the already wonderful sound of the HD600.
Conclusion : HD600 is an truely amazing and exceptional headphone! One can cherish it for lifetime. The HD600 is an masterpiece, which is a bliss for audiophiles and enthusiasts alike.
The following features are hard to find anywhere else, but are present in the HD600 :
1. Eternal Sound Quality
2. Super Comfortable
3. Very Durable
I would like to thank Sennheiser for creating the legend and Head-Fi for continuing the legacy.
The Sennheiser HD600 is not just another headphone; It’s a Legend.
Pros: Very detailed. Balanced. Good soundstage. Absolutely amazing mids. Entirely modular, with all parts replaceable.
Cons: Bass could be a little tighter. Some would say subdued treble, but I'd say it's at a very realistic level. Soundstaging has room for improvement.
Note: The price paid is used from Amazon Marketplace. Also, I've duplicated my review from the other product listing here on Head-Fi. If it is possible, the two HD 600 pages ought to be merged.
The first thing about these the HD 600 is the excellent tonal balance - it's never harsh, but the highs are still there and very detailed. Sometimes the finest details may get lost in very complex music thanks to being overshadowed by other parts of the music, but the resulting detailed smoothness is a very good thing.
The mids - ahh, they're to die for! They're the highlight of the headphones. They're detailed and lifelike, similar to the highs. But they're so realistic sounding - even so more than the HD 800 and Beyer T1 I've auditioned. As far as I'm concerned, the HD 800 (haven't heard the HD 650) still falls short here in comparison. Guitars, brass, saxes, vocals, and more sound so much more realistic (and and have more visceral impact) than anything else I've heard (my new Alessandro MS1is come close, but not as much with the low mids).
Bass is fairly tight and at just about the right level for all types of music. You'll never make anyone happy with any given quantity of bass, but I think these are as close to a neutral level as you'll get. Very low bass can be a little loose, and rapid bass notes aren't as distinct as the HD 800, Beyer T1 or DT 880, but it's still excellent overall (and especially compared to lesser headphones).
Their soundstaging is very good - but there are, of course, far superior headphones for this. Depth is good, width is good, and precision of placement is good - again, a very balanced sound. The sense of spaciousness (a function of all three factors) falls a little short of the AKG K701, and of course the HD 800 and Beyer T1 - but of course is far more evident than the close-in Grado sound. The "It sounds like they're playing in the room with me!" sensation never really happens to the same level that my speakers (Infinity Renaissance 90) can provide.
The build quality is very good - the headband and frames are supposedly made of carbon fiber, but after inspecting them (and seeing photos of cracked headbands) I believe it is probably a carbon fiber reinforced plastic instead. Less impressive to your friends, perhaps, but an excellent material nonetheless. They do of course feel slightly plasticky as a result (but it never feels like cheap plastic).
They're quite lightweight, and the padding is excellent - the velour earpads and headband are very comfy. I know some complain about them being too tight - I can't really comment, since I bought mine used. I never found them to be too tight myself.
They stand up to abuse admirably well - mine have lived in my backpack for four months straight and only have superficial damage to the grills (they get dented when sharing the backpack with my Nikon) to show for it. They haven't been babied at all - just no abuse like trying to bend the headband over on itself... Anyway, since everything is modular, you can easily replace any part that has broken. I just got new pads and a cable to replace the worn originals.
The marbled finish does wear off a little over time, but it has yet to become detrimental to their appearance so far. Oh, and by the way, the finish looks a whole lot cooler in person than in photos of the headphones.
I've found amp'ing them not to be as difficult as some seem to think. A/B'ing my uDAC (my main source and amp) against a Beyerdynamic A1 amp, I really couldn't consistently tell any difference between them other than ultimate power output. The Sansa Clip+ actually does an admirable job running them up to moderately loud levels (not short-term ear blasting, of course), and never clips with them when playing music. It does, however, sound slightly (yet noticeably) less dynamic and with a narrower, less well defined soundstage in comparison to the uDAC. I forgot that I have a crossfeed plugin (HeadPlug MKII) running on Winamp, so I have to retract those opinions for now - although it does stand for now that I can't get a crossfeed with the Clip (without using an amp with one).
So, the verdict? These are amazing headphones, deserving of their place as one of the best dynamic headphones available to this day (15 years after their first introduction!). Their smooth, slightly warm (not dark!), but very realistic and - yes - exciting yet neutral sound is near-perfect in balance. Soundstaging is perhaps the area I would like to see the most improvement, but it is good in this respect already.
You'll have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands.
Pros: Sound signature smoth fatigue free sound while still remaining fairly detailed, Fully modular design
Cons: Not overly flashy the build doesn't really match the price, Bass doesn't extend overly low, Standard cable should be better
In my humble opinion the Sennheiser HD600 is by far one of the best sounding dynamic headphones on the market period hopefully you'll agree with me at the end of this review.
|Frequency response (headphones)||12 - 39000 Hz|
|Sound pressure level (SPL)||97 dB at 1 mW|
|THD, total harmonic distortion||0,1 %|
|Contact pressure||ca. 2,5 N|
|Jack plug||3,5/6,3 mm stereo|
|Cable length||3 m|
|Transducer principle||open, dynamic|
|Nominal impedance||300 Ω|
|Weight w/o cable||260 g|
Nothing really much to see here other then the fact this is a very high impedance headphone with a moderate sensitivity which means this headphone clearly NEEDS good amplification. Self powered small USB dac/headphone amplifiers can drive this headphone fine however for the best experience I recommend at least a Schiit Magni or O2 as both these amplifiers swing plenty of current into a high impedance load. These headphones will play well out of a receiver (as long as its a resistor based headphone out not opamp), integrated amplifier and preamp aswell (I've used it on my vintage mid 70s era Sansui integrated amp and it drives the headphone very well to extremely loud levels too). If tubes are your thing these match perfectly with all OTL Tube Amplifiers due to their high impedance.
The Sennheiser HD600 is a unique headphone in the way that every part can easily be removed and replaced and spares are readily available and when I mean every part I literally mean everything, you don't even need any special tools to disassemble it everything just snaps together. Fit and finish are really nothing to write home about, it seems durable enough never had issue with my headband cracking/snapping (which is supposedly an issue) I've had the headphones for a while and im not precious with them either. The overall build quality is fine and it does the job, it isnt spectacular by any means especially at this price point. The standard cable is pretty lame I destroyed mine in just a few months (the part that connects to the earpiece). Replace this with a HD650 cable which is much more solid and better made cable and no before you ask it does nothing for the sound don't try to tell me otherwise I don't believe headphone cables make any tangible difference, although don't let it stop you spending 5 or 10 bills on a custom cable though if that helps you sleep at night.
If you can get over the initial clamping force that goes away slowly with time these are a very comfortable headphone the pads are soft and plush and feel good on the head. You can hardly feel the headband on your head there is no pressure points there other then the clamping around the ear. People stretch the headband to help loosen clamping force but I do not recommend this as its not needed and you can potentially break it. It will go away with time.
The Sennheiser's sound signature can be described as neutral with a slight warm tilt although not overly rolled off at all. Its a smooth sounding and forgiving headphone not fatiguing to listen to in the slightest but still remains detailed enough to be somewhat analytical (Which the 650s don't do IMO).The bass is good just don't expect it to extend super low, Its right were it should be not overly abundant but enough for the headphone to not sound anemic in the slightest. This is why to me the HD600 to strike the perfect tonal balance for a headphone.The 'veiled' term used by some to describe these headphones a load or rubbish and anyone that believes in this probably listens to obscenely bright headphones. Soundstage is good but not amazing for open headphones if you want a headphone with a superior soundstage have a look at the K7xx line of headphones or step up to the HD800 which especially the latter offer a massive sound stage.
Ill give you my listening experience with my 3 amplifiers source is music files from my PC -> Optical in to my DacMagic 100
Woo Audio WA6
If I blindfolded you you probably wouldn't be able to tell this is a tube amplifier. The HD600s sounded great for this amp however the low end wasnt as present or as tight as it was with my other solid state amplifiers. Highs where crisp and clean nothing rolled off and mids were present with great punch and clarity. There really isnt that much more say about this amplifier. If I had a bottlehead crack or Woo Audio WA3 there would have been much more to say and made for a more interesting comparison as these are both OTL which greatly alters the sound signature.
The wire with gain as people call it again nothing really much to say here either the HD600s paired wonderfully plenty of power to drive these cans with ear shattering levels. Bass was more prevalent on this amplifier then on the Woo (probably due to the higher dampening factor). Mids and highs seemed very similar, so similar infact the only difference I could pick was that the highs seemed to be more prevalent on this amp but thats not to say that the Woo rolls off the higher frequencies that would be an exaggeration, best way to describe it would be slightly smoother sounding.
Gustard H10 (modified v200 clone)
Pairs excellently with this amplifier. Bass was very controlled and tight and more prevalent then on the O2 (which would make sense as people describe the V200 as a warm sounding solid state amplifier) other then that it was very very similar to the O2 across the rest of the frequency spectrum. Keep in mind this amp is complete overkill for these headphones.
The HD 600 is a forgiving headphone but at the same time is still detailed enough to give you an accurate portrayal of whatever it is you are listening to. As you can clearly see it does everything rather right and that's a big call to make as its very hard to find a headphone you can actually say this about. No headphone is perfect even top of the line flagships which cost many times more then this. The HD 600 isn't perfect either but for the price point this headphone is available for its as close to perfect as you can get.
Pros: Price, Comfort, Neutral, Accurate, Depth, Realistic.
Cons: Lack of bass extension, Narrow stereoimage, Weak headband, Wear tight at first
DAC: CA DacMagic Plus.
Source: PC lossless files through USB to DAC.
****: 6.7 inch erect.
I've had these headphones since Christmas now and coming from HD 598's the improvement was noticeable (less grain,more bass impact, NEUTRAL and more realistic) but the treble sounded hot, and the stereo-image too narrow...
After listing for them and comparing them for few days, my brain started to adjust to the sound of the headphone and it started to sound AMAZING and the phones stereo-image started to widen a bit
(or a placebo).
Anyway now 4 months after owning them I have been really happy with them and i just did the foam mod (I replaced the inside foam with stocking and stretched it over the driver)
and OH MY GOD. It's pretty much a whole different headphone. The whole sound of them just opened up and the stereo-imaging is now clearer and sharper than ever.
Listening to Tipper's Forward Escape album, I could hear every little sound moving around in space super clearly.
Only negative is the lack of bass impact, but I guess I can't have it all. :D
Pros: Extremely comfortable, great sound
Cons: Long standard cable.
I have owned my HD600 for 12-15 years now. I had to change headband and earpad de to weare after 10 years. I believe the Sennheiser HD600 is my best purchase EVER no matter what! I am extremely happy with them. They are great sounding. I truly feel they are shining with my Darkvoice 336SE amp. Great bass, openness, dynamic, instrument separation etc. They are not particular picky regarding amp og source. I love their sound.
I also own Denon D500 lawton mod and Hifiman HE500. Both om which I regard inferior to the Sennheiser HD600.
Cant recommend them strong enough!
Pros: Euphoric Sound, organic, laid back, easy listening, airy, good detail
Cons: lacks aggression, rolled off sub bass,
Check out my Video Review for the Sennheiser HD 600!
Well guys I want to say I finally did it! I broke down, and purchased a Sennheiser HD 600. After hearing about it for YEARS I just had to hear it for my self, and I'm rather glad I did!
Though it should be noted, my HD 600ish is technically... an HD 580 headband, HD 650 Grills and Cable with HD 600 drivers within. So in a sense, it's bit of a FrankenPhone. But it's got the HD 600 internals so a HD 600 it shall be!
The build quality on the unit is very nice! It has a good in the hand feel to it. Granted it's mostly plastic, but it still has a nice sense of weight and sturdiness to it.
To start with the Headband it self is composed of an inner metal band and outer plastic components. The Ear Cups are adjusted with a nice click as you move them down the notched head band. Again everything has a very nice feel to it, nothing's flimsy or weak.
Again these are the HD 650 Grills... but they look nice. Again nothing flimsy on this headphone.
The Cable is also from the HD 650, and I'm happy with it! It's a rather long cable and I've rolled over it a few times by accident now, I even stepped on it once. Non the less, like the rest of the headphone it has a good feel to it. Just an over all well built quality through an through!
FooBar 2000 -> Kernel Streaming -> Audio GD NFB10ES2 Dac Line Out -> Schiit Vali
So I'm running these through my Vali and I won't be doing any comparisons in this review! For the test tracks I used this album.
Late Night Tales : Air
The albums is a lovely mix of Classic Rock and Classical Music, with a little techno added in there! I think it makes an excellent demo Album for any headphone or system!
The HD 600 has one of the most Euphoric sounds I've heard! It's has a great sense of organic warmth and is very laid back.
Now many people claim this is a "veiled" headphone, which I disagree with. The unique color of the headphone is very different! Many of my headphones have a peak around 8-9k, well the HD 600 has a DIP there and a peak around 3-4k. Thus, upon listening to it sounds very different! Though, after about 10mins I found my self noticing a great deal of detail and air within the warm intimate sound of the HD 600.
In short, the HD 600 is a wonderfully organic, airy and detailed headphone. It is certainly intimate and warm, but is by no means fuzzy or veiled.
You do need an amp for it and I highly recommend the Schiit Vali!
Pros: Mids, Detail, Imaging, Soundtage, Balance/Accuracy
Cons: Clamping force, I have seen some say that the headband broke, Sub Bass
(Excuse me if bad grammar )
Sennhieser hd 600 review (So Far, No AMP.) *keep in mind I have never been a person who likes loud music, so the HD600s have enough volume directly plugged in for my ears. Not everyone is the same and it does not mean you are death. Im just accustomed to listening at this level because I believe you get more fidelity from doing so.
Pros: nice mid-treble ratio
Cons: bass rolls off
VERY flat. Now this is a headphone I enjoy.
Except for that bass roll off. Forget the HD800, forget the HD700, find some way to get deep sub bass out of these and you have a winner.
It sounds quite clean and is never veiled (HD650, HD598) nor is ever harsh (HD700, HD800). That is all.
|Feature||Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced oxygen-free-copper cable with very low handling noise|
|Product Type Name||CONSUMER_ELECTRONICS|
|Title||Sennheiser - Sennheiser HD 600|
|Warranty||2 years warranty|
|Special Features||nv: Transducer Principle^Dynamic, open | Frequency Response^12-39,000 Hz | Nominal Impedance^300 ohm | Connector^3.5 mm mini-stereo with 14 adapter | Characteristic Spl^97 dB | Ear Coupling^Circumaural | Headband Pressure^2.5 N | Distortion^Less than or equal to 0.1 | Weight Wo Cable^9.2 oz|
|Model Number||HD 600|
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