- Sep 11, 2016
HD600 isn't a 'gateway drug' (hate these flippant drug related analogies*) it's 'end game' an Americanism for a very satisfying headphone. A headphone for well adjusted individuals of taste
Here, Here !! Well said. In full agreement.
Exactly. Back in the day, it was a flagship.
Whilst one may advise not to fall into the trap of "more expensive/newer = better," as that is often far from the case with more expensive/newer products being worse, in this case I think the story is different.
The HD600 was a top headphone for a long time and as a product of its time it is it remains top notch. It is still a very good headphone to this day, and I say this from my experience with it.
However, more recently with the HD7xx-HD8xx line Sennheiser has at least to my ear been able to convey a sound that my brain perceives as more natural and realistic, using new approaches to craft a more realistic soundstage (similar to what we hear in real life when we're not wearing headphones) while upping the perception of fidelity. The ear/brain works in mysterious ways and it has been proven with more recent studies that a simple flat response is not perceived as natural or desirable by the brain. There is literally nowhere in normal day-to-day life - whether just doing daily tasks or listening to music - where the ear is presented with flat unreflected sound. This means when the brain hears flat unreflected sound (such as an anechoic chamber, or a traditional headphone with perfectly flat frequency response) it sounds alien. The newer "flagship" sennheiser models operate more on this principal of psychoacoustical perception - models that are always improving and evolving over time - and this is why the sound signature of these newer HD7xx-HD8xx is so different than previous sennheiser headphones and also why they may be divisive in some cases as it is a different approach.