Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread
Apr 22, 2021 at 11:11 AM Post #21,376 of 21,457

donlin

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I own the 600, 650 and 660S driven by the Benchmark HPA4. I tend to prefer the 650 most of the time but that changes depending on which day you ask me. The 600 is definitely the most neutral but the little bit of added warmth in the 650 makes it just about perfect for musical enjoyment. IMO the 650 still has the best mid range timbre of any of the more expensive phones I've owned. The 660S goes too far away from neutral so can sound strange at times, just slightly off base, even when not comparing with anything else.
 
Apr 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM Post #21,378 of 21,457

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i guess between hearing things differently, silent revisions, and individual unit variation, it's hard to say whether i actually don't like the 650/6XX or i just had an especially veiled unit. mine was very noticeably dark (significantly more than the 600, even to untrained ears like those of my family and friends). i'm not sure if i should go out and try another 6XX/650 ...? i do greatly prefer the 600 currently though
 
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Tyll said the 650 is veiled compared to the 600. Just stay with the original :)
 
Apr 22, 2021 at 2:04 PM Post #21,380 of 21,457

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I sold the 650 recently and picked up a 600 and couldn't be happier. I had to get honest with myself that every time I get a 650/6xx I eventually find it a bit boring. The lack of imaging on the 650 really stuck out to me this last time I owned it.
 
Apr 22, 2021 at 4:18 PM Post #21,382 of 21,457

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Are this headphones good for electronic músic? I'm a bass and sub bass lover.

I listen to electronic music with 650HD and OTL amplifier. They won't bang and sub bass is rolled off, but I still find them quite an enjoying listen. Majority of my electronic music is not that bass focused though. As someone said mid's are something special, especially for such price. The rest is mediocre and lags behind if you compare to higher end stuff, very intimate sounding as an openback. The thing with these models is that they don't have very obvious faults and carry addictive tonality as a whole, the more time I spend with them the more they grow on me. HD650 went from "I want to sell them" to " I'll keep them till the drivers will fail"

If weight is not a problem and you want quality bass, safe $$ cash and look for used audeze lcd 2 classic
 
Apr 23, 2021 at 11:07 PM Post #21,384 of 21,457

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audeze has some seriously wonky tonality and timbre (even beyond what the FR looks like) but the technicalities are solid and work really well for electronic music; i imagine you'd be very disappointed with the HD6X0 if you like bass and subbass. i'd probably prefer the audeze over HD6X0 for genres like house and dnb even though i find them extremely strange for classical and acoustic
 
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audeze has some seriously wonky tonality and timbre (even beyond what the FR looks like) but the technicalities are solid and work really well for electronic music; i imagine you'd be very disappointed with the HD6X0 if you like bass and subbass. i'd probably prefer the audeze over HD6X0 for genres like house and dnb even though i find them extremely strange for classical and acoustic
I think is preferable to have different headphones for different "moods" and "genres" (even albums from genres). For example, I enjoy a lot listening to jazz with my Sony Z7s or vocal genres with HD 800, but for rock and metal I love the Denon 9200 or Beyer DT 1990 Pro... But sometimes one of my headphones surprise me with a concrete album from a particular genre (or give me a different view).

When I bought my Senn HD 555 (I think in 2006), my first "audiophile" purchase, I was amazed with the TOTL HD 600, that was available in the same on-line shop, and I laughed when I read a guy review there that said "They are incredible -or something like that-" and another guy replied: "you are crazy to spend that ammount of money in headphones" (now 5000 € has becoming the old 300 €). From that time, I got intrigued about these headphones and will try them I hope soon :relaxed:
 
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I think is preferable to have different headphones for different "moods" and "genres" (even albums from genres). For example, I enjoy a lot listening to jazz with my Sony Z7s or vocal genres with HD 800, but for rock and metal I love the Denon 9200 or Beyer DT 1990 Pro... But sometimes one of my headphones surprise me with a concrete album from a particular genre (or give me a different view).

When I bought my Senn HD 555 (I think in 2006), my first "audiophile" purchase, I was amazed with the TOTL HD 600, that was available in the same on-line shop, and I laughed when I read a guy review there that said "They are incredible -or something like that-" and another guy replied: "you are crazy to spend that ammount of money in headphones" (now 5000 € has becoming the old 300 €). From that time, I got intrigued about these headphones and will try them I hope soon :relaxed:

In all regards for HD6xx series they can’t compete against decent higher tier headphones. clear which can be bought now new for 900$ beats sennheisers in every area. If you look into used market you can get even other and cheaper options. I enjoy my HD650, but fanboys overhyped them putting them in the same bracket as flagships. These do scale with OTL amplifiers, but not to the extent that it will transform Sennheisers to a new beast. Now if we look at the price/performance ratio these are in top of competition, a very good mid-fi option, basically a blind recommendation for any casual listener
 
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In all regards for HD6xx series they can’t compete against decent higher tier headphones. clear which can be bought now new for 900$ beats sennheisers in every area. If you look into used market you can get even other and cheaper options. I enjoy my HD650, but fanboys overhyped them putting them in the same bracket as flagships. These do scale with OTL amplifiers, but not to the extent that it will transform Sennheisers to a new beast. Now if we look at the price/performance ratio these are in top of competition, a very good mid-fi option, basically a blind recommendation for any casual listener

Nah man, this fanboy here says HD 600 beats all flagship headphones in the most important category of all.

Clear? Already discontinued... :)
 
Apr 24, 2021 at 7:19 AM Post #21,388 of 21,457

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In all regards for HD6xx series they can’t compete against decent higher tier headphones. clear which can be bought now new for 900$ beats sennheisers in every area. If you look into used market you can get even other and cheaper options. I enjoy my HD650, but fanboys overhyped them putting them in the same bracket as flagships. These do scale with OTL amplifiers, but not to the extent that it will transform Sennheisers to a new beast. Now if we look at the price/performance ratio these are in top of competition, a very good mid-fi option, basically a blind recommendation for any casual listener
Not everyone would agree with that. I have owned Clear, Arya, LCD-X HD800S etc and still prefer the HD6-0. None of those more expensive phones get the midrange timbre as right in my opinion.
 
Apr 24, 2021 at 10:53 AM Post #21,390 of 21,457

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Personally I didn’t like hd600 with female vocals it’s shouty not in a good way for me, 650 nails it better. Most important category, it’s just your taste and it will vary depending on individual. Doesn’t make a headphone a better for the rest, in that logic I could easily claim that beats is the best headphone out there driven by friends opinion
 

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