Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread
Jun 10, 2021 at 5:38 PM Post #21,513 of 21,838

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I never had the PM2 (I had the PM3) so I don't have any personal experience with it but to put it short and simple, the HD600 and HD650 both shine in the mids, the HD 600 has a bit less bass in general but more lower treble energy than the HD 650 and the latter has more mid bass and slightly smoother treble than the 600.

Both scale well with amps and have nice resolution for the price.
Good to know that the HD600 leans towards the brighter region as all the other headphones I'd tried were kinda bass-heavy.

I had limited experience with high-end products, having only demoed the Audio-Technica ADX5000 once and had been chasing for its "light bass and clear detailed brillance" sound ever since. I see that you have the Focal Clear which is often recommended alongside ADX5000. How would you describe it compared to the HD600/650?
 
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Good to know that the HD600 leans towards the brighter region as all the other headphones I'd tried were kinda bass-heavy.

I had limited experience with high-end products, having only demoed the Audio-Technica ADX5000 once and had been chasing for its "light bass and clear detailed brillance" sound ever since. I see that you have the Focal Clear which is often recommended alongside ADX5000. How would you describe it compared to the HD600/650?

Again, I'm not gonna go too into detail, but according to my tastes, I felt the Focal Clears sounded too "closed in" even though the tonality wasn't so bad. It was mostly the soundstage that killed it for me, it is less musical and more resolving in the upper mids. It did not have the character of the HD 650s, others might swear by it but I gave it 4 weeks and noted it's great characteristics and then sold it. I then bought a HD6xx again as I realized how much I missed the tonality of the 600s.
 
Jun 11, 2021 at 1:21 AM Post #21,516 of 21,838

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Experiences and opinions on HD 600 paired with iFi iDSD micro Black Label?
They sound fine with them when I had the HD600. The XBass boost doesn't add the good bass impact that I was looking for with them and tends to tilt the tonality to being warmer than what I think sounds best for them. I would leave them off with the HD600 at least.
 
Jun 14, 2021 at 8:07 AM Post #21,517 of 21,838

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They sound fine with them when I had the HD600. The XBass boost doesn't add the good bass impact that I was looking for with them and tends to tilt the tonality to being warmer than what I think sounds best for them. I would leave them off with the HD600 at least.
Agreed. I do not like XBass boost of iDSD micro BL too.

Again, I'm not gonna go too into detail, but according to my tastes, I felt the Focal Clears sounded too "closed in" even though the tonality wasn't so bad. It was mostly the soundstage that killed it for me, it is less musical and more resolving in the upper mids. It did not have the character of the HD 650s, others might swear by it but I gave it 4 weeks and noted it's great characteristics and then sold it. I then bought a HD6xx again as I realized how much I missed the tonality of the 600s.
I tend to agree, HD600 has a wider soundstage than HD650, it's neutral thus I could hear and distinguish variety of music instruments particularly from symphony and orchestra pieces. If a good recording, I could even hear the depth of the instrument placing than HD650. HD600 is not a fun headphone but more for critical listening for accuracy IMO.
 
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Jun 20, 2021 at 12:15 PM Post #21,519 of 21,838

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I assume these are still being made? There is barely any stock in Australia, only a couple of stores that I can see.

It might be due to the change of the headband cushion. Sounds odd to say it, but in Europe too on Thomann it went on 2-3 week delivery last month and now it's back in stock with the new, 650 headband. So maybe there was a gap between supplying the stock with the old 600 headband version and the new one.

But yes, it will be discontinued at some point by Sonova, IMHO.
 
Jun 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM Post #21,520 of 21,838

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It might be due to the change of the headband cushion. Sounds odd to say it, but in Europe too on Thomann it went on 2-3 week delivery last month and now it's back in stock with the new, 650 headband. So maybe there was a gap between supplying the stock with the old 600 headband version and the new one.

But yes, it will be discontinued at some point by Sonova, IMHO.
The guys from Sennheiser and Sonova say they won’t discontinue it in this interview.
 
Jun 22, 2021 at 3:10 PM Post #21,522 of 21,838

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The guys from Sennheiser and Sonova say they won’t discontinue it in this interview.

Yea I don't understand why they'd discontinue the 600/650 when they still sell so well
 
Jun 28, 2021 at 10:58 AM Post #21,525 of 21,838

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