Great all rounders with no obvious flaws
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
These are an open backed headphone so leak sound but create a more natural sound than most closed back phones. They have an impedance of 300ohms which is pretty high for modern headphones. This means they really need a dedicated headphone amp to provide the voltage they need for a decent volume. A portable player really isn't powefull enough. One advantage of this high impedance is they can be paired with headphone amps with high output impedance without worrying about unwelcome distortion. I use them with the O2/ODAC combo which is an open source headphone DAC and amplifier with a very neutral sound which costs about £200.
I own several pairs of headphones and the comparisons are as follows:
Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm - these are more detailed than the HD600 and sound quite airy.
AKG K701 and Q701 (identical to my ears) - these have a wider soundstage than the HD600 and sharper attack.
Hifiman HE-400 - these have very well controlled bass which goes a little lower than the HD600.
Whilst these all outperform the HD600 in certain areas they all have faults - the Beyers can be a little light sounding, the AKG's can seem a little wearing and the Hifiman's treble can be a little harsh.
The beauty of the HD600 is that it hasn't really got any faults. It is a nicely balanced sound with no obvious weaknesses. Paired with a nice neutral amp they produce a detailed but smooth sound. If I were to buy just a single pair of headphones I would go for these.
I owned a pair of HD650's before selling them and buying these. In my opinion the HD650 seemed a little too dark and veiled and was a step back from the HD600's they were designed to replace. The HD600 is normally cheaper as well.
The headphones are relatively light and the headband is well padded unlike the AKG's so overall they are quite comfortable for long listening. The cable seems a bit thin but sounds fine. The HD650 cable is more robust and uses the same connectors so you can always upgrade to that cable relatively cheaply. The cable terminates in a mini jack and comes with a nice gold plated push on converter to use as a 1/4 inch jack.
The headphones are finished in a bluey marbled design which is a bit unusual but looks rather classy.
The HD600 does not come with a carry case unlike the Beyers but the hardboard box inside the outer packaging is strong and well padded and I use this to store them when not in use.
Overall this is a great product I would highly recommend to someone who appreciates good quality sound.
Sennheiser HD600 headphones
For the price, these are lovely headphones. They're clear and give great space and depth. They relay strong, powerful, moments in music, without losing the small subtleties. The speakers are kept well off the ear, which I think adds to the feeling of spaciousness.
Sennheiser have not bass-loaded them and their neutrality allows tham to reproduce speech well. I've heard better headphones, but at considerably higher price.
These are well made, of strong materials and come with a useful gold-plated 3.5mm stereo jack, with a larger stereo jack as a snap-on overlay. So both size jacks are covered. Nice box too!
The downside? They're closed headphones, so rather heavy.
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Among the Best Open Headphones! Comfortable and Highest Clarity!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
These were award-winning headphones when they were first manufactured. They still hold in high regard from all those that have them. They present clear and true sound, and they are sooooooo comfortable!!
Bear in mind these are 'open' headphones, so folks around you will hear lots of what goes on between your ears. So not for trains, buses or in front of the television whilst others are trying to watch a programme!
Thumbs up to these headphones, they sound fantastic, you will struggle to hear much difference between these are the 650's at over twice the cost!
You won't regret owning these.
My suggestion is to also get a set of closed cup headphones Sennheiser HD280 Pro for example (£85), which I also own, as these at let next to nothing to be shared with those around you) and sound Great!
Great used buy!
For a while, these were Sennheiser's top model and I thought them discontinued. However, they still seem to be alive and kicking, which is a good thing in my view.
I tried to live with a pair and loved the open and very clear presentation on the whole. However, in my setting the sound breakthrough into the room beyond annoyed the wife sitting close by and after long term listening I found them strangely compressed in their portrayal of "dynamics." This may not have been the headphones fault I discovered years later to be fair, but something else in my audio system. A family member has his own music production studio and swears by them (he also used HD480's before) so I'm inclined to go with his recommendation.
They've good used prices too............
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I'm so happy with my HD600 :)
Absolutely awesome headphones for a fair price! You can't do better choice! Very happy with sound performance, quality of build, and also it's very comfortable even after 6hours of use!
Using it with Asus Xonar DX card... so, all together cost me less than €200 and I'm enjoying it!
Definitely, i'll take this combo when i'll be switching to new computer!
PS: Comparing to my old KOSS UR40, these are 3 levels above!