Sennheiser HD 600
Manufacturer: Sennheiser Part number: 004465
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CNET editors' review
price range: $359.95 - $359.99
- Reviewed by: Phil Ryan
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 05/12/2008
The good: Sennheiser's high-end open-air headphones deliver deep bass, luxuriously padded ear cups, and a replaceable cord for a more economical price than their flagship model.
The bad: Expensive; not the best solution for portable listening; gray and black plastic finish doesn't scream high end.
The bottom line: The Sennheiser HD 600 headphones are a good choice for home listening if you're willing to pay for high-quality sound.
Fantastic for the price - 650 anyone?
Pros: Clarity, Bass, precision, and price, Very light and comfortable, wear all night without any stress.
Cons: The new HD650s! They are open headphone so they let outside noise in. as do all at this level, excluding the in-ear quality 'phones.
Great sound, but excellent bass as reported by CNET is a new one to me.
by make_or_break on May 15, 2008
Pros: Great sound mids on up; superb imaging and detail. Ultra comfortable.
Cons: My older production model has only average bass performance and as purchased way back then, no low impedance compatibility.
Summary: I can't write about how recently produced HD600s are these days; my set must be at least seven or eight years old by now at the time of this ...
Summary: I can't write about how recently produced HD600s are these days; my set must be at least seven or eight years old by now at the time of this writing. Sennheiser doesn't exactly stand still with their designs even if the model number soldiers on in their lineup. They do tweak models as time progresses to keep them updated and freshened, and I suspect the HD600 has probably seen a few of these since I first purchased my pair all those years ago.
All review qualifiers now out of the way, what I DO know about the HD600 is that they've been a wonderful set that I still use regularly, even though they've been supplanted by my HD650 as my most-used headphones here at home. The sound quality of my HD600 is excellent to superb, with tremendous depth to its soundstage and a tremendous ability to reproduce detail with both finesse and clarity. Mid-bass and up, my HD600s are the epitome of the perfect headset; even the HD650 is hard-pressed to match that sonic wonder. From a comfort standpoint, they're an exact equal to the wonderfully comfortable, non-fatiguing HD650.
But ultimately there's an Achilles heel to the design. With my set, it's the lower frequencies that are the downfall of the HD600, based on internet postings (head-fi.org, for example) a trait common with at least those that were earlier production iterations...like my set is. When I read that CNET's sample set was capable of producing excellent bass, I had to wonder if we were REALLY taking about the same Senn design, because excellent lows is NOT a known characteristic of my particular HD600 set.
My HD600's impedance rating is hardly a match for ANY portable device and, as mentioned above, never has been anywhere close to satisfying at producing much in the way of bass, deep or otherwise. I believe Sennheiser now ships a mini adapter cord roughly 9" long--rather than the simple miniplug adapter that came with both my HD600 and HD650--that makes their high impedance headphone designs compatible with the impedance ratings of iPods, Zunes, Zens and the like (at least I saw and listened to one with a recent demo HD650 I used with several new MP3 players I was sampling a short time ago). So at least playing nice with portable devices seems to be addressed. As for this newfound bass performance...I guess I'll have to take CNET's word for it...at least until I sample a newer HD600 for myself.
Like I posted in my review of my HD650, I had similar sound quality issues with the headphone cord that the factory supplies. And like I have with my HD650, my HD600 wears an aftermarket cable, the same Stefan Audio Art Equinox cable that my HD650 runs with. However, unlike the cable that I first bought for my HD650, this particular Equinox cable was poorly made, where the separate wires appear to have issues with poor soldering and cross-contact of channels, which depending on the positioning of the cable will actually recreate a monophonic(!) listening experience. I've complained LOUDLY to the manufacturer...but alas, it appears to have fallen on deaf ears, or at least ones plugged with ear wax. Considering that this second set was more expensive than my first--SAA's newfound popularity apparently has its (inflationary) price, it seems--I've not been amused at all and Stefan Audio Art is no longer worthy of my Favored Manufacturer's Status rating that it once blissfully carried. Through it all, however, none of that blame can be placed on the HD600's doorstep. When its Equinox cable is working RIGHT, the HD600 sounds sweeter and deeper than in its original factory configuration. Too bad that it doesn't always stay working right.
In the end, unlike Stefan Audio Art I'd have no problem whatsoever promoting the Sennheiser HD600. You do save some money over the HD650, although if you hunt around on the web these days it's not as much of a savings as it once was. I'd say that even with my own bass-challenged set, I still get roughly 90% of the HD650's performance with the HD600, and that isn't a bad thing at all. But as much as the rest of the frequency range sounds so sweet on the HD600, it's been hard not to notice its lack of bass performance when compared to its sibling. I'd still recommend the HD650 if price is not a concern, but the HD600 is still very much a worthy device for anyone looking to save some green.
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MP3 and iPod fanatics need not apply
by vesther on July 15, 2006
Pros: Ergonomic earcups, open-air operation ducts for enhanced sound detail
Cons: Sound is not rich if you are using compressed audio, pricey, for home use only
Summary: Very comfortable earcups since they are ergonomical. Generally, these headphones are not for MP3 fanatics due to many MP3 users thriving to compress music, as I have tested these headphones ...
Summary: Very comfortable earcups since they are ergonomical. Generally, these headphones are not for MP3 fanatics due to many MP3 users thriving to compress music, as I have tested these headphones with 128kbps AAC and they do sound horrible if you compress it. I can't give it good praise since this was only meant for audiophiles who live their life for ultra-rich sound. Also, due to open-air technology, it can't be used on a mobile-to-mobile basis. If you are planning to listen to a lot of music in noisy environments and/or if you are planning to do a lot of travel, then these headphones are not for you. It's for home use, and possibly for use by Deejays, so it's not a headphone for everyone.
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- Manufacturer: Sennheiser
- Part number: 004465
- Description: The HD 600 is an audiophile quality open dynamic hi-fi/professional stereo headphone. The advanced diaphragm design eliminates standing waves in the diaphragm material. The HD 600 can be connected directly to hi-fi systems of the highest quality, in particular DAT, DCC and CD players. This headphone is an ideal choice for the professional recording engineer recording classical music.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headphones
- Weight 9.2 oz
- Color Gray
- Body Material Plastic
- Recommended Use Portable audio system,
Home audio system,
Professional audio system
- Localization English
- Headphones Form Factor Full size
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Frequency Response 12 - 39000 Hz
- Sensitivity 97 dB
- Impedance 300 Ohm
- Magnet Material Neodymium
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - External - 10 ft
- Included Accessories 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter
- Power Device None
- Battery None
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years