Sennheiser HD600 Headphone Reviews

Headphone Details
Manufacturer Sennheiser Model HD600
Headphone Type Open Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 270 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Carbon Fibre Isolation (dB) 0
Impedance (ohms) 300 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 12 - 39000  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$280
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 7.4 Bass Impact 6.2
Bass Quality 7.0 Mids Quality 7.4
Highs Quality 7.0 Soundstage 7.4
Detail 7.0 Portability 2.2
Isolation 0.0 Comfort 8.0
Durability 7.0 Improvement With Amplification 8.6
Value 6.4    
Weighted Average 7.1 Total Reviews 5

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Review by Senior Member padam on 04 Sep 11  12:42
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality9
Highs Quality8
Detail7
Comfort9
Durability7

These are very good headphones for the money, quite balanced sounding. Yes there are some headphones which can do this and that better technically, but somehow not as balanced overall and not as natural in the midrange. For instance the HD-250 Linear II that I reviewed earlier and still use has better extension at the top and bottom, faster transients and better depth to the soundstage but suffers from what every closed headphones does to an extent, a bit uneven midrange, slightly boomy bass and also more unforgiving in the highs.

Comfort is generally really good, some users reported broken headbands so one should be a bit cautious about that.


I should add that I own the newer, 'unofficially improved' version (white screen drivers) which are better sounding than the old ones and I also use a Meier Audio Oehlbach aftermarket cable instead of the stock one.

Review by Senior Member The_Punisher on 29 Dec 06  00:34
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality7
Detail7
Comfort7
Durability7

I don't hear any "veil" with these. All I hear is headphones that are diffuse-field equalized, thus there is a dip in the treble at a precise frequency. However, I don't actually hear this dip and the phones sound completely natural and neutral to my ears. They sound just like if I was in a control room with a good pair of monitoring speakers in front of me. They're THAT flat to my ears. Some might say the HD600 is boring and lacks involvment but to me it's all about a flat response. A flat response sounds boring, lifeless and dull because there are minimal artificial enhancements done by the headphone.

These phones absolutely need amping. I plug them straight out (directly from the speaker out) of a Rotel 1062 integrated amplifier and the sound is incredible. This basically gives a 0 ohms jack, thus there is NO mid-bass hump at all. Indeed, I tried 110 ohms adapters and it sounded as there was a bass ressurgence, which is why IMHO many people claim these have a midbass hump.

All in all, these headphones are what I use for mixing/mastering the records I produce, because they're the closest to a reference speaker setup of all my headphones.

The detail is so good, I can hear all the defects, distortion, digital clipping, editing faults, etc. on my favorite records, which is great! For those who are all about detail, analysis and accuracy, these phones are great.

Review by Senior Member Ticky on 22 Apr 06  13:52
Individual review
Bass Extension7
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality6
Detail7
Comfort7
Durability6

Construction-wise, the HD-600 is a little delicate. No, the HD-600 is not poorly constructed. Rather the headphone is designed for home use and is meant to be light and comfortable (and comfortable it is). Just don't plan on bringing it on too many bumpy trips.

The HD-600 brings out a good degree of texture and details from music and produces a wide soundstage. Treble seems to breathe well though can sound a touch sharp at times. Bass is deep and tight, though it may not be heavy enough for bass-freaks. The phones does a great job at reproducing vocals, wind and string instruments.

The sonic downside for the HD-600 is that its open-air design does not block out external room noise and is easily drowned out by loud and noisy environments.

Strength: Wide soundstage and rich music texture. Not too expensive given recent price reductions. Capable of keeping up with many equipment upgrades.

Weakness: Must be coupled with good quality equipments to sound its best. Might sound too “relaxed” for some music genre. Not suitable for noisy environments.

Review by Senior Member some1x on 11 Jan 05  13:54
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality6
Detail6
Comfort8
Durability7

The HD600s were my main phones for a few months. I could listen to them for longer than any other phones because of their relaxed presentation and wonderful comfort. They were satisfying phones for classical music until I upgraded to the HE60.

(Compared to the HE60) The HD600 the highs are reccessed and lack extention, the bass is not so tight and textured, the sound stage is not well focused... overall the HD600s sounded slowed and even muddy in comparison.

Review by Senior Member rjleong on 27 Dec 04  13:30
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality8
Highs Quality8
Detail8
Comfort9
Durability8

For many years, the Sennheiser HD600 is one of the best dynamic headphones on the market. But though it has been supplanted by the HD650, the HD600 still holds its own. The bass is liquid, as are the mids and the highs - very well balanced, though the bass could be a tad less lumpy. In fact, the sound is among the most coherent that I've ever heard from a pair of headphones of any type.

If you want to use an unamped portable player to drive these headphones, forget about it. Though some portable players can drive them loud enough, the sound quality just won't be as good as it should be (even though it's still much better than what you'd get from freebie stock headphones). They need a fair amount of power in order to drive them to their full potential.

These headphones can be worn for hours on end, if you can tolerate the slight amount of pressure that the headband exerts on your jaw.

Overall, these are moderately priced headphones that need better-than-mid-fi equipment, preferably high-end equipment, in order to sound their best. In other words, a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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