Sennheiser HD 600 – Buyer’s Guide

Sennheiser HD 600

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Sitting between the Sennheiser HD 650 and 580 models, we have the HD 600. Simply put, every sound geek should consider these headphones, and we will tell you why.

Let us start with the comfort factor. One word: velour. Yep, we found these cans to be marvelous comfortable because of the plush velour material that covers the earpads. We could wear this piece of product for hours without any sweat developing which is more likely to happen with leather-padded ear cups.

In this piece, most of the components in the construction are also removable, including the ear pads, grill, and cable. This also adds a lot of life to an already sturdy pair of headphones; you can rest assured that you’ll be using this pair of headphones for a long time to come. A lot of its construction is plastic which is a bit disappointing, but on the flip-side keeps these almost large headphones lightweight.

When it comes to sound production, the 600 is a class above the rest. Without any doubt, 600s are the most flattest and neutral sounding headphones under $400. Tyll Hertsens from innerfidelity describes them as ‘one of best buys in the world of audiophile headphones.’ For, David Mahler, in his massive ‘Battle of the Flagships’ thread, has awarded an A+ (one of only five models out of 58 to do so) to them and says ‘Dollar for dollar, the Sennheiser HD600 is among the best sounding headphones I have ever heard.’

The verdict is simple: For any audiophile who takes mixing (or music) seriously, the HD 600 should be at the top of her or his list.

What about the Sennheiser HD 650? It released six years after the HD 600; the HD 650 is another fantastic pair of headphones. Even though both sound remarkably similar, the 650’s have slightly more coloration in their sound representation. It is still a great pair of headphones for mixing, but the 600s are slightly better in this regard.

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Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Best sound in class
  • Easily replaceable components
  • Detachable cable

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Cons

  • Does not fold in
  • It takes a while to break in and become cozy
  • Lots of plastic in the construction

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