The Sennheiser HD 600 is another worthy addition to Sennheiser’s high-end, audiophile line. The Sennheiser HD 600 may not have the 650’s fancy, titanium metallic housing but you’ll still enjoy a high-end pair of headphones with an open-air design.
For those who are not familiar with an open-air headphone design, this model leaves the outside of the ear cups open, making sound waves move away from the ear and still continue without interfering in any way with the sound’s movement towards the ear. The Sennheiser HD 600 has a black metal mesh on the outside of the ear cups to protect the drivers and keep them safe from accidental damages.
Sennheiser HD 600 Drivers
Speaking of drivers, the Sennheiser HD 600 has computer-optimized neodymium magnet systems aimed to minimize distortion and to drive the lightweight aluminum voice coils. There’s also a 9 foot Y-cable attached to each earcup that delivers the tunes to the drivers. It ends in a gold-plated 3.55mm stereo mini jack connection. Sennheiser includes a phono adapter for larger headphone jacks so that it can easily snap securely over the smaller headphone plug. The cable and earpads can be replaced by users, though we would recommend that you let Sennheiser do it for you. Replacement cables cost about $25 while replacement earpads may cost you around $41.
The Sennheiser HD 600 is not nearly as efficient as most earbuds so you won’t experience ear-splitting levels of volume if you use it with a portable music player, like an iPod for example. However, you may want to avoid listening to music at high levels because it will damage your hearing sooner or later. If you plan on doing some recording, the Sennheiser HD 600 may not be the best choice of equipment because of its open air design. This open air design of the Sennheiser HD 600 lets in outside sounds so you might have issues in cranking up the volume of the music to compete with loud ambient sounds.
Sennheiser HD 600 Fit and Comfort
The ear cups of the Sennheiser HD 600 have soft cloth padding which allows a consumer to use it for long periods of time without necessarily feeling fatigue or pressure. Another great feature of the cloth padding of the Sennheiser HD 600 is that it lessens sweating which is common in leather-padded ear cups. What we like about the cloth padding of the Sennheiser HD 600 is that it is also less prone to flaking off, making it a good model for the long haul.
Even if the Sennheiser HD 600 is mostly made out of plastic material, we are confident that this design can support heavy-duty use and can even be considered as one of the most durable and reliable models in the market. In terms of durability, the Sennheiser HD 600 is a rock solid choice, bearing no loose parts, creaking or cracks even when used for years. If anything, the pads of the Sennheiser HD 600 may need to be replaced once or twice a year, but again, it’s just a tailor made requirement, depending on the usage.
Sennheiser HD 600 Audio Quality
With its open design, Sennheiser HD 600 can really produce a legendary output with live studio recordings, given the impression that it is done in a spacious room. The Sennheiser HD 600 also delivers a wide range of audio spectrum well, digging deep into the bass and low frequency and reaching up into the higher frequencies. However, don’t expect the Sennheiser HD 600 to deliver the same oomph of the low bass that closed ear cup designs can deliver.
Sennheiser HD 600 – An Upgraded Flagship Product
If you are a fan of the Sennheisers, you would be familiar with its headphone family. The Sennheiser HD 600 is considered to be a refinement of two existing models, the HD 580 and the HD 580 Jubilees. In terms of technology, the HD 580 set a new standard in terms of accuracy and comfort, but despite its superb listening experience, there was still some room left for improvement. In fact at some frequencies, the older edition produced resonances that compromised the ultimate performance of the headphones. Eventually, the manufacturer discovered that with the use of computer modeling, neodymium magnets could better drive the diaphragms, so the Sennheiser HD 600 are now built with 1dB tolerance.
Sennheiser HD 600: What’s in the box?
The box of the Sennheiser HD 600 is similar to the Drop X Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee headphones. Inside the package, you get the same accessories with earlier models – with a 3m cable that ends in Sennheiser’s proprietary dual-sided connectors. The cable of the Sennheiser HD 600 is quite different from the 650 and 660s, whose material seems to be more prone to human wear and tear.
Sennheiser HD 600: Is it worth it?
The Sennheiser HD 600 are undoubtedly exceptional headphones and definitely worth your budget. Just keep in mind that the Sennheiser HD 600 has a sound profile and frequency response that is ideal for home listening, ideally connected to home stereo products with a high quality amplifier.