Sennheiser HD 600 by Rev. Eslam
I purchased the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones in 2002 when I was studying audio production at university. The lecturer requested that each student purchase a pair of high-quality headphones and recommended the Sennheiser HD 265 to suit the typical college student’s budget. Since I was what they call in Australia a “mature-age” student, I was, thank God, able to afford the (then) top-of-the-range pair, particularly as I ordered them online from Europe (Belgium I think it was).
I had heard the HD600’s once or twice before purchasing them so I knew exactly what they sounded like – very accurate, at least compared to any other headphone I had ever heard (perhaps not as accurate frequency-wise as the finest pair of loudspeakers). Once you have heard a pair of headphones of this quality it’s very difficult to settle for anything less. The only ‘phones I have heard which sounded better are the HD 650’s (which I subsequently purchased but since sold) and of course the new top-of-the-line Sennheiser HD 800’s (which I’m going to purchase as soon as I return from my honeymoon in India next month). I’ve also heard a pair of Japan-exclusive Audio Technica’s which were perhaps just as accurate and high-quality sound-wise but unfortunately the dealer didn’t have a pair of high-end Sennheisers to compare them with (which is surprising since as far as I’m aware, the store is the only shop in the country which specializes in headphones and headphone amplifiers). The owner of that store believes that the 650’s are ten-percent better than the 600’s. I would say that they’re less than half of that and since the 600’s are cheaper and nicer-looking (especially when practically all of your studio equipment is black), I would definitely recommend the 600’s.
I’ve used the above ‘phones with both high-quality headphone amplifiers as well as the headphone outputs of certain audio gear (such as my Marantz Pro CD/MP3 player) and honestly could not distinguish any difference in the sound-quality. I’ve also used the two headphones under review with an inordinately-expensive Cardas cable (thanks to one of my ex-fiancée’s birthday gift) and also could hear barely any noticeable difference in sound-quality.
I admit that I am no “golden ear” but I do have better “hearing” than the average person (such as the man I spoke to a few minutes ago in the telephone who considers Bose speakers to be “great-sounding” ;-)