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Sennheiser HD 600

Open-back, over-the-ear headphones

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An audiophile favorite

A long-time favorite among discerning listeners, the HD 600 headphones are an excellent choice for pro-audio recording engineers and home audiophile music lovers alike. Sennheiser's exacting design standards and construction quality ensure outstanding performance. The HD 600s will dazzle you with their ability to convey music's dynamics and emotion. Deep, effortless bass anchors your listening experience while the headphones' rich midrange and airy treble help render instruments from acoustic bass to soprano saxophone and electric guitars with stunning realism.

Superb driver design delivers high-definition sound

The HD 600s' drivers boast lightweight aluminum voice coils for superb accuracy and fast transient response. You'll experience wide, open sound that complements everything from sweeping orchestral arrangements to high-impact movie soundtracks. The metal mesh on the back of the earcups leaves them open to provide added spaciousness and prevent unwanted vibrations from coloring the sound. The Kevlar-reinforced, oxygen-free copper cord ensures clean signal transfer.

High-quality craftsmanship

The elliptically shaped velour earpads fit gently but snugly over the ear. The padded adjustable headband and earcups make these 'phones ideal for long hours of comfortable music listening.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear design with adjustable padded headband
  • open-back, metal mesh covered ear cups for spacious and transparent sound
  • exceptionally comfortable fit with replaceable velour earpads
  • deep, balanced bass output
  • computer optimized magnet systems for minimum distortion
  • lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure accuracy and fast transient response
  • frequency response: 16-30,000 Hz (-3 dB)
  • impedance: 300 ohms
  • 10-foot detachable, Kevlar-reinforced, oxygen-free copper cable with 3.5mm headphone plug
  • includes full-size stereo plug adapter
  • weight: 9.2 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sennheiser HD 600 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

7 Reviews


Written by: nhnerd from Mason, NH on December 12, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Excellent sound, comfortable. The only downside is a cable that needs to be replaced every few years. My first HD600 I got about 10 years ago, and they have performed flawlessly. This is a second pair for work.

Pros: Great sound. Comfortable.

Cons: Mediocre cable (just needs replacing every few years for about $20).

A classic

Written by: AlexK from Illinois on October 30, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
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  • Not Rated
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Well known and excellent headphones, especially for classical and jazz. Realistic presentation and soundstage. The most comfortable headphones I have ever had.

Pros: Fantastic sound and comfort. Great value. Not for the bassheads.


Still One of the Best

Written by: G Williams from Georgia on August 11, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
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  • Not Rated
    Sound Quality

These headphones still are some of the best ever made. Most limitations are due to hearing acuity rather than HD600 performance. I have multiple sets of headphones including the HD 800's. The HD 600's are my favorite and most used. Like the familiarity of a well worn set of blue jeans, this my second pair of HD 600's just set the norm for my concept of comfort in tne sound of good music.

Pros: Produces the sounds of all genres of music as recorded. You hear what was intended to be heard.

Cons: Headband could have be in different colors and patterns.

Sennheiser HD 600

Written by: Ron S. from New Jersey on August 10, 2014

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    "Coolness Factor"
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    Sound Quality

Nice neutral sound, very balanced, comfortable to wear

Pros: Neutral sound Balanced Warm

Cons: might be too warm for some people who are accustom to accentuated highs


Written by: Steven S from New York, NY on October 9, 2013

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

These headphones really are underrated. For some reason, they have relegated to a "stepchild" position for most people ever since the HD650s came out. Don't think that just because the HD650 is a higher model number than HD600 that the HD650 must be better. I had both the HD650 and the HD600 at the same time, and I prefer the sound of the HD600s (returned the HD650s). The HD650s do have a tiny bit of a veil, and they are quite laid back, even with very good equipment. To me the HD600s are just right. There is no veil, and there is just a bit more treble and speed. A lot of people say the HD650s have more bass, but I disagree. If there is bass in the music, the HD600s will produce it accurately. By no means are the HD600s headphones for true bass heads, but if you want headphones that accurately portray the level of bass that is in the music, the HD600s are for you. These are pretty easy to drive and will work well out of the headphone jack of a receiver, but do yourself a favor and get a decent headphone amp. Sennheisers LOVE tube amps, so my advice is to get a good OTL tube amp. My personal choice is the Woo Audio WA3. This amp paired with the HD600s is magic, and the amp is only a bit more than the HD600s in cost.

Pros: --Accurate--not tipped on the high or low end--just right --I find them very comfortable--the most comfortable cans I've used --Sound better than the HD650s but cost $100 less --Most parts can easily be replaced, which means your investment will last longer --The cable is fully detachable from the cups so you can easily change the cable if you want to

Cons: --The materials feel just a tad cheap, but the cans are not delicate --They are definitely open cans, so everyone around you can hear your music almost as well as you can --The stock cable is not good; get a Sennheiser replacement cable for the HD650s (they fit these and sound better than the stock HD600 cable)

Can't See Getting Much Better

Written by: UncleGreg from San Jose, CA on August 25, 2013

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Let me just say that these head-phones can handle it all! I listen to alot of music. Try Steve Khan-Public Access. This is my TEST CD! People that listen on these head-phones, well, pretty much have made the right choice. I have a McIntosh MHT200, it works very well with these head-phones. It will pick out the older recordings, because the Amp has it, the head-phones have it. But, this will tell you how good the recording really is. Thanks for reading, GREG

Pros: Looks and Sound.

Cons: Had to replace the cord that connects to the amp and the bottom of the speakers. The replacements are better. Sorry to say, do not know the brand. GREG

Precisely clear and detailed headphones with an excellent look!

Written by: Bobby D from Canton, MI on March 3, 2013

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I cannot believe I am the first person to write a review for these amazing headphones here on Crutchfield. These headphones replaced my Shure SRH-840 as my primary headphones.

Build Quality, Appearance and Comfort: If you're like me and cosmetics have some value, then these headphones will please your eye. The granite-like marble finish of the headband is made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic. They feel extremely sturdy while maintaining a very light weight. The velour pads are extremely comfortable and the cups are deep, my ears have plenty of "breathing room". The headband extender is also very strong and requires some force to adjust, this is good because it will never lose it's position.

Sound Quality: Being 300 Ohms they are absolutely stellar when amplified, still very good from PC/smart phone (clarity is there, but lacking detail). Hooked up to my Valhalla tube amp and Modi DAC, these cans absolutely sing. From Rock to Rap to Classical to Dubstep, these headphones produce details I've never heard before in my music. Since these beauties are open-back you will be able to hear a pin drop, sometimes I forget I'm wearing them if music is not playing. They leak lots of sound, so make sure nobody around you will mind the music they will most definitely be forced to hear. But because of this, the sound stage is very wide and open. The lows are smooth, the mid's are stunning, and the highs are angelic. I can't say enough about this 15 year old contender. It's a winner!!

Pros: Extremely detailed clarity across the spectrum, neutral tone and no over-exaggeration in the sound stage. Very comfortable, sturdy, and lightweight. They look awesome and are definitely an eye catcher. Considering the cost of some other headphones, these are an absolute steal. Perfect, in my humble opinion.

Cons: None. Except that you may dislike some recording quality of your music, not a fault of the headphone.....

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • HD 600 headphones with attached 10' straight cord (3.5mm plug)
  • Snap-on 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter (attached)
  • Instructions for Use
  • Document of Warranty
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment declaration
  • Hinged hard storage case

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 12-39k Hz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance 300 Ohms
Weight 9.2 ounces
Cord Length 120"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Sennheiser HD 600 audiophile-grade headphones are optimized for high-resolution recordings, and are ideal for active listening sessions or master engineering work. They utilize several high-end technologies to provide superb performance in any environment.

"Open-Aire" Design: The HD 600 headphones feature an "open-aire" design to give you an exceptionally natural, spatial, and accurate sound. Opposite of a closed, noise-isolating earcup, the HD 600s have high-quality, open metal mesh grilles behind the transducers for an extremely transparent sound.

Internal Components: The headphones utilize a computer-optimized magnet system to minimize harmonic and intermodulation distortion. Neodymium-ferrous magnets give you optimum sensitivity and an excellent dynamic response. Extremely lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure excellent transient response.

Headphone Cable: The HD 600 headphones come with a detachable, 10-foot oxygen-free copper (OFC) cable, reinforced with Kevlar fibers for strength and to eliminate contact noise. The cable is terminated with a 3.5mm miniplug, and comes with a 1/4" adapter.

Storage Case: The HD 600 has a handsome, hinged case with cut-out foam padding for storage of your headphones and attached cable.


  • Frequency Response: 16-30kHz (-3dB); 12-38kHz (-10dB)
  • Nominal Impedance: 300Ω
  • Sensitivity (1 kHz): 97dB
  • THD:<0.1%
  • Weight: 9.2 ounces

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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

A classic audiophile favorite

Written by Dave Bar, Staff Writer - Creative, on 9/30/2015 10:52:00 AM

The Sennheiser HD 600 headphones have been around for a long time, and with good reason. These pro-quality headphones are sturdily built, lightweight and comfortable, easily maintainable thanks to user-replaceable ear pads and headband cushions, and can even be upgraded with balanced, after-market cables. Before the explosion of uber-expensive headphones, they were Sennheiser's top-of-the line model. And they sound like it.

They're unfailingly neutral, highly detailed, and exceptionally well-balanced, with a slightly distant perspective (7th row, center). To get the most out of them, you'll want a decent headphone amplifier. (Like all great headphones, they really deserve one!) I love my HD 600s, and always return to them when I want a clear, accurate picture of what's really going on inside my favorite recordings.

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