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Sennheiser HD 600 Open Dynamic Hi-Fi Professional Stereo Headphones (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Sennheiser HD 600 Open Dynamic Hi-Fi Professional Stereo Headphones (Black)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 252 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Audio4.7   above average
Design4.7   above average
Fit4.7   above average
Listening4.6   above average
Performance4.6   above average
Music4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Treble4.4   above average
Quality4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Volume4.2   above average
Comfortable4.1   below average
Cable3.9   above average
Frequency3.8   average
Portable3.6   below average
Speaker3.4   average


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Audio

Audio:
"The Sennheiser HD600s have only one thing wrong with them: they'll change you from someone who enjoys good audio... into an audiophile!"
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"If this is your first foray into high-end audio, you're listening at home, and you can afford a decent amplifier, buy these cans before you splurge for any others."
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"Most portable audio players WILL require an amplifier to get the best performance out of these headphones (I recommend the PA2V2 portable amplifier from Electric Avenues)."
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"Let's first be clear about something... audio equipment is not unlike some other equipment markets in that you often spend exponentially more money for an item just to gain minor, incremental increases in some important criteria."
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"I already had a decent Peachtree Audio Integrated Amp DAC with headphone amp to test them."
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"I'm not one of those people that says cable will change the audio quality but it has to at least be built well enough to withstand normal wear and tear."
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Cable

Cable:
"My only complaint was the fragile cord which failed with light use."
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"Excellent sound quality, good cable size, not that beautiful but not ugly."
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"Unfortunately they had a loose connection in the cables from the beginning so I didn't use them much--they sounded fine, but I had to play with the cables and then not move to use them."
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"Also the original cable is very susceptible to damage compared to almost any replacement."
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"I don't believe in paying big bucks for an amazing cable but there is something wrong with the wire they send you."
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"Nothing has broken except the headphone cables I mentioned."
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"They are quick and easy to place over the head and have a detachable cord for easy cord replacement."
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"Of note: Pick up the Sennheiser brand HD650 replacement cable which fits this headphone and is thicker in all meaningful ways (especially out of the earcups, where it matters most)."
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"I recommend getting the stock HD650 cable, as it is much thicker and resistant to wear."
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"I really expected a more premium feeling with the cables, which are pretty ordinary ones."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort: The comfort was good but not great."
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"The SR-80 are on-ear and uncomfortable, the PM3 are on-ear and very uncomfortable, the 7506 are on-ear and equally comfortable (because they have no clamping pressure), and the 400i are over-ear and equally comfortable."
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"The comfort on these headphones is fairly mediocre."
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"Not the best for sound but close enough that the price and comfort make up for the slight difference you may hear in a set of (very uncomfortable) Grado's."
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"All the great sound and comfort in the world will do no good if they don't play... (5 stars for sound, 5 stars for comfort, and 0 stars for reliability)"
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"very comfortable and the sound is excellent."
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"They are light but feel well built, and they are extremely comfortable."
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"They are easily the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn."
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"Comfort is excellent."
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"The Sennheiser HD 600 headphones are marvelously designed for comfort."
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Design

Design:
"Grado makes some wonderful headphones that sound nearly as good as the HD600s but the up-against-the-ear design makes them uncomfortable after less than 15 minutes, whereas the HD600s, even with their snug fit, are still very comfortable for long periods of time."
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"The Sennheiser HD 600 headphones are marvelously designed for comfort."
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"The open design of the cup allows for good airflow which, combined with the pads, prevent discomfort caused by heat."
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"These headphones were designed to have a flat sound signature and plays best with classical- and jazz-type music."
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"good headphones, good sound, well designed, light...shop around you can get a new pair for $340...much better than HE-500"
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"It is evident now why the open design is revered because I now can easily find this elusive soundstage I have heard about."
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Fit

Fit:
"My looser fitting HD-580s get uncomfortable because the weight is felt along the band."
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"After that, the light weight and plush cups that actually fit around my ears were easy to forget."
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"Of note: Pick up the Sennheiser brand HD650 replacement cable which fits this headphone and is thicker in all meaningful ways (especially out of the earcups, where it matters most)."
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"They still sound spectacular, fit perfectly, and even look pretty good."
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"At 6'4 I'm certainly sporting a larger head than the average male and fortunately for me my entire ears fit comfortably inside the ear cups."
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"Also, the fit is fantastic."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"But after I purchased some quality NHT Superzero bookshelf speakers for my office I noticed that the headphones were completely missing the higher frequencies."
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"One thing is for certain, if your mix sounds harsh or overly bright on the HD600s, you have some major problems in the high frequencies and they need brought down."
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"Missing in low frequencys flavor and presence and some punch."
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"Very tight bass low frequency, beautiful mid's, and mind blowing treble that makes you think Angels have come to play for you."
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"All the good things they brought to mid and higher frequencies (clarity, precision) were still present, but, surprisingly, the bass was rock solid as well."
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"They have an extremely accurate frequency response; bass, mids and highs all stick out without any emphasis on one in particular."
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"The higher frequencies are perfect for my ears."
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"These headphones have a fairly flat frequency response that I appreciate, for bass lovers simply adjust the EQ a little bit in the player, saame for those that like the highs to sizzle, the frequency response of the headphones is not a defect."
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Listening

Listening:
"Using them for listening to CD's with eyes closed is not so good."
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"Not perfect, but more appealing than my Beyer T1's so I found myself listening sometimes hours on end."
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"This helps in their superior sound reproduction, but it also means that if you are in a crowded room listening to music, everyone around you will know just what you are listening to and may not be as pleased with the experience as you are."
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"I pick up new sounds I've never heard before in my music and vocals are unbelievably clear...I was basically listening to two cats fight before I got this."
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"Being able to hear individual instruments and vocals with greater separation surround sound makes listening to music a real pleasure."
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"If this is your first foray into high-end audio, you're listening at home, and you can afford a decent amplifier, buy these cans before you splurge for any others."
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"Mixing, pleasure listening, whatever; if your environment allows for open cans, start here."
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"They sound so good you won't believe that you have been listening to your favorite music for all these years without these."
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Loud

Loud:
"The AVR will get these loud enough it could cause hearing damage."
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"I listen to very loud music and have several noise complaints against me :p and this volume where it clips is too loud even for me."
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"This goes without saying, but Ill say it anyway the Macbook Air was able to produce loud sound that was not dynamic or interesting and was quite digital sounding."
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"Comes in a custom box lined with black Styrofoam on both sides outlining the shape of the headphones.+Sounds really clear and loud (depending on your amp).+Great everything, listened to a dubstep song and was actually surprised by how 'punchy' the bass was."
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"There seems to be a pretty small window for the volume not being loud enough, to being to loud to get a full clear sound."
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"There is a difference between great sound quality and extremely loud volume levels, and only those people that want very loud volume levels will need an amplifier in addition to their portable player."
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Music

Music:
"I also broke out some rock and alternative music (the recently remastered Led Zeppelin discs, some Nine Inch Nails and Pet Shop Boys) to see what the HD600's could do."
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"I have heard things that were hidden before with other cans and discover new music each time I use them."
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"It may not be for everyone however if you don't enjoy having your music presented in such a manner."
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"These shine on just about any genre with the exception of the sub-bass being inadequate for a small subset of my rap and electronic music (but still great on most rap and electronic and virtually all rock, pop, jazz, funk, soul, classical)."
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"I listen to very loud music and have several noise complaints against me :p and this volume where it clips is too loud even for me."
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"I broke them in with about 50 hours of jazz music after which they sound amazing!"
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"I pick up new sounds I've never heard before in my music and vocals are unbelievably clear...I was basically listening to two cats fight before I got this."
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"I cant wait to put these on my head when I get home to enjoy music as it was mixed to be."
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"Being able to hear individual instruments and vocals with greater separation surround sound makes listening to music a real pleasure."
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"They sound so good you won't believe that you have been listening to your favorite music for all these years without these."
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"The music jumped out of the headphones and delighted my ears with lovely dynamics and sound stage."
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Performance

Performance:
"As other reviewers have mentioned, they do not work well with a portable CD player and would need an amp to perform properly."
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"I heard this pair of headphones for the first time while recording live acoustic performances in college and was blown away by how clear and accurate they sounded compared to real life."
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"They are one of my four favorite cans but probably the best pair for all around performance."
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"But the performance of these cans places them in one of the best cost performance ratios I have ever heard."
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"Most portable audio players WILL require an amplifier to get the best performance out of these headphones (I recommend the PA2V2 portable amplifier from Electric Avenues)."
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Portable

Portable:
"The only downsides are that they are open back so everyone around you can hear what you are listening to (albeit at a lower volume) and they don't work well with portable devices (you need a good amp to drive these)."
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"These cans are basically rubbish-in-rubbish-out, so forget about plugging them into your portable devices or entry level AV receivers, it will disappoint you."
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"The HD 600 is way too inefficient to be powered off of a portable (try the HD 497 or Grado S60) even with most readily available portable headphone amplifiers, and way too accurate to listen comfortably to a crappy low bit rate MP3."
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"As other reviewers have mentioned, they do not work well with a portable CD player and would need an amp to perform properly."
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"You'll read a lot about paring these with a relatively inexpensive portable amp, and you may be pleased, but these really shine when paired with an OTL tube amp."
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"Most portable audio players WILL require an amplifier to get the best performance out of these headphones (I recommend the PA2V2 portable amplifier from Electric Avenues)."
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"This is actually my 3rd pair of these; the first I gave to my son because he used headphones much more than I; the second I got for my brother to help him better appreciate his Pono portable music player; the 3rd I got because I was so impressed with the combo of Pono and these that I wanted the same set-up for myself."
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"the soundstage, even driven from JDS Labs portable O2 amp, is remarkable, and three dimensional."
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")Rock : with my Sansa mp3 playerRock : with Combo Smartphones + Fiio 17 (Fiio 17 - 150-200$ Good Portable amp)Returned Fiio 17."
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Price

Price:
"I hate spending money on things that aren't hardware, but in this case, I'm sold."
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"There isn't anything as good anywhere near that price."
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"Not like it was bad, but if you go for a HD600 without an adequate amp, You could find better at a lower price."
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"So people see this great deal on expensive headphones, and then get disappointed, because they pay a lot of money and they don't sound like they thought the headphones should sound like - bad source, poor or no amplification - yeah - the headphones only sound great when used with good equipment."
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"It's interesting though: I didn't really appreciate the sound at first (even after burn in) and I was frustrated that I had spent so much money on the equipment."
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"It's so ridiculous that I'm getting it out of this (relatively) cheap setup."
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"This is an incredible headphone at a very good price."
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"I use an inexpensive one powered by usb and the sound is amazing."
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"You'll read a lot about paring these with a relatively inexpensive portable amp, and you may be pleased, but these really shine when paired with an OTL tube amp."
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"Great neutral sound, very good clarity and one of the best headphones for the price"
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"If you're looking for your first high-end headphone, the HD598 is good enough, especially for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Most people have gotten used to using those cheap Apple earbuds and don't realize the sound quality that they're missing."
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"Excellent sound quality, good cable size, not that beautiful but not ugly."
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"However, just like any chain - the quality of the whole, is really only as good as the weakest link."
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"Their sound quality is not easily surpassed by $10,000 loudspeakers."
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"The HD600, however, is a little more detailed and has a better sound stage than the HD580.The only problem with either the HD580 or the HD600 is the quality of the source."
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"This was the only thing about HD600 that I got disappointed with - they can be used only with a dedicated high quality amplifier."
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"Good headphones, I personally like the sound space and brightness of the 598s but these are a much higher quality build and still sound great."
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"Though their appearance is subjective, concerns about built quality and comfort can be ignored."
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"I have no complaints about the sound quality."
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"Efficiency in build quality with nearly all parts can be disassembled repaired or replaced."
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"Overall a good purchase the box is high quality ..."
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Range

Range:
"Now that it is nearly standard to find these headphones at a sub-350 dollar price point it's important to note the excellent value and nearly unbeatable performance within this price range."
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"These are the best headphones I have ever heard in their price range."
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"For reference standard headsets, these are the best that I've found in this price range."
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"They do not exude class or luxury like some others in the same price range, but they are well put together and look great in my opinion."
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"In that range they are the best headphones I have heard."
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Sound

Sound:
"Bass impact in particular, always a weak point with headphones, sounds speaker-like through it."
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"Most people have gotten used to using those cheap Apple earbuds and don't realize the sound quality that they're missing."
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"The 2 speakers about the head effect is a result of excessive driver coloration and compressed sound."
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"The biggest problem with the sound is that the sub has significant roll-off, which can be a turn-off for most electrical or hip-hop tracks."
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"I'm a beginner to the whole audiophile scene, so not knowing much, I asked around and people wouldn't stop recommending these and I must say they do sound flippin' amazing."
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"Kind of hate to admit that they sound a little better than my main speakers."
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"I use an inexpensive one powered by usb and the sound is amazing."
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"The sound remains steady, clear and distortion free even when pushed hard."
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"They make my other spectacular headphones sound just average."
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"Great neutral sound, very good clarity and one of the best headphones for the price"
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"However, if price is not a factor and you really want to spoil yourself with greater surround sound, the HD600 is definitely an upgrade."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"The 2 speakers about the head effect is a result of excessive driver coloration and compressed sound."
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"But after I purchased some quality NHT Superzero bookshelf speakers for my office I noticed that the headphones were completely missing the higher frequencies."
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"My speakers aren't so clear on detail retrieval."
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"The imaging may not be as great as the speakers but the sense of detail retrieval makes me feel as if I can see the drummer in front of me tapping the hi hats into rhythm."
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"Some of my beautiful old classical music suddenly sounds muffled and dead, flattened by an unflattering production job that my speakers could not convey."
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"It wasn't until I purchased some really nice speakers that I understood that I like the fullness of speakers and the actual way our ears perceive sound."
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"For the first time, I find that I am satisfied to listen to headphones instead of my speakers."
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"I have some Ultimate Ear Triple Fi 10s and like them a lot, but they don't sound like the 600's to me.. My home speakers are Vandersteen 3cs.. they are great - but those too need proper amplification."
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"All my friends make fun of me for it (WHY DO YOU HAVE HEADPHONES INSTEAD OF SPEAKERS IF THEY'RE BOTH LOUD?"
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Treble

Treble:
"-Treble:The treble of the HD600s embodies a love hate relationship I have with them."
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"A sentence that starts with, I like my HD600 except for ... is likely to get you a lot further than Please tell me what has nice treble."
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"GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS:Treble is very good."
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"Very tight bass low frequency, beautiful mid's, and mind blowing treble that makes you think Angels have come to play for you."
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"Very relaxed but accurate treble."
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"Clarity, soundstage, treble, mids., and bass were all impressive."
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Value

Value:
"The HD 598 is the best value bang for your buck headphones, still providing incredible natural sounds."
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"I had the HD800 also but returned it because to my ears the 600 was just the better value and better sound, plus it's way more comfortable to wear."
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"Now that it is nearly standard to find these headphones at a sub-350 dollar price point it's important to note the excellent value and nearly unbeatable performance within this price range."
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"Add my name and voice to the long list of of folks who think, dollar for dollar, the Sennheiser HD600 are the best value in headphones out there."
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"The hd600 came up relatively often and was praised for its great value, neutral sound, ability to handle near any genre, and comfort."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"I pick up new sounds I've never heard before in my music and vocals are unbelievably clear...I was basically listening to two cats fight before I got this."
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"Being able to hear individual instruments and vocals with greater separation surround sound makes listening to music a real pleasure."
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"Both male and female vocals sound very good on these."
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"This is one area where other headphones, including the HD650, outperform the 600.Vocals are clear and crisp, aided by the linear extension of the presence range up to about 4000hz."
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"It is great for easy listening 'classical' music, acoustic with vocals, symphonies, light rock etc."
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Volume

Volume:
"The only downsides are that they are open back so everyone around you can hear what you are listening to (albeit at a lower volume) and they don't work well with portable devices (you need a good amp to drive these)."
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"I listen to very loud music and have several noise complaints against me :p and this volume where it clips is too loud even for me."
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"Adjusting for volume as best I could (this is hardly scientific) I played a handful of very familiar tracks from very familiar CDs; swapping back and forth between the HD600s and Grado 80e."
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"I was surprised also that my phone was even able to drive these headphones to a respectable medium volume."
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"There seems to be a pretty small window for the volume not being loud enough, to being to loud to get a full clear sound."
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"This is great because you can listen to music at low volumes and still clearly hear the music without fuzzy noise interfering."
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"I've also noticed that with the 598's it is important to find that sweet spot in the volume where the sound really starts to shine, while the 600's play much better and more balanced over a wider range of volume (high and low).I am looking forward to enjoying these headphones for many years to come."
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