At 9:40 Flume says: "These (Sennheiser HD 600) are really ugly. But they give you like a very good sound, very true sound. I use these for testing tracks. So you know, you'll here them on these and they might sound great. Then you listen to them on these and it doesn't sound quite as good. So if you can get your music sounding good on these, they'll sound amazing on everything else."more
Recommended to me by Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Could stop here. The HD600 and HD650 have very little distortion and modest unexaggerated midrange which makes them very useful to QC mixes and do corrective processing like clicks and ticks detection and removal. I use them everyday when editing and mixing to quickly check what's going on and do the changes on speakers.
I bought my HD600s 15 years ago and they sound as good today as the day I bought them. I replaced the lead only once during that time. The original HD600s, such as mine are beautiful headphones, I’ve never heard anything come close to them for “true fidelity”. When I say true fidelity I’m talking about sound that is clean and crisp, with no flavour or bass weighting. The true fidelity neutral sound allows me to get deep into sound design sessions without fatigue and needing to rest. I hear my Moog the way it should be heard crystal clear with definition the way the techs at Moog intended.
The whole frequency range is clean and crisp, but if I had to pick a sweet spot in would be between 400Hz-3000Hz, this mid range always surprises me with my HD600s, it leads me to focus much more in this range, I think that comes out in my music.
I have found with other circumaural or “over the ear” headphones that they often become uncomfortable during long sessions, not the HD600s. This is partly thanks to their ultra-comfortable fit and lightweight design, but mostly thanks to being open backed.
They offer a balance for your ear, not like being clamped into circumaural mixing headphones, they are more “natural” to wear, especially during longer sound design sessions, when you really don’t want to stop because of ear fatigue. HD600s keep the sound fresh and clean and they look after your ears, even after several hours, my ears are fresh and without fatigue. You do need a quiet studio environment due to their open backed design, as you can hear ambient noise that might affect your sound design.
The headband and ear pads are hard wearing, the headband pads will go first, although mine lasted several years, however my ear pads are still original and in great condition even after 15 years.
I highly recommend HD600s, especially for sound design and long studio sessions, 5 stars from me.
Sennheiser has always made clear headphones! my first were HD-380's (? it's been so long that I kind of forgot XD) that I enjoyed...but those were too LOUD!
The HD600/HD650 seemed to be the sweet-spot that I was looking for. The HD650 didn't seem to have any tangible improvement in sound quality, but simply has a better build quality. In an attempt to save myself a hundred dollars, I've opted for the HD600s. I love them, I wouldn't say they are delicate or anything (especially since clumsy me keeps making them fall xD), and they sound clear and level! definitely not too loud or soft like with my last ones!
If you need new headphones, try to pick up something from Sennheisers line! :)