Sennheiser HD 600 vs Sennheiser HD 599

Sennheiser HD 600 review
vs
Sennheiser HD 599 review

Having tested Sennheiser HD 600 vs Sennheiser HD 599, first of all, I should point out the incredible sound and build quality of these professional headphones. Being over ear open back headphones they both represent a great choice for critical listening.

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Features

As for the technical differences, the impedance is the greatest, that makes 300 vs 50 Ohm in HD 600 vs HD 599. The frequency response is almost equal: 12Hz-38KHz vs 12Hz-40KHz as well as total harmonic distortion of 0.1% and sensitivity of 97 vs 106 dB.

Sound

I like the clean treble of Sennheiser HD 600. It is just slightly forward but not strident. Midrange is excellent and stellar. Bass sounds very harmonious with the other ranges.

When I listen to the sound of Sennheiser HD 599 I should admit transparent clarity and brightness of highs and lows, however without exaggeration. They just go ahead the mids, that seem a bit recessed, but does not make the sound muddy. The strong bass has a great impact though the sound stage is not the best point as for the open type of headphones.

Comfort and design

Both models are unfoldable. They are really comfy and airy for long listening though the hanging wire makes them not really comfy for active outdoor use, even being detachable. The adjustable headband will allow you to make them fit quite well. Though, the HD 600 headphones fit tighter than HD 599 and may be uncomfortable for long wearing. The first model is just 10 g heavier than the other, 260 vs 250 g.

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Pros

  • A spacious soundstage is provided with its open design
  • Large well-padded cups with soft suede-like padding make it comfortable for most ears
  • Comes with a box that will help to carry and store it safely

Cons

  • Bulky design and lack of noise isolation make it unsuitable to use outdoors

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Pros

  • Clear sound with neutral lows, mids, and highs is great for professional use and relaxing music listening
  • Premium built and smart design in beige and brown pattern
  • Comfortable to listen for hours with its large over cups padded with microfiber fabric and amply padded headband that does not tighten the head

Cons

  • Bulky, unstable, unfoldable design with a wire, plus a leaky sound makes it not the best option for travel and sports

Votes 2 2
Rating 3.5 3.5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sennheiser HD 600
8
Sennheiser HD 599
7.5
7
7
Sennheiser HD 600

Sennheiser HD 600 review

May 18, 2020

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Sennheiser HD 599

Sennheiser HD 599 review

May 27, 2020

Sennheiser HD 599 is one of the top models of open back over ear headphones with a great neutral sou...

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Common

Product

Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 599

Model

HD 600
HD 599

Brand

Sennheiser
Sennheiser

Reviews

1032
1376

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

300
50

Frequency response, Hz

12Hz-40KHz
12Hz-38KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1
0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

97
106

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

260/9.1
250/8.8

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 599
Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 599

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

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  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 8Sennheiser HD 600
  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 599

The Sennheiser HD 600 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Sennheiser HD 600 price