Sennheiser HD 600 vs HIFIMAN HE400i

Sennheiser HD 600 review
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HIFIMAN HE400i review

If you are going to get high quality headphones for home or studio use my review of HIFIMAN HE400i vs Sennheiser HD600 will be helpful. These are open back over ear headphones with a wire.

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Features

Both headphones have a great audio resolution with a broad field of frequency response, 20Hz-35KHz vs 12Hz-40KHz. HIFIMAN HE400i reproduces a better sound at loud volumes with mobile devices having a lower impedance vs Sennheiser HD600, 35 vs 300 Ohm. The headphones have a high sensitivity of 93 vs 97 dB.

Sound

Both HIFIMAN HE400i and Sennheiser HD600 sound very natural and balanced. The highs and mids are very clear and detailed and bass level is quite enough for most genres of music and casual listening. The soundstage of HIFIMAN is not the widest as for open back headphones. It is more intimate, but imaging is quite detailed. While Sennheiser’s soundstage is very spacious. The difference is also that HIFIMAN HE400i sound more stellar with MP3 vs Sennheiser HD600 for its lower impedance. With HD600 you will need an amplifier and equalizer to get the same effect.

Comfort and design

Both headphones are very light with 370 and 260 g. Their large ear cups are very large, well padded, and breathable for the open back design. The headbands are adjustable and not tightening the head. Great choice for long listening. Detachable cable makes them safe if it tangles over something or to change into a shorter/longer up to your needs.

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Pros

  • Excellent clarity of instruments and vocals that are in the front on the stage
  • Open back ear cups provide a decent soundstage
  • Quality built for reliable and long term use
  • Cups lay flat to take less space being stored or carried

Cons

  • Bulky design and leaky sound are unsuitable to use it out of home/studio
  • Being planar magnetic headphones not very breathable and can make your ears hot for long listening

HIFIMAN HE400i pros and cons

HIFIMAN HE400i pros and cons

Pros

  • High quality hi-res audio with bright details and imaging
  • Large comfortable cups with tight padding for stable fit
  • Spacious soundstage for the open back design of ear cups

Cons

  • They leak a lot and have no noise isolation thus are comfortable for use at home/studio only

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Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sennheiser HD 600
8
HIFIMAN HE400i
6.5
7
7
Sennheiser HD 600

Sennheiser HD 600 review

May 18, 2020

Among many other devices, these headphones seem to be pretty attractive since they are open-back whi...

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Common

Product

Sennheiser HD 600
HIFIMAN HE400i

Model

HD 600
HE400i

Brand

Sennheiser
HIFIMAN

Reviews

1032
4

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
planar magnetic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

300
35

Frequency response, Hz

12Hz-40KHz
20Hz-35KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

97
93

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

260/9.1
370/13

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
150/4.9

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
HIFIMAN HE400i
Sennheiser HD 600
HIFIMAN HE400i

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 6.5
  • 8Sennheiser HD 600
  • 6.5HIFIMAN HE400i

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