May 18, 2020
Among many other devices, these headphones seem to be pretty attractive since they are open-back whi...Read More
If you are choosing between an open vs closed back over ear headphones, take a look at my review of Shure SRH840 vs Sennheiser HD 600. These are professional headphones with a wired design.
Shure SRH840 is more intended for casual listening compared to high-res Sennheiser HD 600 if we look at their frequency response of 5Hz-25KHz vs 15Hz-40KHz. The impedance of 44 vs 300 Ohm makes the first more compatible with mobile devices while Sennheiser in this case sounds loud at all its strength with an amp only. The difference of sensitivity is not big with 102 vs 97 dB.
I would admit the powerful bass of Shure SRH840 that sounds balanced with trebles and mids. The soundstage is limited for the closed back cups but the imaging is detailed.
The open back Sennheiser HD 600 naturally reproduces a broader soundstage. They give a strong impact of vocals and instruments with brilliant highs and distinct mids. The bass is not boomy but enough for balance with higher ranges.
Both headphones come with an adjustable headband to fix it comfy on your head. Sennheiser’s model has thicker padding that may feel tight. That seems to be compensated by very large ear cups that reduce the pressure. Their cups’ paddings are also softer being made of fabric unlike a bit sweaty linings of Shure. The cups are not foldable but the cable may be detached and changed in both the devices. Shure is also heavier vs Sennheiser with 372 vs 260 g.
The Sennheiser HD 600 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Sennheiser HD 600 price