Sennheiser HD 600 vs Shure SRH840

Sennheiser HD 600 review
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Shure SRH840 review

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.

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Features

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.

Sound

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.

Comfort and design

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.

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 600 pros and cons

Pros

  • Hi-res audio quality with high frequency response for more detailed and clear sound
  • Very large, soft padded ear cups with open design that give more breathability
  • Open cups provide a very broad and pleasant for hearing soundstage

Cons

  • The sound is not blocked for the open back of cups and they will not be appropriate to use out of home/studio altogether with the bulky and unfoldable design

Shure SRH840 pros and cons

Shure SRH840 pros and cons

Pros

  • Comfortable fit in spite of its heavy weight with a not tightening shape of the headband and large, well-padded cups
  • Detailed and clear sound at all ranges decent for fun listening and mixing
  • More options of comfort with a detachable cable, an extra audio cable, and removable ear cups

Cons

  • It is bulky and you cannot fold it to take less space to carry with safely and mobile

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sennheiser HD 600
8
Shure SRH840
7.5
7
7
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Common

Product

Sennheiser HD 600
Shure SRH840

Model

HD 600
SRH840

Brand

Sennheiser
Shure

Reviews

1032
410

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

300
44

Frequency response, Hz

12Hz-40KHz
5Hz-25KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

97
102

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

260/9.1
372/13.1

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
Shure SRH840
Sennheiser HD 600
Shure SRH840

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 8Sennheiser HD 600
  • 7.5Shure SRH840

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