There is no denying that Sennheiser has been dominating the headphone market for quite some time now with some of the best sounding headphones that are available to the consumers. Sure, they do come at a cost, but the guarantee here is that you going to get something that has an amazing value of sound quality, looks, comfort, and pretty much everything a consumer would want in the first place. Sennheiser has now focused on the gaming market as well and has released some interesting headphones that are more than what you pay for them in almost every aspect.
However, today, we are talking about two of the heaviest hitters from the German company; the HD600 and the HD650. These are among the most wanted headphones from Sennheiser, and the best part about these headphones is that you are not going to regret buying them at all, thanks to how amazing they are.
However, the main question is just how well do they fair when they are put against each other? Obviously, this is one of the more important factors that people need to keep in mind.
That is why we are going to compare both the HD600 and HD650.
Sennheiser HD600 vs HD650
Both headphones have set the bar way high for good audiophile headphones, and while they are not considered the top tier headphones by the audiophile community, the good news is that they both provide enough performance to ensure that people are getting the best of both worlds.
Keeping that in mind, below, you will see a detailed comparison between two of the best headphones that Sennheiser has ever created.
Design is often a key aspect that people tend to overlook. Sure, both of these headphones do not qualify for any sort of portable use, but still, people often tend to go with something that will fit their setup as far as the looks are concerned.
As far as the design on the HD600 s concerned, it is a mixture of black and blue that gives you an almost marble life finish, which tends to be glossier. Needless to say, the design is not something that will be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are looking for something flamboyant, it actually has a lot of appeal to it as well. As far as the build quality is concerned, I can assure you that it remains unfazed; it speaks quality through and through with no discrepancies, whatsoever.
As far as the HD650 is concerned, the design is a lot more subtle; with metal on the outside with black padding that covers the interior. You can literally use the headphones without having to worry about how the colors are looking. There are metal borders around the earcups, giving them a nice, industrial look and feel. As far as the overall build quality is concerned, you will face no issues, whatsoever.
Picking the winner here is one of the most difficult tasks since the design choice is entirely subjective. Many people love the design on the HD600, and similarly, many hate it. The same goes for the HD650.
Sound quality is definitely one of the most crucial factors of buying a good pair of headphones. Since it is Sennheiser we are talking about, it goes without saying that the sound quality is going to be amazing. However, we are also comparing two headphones, it is best we look at how the sound on both headphones is.
Starting with the HD600, the sound is neutral, which is something that we prefer. It means that all the frequencies are present, and if you have a good setup to drive these, you can truly enjoy your music without running into many issues, in the first place. The music you will be hearing on the HD600 will be much more detailed, and closer to how it was recorded, as well. If you are someone who prefers music with a lot of emphasis on vocals, the HD600 is the way to go.
As far as the HD650 is concerned, they do not give you a neutral sound. Instead, it is a bit brighter on the high end, but also has a bit more clarity to it. However, the thing is that with HD650, the highs are emphasized the point where you might not hear much on the low end, especially when it comes to the detail.
Both headphones handle the mid-range really well, so we cannot really complain about it at all. Comparing both headphones and finding a winner is something that is difficult, so this category is won by both. However, there are differences that are mentioned below.
If you like music that has good vocals, and a lot of them like for instance, music from Adele, or other powerhouse vocalists, then going for the HD600 is the way to go.
On the other side, if you like music like techno, dubstep, or other forms of electric music, you might be better off with the HD650.
I cannot imagine myself buying headphones that are not comfortable, no matter how good they sound, or how expensive they. The same can be said about a lot of people who are in the market looking for a good pair of headphones.
With that said, both headphones have a great focus on comfort, with great padding that will give you a great experience even if you are wearing the headphones for a longer period of time. The padding on the HD600 has small pads in the inner side as well, these pads are there to ensure that the air is flowing properly, so you do not run into sweat issues. However, the four bumps can introduce slight discomfort.
On the other hand, the HD650 comes with two bumps which introduce a bit more comfort at the expense of the airflow, but it is not as drastic. So, that is something that you must keep in mind.
The one characteristic that both headphones share is the clamping force, which is almost identical to both. When you are wearing the headphones, you will feel that you are wearing them. However, the good thing is that the plush padding ensures that you do not feel fatigued after long listening hours.
As far as the overall comfort is concerned, the HD650 takes the cake. It is not comfortable by a greater margin, but enough to allow the users to tell the difference.
Winner: Sennheiser HD650
Well, I guess it is time for the conclusion. The good news here is that both headphones are great when it comes to sound quality. However, if we are looking at the overall value that you get, it is a bit complicated since they do serve a slightly different nature.
We are going to pick a winner based on the sound quality since that is where the biggest difference comes into play.
If you are into music that emphasizes on the vocals, then going for the Sennheiser HD600 is a no brainer as the headphones are amazing when it comes to how they project sound; clean, clear, and neutral.
If you are looking for headphones that have a brighter sound, and are good with techno music, or generally electronic music, then the HD650 is the way to go.