The HD 600 is an audiophile-grade open dynamic hi-fi/professional stereo headphone. The advanced diaphragm design eliminates standing waves resulting in a clean sound free of artifacts and acoustical disturbances. The HD 600 is a fantastic addition to a hi-fi stack or dedicated listening room, and is a favorite among mastering engineers worldwide.
In all honesty, the tone of the customer service experience from SH as a whole, as someone with older phones looking for earpads SH has seemed a little offended at times. I have however had many years of excellent audio with 515s and 518s via 3rd Party Earpads. I had to go for the HD600 as a result as a gesture of solidarity and frankly the respected review Discord I use is fairly clear about their value. There were two other options the AKG and the HiFiMan's I think but the HD600 was a no-brainer really given my experience. Thus far I've been impressed with the extra detail and subtlety and I wouldn't say they've changed my life, but each time I listen to something new, I am listening to it for the first time given the output from these phones. I like the balance, not too bassy not too trebly! (sic) and I think they don't overpower my ears which are a little sensitive. The clamp strength is a little tighter than my old phones but that's normal. By no means painful and I've not been sore. Hugging might be the word! I am not familiar enough with this higher level of headphones to really state unequivocally if they are leaders in this price bracket but they've been really nice so far. I've just settled into them very easily. Like a more comfortable more luxurious version of an old familiar sofa but with a more detailed cloth. For £239 I think I will reflect on them being an excellent bargain.
Reason I brought,
I loved my old 5 stars HD 600 I had for god knows how many years and they finally gave up the ghost, they was amazing build quality, sounded awesome very comfortably on head imo, oh and got a case for them too.
My opinion on new HD 600,
But tbh the new revamped HD 600 seems cheap built plasticity not well made in a cheap basic box no headphone case, sounds good NOT awesome, comfortably head fit tho, shame really as l only brought these because of my old HD 600. So 3 stars as should not be named as HD 600 should be HD 600.1 so people know its been changed :(
After reading many reviews of these headphones I decided take the plunge. So glad I did, still wearing them in but I am delighted with both the sound and the comfort of them. Highly recommend.