Question Sennheiser HD600 vs Sony WH-1000XM3

ddlooping

Active Member
Hey peeps :)

I'm looking to sell my HD600 and get something lighter, more comfortable.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 is at the top of my list right now (I also like the idea of noise-cancellation and wireless-ness), but I was wondering how much of a "step down" it'd be in terms of SQ.

Any opinion based on actual experience would be appreciated. ;)
 

ddlooping

Active Member
That's a good point, @mushii.
Mainly...
  • PC (lossless, mp3 files, music recording/mixing)
  • Denon AVR-3600 (movies, CDs, digital files)
  • Samsung Note 3 (mp3s) when out and about
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Hi there, Samsung Note 4 owner here. Thought I was the only one with a disregard for the latest OS and manufacturer support.

If you get the timing right (use camel camel UK for Amazon price tracker) the XM3 gets decent discounts because the XM4 is out

If your Sennheiser HD600 is made in Ireland with the old packaging before production moved to Romania and is in good nick, someone is going to get a bargain. I would honestly keep hold of the HD600 for occasional home use. But if you want to downsize to a do it all headphone fair enough
 

ddlooping

Active Member
Thanks for the tip @Steven :)

My HD600 is at least 12 years old but is almost as new as it's had almost no use whatsoever.
I still have the original packaging and will check where it was produced.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
It's definitely a made Ireland set as i happen to own HD600 circa 2008 purchase date also. Sennheiser only moved production to Romania and cheapened the packaging around 2016 ish

If they really get that little use then I guess it is understandable the desire to sell! Shame. Basically vintage 😎
 

ddlooping

Active Member
If it wasn't for the fact that I do find them quite uncomfortable (especially when I wear glasses, which is more often than not) I would definitely keep them. 🙁
I guess my ears and head are the wrong shape. o_O
 

mij

Well-known Member
I have both and the HD600 are in a different league for sound quality in my opinion, I also do not like the closed design which causes too much pressure on my ears so am going to sell my Sony's as I prefer my Airpod Pro's.
 

ddlooping

Active Member
Thanks for the feedback, @mij :)
You wouldn't fancy a second pair of HD600 by any chance?
If yes, maybe we could come to some kind of deal as I'd very much like to own a pair of noise-cancelling/wireless headphones.
 

mij

Well-known Member
Thanks for the feedback, @mij :)
You wouldn't fancy a second pair of HD600 by any chance?
If yes, maybe we could come to some kind of deal as I'd very much like to own a pair of noise-cancelling/wireless headphones.
I may do, annoying as I recently purchased some replacement parts for mine ;)

Maybe discuss via PM and we could do a wanted or for sale thread so as to not break any rules?
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
I have both and the HD600 are in a different league for sound quality in my opinion, I also do not like the closed design which causes too much pressure on my ears so am going to sell my Sony's as I prefer my Airpod Pro's.
Great minds. I ordered double spare ear pads and headbands from Thomann DE before Brexit, as no UK stockist at the start of the month 😛
 
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