Sennheiser hd600 vs beyerdynamic dt990: Which hearphone deserves your money

I spend hours writing this point by point comparison on what is the difference between Sennheiser hd600 vs beyerdynamic dt990 so that you know which model deserves your hard earned money.

Here are 3 main differences between Sennheiser hd600 vs beyerdynamic dt990

  1. Beyerdynamic has a more 3D audio feel
  2. Sennheiser is more expensive
  3. Sennheiser is better for sound mixing

Both are great headphones but have subtle differences that you should be aware of before making the purchase.


Sound quality

Generally, both produce great sound. If you are a causal listener, I don’t think you can spot any great differences between the two. However, if you are particular about how you like your music then read below on their exact differences.

The HD600 feels very intimate feel with a full bodied sound that is very close to your ears. This is because its treble is dialed back a bit from neutral. In terms of tone, the Sennheiser hd600 sounds more accurate than the Beyerdynamic dt990 because it stay very neutral. If you want to hear music the way it was produced, this is the headphone for you.

The Dt990 is more ‘cold’ in this sense as it focuses on having a ‘bright’  sound signature. Most of the critics find this brightness a bit too much for them. The same is for me as well. One of its strength is the the bass which has been EQed up so it is great for certain kinds of music genres like electronic music that uses a lot of bass. The main weakness of the DT990 is that you wouldn’t get anywhere near the way it is laid down. In addition, the  headphone is  very ‘harsh’ for high notes. This makes listening to some songs very difficult if they are always hitting the high notes.


Hd600 vs dt990: Which model is best for  gaming

For gaming purposes, one of the most important element you want in your headphones is the soundstage. It is like 3D sound where it feels like you are on a stage. In competitive gaming, this can give you an advantage as you can hear things like footsteps, how far it is away etc.

In this aspect, the DT990 produces sound that feels more soundstage and hence, is better for gaming. The HD600 is more neutral which is more suited for hearing sounds the way they are being originally produced.


Hd600 vs dt990: Which model is value for money

If you are a causal listener, look for the cheaper DT990. Despite its shortcomings, it is a great headphone for everyday listening. It is comfortable, produces nice quality sound and is only priced at USD175.

If you are a serious audiophile, the HD600 has everything you need. This model has been around since 1997 and is considered to be one of the most important headphone being made. With that kind of credentials, you know this is going a great headphone. Problem? It costs around USD300. If you are unable to appreciate the finer things about audio, I suggest giving this a miss.


Best headphone for mixing

If you are into mixing, which model will be better? Mixing requires paying careful attention to all the notes, tones, eqs et so sennheiser hd600 for mixing is the better recommendation. Another important feature of the HD600 is that it sticks to the neutral tone of the music quite closely, meaning what you hear during the mixing will be pretty accurate.


How about akg k702 vs dt990

Besides the the Sennheiser hd600 vs beyerdynamic dt990 comparison, another popular model is the AKG K702. I don’t have this model personally but I have listened to it before from the stores. That was before I decided on the HD600 so you already my feelings towards which is the better model.

As for the akg k702 vs dt990 comparison, the soundstage is where their differences lie. the DT990 has a more natural soundstage while the K703 sounds a bit far.



When it comes to the HD600 and the DT990, it might seems difficult to make a choice among them. After knowing their differences, you should be able to know which model is suitable for you. To summarize:

  • If you are an audiophile, wants a neutral tone and listens to lots of acoustic vocals, guitars etc, go for the HD600
  • If you are a casual listener or gamer or someone who wants strong bass, strong soundstage, a ‘brighter sound’, go for the DT990.

Side note: if you decided to go for the HD600, remember to get one of the best headphone amp for the HD600: the Fiio A3

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