There are plenty of headphones on the market designed specifically for listening to your portable device when travelling from one place to another. Most of them do a good job for their intended purpose, but very few of them will stand up to the test when it comes to delivering quality audio reproduction in the studio. That is where the Sennheiser HD6 Mix studio monitor headphones come into play. For those of you that are serious about your sound and want to hear everything in the studio when both overdubbing and listening back to mixes, these headphones need to be heard.
COMFORT AND CLARITY
The HD range of headphones from Sennheiser has been around for a long time, but recently
saw an upgrade with the HD6, HD7 and HD8 models - the latter two being DJ specific headphones. They differ in a number of ways, most notably offering 3dB greater SPL to the HD6 Mix headphones, which are more concerned with clarity than volume. Offering a frequency range that far exceeds the human ear’s hearing range, you will hear just about everything in these units, and they do sound astonishingly good. Great mixes show their faults with the HD6 headphones and bad mixes suddenly come to life, whilst still allowing you to pick out the problem areas. I’d use these as an everyday listening headphone if I had the need; they sound so good. Further to that, they feel so comfortable over your head that you shouldn’t have any problem going for extended periods of use. There is no fatigue to the areas around the ears with the soft velour pads cupping the ears but not adding unnecessary pressure to the area.
IT COULDN’T BE SIMPLER
With removable cables in both straight and coiled options, and additional leatherette ear pads for your choice of comfort, these are an excellent package for anyone who is serious about their sound. I am never one to recommend trying to mix in the studio through headphones, as I firmly believe you need the air in the room to account for the real depth of the mix, but you can get pretty close with these headphones when putting together a preliminary mix in relative silence. This means many home studio users can work late in the night without causing disturbances to others and still get great results.
Hits and Misses
Very comfortable ear pads
Great low frequency response
All over flat audio delivery
Can get a little warm when worn for extended periods
Impedance 150 Ohm
Frequency response8 – 30,000 Hz
Sound pressure level 112 dB (1 kHz/1Vrms)
THD, total harmonic distortion <0.1%
Contact pressure 6.3 N
Jack plug 3.5mm straight
Cable lengthcoiled coiled 1.5m-3.0m, straight 3.0m
Transducer principle dynamic, closed
Load rating 500 mW
Weight w/o cable 264 g