SAMSON SARH600 Open Design Reference Headphones : Nice monitoring headphones for recording.

My ath-m50s broke, a stupid miniature structural break which made them impossible to wear, audio technica wanted £50 to replace the tiny part that made them work again, so i got these instead after reading a couple of reviews. Having had these for around a month i’ve been completely blown away with how natural and rich these headphones are, let alone the fact i got them for less than a quarter of the price of the audio technicas. Obviously they’re a different beast, thanks to being open-backed, the bass is brilliantly reproduced rather than being boosted, in fact the whole spectrum is. You can really tell what’s over-bright, what’s over compressed, what has too little or too much of everything. And that’s why they’re reference headphones. So if you exclusively listen to modern brickwalled hella bright tunes then these will hurt your ears without a little eq to temper that top end. The open-backed nature lets you really crank it up if you want, much higher than i could with the ath-m50s before fatigue sets in. I personally think they sound much more forthcoming than the audio-technicas. They also sound a million times better than my housemate’s sennheiser hd 205’s which i had borrowed in the interim and are roughly the same price. The open backs mean you hear what’s going on around you, which i think is quite nice, rather than feeling cocooned.

Big headphones with tiny speakers is not ideal. Lots of eq required to use these under powered things. But i manage on my guitar setup.

Samson SARH600 Open Design Reference Headphones

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  • Headphone type: open
  • Driver size: 40mm
  • Frequency response: 20hz-22khz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Plug type: 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch adapter

Decent sound, fairly expressive [and trust me i am fussy when it comes to music and headphones. i have paid more and heard worse for the price, take a punt. [my son fell asleep with the last pair on so they must be okay. I had to sneak them away until i ordered another pair. I have yet to try them on my pre- power amp set up. So will update review later. This review was based on use with a mobile phone and also portable music unit. ]

My main phones are sennheiser hd-600 and hd-580s, which i use when recording classical chamber music on location. I wanted a cheap pair with low impedance to abuse in the studio and for use with under-powered headphone outlets that come with most devices. I must say i was shocked at the sound quality that came out given the price tag. Ok, so maybe not as subtle and balanced as the sennheisers but enough to raise my eyebrows several inches – i may even try them on a forthcoming mix. They’re comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in (twice) and the 3m lead is well-handy.

Perfect choice of headphone at a very reasonable price and brother absolutely delighted with product. Would definitely recommend to others.

Samson SARH600 Open Design Reference Headphones : Comfortable to wear and sound ok. Not the best quality forhome studio, but ok for the price.

I own a pair of akg k271 studio headphones which have served me well over the years. As they were starting to get old i decided to buy the samson sarh600 headphones as a stand by. I can quite honestly say that they sound as good as my akgs anytime. My only downside for them is that they a little cheaply but not badly built. You will not find such good sound quality at this price range.

I use these for producing metal music in my bedroom, i’m only an amateur when it comes to production but the sound that i get from these is practically the same as when i have exported the mix and am playing the song through my speakers that i use for general playback. They’re comfy too, they are nice and loose and don’t grip your head tight, but aren’t too loose.

I’m a musician and student, i’ve needed a pair of reference headphones for some time now and generally speaking they are rather costly. If your on a tight budget like me you have just found your solution, these headphones are better than some pairs i’ve tried costing 200+, they came very nicely packaged and are very comfy to wear, also a nice long cable for the studio environment, just make sure you don’t tread on it.

These give a clear, detailed and relatively neutral sound (just what you want for mixing) and they’re comfortable to wear. There are certainly better headphones out there but not at this price.

But gets a lithe bit unconfortable if used for long period of time. Recomended for useage for periods up to 1h.

Very happy with the service and quality of this product.

They’re good for what they’re made for, unfortunately not what i wanted.

For the price it has a rather smooth response, great for casual listening. The foam is not of sufficient thickness and firmness so the inner disc presses against your ear and takes all the pressure, so it hurts after a few moments.

I don’t understand why samson ended the supply of these headphones because, in my opinion, they are superior to the akg k702, in that they are less veiled and produce much clearer mid-frequencies. They are also better than samson’s current (and lame) sr850 headphones, which are painfully bass-heavy.

Great headphones, mids and highs are sharp, and the bass is there but not overwhelming. Frequency response of the very low end isn’t great, but i wasn’t really expecting them to be. Certainly worth the £20 paid.

I’ve had these headphones for a good while now, for mixing purposes i found them to be high quality at a good price and would definitely recommend them. It should also be noted that they are still sturdy as ever. I wouldn’t recommend them for casual use outside of the home, at louder volumes the leak a lot of sound (because they’re open back).

I wanted some quality headphones to replace my old philips shp2 500 phones, although acceptable quality for the price i paid they fit very tight and i cant wear them for more than one cd listening. The samson sarh600, in comparison, are super comfy with a self adjustable headband, resulting in hours of continual use (you can forget that you have them on) the sound quality is fantastic and crystal clear they look the part as well. Call me old fashioned but i still prefer a long lead (at least 3 mtrs)to the wireless type of headphone, the rh600 has approx 3 mtrs. The philips have almost twice that but are twin cabled and tend to knot up quite easily. I was originally looking at some stagg headphones around £10 cheaper but they only had 1. 2 mtrs of lead and i was advised to pay a little extra for the samson. Overall a brilliant buy and an excellent set of headphones 5 out of 5 on all counts.

Bought for my daughter and it works great.


Decent sound, fairly expressive [and trust me i am fussy when it comes to music and headphones. ] i have paid more and heard worse for the price, take a punt. [my son fell asleep with the last pair on so they must be okay. I had to sneak them away until i ordered another pair. I have yet to try them on my pre- power amp set up. So will update review later. This review was based on use with a mobile phone and also portable music unit.

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Decent sound, fairly expressive [and trust me i am fussy when it comes to music and headphones. ] i have paid more and heard worse for the price, take a punt. [my son fell asleep with the last pair on so they must be okay. I had to sneak them away until i ordered another pair. I have yet to try them on my pre- power amp set up. So will update review later. This review was based on use with a mobile phone and also portable music unit.
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