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Updated January 10, 2024·

For convenience and portability, the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are wireless and offer active noise cancellation, ideal for travel and commuting. On the other hand, the Sennheiser HD600 provides superior sound quality with a wider soundstage, better suited for critical listening at home or in a studio. The Sennheisers are over-ear, wired headphones which may offer more comfort during extended sessions but lack the convenience of wireless connectivity. If having a microphone for calls is important, the Bose would be more appropriate, whereas the Sennheisers do not include this feature. Choose Bose for modern features and portability, or Sennheiser for sound fidelity in a stationary setting. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the Sennheiser HD600
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

8.6
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
9.3
The Sennheiser HD600 is excellent for music, while the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good.

Gaming

8.8
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
7.0
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good for gaming, while the Sennheiser HD600 is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.0
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
7.9
The Sennheiser HD600 is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is only fair.

TV and Video

8.1
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
8.9
The Sennheiser HD600 and Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are both very good for TV and video, though the Sennheiser HD600 is somewhat better.

Noise Reduction

8.9
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
2.5
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser HD600 is poor.

Battery

6.5 Hours
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
N/A
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds has 6.5 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser HD600 does not have a battery.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

5.1
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
5.0
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and Sennheiser HD600 are both poor for phone calls.

Cost

$289
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
$300
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The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds has a price of $289 and the Sennheiser HD600 costs $300.

Build Quality

9.0
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
HD600
9.0
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and Sennheiser HD600 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and the Sennheiser HD600 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose QuietComfort Ultra EarbudsSennheiser HD600
Bose QuietComfort Ultra EarbudsSennheiser HD600

GENERAL

Price
$289
$300
Brand
BoseSennheiser
Release Date
September 1, 2023January 1, 1997
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
8.7/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5.1/105/10
Gaming Score
8.8/107/10
TV and Video Score
8.2/108.9/10
Exercise Score
8.4/104.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6.5 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5.3N/A
Case Battery Life
21N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
8.9/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
YesN/A
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
6.2/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Size
MediumN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7.7 Grams258.5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | October 2023
"Bose put the time in to fix the major issues with the previous earbuds, and the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are very befitting of its price point. While you might be tempted to save a few bucks and go with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II on sale, fight the urge. There are enough upgrades here to justify the newer model."

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Headphonesty

Jean Mouchet | September 2021
"The HD600 are state-of-the-art headphones with high sound quality and remarkable value, among most of the offerings in today’s time."

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About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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