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Updated April 11, 2024·

If wireless convenience and easy charging are important to you, the Grado GT220 with its stemless design, Bluetooth connectivity, and wireless charging may be a better fit, but if sound quality is your top priority and you favor wired listening, the Sennheiser IE600, despite being more expensive, offers best in class sound and robust build quality. The GT220 is suitable for use during exercise as they are sweatproof, while the Sennheiser IE600, with a cable and a weightier design, provides a higher comfort score and might be better for long listening sessions. Neither is ideal for gaming due to latency concerns, and both have limited microphone quality, which could affect calls. The GT220 may not block noise as effectively as the IE600, which could be a consideration if you often find yourself in noisy environments. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Grado GT220
  • Good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Sennheiser IE600
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

6.3
GT220
IE600
8.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is very good for music, while the Grado GT220 is only fair.

Gaming

5.1
GT220
IE600
6.7
The Sennheiser IE600 is only fair for gaming, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Phone Calls

6.9
GT220
IE600
3.5
The Grado GT220 is only fair for phone calls, while the Sennheiser IE600 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
GT220
IE600
5.4
The Grado GT220 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sennheiser IE600 is poor.

TV and Video

5.5
GT220
IE600
9.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is excellent for TV and video, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Noise Reduction

5.3
GT220
IE600
7.0
The Sennheiser IE600 is good for noise reduction, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Battery

5.5 Hours
GT220
IE600
N/A
The Grado GT220 has 5.5 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser IE600 does not have a battery.

Cost

$259
GT220
IE600
$600
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The Grado GT220 has a price of $259 and the Sennheiser IE600 costs $600.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.8
GT220
IE600
9.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sennheiser IE600 to have excellent build quality, while the Grado GT220 has very good build quality.

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How the Grado GT220 and the Sennheiser IE600 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Grado GT220Sennheiser IE600
Grado GT220Sennheiser IE600

GENERAL

Price
$259
$600
Brand
GradoSennheiser
Release Date
September 1, 2020June 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
6.4/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
7/103.5/10
Gaming Score
5.2/106.8/10
TV and Video Score
5.5/109.3/10
Exercise Score
6.2/104.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5.5 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
YesN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A
Case Battery Life
36N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
NoN/A
Mic Quality
6/102.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.8/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Size
SmallLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5 Grams6 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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Grado GT220

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | October 2020
"With its superb and functional interface and its highly satisfying imaging, Grado has shown a new talent for delivering a solid true wireless system, and with future improvements, has the potential to really be one of the best."

Sennheiser IE600

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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | August 2023
"If you've got the bucks, the Sennheiser IE 600 is a nice, upscale set of in-ear monitors made of a lightweight metal with an unusual texture. It comes with a suite of extras, and performs well at virtually every task."

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About Grado

Grado Labs is a small, family-owned, business based in Brooklyn New York that specializes in high-end, boutique, dynamic headphones and turntable cartridges. They boast a particular house sound, that is to say their products have a particular sound signature unique to Grado, that some audiophiles seem to really like and are unable to find anywhere else. Their high-end headphones are all hand made, completely in house, from a variety of exotic woods and materials going so far as to making one of their most popular products out of hemp.

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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