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Sennheiser e906 vs. e609 – Is There A Clear Winner?

by Stuart Charles Black
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Greetings friend and Welcome aboard!!

Before we get into the Sennheiser e906 vs. e609, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

Today I will provide a no-nonsense comparison of these two buddies, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂

  1. Similarities & Differences
  2. Video Comparison!
  3. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Similarities & Differences

Similarities

  • Both mics have a peak at around 4kHz.
  • Both are primarily guitar cab mics.

Differences

Switch

The e906 has a brightness roll-off switch, while the e609 does not.

Settings

The e906 also has a high-end boost and a flat setting, while the e609 does not. 

Essentially, the 906 has 3 built-in EQ curves so you can alter its sound in the high regions.

Boost

The e609 has a presence boost that brings out guitar tones and helps to cut through mixes, but the 906 just sounds better without any extra enhancements.

Detail

The e906 provides more detail and articulation in the mid-range going towards the treble.

It will simply sound better to your ears.

Mid-range and Treble

The 906 has a beefier mid-range, and also comes across as more smooth in the high end.

Frequency Response

Because the 906 has a wider range, it seems to render instruments and recordings, in general, more true to life than the 609. Because of this, and the fact that it has onboard filters, you’ll EQ less after the fact.

For clarity’s sake, the e906 has a frequency response of 40Hz – 18kHz, while the e609’s is 40Hz – 15kHz.

Versions

There are 2 models of the 609: Black and silver.

The black sounds more full-bodied and warm, while the silver has been accused of being a bit “thin”, harsh, and brittle at times.

You may have to pair the 609 with another mic or two to complete the sound, while the 906 stands on its own quite well.

Another thing to note is placement.

Most people hang the 609 off of their amp, and while this works well it may not be as ideal.

Set the mic on a stand a bit back from the cabinet for best results.

Overall sound

With all that said, these mics share a very similar sound signature, but the 906 is definitely more full-bodied and clearly sounds a lot better.

If you don’t take anything else away from this, remember that.

By and large, the 906 is going to need less tweaking and EQ than the 609.

It’s going to sound closer to what you intended the first time.

Both do very well with a lot of the same stuff, like Toms, guitars, snare drums, male tenor vocals, and vocals in general, but to me, the 906 easily wins.

Video Comparison!

Final Word

I would say if you need a mic you won’t have to mess with that much, the e906 is the perfect solution and sounds fantastic.

I honestly wouldn’t even bother with the 609. 

The 906 also will work a bit better in the studio and has some extra features that you’ll love.

If you’re looking for a well-priced, highly rated microphone that records the electric guitar incredibly well, look no further.

 


Well, that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sennheiser e906 vs. e609 comparison.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Any experience recording electric guitars? I would love to hear from you. Until next time…

All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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4 comments

john January 5, 2021 - 3:02 pm

where’s the clean demo?

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Stuart Charles Black January 5, 2021 - 5:04 pm

Hey man! Huh?

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Andreas Lorentsen April 4, 2023 - 8:12 pm

I totally agree. I bought a e906 about a year ago, and I finally can concentrate on what I’m playing instead of moving mics around and worrying about how on earth I’m going to make the guitar tracks sound less awful. Honestly, I haven’t been discontent with my guitar sound/tone since I got the e906. As long as you not push the input gain too much, what you hear is what you get, more or less. 🧩✨

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Stuart Charles Black April 10, 2023 - 3:29 pm

Hey Andreas!

That’s great to hear! What kind of guitar are you recording?

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