Before we get into the Sennheiser e906 vs. e609, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will provide a no non sense comparison of these two buddies, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Similarities & Differences
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Similarities & Differences
Both mics have a peak at around 4kHz.
Both are primarily guitar cab mics.
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. So basically, the 906 has 3 built in EQ curves so you can alter it’s sound in the high regions. The good thing is that you’ll rarely have to use the one that boosts the treble.
Boost. The e609 has a presence boost that brings out guitar tones and helps to cut through mixes. The e906 by contrast has a flatter response, and works well for guitar tones that don’t need anything extra.
Detail. The e906 provides more detail and articulation in the mid-range going towards the treble. Because of that, it will do better in studio, as it won’t get to “loud” for the room. The 609 is better for live situations, as it has more room to breathe and handles louder sources a bit better.
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 on-board 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. Also, there’s 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 it’s 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. 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 intend 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.
I would say if you’re looking for a mic that you won’t have to mess with that much, the e906 is the perfect companion. It also will work a bit better in studio, and has some settings that you’ll enjoy messing with.
The e609 is better for live situations, but will need more work in getting your desired sound. It also depends on your budget. You could wait and save up for the 906, but if you enjoy EQ’ing and messing around with sound in general, you may opt for the 609.
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