Sennheiser IE 60 East (ie60east) Hi-Fidelity Noise-Isolating In-

Sennheiser IE 60 (IE60 East)

Hi-Fidelity Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones


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The Sennheiser IE 60 Hi-Fidelity Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser IE 60 (IE60 East) In-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser is a name that is synonymous with audiophile products. Obviously, this is not some name people throw around. REAL Audio fans take their headphones seriously. This is why the Sennheiser IE 60 is so appreciated. In a continued effort to hold their exquisite reputation, the Sennheiser IE 60, the predecessor of the Sennheiser IE 6 (IE6) in-ear headphones are just what the audiophile's doctor prescribed. Engineered with a lightweight shell, in a compact design that comfortably rest around the outside of users ears.

Sennheiser IE 60 (IE60 East) In-Ear Headphones

The IE 60 is part of the Sennheiser In-Ear Monitor Series, that also includes the notorious, and reputable Sennheiser IE 80 (IE80). The Sennheiser IE 60 and IE 80 are topic of many conversations within the audiophile community, primarily because of their incredible performance. While many features and dollars separate the two, one thing is consistent. Delivery! The performance is breathtaking. The ability to achieve so much sound out of so little speaker is impressive. More specifically, the bass. Its hard to believe that small in-ear monitor can replicate such powerful, deep bass, but you might just have to hear it for yourself to believe it!

What's In The Box?
  1. Premium In-Ear Headphones
  2. 3 Pairs of Silicone Eartips (Sm/Md/Lg)
  3. 3 Pairs of Lamella Eartips (Sm/Md/Lg)
  4. Hardshell Protective Carrying Case
  5. Pair of Earhooks (x2)
  6. Cleaning Tool
  7. Cable Clip
  8. Authorized 2-Year Warranty

General Features:

  • Wired IE Series In-Ear Headphones
  • Specially Designed Neodymium Magnets ensure outstanding sonic accuracy and pure, full body clarity for lifelike sound reproduction
  • Excellent Attenuation of Ambient Noise by isolating external noises eliminating unwanted sound
  • Sleek ergonomic version with an unquestionably Snug Ear-Canal Design for a custom fit
  • Ideal For Use With iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note, HTC One, and Any Portable Audio Player
  • Extremely Strong Build with durable housing and rugged cable
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 504769
  • Also Found As: Sennheiser IE60
  • Primary Color: Black
  • Secondary Color Accent: Bronze, Gold
  • Sennheiser IE Series Also Available In:
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Speaker Type: Dynamic Driver
  • Acoustic Design: Closed Back
  • Noise Isolation: Up To 20 dB
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 115 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): Less Than 1%
  • Cable:
    • Strong, Multi-Application Design
    • Length: 3.96 Feet (1.2 Meter)
    • Angled Connector
  • Plug Size: 3.5mm (Mini Jack)
  • Approximate Weight: 5 Grams (0.18 Ounces)

Product History:

Sennheiser IE 60 East thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Sennheiser IE6 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sennheiser IE 60 (IE60 East))

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.


General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Angled Jack
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Hardshell Case
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
16 ohms
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
115 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 18000 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Sennheiser IE 60 Headphones
Accessories included with the headphones
Carrying Case
Cleaning Tool
Replacement Ear Tips
Paperwork included with the product.
User manual
Warranty/Registration card

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Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating


Sacramento, CA

Simply the Best

October 22, 2014

I tried every set of in earbuds CNET claimed limited outside noise and they all failed miserably. I wondered if they conducted their tests in a library after it was closed. The IE 60 delivers remarkably clear sound (better than the 3 driver Westone). Even walking on a busy city street IE 60 blocked enough noise to enjoy the music, but still allowed enough through for safety. I wondered about the passive loop over the ear system, but it works without the supplied rigid over the ear forms provided. Only complaint is the carrying case is too structured. But the case Beyerdynamics provided with their earbuds (another product which did not live up to its CNET review) works perfectly.

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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