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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews


The Gentle Workhorse


Pros: Smooth, non-fatiguing sound, comfortable, well-balanced sonic signature

Cons: Sub-bass could be deeper, treble could be slightly more airy

My first Sennheiser was the HD555, which was a real gem for its price bracket, and then when it broke, I replaced it with the HD600. I immediately exchanged it for the HD650 as I found the HD600 to sound so similar to the HD555 (just a little bit more treble mainly) that the price difference wasn't justified. The HD650 is very similar to the HD600, but with a bit more weight in the bass, and a slightly smoother sound overall. But in any case, these upgrades are all diminishing returns, as the HD555 really is excellent already.   The HD650's clamping force is strongest of the three, but it's still comfortable enough that I often forget to take them off after I was done listening to...
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My precious


Pros: Great smooth, lush beautiful sound, very balanced and relaxing. Quite detailed. Dark. Very comfortable

Cons: Build quality

I love my HD650 for rock, jazz and weightier orchestral pieces. The sound is very detailed but somehow dark (which is good with some recordings). This headphone never sounds obtrusive or hard. It is very comfortable. I have it as a companion to another great headphone, AKG k701, and they work great with their parts of my record collection.

Great All-purpose Mid-tier Headphone.


Pros: Great tuning, relaxed, non-fatiguing, and transparent.

Cons: Mediocre bass quality, mediocre detail, and somewhat fuzzy sounding.

Overview:   The Sennheiser HD 650 is a headphone I've owned more than once and always seem to go back to and a headphone I'm very familiar with and have tried on countless different systems from low-end to summit-fi. In terms of systems I've owned, I mainly used them on mid-fi gear. This is a headphone I have owned 3 times now, because I always found something I liked about it, but there are a few issues that ultimately have caused me to let this headphone go in the past, and the only reason I currently own them is due to getting them from a friend. This review is quite positive overall, but I honestly find them a bit exaggerated in how good they are and I don't really find them to...
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#1 for a good reason.


Pros: High-quality warm sound signature. Good imaging. Comfortable. Replaceable parts.

Cons: Not the best build. Clamp is too tight at first. Not for trebleheads or bassheads.

I was like a lot of audiophiles starting out. I had a below $100 pair of headphones and thought it couldn't get much better than that. I looked at headphones like the HD650 and thought their pricetag, which is a hefty sum to most, couldn't be justified. For a few headphones that remains true, but after a long journey through thousands of dollars of headphones, I realized the HD650 is worth the money if you start to really care about your audio like I have.   A while ago, I felt like it was time to upgrade my audio setup to something more "high quality". I got myself a JDS LABS O2+ODAC Combo RevB and tried 10 of the best open-back headphones $400 and under from many big name brands....
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Subjective review


Pros: see review

Cons: see review

Audiophile world can be your salvation or your hell. It depends how deep you will be sucked in and how confused you are what you’re looking for. For me it has been both. It all started two years ago when my old headphone broke on me and I had the wild idea to press the “buy” button on $1000 headphone called Grado GS1000.   I remember holding them in my hands with watery eyes upon the sight. The texture of the mahogany the smell of the wood it was something retro and to behold. Everything about that headphone was unique and I was excited to try them out. Then the disappointment when I found out that it was lacking in comfort and bass. How can a $1000 headphone be lacking in...
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Sounds good with EDM , but takes too much equipment to get the sound out.


Pros: Light and comfortable.

Cons: Too much money for what it is.

This is my second round with these "holy grail" of headphones.  First time around I was just laughing at it's meager power capability.  The sound was good, but not mind blowing.  Zero sub bass control, with ok bass.impact.  I got the Hifiman 400i and couldn't be any happier.  Has everything that I'm looking for at an "affordable" price.  I got a lot of heat from my fellow headphone enthusiasts for my nonesense.     I listen to all kind of music and DO NOT like to be limited to what I can listen too from my music library with an expensive headphone.  For 300+ dollars I want my subbass and bass with authority.  At the same time I want it...
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One of the best all around headphones, regardless of price


Pros: Natural sound signature, clear and detailed, realistic vocals and instruments, speaker-like sound

Cons: Pads compress and wear out faster than others. Could use a touch more sub-bass.

EDIT: 7/7/16   I am redoing this review I posted in 2015 because it was too short. For this review of the HD650, I will be going into much more detail about the sound, pros and cons, certain tracks that make these headphones shine, and how DSP plugins can make this headphone (or pretty much any headphone) come alive.   First, let's go over the build quality and comfort.   The HD650s are completely plastic on the outside, except for the metal grills and metal adjustment band. For the 2 years I have had them so far, there have been no paint chips or places where the paint has rubbed off from use. Keep in mind, I have taken extremely good care of them, and made sure to...
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Mr Vicarious

Will Appeal To Many, But Distictive Sound Will Not Please Everyone


Pros: Refined, articulate and excellent detail retrieval.

Cons: Too coloured, too relaxed.

My time with the HD650 was short: bought on Amazon and returned 6 days later.   Prior to serious listening, I 'burned-in' the headphone for 48 hours with constant pink and white noise. This did improve the sound, firming up the bass and eliminating some perceived hollowness.   The thing that struck me first about the sound of the HD650 was its sumptuous smoothness. Vocals especially had this syrupy sweetness which many enthusiasts will like about the HD650, but for me just masked the natural characteristics of the human voice. I find it difficult to understand why recording studios would use this headphone, as Sennheiser claims in its advertisements, when vocal presentation...
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A true classic!


Pros: Very smooth sound, Impactful and extended bass, not sibilant, Good build quality, very comfortable.

Cons: Soundstage not as wide as other headphones in the same price range, not ultra detailed.

These headphones are a true classic!  Even if they are bettered today by some in technicalities, their sound signature and non-fatiguing nature remain a must hear in today's very crowded mid-fi range.  However, you'll need a good source (they're quite forgiving on the quality of the recording though) and an amp that can drive them to their full potential since they scale very well with high end amplification (in my case the ALO PanAm dac/headphone amp).
Willy 2 Streams

The 'tube amp' of the headphone world....


Pros: Smooth, lush articulate mids. Deep, tuneful, powerful bass. An organic, 'all of one piece' sound.

Cons: Air...give me AIR!

  Wow...these cans seem to generate a lot of passion! Mr. Tech Agent's review below is a pretty tough act to follow, but I will try. 1st a quote from the literature that comes with the HD 650's: "With the HD 650, Sennheiser has followed the changes in the listening habits of music lovers and the way in which they experience sound. In spite of all purism and the highest demands on precise sound reproduction, a slight change in listening behavior is detectable. Today many music lovers want to feel the sound more instead of plainly analysing it. The HD 650 now captivates your senses where you used to be a mere observer. It allows total submersion into an ocean of music and lets you...
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