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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews

MrProggie

Perhaps the last headphones you need to buy

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Pros: Good with all kinds of music. Very revealing of micro details.

Cons: Hard to think of any.

I bought these used in near mint condition and they were already burnt in. The so called Sennheiser veil won't bother you that much. You might notice highs rolling slightly off on instruments like harps. Some headphones might make Loreena McKennitt's harp playing almost pinch your ears, but on HD650 it's a pleasure to listen to. I have never owned headphones of this quality before and it was something of a revelation to hear FLAC files through these headphones. Suddenly I heard details and sounds never heard before even though I have owned some of my CD's for 23 years. These headphones obviously needs a separate headphone amplifier whether you're going to use them on your portable...
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Woody469

Everyone Should Own A Pair

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Pros: Non Fatiguing, Accurate Yet Delicious

Cons: Unless You Can Properly Amp and Source, Don't Bother

I was enjoying these just fine using an RSA SR-71A portable amp. Quite powerful little amp for a portable. Recently purchased a Channel Island Headphone Amp with upgraded Power Supply. Wow ! I thought I had heard the HD650 but in fact what I had been listening to was trash compared to what these are capable of when properly amped. Expansive soundstage, deep, powerful bass, crystal clear highs and a midrange to make you drool. Top notch headphone ONLY if you feed it properly.
achelgeson

One of the best all around headphones!

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Pros: Natural sound sig, clear and detailed, realistic vocals and instruments

Cons: Nothing worth mentioning

I bought these about a year ago, after a long search for the best headphones for me. I tried Beyerdynamic, AKG, Audio Technica, Shure, and a few others, but every one of them had some aspect of the sound I didn't like. I eventually tried the Sennheiser HD580, and liked that better than the other ones, so I tried the HD650. I remember the first time listening to this, and telling myself "Finally, a heaphone I can LISTEN to!" All these other headphones were just too analytical and really took away from actually enjoying the music. Yet, the HD650s are very detailed, and this stupid "veil" thing people keep talking about I simply don't agree with. These have PLENTY of detail. These other...
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Sort

The Art of Headphones

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Pros: The Sound Signature I Love

Cons: Physical Looks

I can't imagine another 650 review is needed for the known universe, especially here on headfi. While I enjoy reading them, I also don't take the "objective" reviews seriously. While I would everyone to have the cans that move them into a space for deep listening for music, I can only be concerned here with my ears. And what I hear from the 650 goes beyond the "veil" or analytical accounts of treble range or sub bass. What we have here is an artistic expression - masterfully done. It's more than just the science or looks. What I know is that from the very first point I put these on, I feel myself falling deeply into the music, even my songs produced poorly or poorly ripped or just plain...
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Johannus

Fantastic clean, detailed, warm, present and well balanced sound!

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Pros: Clean sound, fantastic resolution, great tone, warm, well balanced, very detailed sound, the highs and mids are smooth, clean and sound very musically

Cons: Amp needed.

Everything sounds great, extremely clean and extremely detailed on the HD 650.   Fantastic clean sound, fantastic resolution, fantastic tone, warm, extremely well balanced, great bass (not boosted), very detailed sound, well separated instruments, very present sound, great sound stage, the highs and mids are smooth, clean and sound very musically.   And how about the infamous veil of the HD 650? It, definitely, does not exist. Perhaps on the old models, with the black drive, it could be true. On my new model, with the silver drive, there is absolutely no veil.
Petrosmalk

Fantastic warm, present and well balanced sound!

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Pros: Clean sound, fantastic resolution, great tone, warm, well balanced, very detailed sound, the highs and mids are smooth, clean and sound very musically

Cons: Amp needed.

Everything sounds great, extremely clean and extremely detailed on the HD 650.   Fantastic clean sound, fantastic resolution, fantastic tone, warm, extremely well balanced, great bass (not boosted), very detailed sound, well separated instruments, very present sound, great sound stage, the highs and mids are smooth, clean and sound very musically.   And how about the infamous veil of the HD 650? It, definitely, does not exist. Perhaps on the old models, with the black drive, it could be true. On my new model, with the silver drive, there is absolutely no veil.
mikoss

Beautiful non-fatiguing, laid-back, romantic headphones...

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Pros: Scale very well with gear, sound superb with OTL/tube amps, very comfortable, well balanced sound

Cons: Technically bested by newer headphones, not as bright/revealing as newer headphones, "slower" presentation than other headphones

These headphones are superb in their presentation of rich, harmonic tones. They are not in your face headphones... the bass doesn't have the visceral impact of other headphones, and the highs are not cutting or piercing in any way. These headphones are smooth in a way that other headphones just can't match... they flesh out the tonality of the music, and present it as if you were sitting in the tenth row. You're left to close your eyes and take it all in, without it being pushed at you the way newer, more exciting headphones may do.   The midrange can be lush, organic and supremely holographic with the right gear. The bass is controlled, slightly emphasized compared to completely...
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cs098

Great for easy listening

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Pros: Warm and dark sound sig, detailed mids and bass, good soundstage and imaging, very comfortable, never harsh or sibilant

Cons: May be too polite and laid back for some, rolled off in both ends. Highs lack a bit of sparkle and detail.

  The Sennheiser HD 650, quite possibly most popular can in head fi. While IMO it doesn't live up to the hype, at it’s price point it’s the easy listening headphone to beat. Though the older HD600 is possibly the better option as it's cheaper and more balanced.   Unboxing Pros: comes with a box, and a ¼ to ⅛ inch adapter Cons: box too huge, lack accessories   Nothing much to say except taking off the gray  textured wrapper is a tad annoying, but I do appreciate the adapter. Often you have to buy that separately.   3.5/5   Burn in (modding?) Pros: cons all go away in a few days, removing the foam takes out the veil. Cons: veil highs, trident...
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Tonio

A true classic!

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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....

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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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