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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews


New Experience Right Out the Box


Pros: Extreme clarity, very comfortable

Cons: Style, Dark

I'm a noob to high quality audio equipment. I have been using V-Moda M-80's. I bought these because they were onsale for $272, and it would be stupid not to buy them at that price. I just opened these up and put them on. I understand that these may need to be broken in first. One of the biggest positives I noticed right off was the level of comfort. These are extremely comfortable, like I have pillows on my ears. The quality of the vocals is outstanding. The music is so much more crisp. Now to the negatives. Compared to the M-80's the sound is so much darker and subdued. The sound from the M-80's is bright and loud. No amp is needed and the M-80's can easily damage your hearing....
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Best headphone I've heard!


Pros: Pretty much everything

Cons: Recommended good amplication, feels plastic

I've owned these headphones for about 6 months now with a Magni Modi stack (not the best but it was enough). Through the past months I've spent a decent amount of time listening to them and I can definitely conclude they're the best headphones I've listened to. (well, I've never really heard much high end headphones $1000+)    The sound quality is just superb, the rich mids seem lifelike! I remember that was what had struck my attention the most, first of all they aren't completely "in your face" mids and they aren't distorted definitely amazing in this aspect!. They have great heavy bass for an open-back pair of headphones and they don't...
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An all time classic


Pros: Comfort

Cons: Fussy about Amps

The headphone i compare all others to, my reference point, my grounding. Wearing the HD650's is like coming home from a trip, wrapping yourself in your dressing gown and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. Warm and cosy, and there really is no place like home.

an excellent sounding headphone


Pros: -rich, creamy bass -extremely comfortable -not harsh on the high end -excellent vocals -extremely large soundstage

Cons: -headphone can clamp a little hard when you first get it -can take up to 200 hours to burn in completely -earpads are a little hard when new

An excellent sounding headphone for the price. The 650 is what separates a mid-fi headphone and a hi-fi headphone. It is has extremely rich bass and excellent mids. The headphone does require a little amplification, but it is not too difficult to drive. The headphone is extremely comfortable- when broken in. when you first get the headphone, it clamps a little hard and the earpads aren't very soft, but both loosen over time. Some people may not like the "dark" or more warm sound, in which case they go for the hd 600, but if you do like the warm but not overly warm sound this is a extremely good headphone. It sounds excellent for classical/jazz, acoustic, rock, and metal. The bass is...
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True high-end headphones


Pros: great soundstage, very comfortable

Cons: can sound "dull" without good amping; not revealing as some competitors

The HD650s have been out for many years already and became a reference point to compare with other headphones. Although not the best headphones, they can still introduce you to the world of high-end sound, as long you provide them with proper amping.

Truly a "laid back" sound. Charming, but not spectacular. (HD650 with Bottlehead Crack + Speedball)


Pros: Comfortable, never fatiguing, and with the right recordings the lows can really shine

Cons: Treble a little too slow, bass could be a smidgen punchier

I moved from IEMs to full sized headphones, and the HD650s were my first real investment. My first "real" audiophile big can was actually the Audeze LCD-2s, but I never had proper amplification back then. As a result, I never experienced what the LCD-2s could actually deliver. I ended up selling my LCD-2s and then going back to IEMs, all the way until this year when I took the dive and tried to buy the safest, most solid cans set I could. I went for the most famous, solid buy and went hunting for the best amplifier match. This, of course, led me to the Sennheiser HD650s.   My chain ended up looking like this:   Foobar2000 with WASAPI Event, FLACs > Schiit Modi DAC >...
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My new reference


Pros: Surprisingly detailed, great separation, very musical and lovely tone

Cons: obviously not portable. Price

Ok, so this review isn't going to be nearly as long as my first one. There are just a few things I want to address with these coming from much cheaper setups. First, the build quality. These seem built very sturdy. The stock cable is phenomenal and I really wouldn't see a reason to "upgrade", especially with so much of the controversy surrounding the actual audible differences. The only minor complaint I have buildwise is how the hinges when swinging horizontally sometimes *click* and the action isn't smooth. It's not a very good feeling and it makes me think that they're going to break or something.  These do clamp on your head but I am very used to that sort of thing,...
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HD650 MUST have an amp-HD600 does not


Pros: Best pair I have at this point

Cons: Thinking of upgrading AMP...Using STX currently

I have the HD600 and HD650...Bought second hand. I had a HD650 but sold it thinking HD600 was better. After I got the STX, I bought HD650 again second hand and using the STX amp, HD650 is the better headphone. I still enjoy the HD600 sound for long listening sessions but the HD650 has impact. At this point, I believe I need to play with op amps to increase extensions in sound.     Addendum: Most enjoyable pair of headphones I have is HD600:   I have: SR-60, Sr-80, HD555, HD595, HD600, HD650, AKG Q701, Bose QC 15, ATM-50S, Ultrasone HFI-780. Least favorite: HD555 (boring and Muddy) and Ultrasone 780 (Sharp and shrill-Maybe needs more break...
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cure for your headphone adikshun


Pros: sends the listener out to space

Cons: unatural FLAT sound, veil, clamp

These have an addictive eq curve somehow as they emphasize just those aspects of the midrange in the same way that Doritos has been intentionally researched to cause one to eat the whole bag... it's no surprise how popular they are..... recommend for those who just want a headphone experience, especially if he/she listens to modern music. For classic music, meaning that which was made circa 1960 to 1990, these are Flat and unnatural sounding though. Lots of folks seem to think these are reference in terms of eq and even moreso for the 600 and on paper it looks like they are. In reality, reference is more than a good balance of eq. Reference has to 'refer' to real world sound and real...
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