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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews

Pepper

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

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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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wafflezz

My new reference

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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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beepover

HD650 MUST have an amp-HD600 does not

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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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thelostMIDrange

cure for your headphone adikshun

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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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akshayshah12

Brilliant as Sennheiser claims them!!

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Pros: Soundstage, Relaxing and Lush sound, Bass detail, Comfort for long sessions

Cons: Build quality looks cheap for the price tag

Awesome headphones. Perform a lot better with good amplification. Good for almost every genre of music. Bass response is already good, can get even better and tighter with amp. Extremely lush sound signature, something to be fallen in love with. You can spend hours with it without getting fatigued by sound. Treble, though sparkling, sounds bit rolled off but that's how they can be so relaxing to keep listening forever. Listening to these headphones is my main reason to listen music since my purchase and not specific songs, their sound is that addictive. Wish to try a good Tube Amp with them but already drilled my pockets to buy this so using them with my existing Amp/Dac Only area...
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Francis Cheng

It's a great headphone

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Pros: full range performance

Cons: Bad headphone cable

If you can change the cable of HD650. You will find that HD650 is the best value headphone in the world.
HiFi1972

It's hard to beat the HD650s, once properly set up

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Pros: Highly Modifiable and Organic (when paired with a great amp)

Cons: Out of the box, not the best experience

When I first got my HD650s about 5 years ago, I have to be honest and say I wasn't thrilled. Listening to them over my DAC for the first time gave me a bad first impression. I purposely loaded my vinyl transfer of The Police's "Every Breath You Take" because it has a good balance of punch and snappy low, mid and high frequencies (again, I'm talking about my vinyl transfer, not the Remastered for CD version).   I was unimpressed by the lack of "WOW Factor" that I had heard from other users/reviewers. My DAC is a high-end Crane Song Avocet which has a very good solid state headphone amp built in. I then read about how these need a few hours of burn-in time, a concept that I...
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scolaiw

Sounds absolutely gorgeous.

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Pros: May not be the most neutral or most transparent but will be the most listened to.

Cons: Doesn't look as good as it sounds.

The HD 650s do just about everything right. Extremely forgiving yet detailed, it makes all music sound gorgeous. Absolutely dreamy, you'll find yourself lost within your music. Much of the sound attributes have been said before, e.g. the warmth and laid-back signature, so all I want to say is that if you ever had to buy a pair headphones solely for the enjoyment of music, pick the 650s. It's an absolute bargain at it's current price. My only complaint is in aesthetics. If only it would look as beautiful and elegant as it sounds. Although, not really a complaint as the sound takes precedence and it's really not that ugly. Could use less plastic though.
BK201

A timeless classic

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Pros: never harsh sounding, no sibilance, easy to listen to, detailed yet not harsh

Cons: too much midbass, dark sounding, warm sounding, veiled sounding

I don't like this headphone. Or rather I don't enjoy this headphone. But I can't deny it's impressive. Plagued with the typical Sennheiser problems of being built cheaply and being overpriced, yet it's really the only in its class, the audiophile's favorite. That warm and dark sound, that you can never get tired of. That impedance curve that makes it scalable. This is the audiophile's dream, it may not be relevant today with all the FOTMs but it still remains a classic. Grab one used from the classifieds if you're into this kind of sound. As someone who is into accuracy, it was natural that I prefer the HD600... the HD650 was too thick in the mid-bass and lower midrange and the...
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Th3 James

Eargasm

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Pros: Superb sound-stage, amazing lows, crisp highs, comfortable for extended listening sessions, aesthetically pleasing.

Cons: Design and materials could be better. A metal reinforced headband would have been preferable. The amp you use can make all the difference in the world

I have only had these headphones for a little over a month at the time of me writing this review. I choose to write the review now because I feel confident in my ability to properly asses these headphones from an objective point of view with minimal bias. This review was written at work over the course of a shift, it is by no means well layed out.    First off....These headphones are understandably flat and dull when used without an amp, anyone expecting auditory greatness (Over the Ear) from a 3.5mm jack running off of your phone is insane.    What I listened to on my HD650s: Classical, Rap, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal,...
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