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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews

Th3 James



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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Great Overall Entry into Hi-fi.


Pros: Excellent sound at the price. Much improved sound stage vs lesser headphones. Very comfortable for long listening session.

Cons: Could be more detailed & in-your-face

These are a great pair of cans all around. Very few complaints. Fantastic value. I've been driving them with E17 / E09k - it may not be perfect but it sounds great to my ears!   These are the kind of headphones you forget you are wearing because they are so comfortable. The rolled off treble is great for long listening sessions.   I find that I tend to use them when I want my experience to be a little bit hands-off. The sound, the feel, etc. is all very comfortable. The bass is a little bit underwhelming, but it fits the 'comfortable' experience.  They are nonetheless quite detailed. They aren't bad at really low volumes, but I am more likely to reach for my...
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Great Christmas Present


Pros: Comfort, Build Quality, Detail

Cons: Open back lets in noise, after hearing them with an amp. you'll have to drop another $300+

Just got a pair of these for Christmas and have to say that I was very impressed with the box they came in, very solid packaging, and neatly organized cord. There is a 3.5mm adapter included in the box, something I was not used to coming from a pair of Grado SR225i cans. The build quality is very good, I don't feel like I will scratch or dent them without a decently high tumble. The cord is detachable and feels like it will not likely give out anytime soon. As for comfort, I never really found my old Grados that uncomfortable (I know you guys/gals on Head-fi and reviews on Amazon always talk about Grados being uncomfortable) but now I can hardly wear them after having used...
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Magic Headphone


Pros: see review

Cons: see review

I'll try to be brief here, which is nearly impossible for me to do.   I bought this headphone last month and previously had two pairs. Those pairs had really anemic upper mids and had bloated mid-bass. This pair does not. I even used my old reference tracks I tried previously and this pair has a quite balanced sound signature. Not dead neutral or completely uncolored, but I would say it's just smooth sounding. Possibly one of the most musical headphones i've owned.   This headphone for me makes a lot of my crappy recordings that are harsh and fatiguing a bit easier on the ears. I don't ever get bombarded by treble or anything else. No shouty vocals or whatever else. It...
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HD 650 A steal at $227 and still with 1years warranty left on them


Pros: Comfort is super and the sound is well music rolls in

Cons: Need an amp to drive them to their fullest

Very happy with them for the price and the sound is great i highly recommend the purchase if its your 1st set of quality head phones the music just doesn't come in it rolls in...   I will write a more detailed review once i get an amp to match them i have narrowed it down to the schiit lyr ,valhalla or maybe the bottlehead crack..who knows one things for sure its driving me mad trying to choose....   Peace :=)

HD 650 Improved with Upgraded Cables


Pros: Hard to beat the performance for the money, upgradeable

Cons: Stock cable

I felt compelled to write about the performance of the HD 650 when used with upgraded cables. I purchased my HD 650s used from a Head-fier in Canada. They came with a nice burned-in Stefan Audio Arts (SAA) Equinox cable which I compared with the stock cable, and there was a very big improvement in performance. After using the Equinox cable for a long period, I recently upgraded to a  used SAA Endorphin cable which added increased performance I did not believe possible, especially in the area of bass authority, timbre naturalness, and soundstage renderings.   I also have tried and use the Cardas cable on my HD 600s which also adds noticeable improvements, although not as...
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Great detail


Pros: Good soundstage and mids

Cons: Lack of bass and veil

This was my favorite headphone for some time. Mainly because its the first decent pair I owned. However as I listened to other cans these became less and less important. Now all I see when I look at them is a plain headphone with dull sound.

Sennheiser HD 650 review


Pros: smooth and laid-back sound; good bass, mids and treble; comfort

Cons: bad instrument separation; lacks detail in treble; paint chips

Sennheiser HD650 review Introduction My HD650 was my first hi-fi headphone, and also one of my most priced possessions for well over a year. I regret nothing in buying these, but I plan on selling them since they do not get enough head time since I acquired my SR-202's. I only got these back yesterday, after sending them off to get the left driver repaired since it produced ringing in the sub-bass. This pair has the new drivers, in case you're interested. I already wrote a detailed comparison between this headphone and the SR-202, but I felt that it was simply not a good review. As a result, I have decided to rewrite my review in a different fashion only focusing on one headphone at a...
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Lex Tan

An Excellent Audiophile Headphones


Pros: One of the best Headphone around, Reasonable Price, Almost unbeatable with the correct setup

Cons: I can't really tell....

A good headphone with an affordable price. With the right AMP, LOD and headphone cables. It can be godly. Strongly recommend to those who are new to audiophile headphone.    The default HD650 may sounds warm, thick or even muddy but still it voice down if this is the type of style you would prefer...   I have rewrote this article as today I'm delighted that my new setup on HD650 has reached another level, a level which I really like it so much....  The sound is a lot more brighter. Soundstage became wider, and best of all not at the expense of losing the mellow and warm of HD650.   It sounded especially...
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They are not all that really


Pros: pleasant sound, quite comfortable, easily exchangable parts

Cons: lacks clarity and transparency, overblown bass, quality issues (paint flaking, one of the drivers broke after three years)

As much as I cannot understand the overwhalming positive reviews of these headplones I admit that I actually can understand that people can get in love with their pleasant and forgiving sound. If you wish to get close to the soul of a recording however, you should go somewhere else because HD650 are neither natural or neutral sounding headphones. Compared to some other cans (AKG k70x or Beyerdynamic DT880 namely) these Senns are muddy to say the least and lack sparkle, transparency and sheer excitement. The bass is more prominent than with k701's but the definition of the same is not as good. Listening to the HD650 I really miss the sparkle and the excitement that should be there. When...
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