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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Reviews

SimonPac

Superb Phones but Easy to Misunderstand on a Quick Demo

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Pros: Mellow, Smooth, Musical, Very Even if Warm Balance, but actually very revealing in a low key way

Cons: Not particularly immediate and impressive in sound, or appearance, and need volts

I bought these to enjoy and to assist development of a headphone amp, having owned Sennheiser phones in the past, the last being HD518s. First impressions on unpacking are of fairly ordinary appearance and materials although actual comfort is first rate. First impressions of sound are that they sound a little thick and subdued. I can understand why people could be disappointed; there are plenty of cheaper phones which impress more for the first minute or two.   However these are dark horse headphones. Although their overall presentation is mellow, and some would say veiled, they are incredibly revealing in reality after prolonged listening. Get the source and amplification right...
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ExtremeBoky

Great dynamic headphones

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Pros: Low distortions at all frequencies, comfortable, very detailed, easy to drive

Cons: Can be suffocating if compared to very revealing competition, however, a very pleasant enjoyable and comfortable listen on a long run

To clarify the price amount - that's AU$428.   I had HD545 reference for a long while, 15 or so years. They've been excellent headphones. Had to replace cable two times, which is really outstanding given the 15 years use almost every day.   I compared the HD650 with HD600, HD545 reference, Momentum 2.0 over-the-ears, Momentum 2.0 on-ears and AKG702. The HD650 had the greatest amount of detail and by far the lowest distortions of them all.    HD600 sounded coarse and bass limited. The high frequencies sounded particularly harsh. The sound stage was also compressed compared to HD650. I compared both headphones with the same cable, i.e. I was using the HD600 cable...
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aCodemonkey

Really Great Start!

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Pros: Huge Sound Stage! Everything is very clean and clear!

Cons: Not a bass head at all but i struggle to hear any bass in these.

I listen to alot of heavier music dubstep through metal. I also enjoy listening to the beatles and Classical music! These Headphones shine for lighter more care free music, but when i try to give it a true load and demand heavy notes from the bass it doesnt show up. I have a oppo ha-2 amp to go with these and i have to use the bass boost for anything heavy and then they sound fine. Without the bass boost i really struggle to hear it at all. Im not a bass head by any means. I thought the Audio technica mx-50 was way to over powered in the lower end. I love my HD 650's and they are a great start for any audiophile! They are classic!
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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DrumminD21311

New Experience Right Out the Box

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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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mcandmar

An all time classic

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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.
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