I really like my Schiit gear
hd650 has the potential to sound really great but definately need some hours on them before they sound that way.
when I first got mine I couldn't believe how the made everything sound lumped together, after many hours on them instruments and vocals get separated out nicely.
I just received mine today, and I'm definitely hearing the "lumped together" sound. It's kind of hard to listen to music with it like that... :/
I'm glad to hear it'll just take some warming up to get them refined. Hope not lost yet :)
Coming from Grado Rs1i that I loved, but ended up with damaged hearing. I still have sensitivity in the 2000 to 4000 hkz range. It is really unfortunate.
That said, in spite of it, I loved the Grado sound. I just started listening to my brand new pair of HD650, and yeah, in comparision, sounds very closed in, muddy, with poor imaging. The upper bass, lower midrange is really where there needs to be improvment.
I remember disliking my brand new Grado RS1 at first, too. But it really did open up and bloom, up to about 200 hours.
I am hoping for a similar experience here.
For you break-in skeptics, I will say this. If these HD650 headphones still sound like this next month, I am getting rid of them. I suspect that they won't, though, based on my previous experiences. How else can one explain pretty much hating the way a headphone sounds at first, then falling in love with them? That goes far beyond simply adjusting to the sound. Besides, it doesn't seem to be much of a stretch that things with moving parts like headphones and speakers need break-in to reach optimal operation. Now, things like cables? I would think arguing on behalf of break-in would be much more difficult.
Too many people take one side, or the other. There really is a happy medium to be found, knowing that subjective experience and objective measurement can co-exist. They complement, and can help clarify and understand each other.
no need anymore. Over the months of living with them, they have showed me that they are the most beautiful sounding headphones i've ever known. I've had the chance to hear them through some high end tube amps, and I'm thoroughly impressed. Even on my little schiit uber stack they're wonderful.