Got myself a a-couple-of-months-old second hand HD650 reserved for tomorrow.
Having read Mad Lust Envy's gaming-oriented review on the cans, I'd like to know if soundstage and positioning is indeed in need of improvement. I love listening to music and from what I've read, not one time I came across with a review criticising HD650, so I'm definitely into this pair, so I was wondering if cable/amp etc. upgrade could improve soundstage and positioning of the headphones.
I'll be pairing this with a Asus Xonar U7 for starters but what else can I do, if I ever can ? Or should I give up on HD650 and look somewhere else?
I have the HD595 and HD650 headphones. The HD650 is hands down better for music. I also prefer the HD650 for single player games. The headphones are all around better, and they also have more bass, so you get impact out of explosions and such.
However, if you are looking for headphones for a COMPETITIVE gaming session, I think the HD595 are better. I do not think the term is 'soundstage' but the HD595s seem to have more "space" around in which sounds can be coming from. The sounds from the HD650 are all closer to your ear. What this means is that the HD595 is a little better at conveying positional locations of enemy sounds (shots/footsteps). The HD650 reproduces the sound better, but the extra spaciousness of the sounds from the HD595 seem to really help with positional cues.
Furthermore, the bass is much much less in the HD595s. This is actually a good thing in competitive games. Explosions can cover up the sound of a gun shot or footsteps. So it is a bit easier to hear those things on the HD595.
But still for single player games the HD650 is better. It is makes the game more engaging. And with the HD595, if you are playing a game like Skyrim, sometimes when you are talking to someone, it can sound like they are far away from you, when they are right near you. With the HD650, the voices sound more natural.