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Originally Posted by Anavel0 View Post

Now would I spend $300+ on a high end cable today? Yes . . . but only if I had my end-game DAC and amp, and I had money to blow on a comparatively small improvement.

TL:DR Spend your money on everything else first, then the cable.

Exactly

Also I'm not sure if harshness is right word but recordings with too high level don't sound smooth and clean and with Blue Dragon this not longer the case with most recordings. Try to use EQ instead you can say but you will lose details too then

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+1 for cable upgrade being last. Though to my ears, there are benefits to be had.

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HD650 and a pile of SCHIIT (Asgard 2/Bifrost Uber) does the job for me.  :wink_face:  As far as cables?  Depending on what cables you buy, well known and high quality cables DOES make a difference as far as clarity and details.  

 

If you hadn't heard any better, stock is good enough...

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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post

They do, and they are taunting you accordingly.

Someone is having a lot of fun with me now. I got a notice late last night from ups that a delivery was coming today from BBY/Sennheiser. Sweet! Until the tracking this morning said "Exception: Transportation accident occurred." That's a first in all my years of online buying. They were headed from Chicago to Detroit and looks like they took the entire load back to Chicago now.

On a side note I had ordered a Dragonfly and have been going back and forth on keeping it or not. At this point I think I will keep it and use it exclusively and then use it as a DAC when I can get an amp. Does this sound like a decent plan? I also have 3 AV receivers I can try these cans on; an older onkyo tx-ds595, an newer onkyo ht-rc260 and a denon 4311. Hopefully all of these will be enough to determine what I think of the HD650.
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Been waiting for my Project Ember headphone amp,  it shipped from Phoenix on the 5th 2nd day air, usps, and it just showed up in Allen Park, Mi, so the last thirty miles will probably take another day or two.  It's the waiting.!!!!

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You must be pretty close. I'm in Macomb County. My tracking is entertaining today. It was in Wyoming Mi when the accident occurred. The latest scan is Oshtemo Mi. Mapping between the 2 reveals a road closed for an overturned vehicle. Going to have to take a close look at this box when (if) I get it!
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Oakland County here.  I watched the tracking from the usps and it showed it going to the sort facility and then vanished until this morning when it showed up leaving Allen Park.  But it is the post office, what more can you expect.  Snow here so the mailman probably won't bring it so as not to be out in the cold too long!  Be sure to check the package, if they send it on, it is probably alright but you never know, good luck.

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I'm interested in hearing how HD650 owners rate the Fidelio X1 in comparison to the HD650 and maybe even the HD600?
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Got my Vali today (#365). I have it stacked right above Magni to make some comparisons. Looking through the holes of the vent, it appears that both tubes are in flat position. The initial ringing takes about 1 minute to go away. After that, changing the volume, moving the headphone cord, typing, moving the mouse all do not cause further ringing. Turning the volume all the way to 100% does not cause noise or static. The volume control is smoother than the Magni's when I got it initially and it doesn't cause static at certain volume levels like the Magni initially, even though it eventually went away.

 

Listening to norah jones' come away with me album right now with the setup in my sig, I first noticed how tight and more controlled the bass is. The bass isn't exactly more prominent or heavy, but it definitely sounds better. I think the sound stage is *slightly* closer, as though I am in a smaller studio recording room listening to a live performance. I never heard the "watery" sound of tubes before, but I think there's a very tiny addition of reverb, smoothing the sounds to flow almost like a gentle stream. Guitars sounds MUCH better somehow, perhaps due to this watery sensation or a tiny bit of reverb. With the entire sound warming, I think the treble isn't as clear. Certain parts of songs where there's electric guitar hitting higher notes, those aren't as clear as before and doesn't strike out as much among the other instruments playing. I think it's less analytical than the Magni, but less harsh on your ears. I wouldn't say it's "better" than the Magni, more of a choice of what type of amp you want. However, I do like it more than the Magni with my HD650. I wish I can compare it to the Bottlehead Crack though, and would absolutely love to hear that pairing with my HD650.

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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post

Got my Vali today (#365). I have it stacked right above Magni to make some comparisons. Looking through the holes of the vent, it appears that both tubes are in flat position. The initial ringing takes about 1 minute to go away. After that, changing the volume, moving the headphone cord, typing, moving the mouse all do not cause further ringing. Turning the volume all the way to 100% does not cause noise or static. The volume control is smoother than the Magni's when I got it initially and it doesn't cause static at certain volume levels like the Magni initially, even though it eventually went away.

 

Listening to norah jones' come away with me album right now with the setup in my sig, I first noticed how tight and more controlled the bass is. The bass isn't exactly more prominent or heavy, but it definitely sounds better. I think the sound stage is *slightly* closer, as though I am in a smaller studio recording room listening to a live performance. I never heard the "watery" sound of tubes before, but I think there's a very tiny addition of reverb, smoothing the sounds to flow almost like a gentle stream. Guitars sounds MUCH better somehow, perhaps due to this watery sensation or a tiny bit of reverb. With the entire sound warming, I think the treble isn't as clear. Certain parts of songs where there's electric guitar hitting higher notes, those aren't as clear as before and doesn't strike out as much among the other instruments playing. I think it's less analytical than the Magni, but less harsh on your ears. I wouldn't say it's "better" than the Magni, more of a choice of what type of amp you want. However, I do like it more than the Magni with my HD650. I wish I can compare it to the Bottlehead Crack though, and would absolutely love to hear that pairing with my HD650.

Sorry to be annoying but get one in for sale forum
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post

I'm interested in hearing how HD650 owners rate the Fidelio X1 in comparison to the HD650 and maybe even the HD600?

 

+1

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I just got a new hd 650 and joining the crowd :)

Right now it is running by aune t1 and sounds good to my ears.

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I'm still very satisfied with my HD650s, but the fact that they are the old, black silk version is starting to really bug me, as I wouldn't mind a little less mid-bass. I didn't want to spend another 100€ on a pair of new silver mesh drivers, specially since my Q701s are still for sale, but...

I'm also afraid that I won't notice the difference almost everybody claims there is.

 

I noticed the difference from my HD555 to my Grado SR60i, of course. But didn't notice when I removed the foam to make the HD555 sound like the HD595. I also find the Q701 very different when compared to the HD650. But I never noticed the difference when switching cables on my main system. And once I even tried listening to my favorite CDs through a cheap Sony DVD player instead of my Marantz Special Edition copper chassis dedicated CD player and I kept switching between those two and I'm sure I'd fail a blind test (!).

 

I don't have golden ears for sure...


Edited by 80smusicboy - 12/12/13 at 3:53pm
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Are you happy with your HD650 right now? Do you enjoy listening to your music with them?

If you answered yes don't worry about it! And if someday you have the spare cash buy a new set of drivers. But until then be happy and let the music play.
post #14790 of 16944

HD650 in the house.. I've been listening with the Violectric V800 + Schiit Vali amp.. and have a nice HD650 aftermarket cable (CablePro "Freedom" cable w/ Furutech HD6x0 connectors).  So far.. I'm extremely pleased with what I'm hearing.  Compared to the HD600, what immediately jumps out to me.. besides the HD650's more punchy bass.. is that the 650 possesses (comparatively) better texturing ability, better resolving ability, better soundstage depth, and better layering ability.  Aside from tuning differences, the HD650 sounds like it uses a better driver, too.

 

I can't wait to hook this thing up to the BH Crack!

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