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post #10231 of 26773

I'm not sure about a veil with the 650's But I took the foam material from in front of the drivers off and the sound to me really opened up to me.

post #10232 of 26773
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

It could be possible that you meet fuzzy's earlier point of having your 650's seeming
dark in comparison to other cans, ala white screen 650's.

This is indeed where ignorance is bliss.
I am not really judging my 650's by other headphones. I am not as into headphones as some of you. I am judging them against my years of listening to high-end audio and "my" preferences in audio. I was only saying that "to my ear" the 650's are not veiled YMMV.
I will say that your assumption that any opinion that doesn't agree with yours is "ignorance" sounds a little arrogant to me.
post #10233 of 26773
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Originally Posted by cpetrillo View Post


I am not really judging my 650's by other headphones. I am not as into headphones as some of you. I am judging them against my years of listening to high-end audio and "my" preferences in audio. I was only saying that "to my ear" the 650's are not veiled YMMV.
I will say that your assumption that any opinion that doesn't agree with yours is "ignorance" sounds a little arrogant to me.

Of course you're not. 

 

And to address your last snippy comment. I've already said not all units were affected 

and to my ears there was a veil.

 

As fuzzy pointed out it's an open ended discussion. 

 

And all I've asked is for those who've heard both to share their thoughts.

 

Not take the approach of I hear no veil, so there is no veil. In all possibility.

 

Hell, in strict comparison the 650 (white screen) is veiled compared to the LCD's.

 

So how you can ascertain or not be open to the possibility that you would

find 'em a little veiled is beyond me.

 

Oh, and the "ignorance is bliss" comment is a figure of speech. Considering you haven't heard the white screen 650's so you don't know what they sound like. Thus, you don't know how you would react to hearing 'em. 


Edited by paradoxper - 1/12/13 at 12:54pm
post #10234 of 26773
My original post was in answer to your statement,

"Now if you have heard a dark screened version and don't feel they're veiled, I'd be surprised, but who actually knows".

I thought this was an invitation for anyone who felt this way to join the conversation, I guess I was wrong.

I will say one more thing and then bow out of this discussion because I am no expert on headphones.

You can measure components, you can measure sound, you can even measure a persons hearing but you can't measure "how a person hears". Hearing is a perception formed by the brain and everyone's brain is different.
post #10235 of 26773
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Originally Posted by cpetrillo View Post

My original post was in answer to your statement,

"Now if you have heard a dark screened version and don't feel they're veiled, I'd be surprised, but who actually knows".

I thought this was an invitation for anyone who felt this way to join the conversation, I guess I was wrong.

I will say one more thing and then bow out of this discussion because I am no expert on headphones.

You can measure components, you can measure sound, you can even measure a persons hearing but you can't measure "how a person hears". Hearing is a perception formed by the brain and everyone's brain is different.

+1

post #10236 of 26773
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Originally Posted by cpetrillo View Post

My original post was in answer to your statement,

"Now if you have heard a dark screened version and don't feel they're veiled, I'd be surprised, but who actually knows".

I thought this was an invitation for anyone who felt this way to join the conversation, I guess I was wrong.

I will say one more thing and then bow out of this discussion because I am no expert on headphones.

You can measure components, you can measure sound, you can even measure a persons hearing but you can't measure "how a person hears". Hearing is a perception formed by the brain and everyone's brain is different.

 

I don't see how I negatively challenged your perception. I simply posed the question

that perhaps if you did hear the white screen 650's that maybe you'd change your mind

that the black screens are veiled.

 

And you took my comment  "ignorance is bliss" out of context and implied I was being condescending.

 

You can easily, say, "dude, did you DBT those 2 650's, are you sure you weren't susceptible

to placebo or other factors"

 

I thought it was promoting discussion. As I had said to my ears there is a veil,

on every pair (no, who knows). If other's would disagree about the veil, I'd be surprised.

Did I say they'd be wrong or I'd be right? 

 

Nope.

 

Sorry if I came off as condescending or arrogant. That wasn't my intention. 

Nor do I feel I displayed such actions.


Edited by paradoxper - 1/12/13 at 1:36pm
post #10237 of 26773

How would you guys characterize "veiled" though? That the treble is overshadowed by the midrange? 

post #10238 of 26773

Easy there guys... he did mention using a silver cable... without listening to stock... those tend to brighten the sound (IMHO).... so it's quite possible he hears no "veil".
 

post #10239 of 26773
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Originally Posted by skypop View Post

I'm not sure about a veil with the 650's But I took the foam material from in front of the drivers off and the sound to me really opened up to me.


+1

post #10240 of 26773

I don't hear any veil with my sliver driver HD650. I don't recall hearing any with the older, black driver version either. HD650 may not be the most detailed sounding headphone out there and I suppose one could say that it veiled compared to HD800 or SR009. But for a headphone in its price range, HD650 has excellent resolution and an exceptionally balanced frequency response in my opinion.


Edited by Pianist - 1/12/13 at 4:16pm
post #10241 of 26773

What was amusing to me is that the HD-580 I have is less veiled to me than my HD-600 (same drivers). To get my HD-600 to sound less veiled I could limit the amount of air it got with HD-580 grills or a piece of foam on the back of the driver "vents". No it still gets air.

 

Since this HD-650 is pretty much close to being flat IMO, it doesn't sound veiled. The last two I had did..same gear.

 

There's a technical reason why a silver cable or cold/analytical/transparent amp might help reduce the veil. Use a silver cable, silver interconnect and a Magni/Modi/O2/ODAC and it'll probably sound closer to the Q701(!) in terms of warmth and how thin/thick the mids are. This HD-650 isn't that much warmer than my Q701.

 

What you can do is put an HD-600 cable on the HD-650 (don't buy it silly!) and suddenly hear a lot more clarity, detail etc etc, but yet it lost some of it's warmth and you're just fooled!

Something is missing when you use the HD-600 cable with the HD-650. I refuse to use a low capacitance wire with the HD-650 because it will lose what I like about it. No, I didn't say it's sound signature will change or it will measure differently. I now think Sennheiser knows what they're doing with the HD-650 cable. It's amusing when you solder that thing to an HD-598. Not suggested...wire is wire i guess..

 

When you put a piece of foam behind the driver on the HD-600, the bass reduces to neutral levels and it suddenly sounds much clearer. Less veiled. Closer to how my HD-650 sounds (the balanced one). Removing the grills on the HD-600 has similar results. Try it. Again, the 580 always sounded less veiled. I was shocked that removing the grills sounds so similar as to putting foam behind the driver. Impossible!

 

This is probably all nonsense to you, but that's OK.

 

There's a good reason people like silver or silver plated copper on the HD-650. Too bad the mids aren't as full sounding. It's interesting how when you lost warmth and some bass, your brain is fooled into thinking you have more treble and a larger soundstage. ALO SXC did this for me on the Q701 and why I use stock or no crappy low capacitance wire (on brighter headphones).

 

Long story short..I think it's due to too much mid/upper bass without enough treble. Shoot me if you want. Don't ask me how a cable makes it less veiled (cheap one) without it having a measurable difference. I have no idea..it's kind of like the difference between the Clip+ and Ipod Touch 2G. Both measure flat, but sound much different.

 

EDIT: the foam is Creatology foam. It's harder, so basically you're blocking air, but it still gets some from the sides.


Edited by tdockweiler - 1/12/13 at 5:01pm
post #10242 of 26773
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

 

I thought it would be fun to discuss, but it didn't quite go over as smoothly as hoped. Oh well, sorry for being somewhat offtopic. I'm sure

some people might have taken it as me crapping all over the 650 when this is an appreciation thread. 

It was good to change the subject from the YouTube review biggrin.gif

post #10243 of 26773
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Originally Posted by Acoustik View Post

My experience with the HD650:

 

 

I love the smell of Sennheiser in the morning...

post #10244 of 26773

^^ You too? I thought that I was the only one. Nothing but the 650 in the morning. Usually some classical to stimulate my brain and make me smarter. wink.gif

 

I hasn't worked yet but I'm not giving up. 

post #10245 of 26773
Not sure if right thread but what would be a better deal. 430 for 650 brand new or 329 for 600 brand new? Don't really have music preference but I like detail and my setup is a bifrost with a hifiman ef5
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