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post #10486 of 23889
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Originally Posted by yokken View Post

After having some real time with my HD650s in the past 2 days, I can say I'm really appreciating their sound again. They sound great with the Amperex tubes. Some details are a bit quieter, but I can still hear everything I used to be able to. It's just not as pronounced. Pretty much the same with my DT880s. I love the punchy bass of the HD650s, and the vocals are just great. They do EDM way better than anyone gives them credit for. They're not the best in class, but they do a great job. The sound isn't as airy and doesn't have as textured bass as some people would prefer, but it's awesome. I'd prefer my DT880s for a lot of songs, but I think I've finally had enough time with them for a while. I'm ready to appreciate the lush HD650s again. I love being able to hear music on multiple kinds of headphones whenever I want, based upon my mental state. It rocks.

 

+1. This is why I never end up selling my cans... its great having them available in case I happen to be in the mood for that particular sound sig / experience.

post #10487 of 23889
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Originally Posted by muxamed View Post

 

Microdetails and sense of space are better with HD650. I percieve HD650 as more detailed wiith more space around the instruments. 

 

Yes. The Detail. I was amazed to hear things I've not noticed before, like the backup vocals, the supporting guitar in the background, the little quivers in the vocals.

 

And somehow, each instrument has this 'complete' sound, meaning, it feels like it has its own space.

 

I haven't tried them with a tube amp, maybe I will sometime.

post #10488 of 23889
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

To each their own. I owned DT880 600 Ohm and while I agree that they are excellent headphones, they don't have the resolution and timbre accuracy of HD650, especially in the mids. The bass is great on both, but I think DT880 can't quite match HD650's realistic weight, impact and PRaT - Beyers are a little sterile/anemic by comparison.

 

This describes my opinion of the DT880 perfectly. I'm not saying it isn't a fine headphone. It's just not my cup of tea.

post #10489 of 23889
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Originally Posted by muxamed View Post

 

A headphone is not supposed to be taking anything away either. That can also be perceived as "boring". But you are right DT880 is very natural.

 

I don't find the DT880 natural. I find it dry, to a fault.

 

But we all digress - this the HD650 *appreciation* thread, and I certainly do appreciate it. It's a great headphone for the money it can be had for, and it scales extremely well as your source/amp move up the food chain. You can't ask for much more than that IMO.

post #10490 of 23889

From the Beyer offerings, DT990 is the closest competition to HD650 IMO, not DT880. DT880 is technically accomplished enough, although it's certainly not too far off. I think HD650 outperforms DT990 as well - the Senns are simply the more accurate, more natural sounding headphones - but DT990 puts up a very good fight and wins in some areas. But HD650 stand on their own for me when it comes to musicality. They are just beautiful, beautiful sounding headphones - so darn smooth its unbelievable. smily_headphones1.gif

post #10491 of 23889

A lot of people say the DT990s are a fairly V-shaped headphone... you really think they compete with the effortless, natural sound of the HD650s? I haven't heard the DT990s, I will admit, but the DT880s are fairly neutral I think.

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Originally Posted by yokken View Post

A lot of people say the DT990s are a fairly V-shaped headphone... you really think they compete with the effortless, natural sound of the HD650s? I haven't heard the DT990s, I will admit, but the DT880s are fairly neutral I think.

 

DT990 is quite V-shaped indeed, but it is very smooth and never harsh when it's not supposed to be. The sound of DT990 is really clean, clear and controlled. It is also very dynamic, perhaps more so than HD650, although lacks the impact of HD650 in the lows. HD650 is actually more aggressive sounding overall - it emphasizes the body and power of the sound, while DT990 is more about definition and precision, outlining the edges of sounds better with less focus on the body. So they are very different in presentation, but both presentations are appealing in different ways, so it's hard to say which one is better. But I feel that HD650 definitely presents a more natural sound overall as its more full bodied, which, coupled with a somewhat narrower soundstage and a more prominent midrange, increases the sense of presence. For picking out small details, which I love to do sometimes, DT990 has worked better for me so far though.


Edited by Pianist - 1/28/13 at 9:14pm
post #10493 of 23889

Which amp is better for the HD650, Continental V2 or MK3B?

post #10494 of 23889

So here's a newbie question for all of you.  Is there a way to plug two headphones into an amp so two people can listen to the same thing at the same time?  Would a splitter work, or would it degrade the music?  Or a certain amp you could recommend that would do this?  

 

I have my friends come over and I demand they listen to my setup, I just want a way to listen to it with them.  Instead of me just watching them listen to it and nodding my head furiously...

 

Also it would be an excuse to get another set to compliment my HD650s.

post #10495 of 23889

Yes, you can buy a splitter anywhere--two sockets attached to a single plug. As long as the headphones are the same the volume will be the same, although you'll need to turn the amp up a good bit to compensate for the extra load. Is there a danger of some kind of overload? Dunno. I've used my splitter a few times but never for a very long time or at great volume. Best to try it out first rather than risk a loud bang and a puff of smoke from your amp while your friends are there. Not cool. tongue.gif

post #10496 of 23889
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Originally Posted by pp312 View Post

Yes, you can buy a splitter anywhere--two sockets attached to a single plug. As long as the headphones are the same the volume will be the same, although you'll need to turn the amp up a good bit to compensate for the extra load. Is there a danger of some kind of overload? Dunno. I've used my splitter a few times but never for a very long time or at great volume. Best to try it out first rather than risk a loud bang and a puff of smoke from your amp while your friends are there. Not cool. tongue.gif

Yikes, now I'm scared.  Thanks for input though. :)

post #10497 of 23889

Nothing to be scared of. Just get an adaptor and try it out. It'll be fine.

post #10498 of 23889
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Originally Posted by RootsRockReggae View Post

So here's a newbie question for all of you.  Is there a way to plug two headphones into an amp so two people can listen to the same thing at the same time?  Would a splitter work, or would it degrade the music?  Or a certain amp you could recommend that would do this?  

 

I have my friends come over and I demand they listen to my setup, I just want a way to listen to it with them.  Instead of me just watching them listen to it and nodding my head furiously...

 

Also it would be an excuse to get another set to compliment my HD650s.

 

I know that there are amps with dual headphone jacks. Often they are different impedance to drive different types of hp's. The small fiio e07k portable that I has two jack with the same impedance. Haven't really tried it out though. 

post #10499 of 23889
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

From the Beyer offerings, DT990 is the closest competition to HD650 IMO, not DT880. DT880 is technically accomplished enough, although it's certainly not too far off. I think HD650 outperforms DT990 as well - the Senns are simply the more accurate, more natural sounding headphones - but DT990 puts up a very good fight and wins in some areas. But HD650 stand on their own for me when it comes to musicality. They are just beautiful, beautiful sounding headphones - so darn smooth its unbelievable. smily_headphones1.gif


T1 blows the HD650 away.... but obviously not a fair fight.  I liked the DT880s but eventually sold them not being able to offer the bass I really wanted.  I contemplated trying the DT990s but figured why ***** around .... stair-stepping my way up..... I know I'll end up there eventually.  So I got a good deal on a barely used T1.  Everything you don't like about the DT880s , etc are rectified.  Wonderful phones.

post #10500 of 23889

I couldn't face selling the HD650 so upgraded the cable to BA Nordost Valhalla and what a difference it makes!

Easily holds it own against the T1 and HD800!

 

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