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post #10546 of 25395

Quick question, I have hd650's and want to get hd800's, I have a schiit Lyr amp and a schiit Gungnir DAC, I was wondering if balanced cables that work on the hd650's will work on the hd800's. (obviously I would need a balanced amp)

 

Thanks in advance

post #10547 of 25395
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Originally Posted by awsanderson View Post

Quick question, I have hd650's and want to get hd800's, I have a schiit Lyr amp and a schiit Gungnir DAC, I was wondering if balanced cables that work on the hd650's will work on the hd800's. (obviously I would need a balanced amp)

 

Thanks in advance

There are different connecters in the HD 800 than the HD 600.  It will not work without re-terminating the headphone side of the cable.

post #10548 of 25395

thanks, is anyone running their 650's balanced and was it worth it?  keep in mind I'd need a new amp and cables but my dac would be fine

post #10549 of 25395

Don't take my word for it, but the HD800's are supposedly pretty bass-light compared to the HD600/650 (and from a brief demo a while back, the HD650 has more bass than the HD580/600).

post #10550 of 25395
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Originally Posted by awsanderson View Post

thanks, is anyone running their 650's balanced and was it worth it?  keep in mind I'd need a new amp and cables but my dac would be fine

 

IMHO, if it's primarily for the HD650, then no. The HD650 does sound great balanced from the Mjolnir with a good balanced source behind it. However, if you already have it driven by the Lyr with some decent tubes, you've pretty much heard what the headphone is capable of. Spending $1k+ for a balanced amp and necessary balanced cables is an absurd expense for the minute improvement. Your $400 headphone won't suddenly toe it with the big boys.

 

Different story if you're stepping up to more capable headphones though.

post #10551 of 25395
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

Don't take my word for it, but the HD800's are supposedly pretty bass-light compared to the HD600/650 (and from a brief demo a while back, the HD650 has more bass than the HD580/600).

 

The HD800 has some of the best bass in the business. Please refrain from regurgitating myths. It dilutes the usefulness of the forum.

post #10552 of 25395

Anyone here who own EPH-100 as well as Sennheiser HD650?

 

If yes so can you please tell me that going for sennheiser HD650 would be an substantial upgrade also if you could compare the sound signature of both?

 

TIA

-Abhi

post #10553 of 25395
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

Just pulled the trigger on a pair of 650s with the intention of retiring my trusty HD580s. We'll see which one I end up selling... smily_headphones1.gif

 

I'm doing just that real soon.  My HD580s are pretty heavily modded, though, for good reason.  Just listened to some classical soundtracks (John Williams' Empire of the Sun: Cadillac of the Sky and Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Raider's March) through the Violectric V200 (at 2 o'clock) with the HD650s and it was... freaking breathtaking.  While the highs are somewhat veiled, the whole of the sound signature seems perfectly integrated.

 

The modded HD580s, by comparison, while definitely more natural sounding with better treble extension -- they lack the cohesive lushness of the HD650s.

post #10554 of 25395
So, how do the HD650s fare with dubstep, metal, rap, rock, trance, hip-hop, electronica, etc?
post #10555 of 25395

Far to slow and lack energy for rock & metal. Can't help with the other styles.

post #10556 of 25395

lol what ? I love my hd650 with rock and even metal...... are you kidding ? are you referring to the akg line up of headphones ? 

post #10557 of 25395

^ while listening to modest mouse on my hd650's. so excuse me if my emotions got the best of me.

post #10558 of 25395
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

Far to slow and lack energy for rock & metal. Can't help with the other styles.

 

Can you expound on that, please?
post #10559 of 25395
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Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post

So, how do the HD650s fare with dubstep, metal, rap, rock, trance, hip-hop, electronica, etc?

 

Great for electronica, not that great for hip-hop. I listen to the likes of Sasha/Digweed for electronica, and Kanye West/Common for hip-hop.

 

People have before gotten confused when I say this, given that both genres are both bass-heavy. But, electronica is more about that tighter, punchier bass, which the 650 does well, while hip-hop is more about sub-bass, which the 650 doesn't do so well.

 

If there was a genre that the 650 does best, however, it is definitely rock. This isn't to say that the best headphones, overall, for rock is the 650 (since I haven't heard all the headphones out there in existence), but what the 650 itself does best, I think, is rock. It just really brings out the vocals and instrumentals (guitar) really well.

 

Rock artists I listen to are Beatles, James Taylor, the Verve.

post #10560 of 25395
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Originally Posted by fuzzybaffy View Post

 

what the 650 itself does best, I think, is rock. It just really brings out the vocals and instrumentals (guitar) really well.

 

Rock artists I listen to are Beatles, James Taylor, the Verve.

Keith Richards is rolling over in the booze filled hypobaric coffin he sleeps in! wink.gif

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