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post #10606 of 20088
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

I snagged a used pair recently for $300 USD, Amazon has them for $400 new. Headroom lists them at the full retail price of $499.

 

The Fiio E17 and E09k combo reportedly pairs well with the HD650 (I'll report back once everything arrives and I have the opportunity to listen to it). The bonus is you also end up with a portable amp/DAC which is great for driving multi-BA IEMs (no noticeable hiss with the UM3X, which are VERY sensitive to amplifier hiss).

 

Edit: I just noticed that the HD600 and HD650 are the same price on Amazon currently blink.gif

 

Yes, I have that combo and I'm very pleased.  For ~$250, it's really a solid performer and gives me a portable solution for my SE 425s =D.  The E17 is a solid DAC too so even if you upgrade the amp in the future, you'll still have a decent DAC.

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So how long before I start hearing those godly mids? I have used my headphones for roughly an hour and I can't help thinking the mids are pretty good, but in every other field they are inferior to the he-400.

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The world needs more articles that compare headphones using graphs. Not. We have these things called ears

post #10609 of 20088
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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post

So how long before I start hearing those godly mids? I have used my headphones for roughly an hour and I can't help thinking the mids are pretty good, but in every other field they are inferior to the he-400.

 

The logic sector of your brain seems to be amiss. ;) "Godly mids" is obviously subjective and if everything *but* the mids are inferior to the HE-400... how does that in any way effect how "godly" the mids are?

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Originally Posted by jiggahwhat View Post

The world needs more articles that compare headphones using graphs. Not. We have these things called ears

Ears that sometimes make people hear nonsense like what is in the post before yours. 

 

I may seriously consider buying a pair of HD 555's or 558's and see what I think. . . . but not atm. 

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No one considering the 598 as a cheaper alternative? If not then why?
post #10612 of 20088
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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

 

The logic sector of your brain seems to be amiss. ;) "Godly mids" is obviously subjective and if everything *but* the mids are inferior to the HE-400... how does that in any way effect how "godly" the mids are?


Isn't everything related to headphones and audio subjective? Maybe something about the way I structured my sentence didn't make sense to you, I was asking how long does burn in take for the headphone to get fully burned in. Because as of now I can't help feel the 650 in comparison to the he-400 isn't as good, which is my opinion.

post #10613 of 20088
I'm sure many headphones can easily sound more impressive than the HD650, however they may lack the natural organic quality of the 650. In fact their own Momentum sound so much more striking on a first listen and they're even a sound I could live with. They're easy to drive, look great, more compact, portable, 3.5mm plug and come with a case and cheaper! Plus a tonality that's closer to the HD700... you can't go wrong.... But the 650 bring you in some really unique way... Captivating
post #10614 of 20088
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Originally Posted by jiggahwhat View Post

The world needs more articles that compare headphones using graphs. Not. We have these things called ears

 

And unfortunately they're even less reliable and well corrolated than graphs. I was amused the other day when a newbie posted a simple question about the best headphone and got just two answers, both totally contradictory, like not even in the same ball park. He or she would have done better to have looked at a graph.

post #10615 of 20088
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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post


Isn't everything related to headphones and audio subjective? Maybe something about the way I structured my sentence didn't make sense to you, I was asking how long does burn in take for the headphone to get fully burned in. Because as of now I can't help feel the 650 in comparison to the he-400 isn't as good, which is my opinion.

 

From what I experienced and from what others have said.... bout 100 hours before you judge fully?  Also, what are you driving it with? source? amp?

post #10616 of 20088

First impressions on the HD650/E17-E09k combo, in a nutshell: This is what amazing sounds like biggrin.gif

 

Specifically,

 

-Better bass impact than the HD580 (eliminates the need for EQ, at least for me).

-Softer upper-midrange (= less fatiguing while still maintaining excellent extension).

-Smoother, more natural-sounding midrange. Currently listening to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony, conducted by the great Georg Solti. Everything from the tympani to the flute section sounds realistic.

-Impressive rendering of texture (especially with plucked strings).

 

Need to study for a class tomorrow, so that's all for now. But color me impressed. It was like Sennheiser took everything I liked about the HD580/HD600 and refined it. Which was their precise design objective. Well done, Sennheiser! beerchug.gif

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I really do not think HE-400s and HD650s are even in the same class of headphones. The HD650s have lush mids and punchy bass, the HE400s have extremely deep and textured bass and detailed treble with a holographic soundstage. To say the HE400 is "better" is wrong. Technically or mechanically they may be superior, but as far as the sound they produce, they're just different. They are apples and oranges!

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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post


Isn't everything related to headphones and audio subjective? Maybe something about the way I structured my sentence didn't make sense to you, I was asking how long does burn in take for the headphone to get fully burned in. Because as of now I can't help feel the 650 in comparison to the he-400 isn't as good, which is my opinion.

ATH-M50 sound better than the he-400 IMO

post #10619 of 20088
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Originally Posted by XxDobermanxX View Post

ATH-M50 sound better than the he-400 IMO

Everyone definitely has their own opinion. I thought the m50s were horrible, and i never understood they were so highly recommended here.

post #10620 of 20088
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Originally Posted by XxDobermanxX View Post

ATH-M50 sound better than the he-400 IMO

 

If you're some kind of rapper who don't appreciate the good music, yes. biggrin.gif

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