For me, the lyr is all I'd ever want. I did experiment with the hd650 and a few vintage receivers with a headphone output stage that was meant for orthos and hard to drive phones. What I found is that there was not much room for adjustment with the 650 on those receivers/amps. I could only go from about 7-8 on the dial before it got to medium loud. Plus the lyr has better dynamics and sounds more musical overall.
Hm, well I might just compare the Lyr and the Emotiva for myself! And here's why.
Today was my first HeadFi meet! It was an absolute blast, and I look forward to the next one! I got to hear a lot of great headphones and great gear, and I will just say that there were a couple big standouts for me. The first big standout was the Denon D2000 and D5000. I had never heard the Denons before, so I wasn't sure if I'd like their presentation based on what I had read about them. But, holy smokes these are great sounding headphones! And so fun! That bass presentation...wow. It digs deep and has a touch of reverb to it - which I had read about and assumed I wouldn't like. Well I was wrong. That bass is just delicious, and I found the overall tonal balance to be engaging and just absolutely up my alley. And that soundstage! Quite unexpected, the shape, spaciousness, and depth. For a closed back headphone..."wow" is all I could say.
The other standout? You probably guessed it, the HD650! I have only heard the HD518, HD598, and HD600 until today. And on all of them I heard the ignominious "veil". They have just lacked a true sense of transparency to my ears, and I just didn't get Sennheisers. Well, I can officially say that I am a Sennheiser believer now, after hearing the HD650 on the Lyr! Wow! Everything I had read about this headphone but not quite believed turned out to be true. It is natural sounding. It does have drop-dead amazing mids. It does not sound veiled. It is a forgiving and easy listen, but without sounding boring! - This especially was a surprise. I had until today believed that a smooth sounding headphone could not also be engaging. Well, the HD650 pulls both off, somehow. And, for me this was very important, the bass slam was great! This headphone manages to be a forgiving, easy listen while having the slam and dynamics to engage on even the aggressive rock and metal I love! I don't even know what to say about that - it's something I have not experienced in any other headphone.
I even got to A/B with the HE-500 briefly (on the Lyr), a headphone that I have more familiarity and experience with. And...well, the HD650 honestly sounds more natural. Am I the only one who thinks planars have a strange soundstage presentation? The HD650's soundstage presentation is great! And the mids? Yeah, no comparison for me. The HD650's mids presentation was much more natural, engaging, and enjoyable than the HE-500's. Now I still appreciate the HE-500 for the many things it does so well! But...the HD650, wow. I am seriously considering getting this headphone.
So yeah, I may be joining the ranks in the near future, HD650 owners! I understand now, forgive me it took this long!
Edited by Biscuitz - 4/20/13 at 5:37pm