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post #13051 of 20526

In the very old days, I compared very unscientifically both the HD600 and HD650 at a mass-market-ish store.  The 650 was full and bloomy, whereas I found the 600 to be thin in the midrange, and a bit grainy in the treble.  None of this is relevant today, noting that at least the 650 has been revised, and the store used a rather poor source.  

 

But, today, I have a 5-year-old 650, and I would buy it again.  I do have to find amps that are flat so that the midrange fullness (not major) is not overdone.  But the Phonak PFE 232, which is thin in the midrange, analogous to the 600s long ago, requires a plump midrange to make them fun and realistic. 

 

But again, listen to new stock and consider the equipment interactions.  

 

Meanwhile: I may have, a week from now, my new balanced Cardas Clear headphone cable, to use with my RSA SR-71B amp.  The latter sounds great with my Cardas Clear Light unbalanced cable, just great and quite livable. But we'll see what they heavier cable (twice the copper) and balanced output (unbalanced input, though) sounds like.

 

(PS: I stick with Cardas because, as in my home system, they get "flat, balanced, and neutral" while "revealing" just right, increasingly so with the latest versions, using technological innovations that make sense to me (not a novice in acoustics and engineering....) and make sense upon listening, with prices that aren't "what the market will bear" but which match "the cost cost of doing business". I'm not fond of ultra-detail at the loss of body and neutrality that, at least in the past, some silver cables have sounded, nor am I as comfortable gambling on a young company that buys wires already made and merely assembles. Having said that, my recent Moon Cu interconnect is pretty good.) 

 

BTW: I'm now a major fan of the RSA Blackbird, latest incarnation: balance of all the right virtues, at least with the HD650. I got it as both home and mobile amp, because I don't think I'd find better balanced quality anywhere near the price.  And I don't want to use up space in my usual listening chair.  PS: I'll take it to the San Francisco meet at test these all with all sorts of sources and amps, and share them for listening among the gang.... 

 

(Lately, my health is better, so my energy should be better by the show date.  Assuming nothing nasty shows up in my next MRI and my next PET/CT scan. I'm may be glowing with re-radiation by then....)


Edited by Stoney - 7/14/13 at 10:16pm
post #13052 of 20526

this is my anti-watever shield..

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-whole-food-yaeyama-chlorella-200-mg-per-tablet-600-vegetarian-tablets-1

 

keep it up STONEY...clean air, pure water...and hd650 will keep u rocking :)

post #13053 of 20526
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(Lately, my health is better, so my energy should be better by the show date.  Assuming nothing nasty shows up in my next MRI and my next PET/CT scan. I'm may be glowing with re-radiation by then....)

Sorry to learn about those problems. I hope it all goes well for you. I lost a couple of outstanding internet pals in the last few years through similar health related issues.

post #13054 of 20526
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If em ever brave enough i want to do a custom paint job on the 650's

came across my mind too biggrin.gif --- a silver metallic HD650 !!

post #13055 of 20526
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Sorry to learn about those problems. I hope it all goes well for you. I lost a couple of outstanding internet pals in the last few years through similar health related issues.

 

Thanks, your kind words mean a lot.  Due to surgeries and chemo, I've been at home most of the last year.  Now that I might have more energy for awhile, I hope to get out amongst people and enjoy my hobbies and interests a bit more.  

 

If any of you see me at the San Francisco Show in August, do please say hello.  "Stoney" is short for my real last name. 

 

 

post #13056 of 20526

Laptop, standard USB connection. Is there a significant quality difference between USB and some other connection?
 

post #13057 of 20526
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What is your source?  I'm on a preorder list for the CEntrance HiFi-M8.  I love the CEntrance "house sound" so I have high hopes on this.  The only downfall is its only digital inputs.  iDevices, computers, and some other DAPs with the LX model.  It will be $699...


Laptop, USB connection. Is there a clear difference in sound quality between USB and some other connection?

post #13058 of 20526
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Have heard the Conductor (not SL) and it was a very good sound with my HD650s; not too treble-centric, very clear without being clinical, good sound stage and depth....I won't recommend outside of your list, but I decided for the sound signature I like (tube), to head in another direction and ended up saving about $1k in the process.


If you have other suggestions feel free to post. That's why I'm here. :) Do you know if certain DAC and Amp combos work better than others?

post #13059 of 20526
Tats a handsome face...smily_headphones1.gif

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Opppsss usb cables again....see my tagline.

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I just had 3hour session on the 650 fed by audiogd dac..n dv336se tube amp...
So entrancing. Midrange prices...of cos u can spend more scale more etc
post #13060 of 20526
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Laptop, USB connection. Is there a clear difference in sound quality between USB and some other connection?

 

If you need an analog input, the Hifi-M8 isn't going to be for you.  USB is great, if that's your main source...

post #13061 of 20526

I thought it was time to replace the pads (on/off use for past 7-8 years) but when I received the replacement set, they seemed even more "squished" than what they are supposed to replace. With the old pads on my ears just barely touch the inner foam, but with the new ones my ears are right up against the foams.

 

This is the part received:  "H50635 - Ear Cushions for HD545/565/580" - which I thought I read somewhere was the right part for the HD600/650 as well.

 

Has the thickness of the pads (design) changed over time, or do I just need to ask for an exchange?

post #13062 of 20526
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If you have other suggestions feel free to post. That's why I'm here. :) Do you know if certain DAC and Amp combos work better than others?

 

I like my newly acquired Audio-gd nfb-11.32 used as DAC and my newly acquired LD MKIV SE with Voshkod tubes.  I have a little headache issue with too much forward treble and have found that the tubes seem to taper them every so slightly for me.  The Audio-gd sounds very clear as well on its on and is not too "sparkly"...It kind of reminds me of a more clinical Burson Conductor.  The only gripe one might have with it is having to pull it open and update the firmware chip by hand in order to get the software to load correctly on your computer (if you use USB on PC as I do).  In my limited head fi experience, I have owned the Schiit Modi (good for price) and have owned the HiFiMan EF2A (gain issues but decent sound for price/DAC wasn't great in it).  I have also auditioned the Musical Fidelity HPA-1 and the Grado RA-1 battery powered.  I have owned ESW9As and HD650s and now just have the HD650 and my current AGD/LD setup.  I use some old Sennheiser iems when I travel.  Like I said, very limited, but I really like (am listening to David Gilmour as I type this) using the AGD as DAC with the LD amplifying for me.  My best recommendation is very cliche....Try things for yourself and see what sounds best.  Try companies that offer cheap/free auditions and make your mind up as you like.  I have done that and think I have found my musical nirvana.  I may update my HP cable just to get it more sturdy and a shorter length, but am still on the fence about that animal.  Hope my rambling helps in some way.

post #13063 of 20526
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I thought it was time to replace the pads (on/off use for past 7-8 years) but when I received the replacement set, they seemed even more "squished" than what they are supposed to replace. With the old pads on my ears just barely touch the inner foam, but with the new ones my ears are right up against the foams.

 

This is the part received:  "H50635 - Ear Cushions for HD545/565/580" - which I thought I read somewhere was the right part for the HD600/650 as well.

 

Has the thickness of the pads (design) changed over time, or do I just need to ask for an exchange?

 

I think those are the right ones.  Here is my order SKU direct from Sennheiser's store.  The new pads look identical to on my phones except slightly less compressed on one side where my fat face must've pushed on them: 

 

 

Product SKU: 050635
Product Name: US - Earpads with foam disk 1pair 050635
Qty Ordered: 1
Amount: $46.09

 

Possibly, your relatively old unit might have been different?  

post #13064 of 20526

Just received my HD650 in the mail and listening to them through the Aune T1 HP amp (stock 6922 EH soon to be upgraded with Mullard gold pin NOS 1972 (7308 mil version/E188CC).

Got 2 x HD580 ones  too:-) One will get the classic mods and one will stay stock. Nice, all these options. Still awaiting the upgrades for my Grado SR80-s. After modding only the metal headband will be stock:-)! Summer will be a lot hotter than before!

post #13065 of 20526

Ooo. Hello, The Smiths on the HD650. I love you.

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