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post #13186 of 19451
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post

What was the price of the cable?


Paid about $165, normally go for about $350

post #13187 of 19451
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post

Well I have a two channel speaker system and the sound does not seem 

to come from the speakers. They disappear.

 

Maybe they are out of phase? That can cause a difficulty of pinpointing sounds.

post #13188 of 19451

Perhaps I did not communicate properly, my two channel system is working fine, I don't want to hear 

one dimensional music. That is what you get when the sound is coming out of the speaker and you can pinpoint the sound at the speaker. When the sound is properly mixed from both channels a sound stage is achieved. My experience while very limited is that the sound from my headphone system is one dimensional, so I am looking for a solution. 

thanks

post #13189 of 19451
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post

Well I have a two channel speaker system and the sound does not seem 

to come from the speakers. They disappear. I have a pair of Grado SR80's 

and a pair of modded Fostex t50rp's and the sound clearly comes from the 

headphones. I am looking for headphones that don't get in the way of the music.

I know that my headphones a entry level at best, and I am looking to upgrade. 

I have been looking to find out all I can about the HD650's and the 600's. Short 

of buying them I have to ask questions. Hope this explains my question.

Thanks


Ohhh very tough to reach true speaker-like invisibility with soundstage and imaging for headphones. Speakers/Headphones is a bit like comparing Cars and Motorcycles respectively. You pay a lot less for a motorcycle that can perform as well as a high-end sports car... but the high end car will achieve those performance levels with greater comfort without you "feeling it"...

 

You may be better served going with HD800s then... closest thing to real speakers from what limited listening that I've been exposed to (and from other reviewers).

 

If not that, the HD650/600 are still very, very good and musical, but will still sound like headphones in the end (albeit I would argue when paired well in a good rig, would rival very solid speaker systems in terms of resolution/detail). If you want a more immersive sound, I would argue that going fully balanced amp/DAC with these babies is the best option (sadly that comes at a significant price jump compared to other top single-ended options).

 

EDIT: If you're not looking to consider balanced, my vote goes to the AKG 701/702/712 series for good soundstage at a more budget cost (though these ones can sound a bit more analytical)


Edited by joebobbilly - 7/31/13 at 9:09pm
post #13190 of 19451

Yea... The HD-800 is a great headphone for having the headphone "disappear". Its sound-stage was quite amazing when I heard it.

post #13191 of 19451
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Originally Posted by joebobbilly View Post


Ohhh very tough to reach true speaker-like invisibility with soundstage and imaging for headphones. Speakers/Headphones is a bit like comparing Cars and Motorcycles respectively. You pay a lot less for a motorcycle that can perform as well as a high-end sports car... but the high end car will achieve those performance levels with greater comfort without you "feeling it"...

 

You may be better served going with HD800s then... closest thing to real speakers from what limited listening that I've been exposed to (and from other reviewers).

 

If not that, the HD650/600 are still very, very good and musical, but will still sound like headphones in the end (albeit I would argue when paired well in a good rig, would rival very solid speaker systems in terms of resolution/detail). If you want a more immersive sound, I would argue that going fully balanced amp/DAC with these babies is the best option (sadly that comes at a significant price jump compared to other top single-ended options).

 

EDIT: If you're not looking to consider balanced, my vote goes to the AKG 701/702/712 series for good soundstage at a more budget cost (though these ones can sound a bit more analytical)

Great answer, thanks for taking the time. You know I am new to this site and already have received more help than all my many years on the two channel sites. It is a breath of fresh air and makes my persuit for a heaphone system so much easier. 

Can the hd600/650 be used in a balanced mode? And if so what amps would I look at. 

Thanks

post #13192 of 19451
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post

Great answer, thanks for taking the time. You know I am new to this site and already have received more help than all my many years on the two channel sites. It is a breath of fresh air and makes my persuit for a heaphone system so much easier. 

Can the hd600/650 be used in a balanced mode? And if so what amps would I look at. 

Thanks

 

Yes the HD600/650 really shine in a balanced chain, it is as simple as changing the cable. I would recommend the Schiit Gungir/Mjolnir combo, but I am a self proclaimed Schiithead!

post #13193 of 19451

Bottlehead crack or Schiit Lyr.

post #13194 of 19451
Seems pretty tricky to get the Bottlehead in the UK. I'm gutted actually, I was well up for building my own. I think it's the Schitt then, can't complain, I guess.

Is the Graham Slee now superceded or am I comparing apples and oranges?
post #13195 of 19451
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Bottlehead crack or Schiit Lyr.

 

Do you have a macro of that response?

 

Neither are balanced...

post #13196 of 19451
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post

Great answer, thanks for taking the time. You know I am new to this site and already have received more help than all my many years on the two channel sites. It is a breath of fresh air and makes my persuit for a heaphone system so much easier. 

Can the hd600/650 be used in a balanced mode? And if so what amps would I look at. 

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post

 

Yes the HD600/650 really shine in a balanced chain, it is as simple as changing the cable. I would recommend the Schiit Gungir/Mjolnir combo, but I am a self proclaimed Schiithead!

 

Yes, a cable change is requried and +1 for the Mojo/Gungnir combo. I have had one for about 3-4 months now and I can certainly attest to it being an excellent pairing for the HD650. If you shop around and read some reviews I think you'll find it hard to get a better performing fully balanced rig for the price. biggrin.gif

 

The other amp that I have heard was the HD600 being run out of a BUDA from HeadRoom, and IMHO took the soundstage of the HD600 to HD800 levels (single-ended) blink.gif... and yes I dare suggest, maybe even better than the HD800 running single-ended... (I mean in comparison at a local meet with the HD800 running out of a Lyr), though the HD800 was clearly still superior in resolution and detail.

 

Perhaps another option you could consider would be the all-in-one DAC/amp combo from Sennheiser themselves... the HDVD 800. I can only assume that the HD600/650/800 would pair very well with them since Sennheiser designed it with those models in mind.

post #13197 of 19451

i find the soundstage of the LYR relatively congested vs the Littledot Mk4se i had sidebyside then. 

sold both...now the darkvoice336se is something...gorgeous with the 650..that bloom, delicious.

post #13198 of 19451

New OCC silver cable, made by Chris_Himself (Headphonelounge Cables).

 

 

Light, flexible, and the sound is incredible! In other words, it's everything the stock cable isn't wink.gif

 

Areas improved:

-Bass Impact

-Midrange presence and clarity

-Treble extension

 

We're not talking a subtle difference either. I used to be a cable skeptic, but my eyes have been opened.

post #13199 of 19451
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

New OCC silver cable, made by Chris_Himself (Headphonelounge Cables).

 

 

Light, flexible, and the sound is incredible! In other words, it's everything the stock cable isn't wink.gif

 

Areas improved:

-Bass Impact

-Midrange presence and clarity

-Treble extension

 

We're not talking a subtle difference either. I used to be a cable skeptic, but my eyes have been opened.

Are these pure silver or the silver ray?  I looked on there website and didn't see anything

about it. 

post #13200 of 19451
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

New OCC silver cable, made by Chris_Himself (Headphonelounge Cables).

 

 

Light, flexible, and the sound is incredible! In other words, it's everything the stock cable isn't wink.gif

 

Areas improved:

-Bass Impact

-Midrange presence and clarity

-Treble extension

 

We're not talking a subtle difference either. I used to be a cable skeptic, but my eyes have been opened.


Agreed, also use to be a bit of a skeptic, but the sonic difference is certainly audible. However, I do agree with most that the cost to performance ratio for cables makes them one of the last things that you should change in your rig. Other items in the chain such as DAC/amp are more worthwhile upgrades. Of course, once you're done and you seriously love a headphone that much and wanna milk out the last bit of quality... then cables seem to fit the bill, or if you simply have to get a balanced cable... wink.gif might as well get a nice one then.

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