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post #13666 of 20547
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Originally Posted by SBoy View Post
 

Hello, i'm looking for a new amp for the HD650. I've been a long time owner of HD650, i used to drive this can with cavalli's bijou OTL tube amp and it is fantastic until i got my LCD2/mini torii but i still miss the HD650's intimacy.

 

I've shortlisted some of the potential amp that i'm interested in. Burson Soloist, WA3 and crack but i really do not have time to put together the crack. The most important aspect that i'm looking for in this pairing is musicality and intimacy. So what do you guys think of the soloist or the WA3? will it be a stepdown from my bijou OTL amp? 

 

It took me two evenings (around 8 hours) to put my crack together, without any previous soldering experience. So, I won't throw away that option so quickly. Maybe you can listen to your LCD2 during the build :) And the pairing of Crack and 650 is indeed musical and intimate. Definitely.

post #13667 of 20547
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Originally Posted by SBoy View Post
 

Hello, i'm looking for a new amp for the HD650. I've been a long time owner of HD650, i used to drive this can with cavalli's bijou OTL tube amp and it is fantastic until i got my LCD2/mini torii but i still miss the HD650's intimacy.

 

I've shortlisted some of the potential amp that i'm interested in. Burson Soloist, WA3 and crack but i really do not have time to put together the crack. The most important aspect that i'm looking for in this pairing is musicality and intimacy. So what do you guys think of the soloist or the WA3? will it be a stepdown from my bijou OTL amp? 

 

I would steer you toward the Decware CSP3+ or the Decware Taboo MK III. Both in that price range. One is OTL, the other SET. www.decware.com

post #13668 of 20547
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

 

I would steer you toward the Decware CSP3+ or the Decware Taboo MK III. Both in that price range. One is OTL, the other SET. www.decware.com

I have seen people recommended, on many occasions, that the csp3 is very very good with HD650. Since i already have the mini torii also from decware, i want to try different amps. But i will definitely think about it. 

 

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Originally Posted by ffivaz View Post
 

 

It took me two evenings (around 8 hours) to put my crack together, without any previous soldering experience. So, I won't throw away that option so quickly. Maybe you can listen to your LCD2 during the build :) And the pairing of Crack and 650 is indeed musical and intimate. Definitely.

Yeah, plus it's cheap. Guess i really to dust my soldering kit and get to work. 

post #13669 of 20547
Didnt sennheiser used to have a webpage where you can type in dealer to check it they are authorized sellers.. Now only search by region

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=121178333383

Are these guys legit?

Thx
post #13670 of 20547

I think the best music I've heard for the HD650 yet is Danger Mouse's album Rome. Really just awesome.

post #13671 of 20547

I just got my 650's and I am using them with the newest Headstage arrow coming out of a HM602, I really like them so far. I can't tell if I prefer them over the K702 in terms of enjoyment, but I think these will be some great headphones to use with my current setup. 

 

I'm also looking for recommendations on balanced portable amps that would work well with the 650s, I prefer small gear since I haven't got the space for a lot of amps sitting around. I was thinking about the ALO RX MK3 B+, it looks like a fantastic amp but I've never tried it before. 

post #13672 of 20547

ibasso makes a fantastic small portable!!

post #13673 of 20547

Hi everyone! New here! I picked up the HD650s and will be powering them with the O2 + ODAC combo for JDS labs.

 

This is a big jump for me from my trusty HD558s of 2 years, cannot wait!

 

Question - I read about hardware not being the end all of great sound and that the source (quality of file) is equally important. Most of my music is +256 kbps if that is what it is referring to, is that sufficient? Did they mean something else (unsure what else it could mean).

 

Newbie to the high end world, love any insight! :)

post #13674 of 20547

Welcome to head, "sorry about your wallet." 256 is okay, but you can appreciate hi res material even more on the hd650's. They will scale up very nicely with source. Better rips, better dac=better sounding 650's.

post #13675 of 20547

Wallet is crying as much as I am for the pain it had to go through. I believe my entry-level amp will be sufficient enough to power the HD650s and give me great sound for it's price and for what it is worth, most of the electronic dance music I listen to are 320 kbps although I frankly do not know what that means except that the 'quality' is better. Glad to be part of the club!

post #13676 of 20547

Just keep reading. Ask questions. Prepare for the ride. :D

post #13677 of 20547

Yep! Just want to confirm... MP3 file format and 320kbps = sufficient to put the HD650s to good use with a decent starter set-up? :D

post #13678 of 20547
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Originally Posted by ANHF View Post
 

Yep! Just want to confirm... MP3 file format and 320kbps = sufficient to put the HD650s to good use with a decent starter set-up? :D

 

Definitely.  Most of my music is 320 kbps and it sounds fantastic on my hd 650.  I think there's even been studies showing that the majority of people cannot tell the difference between 320 kbps MP3's and lossless files like FLAC.  Your mileage will vary though, everyone is different.  Regardless, you should have no problem enjoying your MP3's on the HD 650 :)

post #13679 of 20547
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Originally Posted by eonsend View Post
 

 

Definitely.  Most of my music is 320 kbps and it sounds fantastic on my hd 650.  I think there's even been studies showing that the majority of people cannot tell the difference between 320 kbps MP3's and lossless files like FLAC.  Your mileage will vary though, everyone is different.  Regardless, you should have no problem enjoying your MP3's on the HD 650 :)

+1. I've done some A/B blind testing on Foobar with 320 kbps ripped from FLACs... the difference is audible through my rig... but is honestly subtle. I have to actually be listening very carefully and using direct A/B. If it was just casual listening I doubt anyone would notice.

post #13680 of 20547

Quick report on EQ again.

 

Love my 650s but one thing that has always bugged me about them is the occasional feeling of missing something in the recording that I could plainly hear on some of my other phones.  This missing "something" could be higher-pitched echoes, finger snaps, or that extra "bite" on violins. 

 

Playing around more with the digital EQ in Audirvana (and consulting the HD650 freq response curves) I have now settled on these "final" settings.  I'm really happy with the results- the "missing sounds" are now clearly audible and there is a very small tilt up in the tonal balance, but it's very pleasing and the overall sonic signature seems preserved.

 

I did not adjust the bass or mid bass region at all, mainly because I enjoy the 650s bass response just as it is.  Sure it could be a tad tighter and more extended- but tuneful, musical bass down to 40hz is inherently satisfying every time.  I've also found- so far- that any EQ mucking with the bass or mid bass region with my other headphones has been more harmful than good.

 

If others want to try these I'm curious as to reactions.  Also waiting on a Valhalla amp to hopefully take the sound of the 650s up another notch (currently using Audioquest Dragonfly).

 

Bryan

 

 

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