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post #13786 of 36835
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Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post
 

It's a wonder that anyone still believes in "cable" mythology.... or that balanced makes an audible difference in the short cable runs we deal with.

 

Mystery 

:smile:

post #13787 of 36835
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

I had to do something like this to my HD-600 to be able to like it. I've always preferred the 580 to the 600.

For the HD-650 you can get a similar result by placing a small piece of creatology foam across the round center vent hole. You can sort of tune the sound by making this piece smaller or larger.

Basically this just limits the air flow and air still gets in. Don't cover anything but the center hole.

My HD-650 doesn't sound dark and has a good soundstage so I've never felt the need to modify it.

Do your hd650 drivers have black or silver screens?
post #13788 of 36835

I really wanted to like the HD650 but they just don't cut it for me. Just not my soundsignature :(

 

So if anyone wants to try these cheap (240 euro) message me. See: http://www.head-fi.org/t/683165/fs-ft-sennheiser-hd650

post #13789 of 36835
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Originally Posted by Textfeud View Post
 

I really wanted to like the HD650 but they just don't cut it for me. Just not my soundsignature :(

 

So if anyone wants to try these cheap (240 euro) message me. See: http://www.head-fi.org/t/683165/fs-ft-sennheiser-hd650

 

Just wondering if you EQ'd them?  I found it easy to change their sound signature as needed....

post #13790 of 36835

I am listening to Melody Gardot  "Love me like a river" its super with my T1's but sublime on the HD650 even though I know the T1's are clearer and more defined etc.  The 650's sometimes just have a knack of enveloping you with their musicality and adding a touch of ambience to the recording.

post #13791 of 36835
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Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post
 

It's a wonder that anyone still believes in "cable" mythology.... or that balanced makes an audible difference in the short cable runs we deal with.

 

Wrong thread my friend. Please take it elsewhere.

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Yes, let's stop this before it goes any further....

post #13793 of 36835

It would be a shame to get this thread locked...nearly 1k pages. 

post #13794 of 36835
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Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post
 

 

Just wondering if you EQ'd them?  I found it easy to change their sound signature as needed....

 

It feels a bit odd buying a pair of headphones for 400-500 dollars and then needing to eq them. You can eq any headphone, even the cheaper ones. Why buy such an expensive headphone then?

post #13795 of 36835
There aren't enough headphones out there for everyone to find a pair that suits them perfectly. What's wrong with trying to do what you can to make them a little closer? Its not ideal, sure, but if it yields results you like, why discount it just because of the price of the headphones? Saying a mostly neutral headphone doesn't have enough bass is like saying a Ferrari isn't comfortable enough; sure that's not what you bought it for, but does that mean its useless or somehow degrading to add lumbar support?
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Originally Posted by muxamed View Post

It feels a bit odd buying a pair of headphones for 400-500 dollars and then needing to eq them. You can eq any headphone, even the cheaper ones. Why buy such an expensive headphone then?

Edited by Gilly87 - 9/30/13 at 2:16am
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Hi there again fellow Head-fi'ers. I made a post on page 918 post #13766 and I had a few questions, but didn't receive a thorough response. But I was able to get help from

MattTCG about making sure my source files were FLAC or Lossless which would improve my sound quality. However my main questions were some advice on one component (hardware) that I would notice the most dramatic difference with the HD650's. Of course I would like to upgrade to all good components, but I just don't have the money to do it all in one shot, thus I was hoping I could get advice from the experts here as to what single upgrade from what I currently have would make the most noticeable difference/impact on improving the HD 650's potential, then build slowly from there.

 

So perhaps maybe an upgrade to a better amp such as a Tube Amp, or better cables as I have read here that a lot of HD650 owners do, or perhaps a better source (although I really like using my PC to play files, most of which are lossless directly ripped from CD's that I own.

 

My second question is - In the Creative Console Launcher, should I use the headphone input setting, or Speaker Settings for the HD 650's? There is a difference in sound to the HD 650's when selecting Headphone and speaker configurations, but I have not listened to the speaker configuration very much, I primarily use the headphone setting.

 

Also, does bass crossover frequency impact the sound in a negative way? I was told by a member here that it shouldn't affect headphones, but it does effect headphones. I can definitely hear the difference if I adjust/change bass crossover frequencies in headphone mode.

 

All of my music files are in lossless format so MattTCG's advice was awesome and I appreciate it, but since my music files are already in lossless format, I was wondering what would have the most improvement hardware wise such as a Tube Amp, or better cables as I have read here that a lot of HD650 owners do, or perhaps a better source.

 

For more detailed information and screenshots please take a look at Post page 918 post #13766.

 

Any further advice would be very much appreciated. And thank you once again MattTCG for the advice on using FLAC or lossless formats.

 

Also I just purchased JRiver to upgrade from iTunes but I haven't really used it yet. It seems a bit overwhelming at first (I haven't really dived into all of it's features).
 

My Primary cans are Sennheiser HD 650's and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on good settings in JRiver for those cans. Since JRiver doesn't have a manual (well at least I couldn't find one) only wiki documents I am at a lost at what settings I should use with HD 650's. Anyone have any advice on what would be the best settings in JRiver for the HD650's? I did post in the thread here http://www.head-fi.org/t/648262/what-is-the-best-music-player-software but I am not sure how many users of that software use HD 650's with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thank you all for any expert advice you can give!


Edited by TheGame - 9/30/13 at 5:32am
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Well, first please remind me of how much your budget is. 

post #13798 of 36835

TheGame, The HD650's scale up as well as any headphone. Meaning the better chain you give them, the more you will receive in quality. I love tubes with the 650's. The Decware CSP2+ (or the newly released CSP3+) are ideal matches for the Senn's. You'll need a quality DAC as well. Plenty of them around HF that people swear by in the $500-$1500 range that will pair nicely with the Decware or whatever amp you choose.

 

Part of the fun around here is trying out new combinations and reading about what other HF'ers are using. There is no "Perfect" combo as your ears are different from mine. Buy some gear, see how you like it, sell what you don't and enjoy the journey.

 

Good luck!...oh, and sorry about your wallet. 

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Well I do not have a lot of money so I will have to build my Head-fi station slowly piece by piece, thus I was wondering if there was a single component that would make the most dramatic difference. I would like to be able to spend at least $500 on an amp and then go from there, but if there is something else that would improve my sound more, then I would go for that. As far as amps, I was looking at the HiFiMAN EF5 Vacuum tube headphone amplifier, right now I am only running a Creative X-fi titanium HD through a Fiio E09k Amp. (Complete specs and pics in post page 918 post #13766. But of course the most for the money would work too.

 

As far as your question MattTCG - As far as my budget goes, the least amount of money I have to spend to get the most performance boost the better, but like I was saying earlier I would like to get the HiFiMAN EF5 Vacuum tube headphone amplifier, but at $499 US it will take some time to save up.


Edited by TheGame - 9/30/13 at 5:42am
post #13800 of 36835

Two of the very best amp and matches for the 650 that I've spend good money on were the lyr and bottlehead crack. The crack is a DIY project but you can buy one assembled and even used here on the forums. If you were working to keep the budget lower, consider an Asgard 2 and an odac with RCA jacks ($400 total which is less than either of the amps I mentioned earlier). 

 

gL!! 

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