Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread - Page 979

post #14671 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by grrraymond View Post
 

 

Essentially, after three years of going through various IEMs and cans and amps and DACs, I found I'd inadvertently begun to ruin the experience of listening to music on headphones. I fell into the classic (but initially almost unavoidable) audiophile trap of listening to the gear, not the music. I developed a kind of ADD whereby I would skip to the next song seconds after the 'best bit' of the previous song, I'd listen to the intro of Prefar Sprout's When Love Breaks Down again and again, instead of listening to my favourite tunes. I was just listening for dynamics and decay and soundstage and so on and I felt quite disconnected from music, except when I was listening in the car. I'd got the 650s and was hoping this would somehow solve my problem but alas, they were probably the worst culprits because listening to them without proper amplification (E9) was such a 'nearly' experience. They sounded good but it wasn't all I'd hoped for, to be honest.

 

Enter the Bottlehead Crack. Now I almost never skip anything. I can listen to pretty much any song I have and I'm almost compelled to listen right through - or rather, more accurately, I don't want to turn it off. I've no desire to skip because it all sounds great. There's detail, there's decay and dynamics and and so on but I take it in as part of the whole. I'm not sure whether this is the much-fabled 'tube sound', whether it's the synergy of Crack and 650 or whether something else has clicked into place but they have me excited about listening to music again. I want to listen to them now and I know that when I get in from work, I'll head up to my listening den and slip them on and have a dance round before my missus gets home. I look forward to listening to pretty much any song I can think of because I know it will just sound great, not too much of anything, nothing to take me out of the experience, just the feeling of listening to music as it was before I knew about audiophile gear. I've been down the rabbit hole but I think I'm cured...

 

...just as soon as I've got that Speedball upgrade.

 

tl;dr: Crack.

 

Same path travelled here, I was just staggered at how good the crack sounds in its standard form with some nice tubes. Improvements made to the 650's performance was very noticeable in my system. My speedball kit which I brought with the Crack is still in its box unassembled I have not felt the need to rush off and build it perhaps over xmas I will fit it.  What is very noticeable is how the sound scales when you add some good tubes like 5998 or the GEC brown base.

 

I was really happy with my solid state amp prior which was reported by a head-fier who owned both to be on par or slightly preferred to his Valhalla.  Going back to my ss now it sounds flat and linear and soulless against the Cracks dynamics and speed. I was surprised at just how fast it is. It's not that laid back tube sound at all yet  still retains that rich involving sound that is full of texture and body.

 

The biggest drawback of my Crack ownership is I made the mistake of letting my other half listen to my new toy, she has never had much interest in headphones before, she sat there with this big grin mouthing wow at me and now its hard to get her off of them and a turn myself!


Edited by JamieMcC - 12/5/13 at 2:47am
post #14672 of 20089

Do you have a link to a decent branded RCA for the STX to connect to the M-Stage?

post #14673 of 20089
In for sale forum look for Wireworld cable
post #14674 of 20089
The British made Graham Slee Solo ULDE amp is simply stunning with my Senn 650s. A solid state amp that sounds absolutely like tubes but with the benefits of solid state. There is a US loan programme. For a slice of high end heaven look no further and check it out.Now.
post #14675 of 20089
Lots of people are liking Crack with their HD650s, but what DACs are ya'll using? Anyone waiting for the Bottlehead DAC?
post #14676 of 20089

Is there supposed to be a Bottlehead DAC coming soon?

post #14677 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGame View Post

Is there supposed to be a Bottlehead DAC coming soon?
They're testing a prototype at the moment. Not sure of any ETA.
post #14678 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by junkers View Post


They're testing a prototype at the moment. Not sure of any ETA.


Thank you for that info! That is interesting news! Does anyone happen to have a pic of what the prototype looks like or any prototype details about it?

post #14679 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGame View Post


Thank you for that info! That is interesting news! Does anyone happen to have a pic of what the prototype looks like or any prototype details about it?
http://www.bottlehead.com/smf/index.php/topic,4086.0.html
post #14680 of 20089
Quote:

Very interesting!

 

post #14681 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by junkers View Post

Lots of people are liking Crack with their HD650s, but what DACs are ya'll using? Anyone waiting for the Bottlehead DAC?

Man I'd love to see a DIY DAC from Bottlehead!

I really enjoy my Music Streamer II+ on the Crack/Speedball combo a lot. Completely black background and super detail. I actually heard the combo at a meet and quickly purchased my own. I've also read that the Schiit DACs are also a good match with the Crack. A lot of HD 650 owners like that Schiit.
post #14682 of 20089
Quote:
Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

In for sale forum look for Wireworld cable

I had a pair of WW silver eclipse 6 RCA ...it's superb,
But the cabledyne silver RCA is clearly superior in clarity n depth (on my setup..)
made my WW redundant n I sold it off tongue.gif
post #14683 of 20089

I used Luna 6 to connect Bifrost Uber with WA7, Lyr, Crack and S.E.X. but since I no longer need long cable I decided to buy short cable and after trial of 4 different cables I got Cardas Microtwin to connect DacMagic Plus and S.E.X. and it sounds great with clear smooth and detailed highs driving HD800 connected to speakers taps using Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable modified by Moon Audio from the one I used with HD650 and had difficulty selling

post #14684 of 20089
Quote:

 

Thank you very much for the link junkers  :D

post #14685 of 20089

Is there a favorite amp among 650 owner's that you don't have to build yourself?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread