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post #14881 of 20616
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Originally Posted by Norway View Post

 

I got a 1/4" TRS female to 1/8" TRS male adapter with HD 650 from Sennheiser, it was included in the case. May have changed since then, but it was a standard accessory with HD 650 earlier at least. It's pretty nice too, it has a pigtail so you don't put a lot of strain on the small female jack on your amp/pc.

 

Thanks for they reply, Norway.  I decided that if I don't want to get the big amp then I should back off from the big headphones.  Looks like I'll be giving the 598s a try.

post #14882 of 20616
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Originally Posted by Anavel0 View Post

When did the HD650 have a narrow cable like that and not the usual quick disconnect kind?

From there release up until some point in 2007. So I am told.

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Well.. I've owned the HD650 for two weeks.. used it daily (so I sense it's pretty well conditioned by now).. and I'm in love with it.  There's few, if any, other full sized phones (I've owned) that I've looked so forward to using more than the 650... yes, the 650 slots above the HD800, HE-500, and HD600 in this respect.  The HD800 is something else.. an absolutely magnificent achievement.. but it was practically almost distracting in it's 'epic'-ness.  The 650 really feels like a blend of many of my favorite parts of the HD600, HD800, and HE-500.. so it's no wonder I seem to enjoy it so much.

 

I truly feel guilty to have avoided this phone due almost purely to public perception.  It's nothing short of stunning, in my book.  A/Bing it here with a loaned HD600, it's no contest which is the technically advanced phone.. and more importantly, the one I find more pleasing (the HD650).  I still love and appreciate the HD600, but I simply can't go back to listening to it after spending as much time as I have with the HD650.  It sounds downright grainy and unrefined, in comparison.  Even though the HD600 is a little brighter, I'll take the more composed, more articulate, better detailed treble presentation of the HD650 any day of the week.  In addition to the very noticeable increase in refinement over the HD600, the 650's excels in resolving ability, dynamics, and most importantly, stage depth (which, IMO, is the HD600's biggest weakness).  To my ears, the 650 possesses a degree of elegance and delicacy that the 600 lacks.  Much of this is evident when the 650, which IMO, is a little more amp specific than the HD600, is paired with excellent upstream gear.  I think the 600 gets some of it's appeal no only for it's brighter upper mid/treble response, but also cause it's less demanding of well matched upstream gear.  That isn't to say the 600 doesn't scale well (it does).. but the 650 possesses a little more magic to my ears when it's paired with great upstream gear.

 

Seeing the error in my ways of letting public opinion to sway me away from the 650, I decided to buy the only other popular phone that I've avoided for the same reason: the LCD-2r2.  Hearing that it's the natural upgrade to the HD650 certainly makes it an easy buy for me too.  I'm excited to hear it and see how it stacks up to the HD650.  Regardless of how I find it, I can't see myself letting go of the HD650.  It simply sounds too impressive (and addictive) off my BH Crack.  There may be better phones than the HD650.. and better amps than the BH Crack.. but this combo could go toe to toe w/ practically anything I've heard.. when it comes to sheer enjoyment and immersion.

 

I shall report back on how the LCD-2 stacks up to the HD650 when it arrives!


Edited by FlySweep - 12/19/13 at 2:25am
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Yeah, the HD650 is a great workhorse. The HD800 is on a whole other level but my HD650 gets just as much head-time.

 

I've owned the LCD-2.2 alongside the HD650 on two separate occasions. The Audez'e (as good as it is) could never pull me away from the HD650. It's a side-grade IMO and I couldn't justify owning both. The HD650 won out. Both times.

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UH OH. Just pulled the trigger. I will be an owner within 24 hours! 

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Welcome to the family :)

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YAY....! :L3000:

post #14888 of 20616
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Originally Posted by jmttdr View Post
 

UH OH. Just pulled the trigger. I will be an owner within 24 hours!

Jay, cheers:beerchug:, and congratulations, I hope you get as much pleasure out of them as I do mine.

post #14889 of 20616
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Jay, cheers:beerchug:, and congratulations, I hope you get as much pleasure out of them as I do mine.

Thanks Jamie, thanks for your advice also, was very helpful indeed. I owe you a beer if you're ever in london!

post #14890 of 20616
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

Well.. I've owned the HD650 for two weeks.. used it daily (so I sense it's pretty well conditioned by now).. and I'm in love with it.  There's few, if any, other full sized phones (I've owned) that I've looked so forward to using more than the 650... yes, the 650 slots above the HD800, HE-500, and HD600 in this respect.  The HD800 is something else.. an absolutely magnificent achievement.. but it was practically almost distracting in it's 'epic'-ness.  The 650 really feels like a blend of many of my favorite parts of the HD600, HD800, and HE-500.. so it's no wonder I seem to enjoy it so much.

 

 Regardless of how I find it, I can't see myself letting go of the HD650.  It simply sounds too impressive (and addictive) off my BH Crack.  There may be better phones than the HD650.. and better amps than the BH Crack.. but this combo could go toe to toe w/ practically anything I've heard.. when it comes to sheer enjoyment and immersion.

 

I shall report back on how the LCD-2 stacks up to the HD650 when it arrives!

 

I feel very much the same way about my Beyer T'1s I am in awe at their ability every time I use them.  I honestly planned to move the 650's on but they are just so good for just sitting back relaxing and enjoying music with.  Listening with the BH Crack just took that enjoyment to a whole other level.  I have no plans to let go of them as they are a magic combination.


Edited by JamieMcC - 12/19/13 at 4:56am
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You all have convinced me to acquire bh crack. Now to convince the wife!

So far I have only used my 650 with the Dragonfly. I am very happy with it but it has yet to blow me away. I think it is underpowered to really impress. So far I find them similar to my P7, but I haven't done any direct A/B time. Hopefully I can find some time during the holidays. And hopefully I can find some Christmas money to write the letters BH on. smily_headphones1.gif
post #14892 of 20616
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Originally Posted by randy98mtu View Post

You all have convinced me to acquire bh crack. Now to convince the wife!

So far I have only used my 650 with the Dragonfly. I am very happy with it but it has yet to blow me away. I think it is underpowered to really impress. So far I find them similar to my P7, but I haven't done any direct A/B time. Hopefully I can find some time during the holidays. And hopefully I can find some Christmas money to write the letters BH on. smily_headphones1.gif

 

You definitely won't be disappointed with the Crack/HD 650 combo. I think you'll find that it lifts the HD 650 to that next "wow!" level. And down the road, it gets even better with the Speedball upgrade. Do you plan on building yours or buying pre-built? (Assuming you can convince the wife!) :wink_face:

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I would build it I think. I enjoy projects like that. I'm probably a bit rusty on soldering but I have built a few rc cars in my day so I think I would be ok. Actually the build is part of the appeal to me. If they were still $219 I would be all over it. At $279 it will take a bit more convincing.
post #14894 of 20616
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Originally Posted by randy98mtu View Post

I would build it I think. I enjoy projects like that. I'm probably a bit rusty on soldering but I have built a few rc cars in my day so I think I would be ok. Actually the build is part of the appeal to me. If they were still $219 I would be all over it. At $279 it will take a bit more convincing.


FWIW I've listened to, and owned amps twice the price and I'd say at $279 it's still very much worth it. The speedball upgrade, while great, might be pushing it though if you are concerned about cost. The BH drives a lot of other headphones really well too. Hell, even the Q701/K702 sounds pretty nice on it. Only headphones I didn't like on it were the HE-400/500/6. HE-400 treble was a bit harsh and the 500/6 sounded underpowered.

 

I had never soldered anything before my first Crack build. I've since built 3. It's pretty straightforward.

post #14895 of 20616
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Originally Posted by dxanex View Post


FWIW I've listened to, and owned amps twice the price and I'd say at $279 it's still very much worth it. The speedball upgrade, while great, might be pushing it though if you are concerned about cost. The BH drives a lot of other headphones really well too. Hell, even the Q701/K702 sounds pretty nice on it. Only headphones I didn't like on it were the HE-400/500/6. HE-400 treble was a bit harsh and the 500/6 sounded underpowered.

I had never soldered anything before my first Crack build. I've since built 3. It's pretty straightforward.

I have no doubt it's a great value. It's just a harder sell to the wife. wink.gif And thanks for the words of comfort on the build. Now to wait for the right time to bring it up.
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