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post #16201 of 19109
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

 

Yup... the HD650 adds a warm, wooly character, and it takes the edges off a lot of recordings.  Its a good complimentary can to my K701, RS1, A250.  I have to watch out with volume settings,  being that these are a more laid back sound and one can unknowingly turn up the volume to compensate.  The image and soundstage is not as vast and layered as the K701 though.  So thats kind of a bummer, but I knew this already.  I can't tell if its the 701 adding something to the image, or its the K701 detail resolution allowing the ambience and space in the recording to show (I suspect its a little both).  My 650 pads are worn and soggy though, so it might be time for a replacement.  That could be compressing the image inwards a bit.

 

 

 

You're allowed to turn the HD650 up here and there...that's the whole point of the frequency balance.  Mids and bass is not gonna wreak your hearing when at reference db than brighter cans, which will slice your ears off.  The hearing becomes is more resistant to damage as the frequency falls.  Real music is played at a reference db.  The HD650 is very neutral at reference db.  Of course don't do it for too long and not too excessively - plus you'll need a majorly powerful amp to do this without compression and distortion.

 

You'll know when it is time to turn the volume down - your comfort levels are the warning systems.

post #16202 of 19109
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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post
 

 

 

You're allowed to turn the HD650 up here and there...that's the whole point of the frequency balance.  Mids and bass is not gonna wreak your hearing when at reference db than brighter cans, which will slice your ears off.  The hearing becomes is more resistant to damage as the frequency falls.  Real music is played at a reference db.  The HD650 is very neutral at reference db.  Of course don't do it for too long and not too excessively - plus you'll need a majorly powerful amp to do this without compression and distortion.

 

You'll know when it is time to turn the volume down - your comfort levels are the warning systems.

Yeah treble boost over the mids-upper mids to me is a killer.  Cans like the DT880, and some older MB quart phones come to mind immediately.  For me personally its that "treble island" that goes ZING into my ears and causes tinnitus from prolonged sessions.  Like the ringing I get when clinching my teeth.  My A250 is the most treble boosted can I own, but its got some upper-midrange peaks to at least bridge things over bit.

post #16203 of 19109
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Originally Posted by joebobbilly View Post
 

Sorry if this is a bit off topic...

 

But is there anyone here from Toronto who'd like to share a buy for the Bottlehead Crack? Looking to get the discount and save on shipping costs. Please PM!!!

 

So close, and yet so far...

post #16204 of 19109

So the HD650s were the first really good headphone that I ever had (well the Shure SRH840s weren't slouches).  I got them with a broken headband, a headband pad that looked like a deflated balloon, and earpads that smelled like they had been stored in an ashtray.  Other than that they were mint!  After some gentle resuscitation, cleansing, and DIYing, I had a wonderful sounding pair of headphones.  Well my Headfi journey has taken me through many headphones (dozens) including orthos some TOTL dynamics and the like, but the HD650s stayed in the stable until I found the HD800s.  At the time I was so enthralled by everything the HD800s did that I ended up selling the HD650s both because they weren't being used anymore and I was trying to recoup funds.  I didn't regret it until recently as I realized as much as I still adore the HD800s, I was missing just a little bit of romance and warmth from my music.  Funny enough it is was adding a touch of warmth and romance to my HD800s via a Schiit Vali that reminded me of what I was missing.  Well, I am so happy to say, that as of today, I have returned home, so to speak, in my Headfi journey and once again own a pair of HD650s.  They are everything I remember and more (these were new in box), and will never be leaving again.

post #16205 of 19109
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

So the HD650s were the first really good headphone that I ever had (well the Shure SRH840s weren't slouches).  I got them with a broken headband, a headband pad that looked like a deflated balloon, and earpads that smelled like they had been stored in an ashtray.  Other than that they were mint!  After some gentle resuscitation, cleansing, and DIYing, I had a wonderful sounding pair of headphones.  Well my Headfi journey has taken me through many headphones (dozens) including orthos some TOTL dynamics and the like, but the HD650s stayed in the stable until I found the HD800s.  At the time I was so enthralled by everything the HD800s did that I ended up selling the HD650s both because they weren't being used anymore and I was trying to recoup funds.  I didn't regret it until recently as I realized as much as I still adore the HD800s, I was missing just a little bit of romance and warmth from my music.  Funny enough it is was adding a touch of warmth and romance to my HD800s via a Schiit Vali that reminded me of what I was missing.  Well, I am so happy to say, that as of today, I have returned home, so to speak, in my Headfi journey and once again own a pair of HD650s.  They are everything I remember and more (these were new in box), and will never be leaving again.

 

+1

post #16206 of 19109
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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post
 

Love Bonamassa , some songs like "No Slack" , "Miss you hate you" sound incredible  

Love the album "Blues Deluxe" and " So, It's Like That"  , big fan !!

 

I have been listening to "So, it's Like That"...for a solid week now  :D

post #16207 of 19109

Live From the Royal Albert Hall has been in my now playing list for a while now.  Damn good!

post #16208 of 19109
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Originally Posted by Tuco1965 View Post
 

Live From the Royal Albert Hall has been in my now playing list for a while now.  Damn good!


+1

post #16209 of 19109

I have been enjoying my HD650s for the last month with my O2 + ODAC combo. They sound really good with that setup, but I am very excited this afternoon because UPS just dropped off my Bottlehead Crack kit. It looks like I have a busy weekend ahead:) I will keep you guys posted.

post #16210 of 19109
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Originally Posted by SaddleSC View Post
 

I have been enjoying my HD650s for the last month with my O2 + ODAC combo. They sound really good with that setup, but I am very excited this afternoon because UPS just dropped off my Bottlehead Crack kit. It looks like I have a busy weekend ahead:) I will keep you guys posted.


Congrats.

post #16211 of 19109

Meanwhile I have to sit through the weekend knowing my HD 650 and Momentum's won't be here till monday. But finally after using HD 560 Ovation II's for 20 yrs now I will certainly have some answers to questions I've had for a very long long time.

 

I will be using both with the new ASRock Purity Sound supposed to be capable of 600 ohm load. Either way this weekend is gonna be a LONG one.

post #16212 of 19109
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 


Congrats.

 

Thanks, man! I am very excited to start building.

post #16213 of 19109
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Originally Posted by SaddleSC View Post
 

I have been enjoying my HD650s for the last month with my O2 + ODAC combo. They sound really good with that setup, but I am very excited this afternoon because UPS just dropped off my Bottlehead Crack kit. It looks like I have a busy weekend ahead:) I will keep you guys posted.

 

Good acquisition! Do share how it sounds with the ODAC. I'm curious since I have the same set-up, only my O2 has a booster board installed.

post #16214 of 19109
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Originally Posted by SaddleSC View Post
 

I have been enjoying my HD650s for the last month with my O2 + ODAC combo. They sound really good with that setup, but I am very excited this afternoon because UPS just dropped off my Bottlehead Crack kit. It looks like I have a busy weekend ahead:) I will keep you guys posted.

 

Very jealous as I ordered mine today and I have 3-4 weeks of lead time.  When did you place your order?

post #16215 of 19109
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

So the HD650s were the first really good headphone that I ever had (well the Shure SRH840s weren't slouches).  I got them with a broken headband, a headband pad that looked like a deflated balloon, and earpads that smelled like they had been stored in an ashtray.  Other than that they were mint!  After some gentle resuscitation, cleansing, and DIYing, I had a wonderful sounding pair of headphones.  Well my Headfi journey has taken me through many headphones (dozens) including orthos some TOTL dynamics and the like, but the HD650s stayed in the stable until I found the HD800s.  At the time I was so enthralled by everything the HD800s did that I ended up selling the HD650s both because they weren't being used anymore and I was trying to recoup funds.  I didn't regret it until recently as I realized as much as I still adore the HD800s, I was missing just a little bit of romance and warmth from my music.  Funny enough it is was adding a touch of warmth and romance to my HD800s via a Schiit Vali that reminded me of what I was missing.  Well, I am so happy to say, that as of today, I have returned home, so to speak, in my Headfi journey and once again own a pair of HD650s.  They are everything I remember and more (these were new in box), and will never be leaving again.

 

Man, this worries me.  I have the 650's at the moment and am VERY pleased with them in nearly every way imaginable.  Are the HD800's really worth $1500 as an upgrade from the HD650's?  If I do end up with a set, will I need to buy some crazy expensive amp for it to be worth getting?  I'm a big fan of slightly warm headphones. Rolled highs = peace for my ears

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