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post #16216 of 25557

I can now see why even after all this time the HD 650 is so well thought of even if someone prefers a different sound signature. They are for total sure different than the HD 560 II's I been using for 20 years. But at the same time not always better.

 

I think the 560 II are more detailed honestly. BUT their downfall is basically it seems to me while 560 II have more detail and clarity in the highs that are beyond anything I've heard, they fall short on bass badly compared to the 650's. Which in turn is why they are clearer highs and more detailed. But the HD 650 is much more musical, that extra hint of bass throughout gives 650 a overall balance that seems like it's what things are supposed to sound like. It's like 560 II's are a detailed examination of the music in clarity and the 650 is a laid back listening to the overall precision as it all comes together, it's like the entire thing becomes whole. I find myself with the 650's saying oh yea that's exactly how that instrument sounds playing that ..

 

I probably seem like I'm rambling and it's probably what many have known here for years, although the HD 560 II's are a rare breed from a time before today's market took off. But they are still a very special pair of headphones.

 

Oh and the HD 560 II's are still the most comfortable headphone I've ever had on my head. The 650's are nice in that regard but they aren't as plush soft and comfy as the 560 II's were for sure.

post #16217 of 25557

Give the 650's time. The comfort improves with use. They have become my most comfortable hp.

post #16218 of 25557
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Originally Posted by hdtv00 View Post
 

I can now see why even after all this time the HD 650 is so well thought of even if someone prefers a different sound signature. They are for total sure different than the HD 560 II's I been using for 20 years. But at the same time not always better.

 

I think the 560 II are more detailed honestly. BUT their downfall is basically it seems to me while 560 II have more detail and clarity in the highs that are beyond anything I've heard, they fall short on bass badly compared to the 650's. Which in turn is why they are clearer highs and more detailed. But the HD 650 is much more musical, that extra hint of bass throughout gives 650 a overall balance that seems like it's what things are supposed to sound like. It's like 560 II's are a detailed examination of the music in clarity and the 650 is a laid back listening to the overall precision as it all comes together, it's like the entire thing becomes whole. I find myself with the 650's saying oh yea that's exactly how that instrument sounds playing that ..

 

I probably seem like I'm rambling and it's probably what many have known here for years, although the HD 560 II's are a rare breed from a time before today's market took off. But they are still a very special pair of headphones.

 

Oh and the HD 560 II's are still the most comfortable headphone I've ever had on my head. The 650's are nice in that regard but they aren't as plush soft and comfy as the 560 II's were for sure.


I thin that one of the secrets of the HD650 is that they need to be treated as picky, high-end headphones, and everyone treats as a go-to good guy headphone for any situation. The better the amplification, the more they step up. I think I'm saying that when you buy your HD800, your T1, your HE-6, your LCDwhatever, don't sell the HD650s. As your system evolves, so will they. IMHO. YMMV. Now wanting to hear them through the Lehmann Linear SE. Money, money, money.

post #16219 of 25557

^^ +1

 

The 650 scales much better than I expected. 

post #16220 of 25557
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

For me, yes, it was worth it (though you can get it for less than full retail).  I listen to a lot of classical and other genres that really like air, space, and detail which while decent with the HD650s, is superb on the HD800s.  There is no better headphone IMHO for classical than the HD800s.  And really, it handles all genres well.  It isn't a bass monster, but it has some of the most nuanced and extended bass that you will find.  I was worried about the treble from all of the reports, but there are cheap, easy, reversible mods that can help with that.  As for your listening chain, it looks like you have a perfect setup already to enjoy some HD800s.  I have heard my own pair out of many different amps, and while something like the Eddie Current Balancing Act sounds sublime, I wouldn't pay the extra $3000 over something like a Crack for the difference in sound quality.  I mean, I am thoroughly enjoying my pair out of a Schiit Vali right now.  The Crack with Speedball has routinely been recommended for Sennheisers and I know at least one person who likes his HD800s out of his Crack better than any amp he has heard, including B22s, and a Woo WA22.  

 

I like the HD800 and HD650 together, as I get the resolution and technical prowess of the HD800 when I want to immerse myself in a symphony, but can wrap myself up in the warmth of Norah Jones, or groove to some Daft Punk with the HD650s.  

 

Do you still have the HiFi-M8?  Have you paired them with the HD650s yet?  I adore the combination...

post #16221 of 25557
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Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

Do you still have the HiFi-M8?  Have you paired them with the HD650s yet?  I adore the combination...
I don't have it anymore. Unfortunately I never got to try the pair. I have no doubt they would sound good together, the M8 is fantastic.
post #16222 of 25557
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

It is a Valab 23 step attenuator

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Valab-23-Step-Ladder-Type-Attenuator-Potentiometer-10K-Log-Stereo-/301091749503?pt=US_Amplifier_Parts_Components&hash=item461a777e7f

 

I have some notes on fitting and my impression about halfway down the first post in the link below.

 

http://www.bottlehead.com/smf/index.php/topic,5284.0.html

 

Quoting a long gone post, but just an update, the ebay seller is now selling a 23 step Valab attenuator using SMD parts.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Valab-23-Step-Attenuator-Potentiometer-100K-Stereo-Log-/281265201521?pt=US_Amplifier_Parts_Components&hash=item417cb66171

 

unsure if it'll perform the same, or whether it'll be a completely different sound. For better or worse.

post #16223 of 25557
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Originally Posted by Amictus View Post
 


I thin that one of the secrets of the HD650 is that they need to be treated as picky, high-end headphones, and everyone treats as a go-to good guy headphone for any situation. The better the amplification, the more they step up. I think I'm saying that when you buy your HD800, your T1, your HE-6, your LCDwhatever, don't sell the HD650s. As your system evolves, so will they. IMHO. YMMV. Now wanting to hear them through the Lehmann Linear SE. Money, money, money.


Mmmm since you already bit the bullet for Gungnir... I would recommend Mjolnir as a contender for a SS amp :D going full balanced does wonders for the soundstage of the HD650s. If you wanna stick with SE and tube... go Bottlehead Crack!!! I'm just itching for someone here in Toronto to share a buy with me so I can get discount and save on shipping.

post #16224 of 25557
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Originally Posted by Amictus View Post


I thin that one of the secrets of the HD650 is that they need to be treated as picky, high-end headphones, and everyone treats as a go-to good guy headphone for any situation. The better the amplification, the more they step up. I think I'm saying that when you buy your HD800, your T1, your HE-6, your LCDwhatever, don't sell the HD650s. As your system evolves, so will they. IMHO. YMMV. Now wanting to hear them through the Lehmann Linear SE. Money, money, money.
It's amazing through the Lehmann!
post #16225 of 25557
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It's amazing through the Lehmann!


It's already amazing (as is the HD800) through the Lovely Cube - that's why I'm thinking Lehmann! Thanks for the reinforcement!

post #16226 of 25557

Any of you hd650 owners have LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-x, T1, or similar headphones?

 

And if so, have you liked any of them enough to replace your hd650's as your main listening headphones?

post #16227 of 25557

^^ The T1 had too much treble for me, but was very comfortable. The lcd3 is very good and I found the lcd-x even better...crazy good.  The lcd2 has a similar, darker tonality, to the 650 and beautiful sub bass. But I found all of the Audeze too heavy and with bad weight distribution. Ultimately they were not comfortable enough to keep. 

 

In the end the 650 paired with the crack is more enjoyable both in terms of it's signature and comfort as a daily driver hp, especially when amped to it's full potential (BHC). 

post #16228 of 25557
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Originally Posted by bleudeciel16 View Post
 

Any of you hd650 owners have LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-x, T1, or similar headphones?

 

And if so, have you liked any of them enough to replace your hd650's as your main listening headphones?

I got my LCD2s a while back specifically because I wanted a similar warm slightly rolled off sound as the HD650 but "better."  While I very much enjoyed the LCD2s and was fine with their comfort, i thought they did natural air possibly a bit worse than the HD650s.  I have really wanted to love orthos and have auditioned just about all of them, but they have never sounded as natural to me as good dynamics.  Only the HD800s dropped my HD650s out of use, but I will say I haven't picked up my HD800s since I got a new pair of HD650s back in on Friday.

post #16229 of 25557
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

I got my LCD2s a while back specifically because I wanted a similar warm slightly rolled off sound as the HD650 but "better."  While I very much enjoyed the LCD2s and was fine with their comfort, i thought they did natural air possibly a bit worse than the HD650s.  I have really wanted to love orthos and have auditioned just about all of them, but they have never sounded as natural to me as good dynamics.  Only the HD800s dropped my HD650s out of use, but I will say I haven't picked up my HD800s since I got a new pair of HD650s back in on Friday.

 

awesome, thanks for the info!

 

do you lcd's have better bass at least?  or the hd800's for that matter?  i figure if everything else is similar to the hd650's, but have better bass, i use 650's for music, and 800's or lcd's for gaming.

 

picked up he-400's for gaming and didn't like them at all.  hoping the higher end orthos might be a better choice.

 

but that being said, i always go back to sennheisers in the end.  i just prefer their comfort and sound signature.

post #16230 of 25557

I found the lcd2 to have better weight/visceral impact to the 650 with regard to sub bass. But the 650 does go nice and low, it just doesn't punch as hard as the lcd2. 

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