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Originally Posted by jboehle View Post

I wouldn't include the Bottlehead power cord when you are comparing to the WA3.  I guarantee the WA3 comes with a cheap ass Made in China power cable.

WOO does not supply power cords with the amps, just an FYI.
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Is that two or three pin?  :D

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Does anyone know who makes a good case for the 650's as I'd like to protect my investment. I can't live without these headphones smily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gif
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After 3.5 years, I decided my HD650 pads needed to either be cleaned or replaced (disgusting I know). I decided to clean them first and I'm so glad I did. Gave them a good scrub with a toothbrush in some warm water with washing powder. Rinsed them properly and squeezed water out by compressing it with both hands. Chucked them in the dryer and they are now practically new looking and have returned to their original shape. Awesome.

 

Was afraid they'd get wrecked or I'd damage something whilst taking them off, but its so easy and makes the headphones feel new again.


Edited by titaniumx3 - 4/13/14 at 6:40am
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Originally Posted by urkel View Post
 

Im looking to upgrade from the bose oe2 to the HD650, but i dont really know if it is worth it at all having in mind they will be plugged in to a xonar essence ST for now. My main concerns are the lack of bass and hollowness of the sound when connected to this sound card. The bose have the right amount of bass and they dont sound hollow but they dont sound that great either... Have any of you had the chance to compare the bose oe2/ae2 to the senns?

I would not worry about the essence, it can do a really nice job with the 650's.  I have the stx version , same thing really, and used it with the 650's for two years before upgrading to a Garage 1217 Ember amp last year.  It was a very nice upgrade, I had been looking at outboard dacs, but the specs are not much better uptil you hit close to $8 or $900.00.  The specs on the dac for the essence series is right up there with the better dacs.  Use what you have in the essence until the fever hits you at the same time as your wallet is flush with cash, and then look into an amp.  Check this link for the essence........http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/high-end-pc-audio,review-32894-5.html....the whole article......http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/high-end-pc-audio,review-32894.html.  When I am not using the Ember, I use optical out to a Harman Kardon avr 510 to Electro Voice Sentry V speakers and it sounds really great.  You may need a better amp than what you are using to drive speakers, but the onboard Dac is really quite good.

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Huge thread, hard to navigate.

Can someone tell me, quickly, what is the consensus regarding the best portable amps for my new HD650?

Looking at RSA Mustang P-51, Leckerton UHA 6S Mk2 and such.

Much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by titaniumx3 View Post
 

After 3.5 years, I decided my HD650 pads needed to either be cleaned or replaced (disgusting I know). I decided to clean them first and I'm so glad I did. Gave them a good scrub with a toothbrush in some warm water with washing powder. Rinsed them properly and squeezed water out by compressing it with both hands. Chucked them in the dryer and they are now practically new looking and have returned to their original shape. Awesome.

 

Was afraid they'd get wrecked or I'd damage something whilst taking them off, but its so easy and makes the headphones feel new again.

 

I've done this at least three times. After the third wash the shape didn't come back very well. so this is the last go on these pads. I have a replacement set ready. 

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Originally Posted by cddc View Post
 

Anyone compared the BH Crack + Speedball with Woo WA3?

 

Price for BH Crack with Speedball package = $279 + $115 + $79 + $6 = $479 (not including the labour to build it up)

Price for Woo WA3 = $520

 

The prices are similar, but the WA3 definitely has a way better metal finishing and appearance. Now, how about the sound and synergy?

 

I owned both concurrently for some time, and it was a very easy decision to sell the WA3.  The crack is more detailed, dynamic and punchy - overall more involving to listen to - and, for the record, I was running some super pricey amperex 7308 pq's (among others) and a 5998 in my Woo.  Hd650's sounded good with both amps - albeit substantially better with my crack (even in its stock form).  Hd800's also sound great with the crack, whereas the Woo OTL's are, IMO, to slow and tubey sounding to show off what hd800's can really do.  

 

As noted repeatedly here and in the crack thread, particularly with the speedball in place, the crack is simply a better, more sophisticated circuit than what is under the hood in both the WA3 and frankly, the doubly expensive WA2.  Neither Woo amp loads the tubes with constant current (unless - you do what head-fi member grindingthud did and go to great lengths to diymod the Woo to copy the crack speedball design!).  The Woo chassis are also too small to add film output caps which have a clear impact on the sound quality.  Jamie has posted some excellent write ups on this subject in the crack and cap threads if you're interested.  For further reference, people used to pay out the nose to put blackgate electrolytics in their woos, but frankly, blackgates suck a phatty when you compare their signal dissipation to even cheap film caps.

 

All in all, the funds bottlehead allocates to quality components and circuity, woo spends on heavy case work and labor to assemble the amps.  There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're willing to pick up an iron and follow the step by step directions, crack far outclasses the WA3 sonically.


Edited by skeptic - 4/13/14 at 9:37am
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

Does anyone know who makes a good case for the 650's as I'd like to protect my investment. I can't live without these headphones smily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gif

 

I bought a headphone case from Amazon. They are called CASEBUDi Headphone Case - Large. They make other sizes, but this size fits mine well.

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Originally Posted by chuck8403 View Post

I bought a headphone case from Amazon. They are called CASEBUDi Headphone Case - Large. They make other sizes, but this size fits mine well.

Thanks for the tip but sadly not available in Scotland. I'll maybe have to check out camera bags. It doesn't have to be bombproof.
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

Does anyone know who makes a good case for the 650's as I'd like to protect my investment. I can't live without these headphones smily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gif

I know some people just use the cases that come with 650s to protect their 650s. It might be too big to sit beside your amp/dac, but it is readily available and free :biggrin:

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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

BH Crack vs. Woo WA3:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/marvelously-addictive-bottlehead-crack-page-2

Thanks a lot, mate. 

 

Read the review by Tyll before...WA3 and Crack seem similar in the review. But the Crack in the review has no Speedball with it.

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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

Does anyone know who makes a good case for the 650's as I'd like to protect my investment. I can't live without these headphones smily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gifsmily_headphones1.gif

 

Beyerdynamic makes good cases that are compatible with HD6x0 (the nylon or pleather ones for DT770/880/900/T70/T90, or the more utilitarian case that is included with MMX300).

There's two fleaBay sellers that make good-looking cases as well.  I've never tried them.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

I've done this at least three times. After the third wash the shape didn't come back very well. so this is the last go on these pads. I have a replacement set ready. 

3 times?....my goodness, how long have you owned the 650s? and how often do you need to clean the pads? thanks

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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post


Thanks for the tip but sadly not available in Scotland. I'll maybe have to check out camera bags. It doesn't have to be bombproof.

 

 

I use the SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone case.  I do prefer taking the cable off the headphone when using this.  Its a bit snug when leaving the cable connected...

 

http://www.slappa.com/HardBody-PRO-Full-Size-Headphone-case?sc=2&category=744

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