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Which cans did you previously owned?
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Just pulled the trigger on the HD650s for $340 from the Sennheiser Outlet Store! Can't wait. 

Congratulations! What are you using for source/amp?

Nothing too special for now. Going to try it through my DG and receiver.  Later I will just get a Vali if I am not impressed. 

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Nothing too special for now. Going to try it through my DG and receiver.  Later I will just get a Vali if I am not impressed. 

What's a "DG"?

Are you still using the Q701's because you're in for a helluva surprise. I think you'll be impressed. I amp them with my O2 and, whilst probably not perfect, they sound fantastic! I look forward to hearing your impressions.
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Nothing too special for now. Going to try it through my DG and receiver.  Later I will just get a Vali if I am not impressed. 

What's a "DG"?

Are you still using the Q701's because you're in for a Hella surprise. I think you'll be impressed. I amp them with my O2 and, whilst probably not perfect, they sound fantastic! I look forward to hearing your impressions.

Xonar DG Soundcard (Has a built in amp with gain settings)

 

I use the Q's once in a while for specific music. I don't think I'll be too surprised because I already own the HD558. Who knows. If I end up selling the Q's a Fidelio X1 or a closed can will probably replace it. I'm trying to keep my headphone collection to under 10 'phones. 

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On an entry level amp I don't find the HD650 an upgrade over the Q701, more of a different flavor. I just got my Crack +Speedball so I'll see if it really scales up.
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This is the most cost-effective choice for your money
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Has anyone tried the 3rd-party 580/600/650 ear pads selling from China on eBay? Are they any good?

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So I've had my HD650's since December and I'm ashamed to say this is really only my second or 3rd really good listening session with them (as long as the baby stays asleep.)  The others were with my Dragonfly and my Onkyo receiver.  This time I'm finally using a Magni/Modi stack. I really enjoy these cans and wish I could fit in more time with them!

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So I've had my HD650's since December and I'm ashamed to say this is really only my second or 3rd really good listening session with them (as long as the baby stays asleep.)  The others were with my Dragonfly and my Onkyo receiver.  This time I'm finally using a Magni/Modi stack. I really enjoy these cans and wish I could fit in more time with them!
the hd650's are one of the best I've ever heard! I'm extremely impressed with how they sound with my setup! To my ears, they're definitely a world class headphone to my ears.....I've never experienced sound this good to my ears! I'm in audiophile nirvana! smily_headphones1.gif
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On an entry level amp I don't find the HD650 an upgrade over the Q701, more of a different flavor. I just got my Crack +Speedball so I'll see if it really scales up.
the better the amp, the more they will scale smily_headphones1.gif also, I would recommend that you try tube rolling with them....there are way better tubes out there, much better than those stock tubes...trust me biggrin.gif
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So I've had my HD650's since December and I'm ashamed to say this is really only my second or 3rd really good listening session with them (as long as the baby stays asleep.)  The others were with my Dragonfly and my Onkyo receiver.  This time I'm finally using a Magni/Modi stack. I really enjoy these cans and wish I could fit in more time with them!

Congratulations on your Baby, first and foremost, secondly your choice of really great HP's. Enjoy your Baby, they really do grow up too fast and you will look back on this time fondly. My Oldest is out of college, Youngest is 13. You will have plenty of quality listening time in the future.
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Congratulations on your Baby, first and foremost, secondly your choice of really great HP's. Enjoy your Baby, they really do grow up too fast and you will look back on this time fondly. My Oldest is out of college, Youngest is 13. You will have plenty of quality listening time in the future.

Thanks. "The baby" is actually my fourth. He was just the only one who could bring an end to that listening session. The wife had the 2 older girls (5 and turning 4 this month). The dogs were at the groomer and the 19 month old was napping hard. He is the lone boy and is 4 1/2 months old.

I listen the the C5 and P7s all day at work (as much as possible). I just don't get to jam open cans very often. I do fully enjoy each one very much though.

Thanks again!
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I have just got the new velour Brainwavz HM5 ear pads and they are a perfect fit for the HD600/650, and needless to say, much cheaper too. Sure you don't have the clip-on feature but that's easily fixed with a dab of glue.
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well I am now the proud owner of the HD650!  Picked it up from a great seller in my area for an amazing price.  They were used very little and looked brand new.

 

Running them off of the M-Stage for right now but will be building a Crack + SB in the next few months.

 

One question:  The right earcup swivel is much looser than the left.  The left one takes a bit of effort to adjust but the right moves very easily.  Not a big issue since it doesn't move once it is on your head anyways but is there a way to tighten it?  I've read this mentioned elsewhere but must have missed how to fix it.

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Well I didn't get much action on my OTL question, but I looked into it in the meantime. Basically, the high impedance of the HD 650 and its ilk accommodate the negative trade-offs associated with an OTL valve amp design exceptionally well—they're somewhat immune to the side effects of an OTL design (mainly the high output impedance). The OTL design frees up all the difficulties of deploying a high-performing transformer, which are apparently formidable, even though OTL circuits aren't trivial, either. Beyond that, I should expect at least some nuanced sonic difference between an Asgard 2 and Valhalla 2 based on their different designs, even though the core measurements would seem to obviate any difference, and they're otherwise products of similar class. 

 

Clearly I'm nursing a case of upgraditus, or at least looking for something new. The Valhalla 2 seems like the most interesting thing to come along lately that matches my interests, especially with the HD 650's reputation for OTL synergy and scaling up well with upstream equipment generally, although it's still hard to anticipate a worthwhile change in performance for the investment, even after selling the A2 to offset the V2 cost. It would be fun to have pretty much all the power I could get for HD 650, though, and to try a well-regarded tube amp. And it just seems like the "right" fit on paper. And the tubes would look good on my desk.

 

Well then I thought, why not keep the A2 and try some complimentary headphones in a similar class, like the K702 or DT880. And then I thought, why bother with a "lateral" investment, just bite the bullet and get the HD 800, a step up in class yet also a sonic compliment to the HD 650. Then I'd really cash in on that V2 amp investment, which would look modest in comparison to the headphone upgrade. Of course I'd also be out around $1,700 at that point, and then my DAC would start to look a bit long in the tooth. And I most likely wouldn't sell the HD 650. So it goes. 

 

I'm mostly a straight-ahead rock music guy, but I'm cultivating an interest in classical, and to a lesser degree jazz (you know, grown-up stuff), so probably won't be long before I talk myself into the HD 800. I guess there isn't a question here, but presumably I'm not the first HD 650 owner to contemplate some upgrades, so feel free to weigh in.

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