His set up was as follows "my music is in my iMac. I use two systems first using an V Dac to audiolab 8000 pre and power amps to Rega RS1. The second is using an beresford 7510 DAC to audiolab 8000a amp to RUARK Templar floors ganders"
Can't say I'm familiar with any of the equipment but it certainly quashed my suspicion that he was just running them out of his phone or something. I guess people must just have dramatically different tastes in sound the same as everything else. I was just a bit bamboozled to hear of someone being deeply disappointed with these cans.
I am not surprised... I really disliked these the first time I heard them. Some time went by, I learned more about what I like, especially after experiencing more live music and, most importantly, I sort of "forced" myself to acclimate to the HD 650s.
Now, they are my favorite 'phones and I want a second pair for my office.