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post #256 of 36844
I just got a new pair of HD650 from J&R Music, and yes, they do sound different than previous HD650 I've owned. As silverrain and others are saying, the bass is less intrusive, the sound sig sharper. I guess it's an improvement. Is it?

Geez, what gives? Shouldn't this be called the HD700? HD800? It's that different.

Anyway, it sounds as if they locked a female HD600 in a closet with a male HD650 circa 2006, and viola, they mated, and this is the offspring.
post #257 of 36844
(Background sounds of some Head-Fi'ers chasing down their wallets for a credit-card retrieval, to see if there is merit to this idea)
I'm glad I got mine. (FWIW -- from HeadRoom)

Is it possible we got some from an exceptional production-run? This stuff does happen. Or is this the permanent new HD650?

If I didn't have one already, and read this stuff, I would be looking for my wallet right now.....
post #258 of 36844

How Can You Tell...

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Originally Posted by silverrain View Post
I hear enough improvement over the other two I had, to make these worthy of a new name for them -- the new HD700 or something.
That's how much difference there is.
To me, anyway.

Before, my HD580 sounded better than the two different 650's I had, so I kept the 580, and returned or sold the 650's -- now, these 650's beat my 580 easily.
Nice. Really nice.
How can you identify the "new" HD650s from the "old" HD650s?

Only by looking through the screens to see the "white metalic fabric" covering the element housing - instead of the black silk material? I'm not referring to the white felt covering the driver butt - they all have that.

So... the new ones are as bright and detailed as the HD580/600s, and don't have any veil - they sound clearly faster and brighter than the old version - more like the HD580/600s?
post #259 of 36844
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Originally Posted by Gradofan2 View Post
How can you identify the "new" HD650s from the "old" HD650s?

Only by looking through the screens to see the "white metalic fabric" covering the element housing - instead of the black silk material? I'm not referring to the white felt covering the driver butt - they all have that.

So... the new ones are as bright and detailed as the HD580/600s, and don't have any veil - they sound clearly faster and brighter than the old version - more like the HD580/600s?
Yup -- these have the highs that I liked better on my 580's -- but now there is decent bass too! At last! TWO improvements -- can't beat that. Like the previous poster said -- a combination of HD580/600/650 best traits.
And yes, I've had them all, multiple times over the years.
Just can't be without Senns around.
Like I said before, I hope this is a permanent thing, and not just an exceptional one-time production-run.
Then these puppies are gonna sell even better than they have been doing, once the word gets out.

I don't know what is inside my cans, and I never take them apart to look, either. I will look at the mine (from the outside) and see if I see any white/black in there.
post #260 of 36844
So I'm getting my HD650s tomorrow.

Anything I should know? They're used, but as far as I know completely stock and only a few hours burnt in. Are there any easy mods that improve the sound without too much hassle?
post #261 of 36844
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Originally Posted by Scottyyy View Post
So I'm getting my HD650s tomorrow.

Anything I should know? They're used, but as far as I know completely stock and only a few hours burnt in. Are there any easy mods that improve the sound without too much hassle?
You can try removing the foam covering the drivers. That's the easiest mod to do and costs nothing. Just remove the earpads by gently pulling them and the foam drops off. After that you can start exploring the aftermarket cables.

Interesting to see that other people are noticing the differences between the new HD650 and the older ones. The difference is that obvious. On summer when I have more money to spend, I must audition newer pair of HD650s once again.
post #262 of 36844
Thanks.

I don't suppose it's possible to tell if these are "new" or "old" versions from this pic?


It's from the eBay auction. Doubt it though because he hasn't removed the foam.


If not, when did the new ones start popping up? I'll ask the seller when he bought them.

Regardless of which version is it, I hope I'm going to enjoy them with my Darkvoice 332. I wasn't happy with the vocal reporduction on the Denon D2000s, so I went with HD650s instead.
post #263 of 36844
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Originally Posted by Scottyyy View Post
So I'm getting my HD650s tomorrow.

Anything I should know? They're used, but as far as I know completely stock and only a few hours burnt in. Are there any easy mods that improve the sound without too much hassle?
The stock cables are OK, but mine really responded to a cable upgrade with Cardas wiring.

Easy---unplug the old and plug in the new, all external---but not as easy on the wallet

Tighter bass, improved mid and high-end---from what I remember from about 20 minutes of listening, since my new cable began to show intermittent connection from a solder problem. Still waiting to get the repaired cable back from the builder

To me, recabling put the frosting on the HD650 cake.
post #264 of 36844

Ask Him...

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Originally Posted by Scottyyy View Post
Thanks...

...If not, when did the new ones start popping up? I'll ask the seller when he bought them.
Ask the seller to look at the fabric through the screens - which you can clearly see is either white, or black. Make sure he doesn't confuse the white felt around the driver butt with the fabric.

They apparently started "popping up" around the end of '06 and early '07 - at least that's what the earlier threads indicate.
post #265 of 36844
Well I am planning to order my 650s soon and I am wondering what amp to get? I would prefer it to be relatively cheap, less than 300 USD
post #266 of 36844
Which cans are the best complimentary cans for HD650? I'm thinking RS-1, but ... what do you connoiseurs say?
post #267 of 36844
I listened to these headphones and found them very average. Muddy bass, midrange nasal but good if restrained treble. WAY too much money for what they are. Audio Technica ATH AD-1000 or 2000's miles better and half the price! Cheers.
post #268 of 36844
What about "appreciation thread" do you not understand?
post #269 of 36844
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Originally Posted by raciststonekiller View Post
I listened to these headphones and found them very average. Muddy bass, midrange nasal but good if restrained treble. WAY too much money for what they are. Audio Technica ATH AD-1000 or 2000's miles better and half the price! Cheers.
Your point being that you're not a very good judge of audiophile quality?
No problem.
If you stay around you may get better at it.
post #270 of 36844
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Originally Posted by Solan View Post
Which cans are the best complimentary cans for HD650? I'm thinking RS-1, but ... what do you connoiseurs say?
For something totally different, Grado is the way to go. RS-1 or RS-2 I'd say.

SA5000 is also worth trying.
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