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post #3646 of 36903
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Originally Posted by MrScary View Post



The biggest myth is that you need to implement tweaks to bring the 650s to their potential or that you need a special source or amp.


ummmm


My point was that the 650s sound good on their own, just the way they are.

 

They scale with better equipment, but you don't need expensive equipment to enjoy the 650s.

 

You can tweak them by removing the foam etc, but that is also not necessary.

 

I don't recommend Tweaks such as aftermarket cables because they have never been proven to have an audible effect and the science behind why they would have an effect is questionable.  They can, however, dress up your headphones.

 

post #3647 of 36903
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Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post




My point was that the 650s sound good on their own, just the way they are.

 

They scale with better equipment, but you don't need expensive equipment to enjoy the 650s.

 

You can tweak them by removing the foam etc, but that is also not necessary.

 

I don't recommend Tweaks such as aftermarket cables because they have never been proven to have an audible effect and the science behind why they would have an effect is questionable.  They can, however, dress up your headphones.

 


Ohhh no now you are starting a cable war.
post #3648 of 36903
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Originally Posted by MrScary View Post

Ohhh no now you are starting a cable war.


Hardly.

 

It was merely a recommendation with an explanation.

 

You can go to war if you want, but I will not be there.  smile.gif

 

post #3649 of 36903
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

 

Just a thought, but have you ever considered side stepping to a different sounding phone instead of upgrading to a similar sounding one? I really like having two main phones that I can choose between, depending on what I'm listening to or what mood I'm in. You seem to be really happy with your sound at the mo, so instead of looking for better, how about keeping what you have got and instead go for a different flavor for a lot less money than upgrading. For example my two main phones are the 650's and Rs1i's. Very different sound signatures and both very good reference phones. Both require different amp types, but this again adds to the fun of having different sound qualities to play around with.   



Thanks for the suggestion. I did consider doing that, but I'd prefer one headphone for everything rather than a collection of different flavours.

 

When I first joined this site I'd just purchased the MS-1i and soon began to obsess over the MS-Pro/RS1i. The HD650 was an impulse buy and I'm so glad I went down that path. I still have the MS-1i and appreciate what it offers but Grado cans just don't have that same pull for me anymore.

 

Anyway, I'm sick of reading about the LCD-2, so I've finally placed an order for the rev.2. I suspect it'll be hard to decide on selling the HD650 even if the LCD-2 makes them somewhat redundant.

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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post


 I suspect it'll be hard to decide on selling the HD650 even if the LCD-2 makes them somewhat redundant.



Yes, I hesitated too at first; the 650 has been a good friend. However, you can't go backwards, and good as the 650 is, the LCD-2 is in a different class. I think once you've owned the LCD for a while the only value the 650 wil have is for some utilitarian purpose, like watching TV for hours, where its comfort factor will tell.

 

Actually I still have problems with the LCD's bulk and weight, and it may yet defeat me, in which case I can't imagine where I'd find a lighter phone with as good sound quality for reasonable money. The LCD is a spoiler; if you can't abide it for whatever reason, but like the balance, it's hard to know where to move on to. So purchase at your peril....  wink.gif  

 

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Comfort is a huge consideration for me as I often listen for extended periods. This is one of the main reasons I held back on the LCD-2 for so long. It just looks so cumbersome. The HD650 probably won't be sold off for this very reason.
post #3652 of 36903

Nice.  I'm sure you'll love it.  

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^ Hope you got a good price for that HE-5 sphinx. Have you decided on which cans to go with yet?

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Yup, I broke even actually.  

 

Still haven't decided between the HE-500s and Rev. 2s.  

 

As much as I hate to buy blind, I've had enough head time with the LCD-2s to know what it's about and I remain hopeful that the Rev. 2s actually have more treble presence than the original.  

 

The impressions that have come in so far haven't been too positive in that regard, but I'll wait a week or two more.

 

 


Edited by sphinxvc - 7/11/11 at 6:42am
post #3655 of 36903
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post





Thanks for the suggestion. I did consider doing that, but I'd prefer one headphone for everything rather than a collection of different flavours.

 

When I first joined this site I'd just purchased the MS-1i and soon began to obsess over the MS-Pro/RS1i. The HD650 was an impulse buy and I'm so glad I went down that path. I still have the MS-1i and appreciate what it offers but Grado cans just don't have that same pull for me anymore.

 

Anyway, I'm sick of reading about the LCD-2, so I've finally placed an order for the rev.2. I suspect it'll be hard to decide on selling the HD650 even if the LCD-2 makes them somewhat redundant.



Good luck with your purchace, and keep us informed on how you get on with them (compared to the 650's ofcourse;)  

 

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post





Good luck with your purchace, and keep us informed on how you get on with them (compared to the 650's ofcourse;)  

 


Will do. My expectations are tempered by how great the HD650 already sounds in my chain. Not anticipating them to be blown out the water, especially considering the cost of the planars.

post #3657 of 36903

OT, but I'd get the LCD-2 over the HE-500 any day. 500s are great, but are a bit thick and slow. The Audez'e aren't perfect either, but their flaws I can live with.

 

As some of us predicted earlier, the HE-500, though better overall, didn't blow away the HD650s by any measure.

post #3658 of 36903

Just listening to plain stereo m just clean and simple with my loved HD650.

post #3659 of 36903

What about switching to a balanced rig, aftermarket cables can be handy for that.

Otherwise I agree, leave them alone. In my experience modification on anything, cars, bikes, amps, or headphones is a backward step. You are competing with a companies entire R&D budget and expecting to better them, a bit nuts really.

post #3660 of 36903
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post




Will do. My expectations are tempered by how great the HD650 already sounds in my chain. Not anticipating them to be blown out the water, especially considering the cost of the planars.


Me personally, they do.  They are luxurious in every definition of the word for the price.

 

The HD650s, but, they're the ones that I knew I would never regret a purchase like this.  My jaws dropped on the first few moments I hit play.  I never knew all my recordings could sound so lifelike.  It was impossible to tune this sound into my 5.1 HT system or 2.1 ch system.  Couldn't get the sub to mate well no matter what.

 

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