or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread - Page 309

post #4621 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post

That's curious.  What does it smell like?  Are you smelling mildew?  Did you buy them new?  If so, from a registered dealer?

 

(Also, I think you might be the first person who thought the 650s were too bright.)


It just smells awful; I can't compare it to anything. Did you smell your foam?

It's awful.

 

I'm not the first person who bought the 650s who thought they were a tad bright. And let's put this in perspective here, they are comparing them to other Sennheisers like the 600, not any 'bright' headphones. So it's subtle.

 

In fact, many have said they prefer the HD 600 sound over the 650.

Having never listened to the 600, I would have to guess that it's more balanced in this area, since I've heard others state it already.

 

I really don't care about others opinions who say these are bass-heavy phones. I don't hear that. Bass is pretty well-controlled.

 

post #4622 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtaylor991 View Post

I find them too boring because of their warmth and lack of treble.... 

 


We have different ears. I love the old Sennheiser HD565 Ovation. So to me that is "perfect" sound with "perfect" neutrality for all genres. This headphone is slightly different (a tad brighter) but still comes close.

 


Edited by brooce - 10/22/11 at 8:45pm
post #4623 of 37369

oops, double post

post #4624 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by Satellite_6 View Post

After years of use I'm still trying to figure out if they are bright or the treble is just crap. Either way I have to turn down the treble.   \O.O/

 

I love them to death I just can't use them without an EQ. 

Gotta love sarcasm...

 

 

post #4625 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post

LOL, from the smell in the box my guess is that he has a pair of water/chemical damaged headphones.

Well, having never smelled another box, I can't discount your guesstimate.

But I didn't see any signs of water damage or chemical damage.

In fact, the box is just like the unboxings I've seen on YouTube.

 

I just think it's stinky foam. Put your nose to it.

If yours isn't stinky, perhaps they are doing something different now.

 

This was bought from an authorised dealer.


 

 

post #4626 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

been away a while... is this still the 650 appreciation thread?

 

nice

 

 

 


Yes, it is. Have you listened to the HD 565 Ovation?

That's what I'm comparing it too. That is my reference.

 

I'm not saying these are "bright" headphones, but yes, a tad brighter than what I am used to.

I'm saying that what I would class as perfection isn't quite there.

Look at it in that context.

 

When headphones released years ago (for less money) sound better than the ones years later (for more money), well then I regard that as going backwards. The differences are subtle but there nonetheless.

 

These headphones are a little different in the mid/treble area.

To my ears.

 

I'm not saying they are bright headphones when compared to the rest of the headphones out there.

But it seems they added some 'sparkle' to the HD 650.

Which isn't always desired, in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

post #4627 of 37369

If the HD650 is bright to you, the HD800 might seem like the surface of the sun.

post #4628 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by upstateguy View Post

LOL, from the smell in the box my guess is that he has a pair of water/chemical damaged headphones.

No bad smell in your box?

Hmmm.

 

I open the box.

Top of the box has that loose thin piece of foam they didn't even bother to glue (classy).

I smell it and it's awful, and it's worse when you smell the underside of it of the foam piece.

 

MAJOR STINK.

 

Foam rectangle block: MAJOR STINK.

 

Foam that the headphone sit on: MAJOR STINK.

 

I can only conclude that this is stinky foam and I am more sensitive to it than others.

The packaging is awful for a high-end headphone.

The cheap textured silver veneer box is laughable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #4629 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by idletime1213 View Post

If the HD650 is bright to you, the HD800 might seem like the surface of the sun.


Oh I have no interest in buying that :)

And you are probably right.

 

post #4630 of 37369

Yeah I think it's my amp or DAC. I'll find out sooner or later...when $$ allows...I'll probably get a Yulong D100 and use that as a DAC to see and try the HP out. Any objections here? $500 max on this thing I am gonna do. I was thinking Audio-gd NFB-10SE at first.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by brooce View Post

We have different ears. I love the old Sennheiser HD565 Ovation. So to me that is "perfect" sound with "perfect" neutrality for all genres. This headphone is slightly different (a tad brighter) but still comes close.

 



 

post #4631 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by brooce View Post

No bad smell in your box?

Hmmm.

 

[SNIP]

 

I just received a new set of HD650's a couple of days ago and agree the foam has a strange smell. It definitely is not water or chemical damage, but rather just the smell of the foam.

post #4632 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottv50 View Post

 

I just received a new set of HD650's a couple of days ago and agree the foam has a strange smell. It definitely is not water or chemical damage, but rather just the smell of the foam.



Thanks a lot for backing me up on this, scottv50!

 

post #4633 of 37369

Looks like I'll be selling my HD650. I like the Denon D7k more than these. Had a really good time with them, sad to see them go...

post #4634 of 37369
Quote:
Originally Posted by brooce View Post

No bad smell in your box?

Hmmm.

 

I open the box.

Top of the box has that loose thin piece of foam they didn't even bother to glue (classy).

I smell it and it's awful, and it's worse when you smell the underside of it of the foam piece.

 

MAJOR STINK.

 

Foam rectangle block: MAJOR STINK.

 

Foam that the headphone sit on: MAJOR STINK.

 

I can only conclude that this is stinky foam and I am more sensitive to it than others.

The packaging is awful for a high-end headphone.

The cheap textured silver veneer box is laughable.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Actually to be fair, we were discussing the smell from the 650 box a while ago on this thread, some of us were fond of it! I lost my box years ago but apparently the smell stays there for ever! haha

 

Can't believe I'm actually discussing the smell of a headphone box... again.. oh well 

 

Also, give your 650's a good burn in period and they might settle down in the trebles for you. You never know, Sennheiser may have tweeked the drivers to brighten them up? After all there are a lot of peeps who think they are too warm sounding, they may have taken this on board.

 

post #4635 of 37369

from these:
09242011563.jpg

to these home mini-setup:
10232011633.jpg

FiiO D3
Hippo Box+ amp
Nokia 5800xm interconnect (free haha)

hmmm i dont' have golden ears!! there is no significant difference in sound using the same burned-in HD650, to my ears...
except for more noticeable sssss and 10% less punchy bass...

or is it because, as they say, the HD650 is forgiving to amps and sources BUT improves as the amp and source improve?  8)
now, should i go balanced or stay with this "all min setup"


Edited by chaosallied - 10/23/11 at 5:50am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Sennheiser HD650 Impressions Thread