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post #5521 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Rawrbington View Post



yeah, coming from 990/600s the first thing i noticed was the 650s build didn't feel nearly as nice as the beyers



Yep. The build quality is quite bad on the HD650's. It would have been nice to see something like the HD800 design and build in the HD650, but again, it's an old headphone, and ww have to make room and improvements for the new.

post #5522 of 36848

I don't know if I'd call chipped paint bad build quality, just a bad paint job. I thought the only thing particularly sturdy about my previous DT880s was the solid aluminum fork thing (which I really didn't even prefer because it can scratch surfaces you set it down on). Everything else was pretty much normal I thought.

post #5523 of 36848

HD650s have been on my radar for over a year now. I remember in the past seeing these as low as $350 new on Amazon, but currently they're at $500. I know that Amazon prices fluctuate, but that's quite a bit. Is there any reason for this? (Sorry I haven't kept up with this thread much if it's already been mentioned)

post #5524 of 36848

Well, recently there's been a sudden jump in Sennheiser's top 3 headphones:

 

HD650: $500

HD700: $1000

HD800: $1500

 

I suspect it might be recently due to the release of the HD700, so it seems the pricing is evenly spaced when in reality the HD650 is a much better value. Not sure why amazon.com has fluctuated so much in general though. You can also get them from razordogdealz (an authorized dealer) on ebay brand new for ~$345 sometimes, that's where I got mine at least. Edit: Interesting... even they have them up at $500 again, but there is a "Make an offer" button. Unless Sennheiser forbids them, I'm sure you could offer $350 and they'd accept.


Edited by ac500 - 1/16/12 at 11:40am
post #5525 of 36848
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Originally Posted by ticonderoga321 View Post

Thats weird, mine are still in perfect condition. Maybe I just dont use them as much as you guys :/


 

Mine have been used daily for the past 3 years, and I had bought them used so lord knows how long they'd been used before that. They remain in perfect condition, with only some softening in the pads. No chipping, no nothing. Since this is related to stretching of the headband, perhaps I just have a narrow head!


Edited by logwed - 1/16/12 at 11:39am
post #5526 of 36848

Have had the LCD-2 and the HE-500 for a week now. They are both great. But I can see no reason to sell my HD650 happy_face1.gif

post #5527 of 36848

As the tax return draws near, I've been looking at various combos of DACs and amps to use with my HD650's and HD25-1 II's.  I am currently using an E7/E9 combo and am looking for something that's just better sounding in general.  I listen mostly to classic rock.  I've never used or had a chance to use "mid-fi" dacs or amps before.  I definitely feel like I could be getting more out of my HD650's though.

 

Amp: Any of the Schiits, Woo Audio 6 (w/sophia) or 2

DAC: Schiit Bifrost, PS Audio DL III

 

Obviously there is a large price difference between these components.  Which of these would you suggest?  Would the DL III be a much bigger upgrade over the Bifrost?

 

I'm sort of leaning towards the WA6 and Bifrost, the mid-priced option...

post #5528 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Kiwikat View Post

As the tax return draws near, I've been looking at various combos of DACs and amps to use with my HD650's and HD25-1 II's.  I am currently using an E7/E9 combo and am looking for something that's just better sounding in general.  I listen mostly to classic rock.  I've never used or had a chance to use "mid-fi" dacs or amps before.  I definitely feel like I could be getting more out of my HD650's though.

 

Amp: Any of the Schiits, Woo Audio 6 (w/sophia) or 2

DAC: Schiit Bifrost, PS Audio DL III

 

Obviously there is a large price difference between these components.  Which of these would you suggest?  Would the DL III be a much bigger upgrade over the Bifrost?

 

I'm sort of leaning towards the WA6 and Bifrost, the mid-priced option...

In my opinion if you're willing to spend that much it's better to first upgrade your headphones.
You could get the NFB-10SE for a lot less money than a WA6 + Bifrost. Doing that would leave more money to (later) upgrade your headphones as well.
post #5529 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post


In my opinion if you're willing to spend that much it's better to first upgrade your headphones.
You could get the NFB-10SE for a lot less money than a WA6 + Bifrost. Doing that would leave more money to (later) upgrade your headphones as well.


Actually, it's not a bad idea to invest in better equipment to pair with the HD650.  Before the grand flagships came about, many would build top rigs around the current mid-fi stuarts K701, DT880 and HD650.

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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post


In my opinion if you're willing to spend that much it's better to first upgrade your headphones.
You could get the NFB-10SE for a lot less money than a WA6 + Bifrost. Doing that would leave more money to (later) upgrade your headphones as well.


If you like the sound of your HD650s, why upgrade your headphones? They don't cost $1500, but like Digital-Pride said, until the HD800 came out, they were the top shelf headphones from Sennheiser, and they still sound like it.

post #5531 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Kiwikat View Post

As the tax return draws near, I've been looking at various combos of DACs and amps to use with my HD650's and HD25-1 II's.  I am currently using an E7/E9 combo and am looking for something that's just better sounding in general.  I listen mostly to classic rock.  I've never used or had a chance to use "mid-fi" dacs or amps before.  I definitely feel like I could be getting more out of my HD650's though.

 

Amp: Any of the Schiits, Woo Audio 6 (w/sophia) or 2

DAC: Schiit Bifrost, PS Audio DL III

 

Obviously there is a large price difference between these components.  Which of these would you suggest?  Would the DL III be a much bigger upgrade over the Bifrost?

 

I'm sort of leaning towards the WA6 and Bifrost, the mid-priced option...



I use the Grace m902 (recently replaced by the m903 which is better) - this is a DAC and headphone amplifier in a single box (and a monitor controller).

 

Highly recommended.

 

 

post #5532 of 36848

Yeah, I'm surprised by the paint peeling and cracking people are mentioning. I've had mine since 2006, use them regularly, and the headband is still in absolutely perfect shape.

 

Maybe it's a head size thing? Mine is a bit on the small side, but not unusually so.

 

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Originally Posted by ticonderoga321 View Post



Thats weird, mine are still in perfect condition. Maybe I just dont use them as much as you guys :/

 

post #5533 of 36848

It could be that my head is rather large, to the point where Beyer DT880s literally don't even extend enough to fit me (much less SRH940s and many others).

post #5534 of 36848

I hear that if you have a big head, you look good on TV. :)

post #5535 of 36848

What does constitute a big head? It seems like its hard to measure. Would you got by hat size? I always thought I had an above average head.

 

In other news, I still really love my HD650 that I got for xmas, and I'm finally starting to compare it to my DT990. I was worried I would obsolete my DT990, but I think it'll still have its place with me. I haven't had a chance to compare since I first got the DT990s and my SR80i's, which didn't seem like a very fair comparison.

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