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post #5581 of 36888
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Originally Posted by Kiwikat View Post

 

What'd you recommend then? (something that is a little more available than the HF2)  My spending limit is < $1000.  

 

The 650's are great for more laid back rock like Floyd but I'd like something a little more "exciting" for Zeppelin and Queen types of rock.  Even U2 begs for a little more excitement than what my 650's are giving me. 


. . . maybe go for the HD 600 instead, They're a bit more fun.

post #5582 of 36888

Tfrank and Kiwikat, I fully recommend the Audio-gd Compass. Maybe I haven't geniunely heard the "veil" lifted but that amp sure does a nice job, decent DAC too. If you ever wanna try 650s again Kiwikat, I'd recommend the Audio-gd Compass, even using the integrated DAC, great setup.

 

I know it's a bit out of your range Tfrank but just throwing it out there for ya just in case ;)

 

 

Oh, and a couple pics of my 650s:

 

 

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post #5583 of 36888

Where do you get that headphone stand?

post #5584 of 36888

I don't kid, I'm pretty sure it's this one:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Diversified-42978-Banana-Holder/dp/B000G66N2M

 

Works fine. One could say it would imprint the headband padding but on the 650s it's recessed in the middle where they hang so it doesn't even make contact. Enjoy :D

 

P.S. I remember paying like <$10 for it, oh well sucks for you XD

It also doesn't like sitting flat anymore, one side of the base is lifted a tiny bit, enough to tilt it when you push on it. I don't remember it doing that right out of the box though and I haven't done anything that I know of that would cause that so hmm...
 

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Where do you get that headphone stand?



 

post #5585 of 36888

HAHAHA wtf... Banana Holder?  biggrin.gif

 

I'm definitely almost certainly maybe for sure going to buy that for my headphones. :)


Edited by ac500 - 1/22/12 at 5:28pm
post #5586 of 36888

Man, I love my 650's. I've recently found that with the right cable, source, and amp setup, the HD650 can do almost any genre very well, IMO.

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I would recommend the hf2's for you kiwi without hesitation. I think you'd even like them with floyd. I sure did. They are the only grado i'd recommend to someone who likes senn's.............As far as being widely available - there are 3 sets for sale @ 400 or so right now in the classifieds........I'm guessing you want one pair, so don't see how 'availability' is an issue. Jump on 'em. They also don't really need an amp so you can pocket that extra $600 you had budgeted ! so you can go see floyd live if they ever do a reunion show.

 

Another member suggested the 600 as being an option and 'more fun'. I don't think they are different enough from the 650 to give you anywhere near the fun factor an hf2 will give to compliment your 650's. The 600 are just a flatter , i.e. less dark and warm version of the 650. But basically the same in all other respects.


Edited by thelostMIDrange - 1/22/12 at 7:23pm
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What kind of annoys me about head-fi is sometimes it's not a very good place for people who don't like tubes. I've asked amp-related questions for my headphones before, and I think literally EVERY single time, even though I state in bold text "no tubes, I want SS", 90% of the suggestions are for tube amps!!! It's like the words "I don't want tubes" around here just becomes invisible or ignored.

 

I'm still considering the grace for something in the future for my HD800 although it seems that it might be much more inexpensive to build an even better amp (I assume?) like the Beta22.


As a beginner, don't get too hung up over solid state amps....they all measure flat neutral, they all have good speed, providing it is a high quality amplifier with a good reputation...The headphone and recording makes the biggest difference, and you gotta stop reading and start spending. 

 

post #5589 of 36888

I'm really confused, because the last few days I've plugged my HD650 into my MacBook Air now and again, and I'm realizing it actually sounds really good.

 

What's even more confusing is it sounds LESS veiled from my MBA than on my NFB12. Is my NFB12 broken or something, or is my MBA just really good? O.o


Edited by ac500 - 1/23/12 at 8:04am
post #5590 of 36888

Well thats hard to believe :D Maybe you need to check your ears. I tried my HD650 on my computer sound card and well.. nothing to say.

post #5591 of 36888

Well it's definitely lacking some quality, while the NFB12 removes congestion and overall is better obviously, I was just surprised that the MacBook Air holds up as well as it does, and is brighter than my NFB12. I'm not sure if the MBA is unnaturally bright or not, but it does seem to sound similar to when I add a considerable treble boost through my NFB12.

 

In any case, I must say if there is such a thing as synergy, then I believe in it in the sense that the MBA synergises with the HD650 better than my NFB12, due to it sounding crisper and brighter. The NFB12 manages actual detail better but sounds very laid back in comparison without a treble boost via SW equalizer.

 

I guess my point here is that I would definitely recommend the HD650 to someone even without an amp, as long as they don't plan to play it out of an iPod. The point is just that it sounds great even out of a MacBook Air without an amp. Yeah it can sound better, but I would recommend the HD650 to someone who wants to pay $350 and not the additional cost for an amp.


Edited by ac500 - 1/23/12 at 8:12am
post #5592 of 36888
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Originally Posted by ac500 View Post

What kind of annoys me about head-fi is sometimes it's not a very good place for people who don't like tubes. I've asked amp-related questions for my headphones before, and I think literally EVERY single time, even though I state in bold text "no tubes, I want SS", 90% of the suggestions are for tube amps!!! It's like the words "I don't want tubes" around here just becomes invisible or ignored.


Yes - I know other forums (not headphone ones) that get a bit like this.

 

 

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I'm still considering the grace for something in the future for my HD800 although it seems that it might be much more inexpensive to build an even better amp (I assume?) like the Beta22.

 

Don't forget that the Grace also has one of the finest DACs around.  L3000.gif

 

 

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What's a good desktop amp/dac that I can get to go from my laptop to a pair of sennheiser 650's? I want to get a set soon, and want to properly power it. I'm looking for a mid-range model, hoping to not spend a ton, but also don't want to get such a great set of headphones and end up feeling like they're underpowered. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Originally Posted by Bonobo Loco View Post

What's a good desktop amp/dac that I can get to go from my laptop to a pair of sennheiser 650's? I want to get a set soon, and want to properly power it. I'm looking for a mid-range model, hoping to not spend a ton, but also don't want to get such a great set of headphones and end up feeling like they're underpowered. Thanks in advance for the help.


Can we please clarify what you mean by "ton".

 

To me, "ton" = "100" so it sounds as if you want a cheap amp. that costs less than £100 (or $100).

 

But the tone of your post implies you want to spend more than £100 ???

 

post #5595 of 36888
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Originally Posted by Bonobo Loco View Post

What's a good desktop amp/dac that I can get to go from my laptop to a pair of sennheiser 650's? I want to get a set soon, and want to properly power it. I'm looking for a mid-range model, hoping to not spend a ton, but also don't want to get such a great set of headphones and end up feeling like they're underpowered. Thanks in advance for the help.


I think the E7/E9 is completely satisfying.   Thats the second time I've heard my HD650s properly amped and it was beautiful. 

 

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