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post #6631 of 37390

Just got a pair of these 650's, coming from 595's its a big jump up!  I was wondering if anybody had the same setup as me and maybe could recommend a different config, if needed.

 

Pc running Titanium Hd, Jriver media centre 17, wasapi output, volume leveling = on, -7db per track.  Titanium Hd outputting to a Fiio E9 amp via stereo out, connected to the Sennheiser 650s, gain switch turned up at the back.

 

Titanium Hd using latest beta drivers, running Audio Creation mode, 2.1 speakers, set @ 44,100Khz, Bit matched = On.

 

Listening to Flac files.

 

Don't get me wrong, it sounds awesome.  But have I got it set up to maximize the experience?

 

Thanks all!

post #6632 of 37390
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Originally Posted by fluidz View Post

Just got a pair of these 650's, coming from 595's its a big jump up!  I was wondering if anybody had the same setup as me and maybe could recommend a different config, if needed.

 

Pc running Titanium Hd, Jriver media centre 17, wasapi output, volume leveling = on, -7db per track.  Titanium Hd outputting to a Fiio E9 amp via stereo out, connected to the Sennheiser 650s, gain switch turned up at the back.

 

Titanium Hd using latest beta drivers, running Audio Creation mode, 2.1 speakers, set @ 44,100Khz, Bit matched = On.

 

Listening to Flac files.

 

Don't get me wrong, it sounds awesome.  But have I got it set up to maximize the experience?

 

Thanks all!

Ha ha, the ONLY way youre ever going to answer that is to buy and try everything out there yourself. Hearing is so subjective. If it sounds good to you, do yourself a favor and leave it and enjoy. It can be maddening trying to find the "best" setup, especially listening to some of the silly stuff said around here.

post #6633 of 37390
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post

Ha ha, the ONLY way youre ever going to answer that is to buy and try everything out there yourself. Hearing is so subjective. If it sounds good to you, do yourself a favor and leave it and enjoy. It can be maddening trying to find the "best" setup, especially listening to some of the silly stuff said around here.

+1

 

I had the Fiio gear with my DT990 600ohms, and was super happy about the performance for a while. If you like it enjoy it, you don't have to rush to upgrade. Enjoy what you have, and if you really want to upgrade, you'll probably do it regardless of what we say. wink.gif

post #6634 of 37390
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post

Ha ha, the ONLY way youre ever going to answer that is to buy and try everything out there yourself. Hearing is so subjective. If it sounds good to you, do yourself a favor and leave it and enjoy. It can be maddening trying to find the "best" setup, especially listening to some of the silly stuff said around here.

 

Wise advice.

post #6635 of 37390

Which genres  did you find the HD 650 excels in ? Which albums did you find sound the best to you with it compared to other equipment ?

 

Astor Piazzolla (it has many percussion noises produced with the bandoneon), Vangelis' Blade Runner, and Dream Theater's Scenes from a Memory performed outstandingly with it to my ears. In other words prog-rock and small acoustic bands (thanks to the separation). It performs well also with pop and some post-rock.

 

I'm beginning to see why people keep more than one headset.

(Note: I still haven't got my headphone amp and rely on a receiver.)


Edited by matti620 - 5/7/12 at 2:56pm
post #6636 of 37390
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

 

The all Copper Cyro OCC cable. You don't want the brightish sound of the SPC stranded silver.

 

Ok. Copper cable it is. If I want some details from the silver, I'll use my Better Cables Silver Serpent (copper with silver coating) between my Bifrost and Lyr. Thanks.

post #6637 of 37390

I find that the 650's are just excellent all rounders.... Ok certain headphones are better at certain genres but overall the HD650 just have a really nice sound and it can be appreciated with any genre

post #6638 of 37390

I think the HD 650 is really a good allrounder, others are different, but not absolute better. And as we all know, only few can withstand the test of time!

post #6639 of 37390
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Originally Posted by weitn View Post

 

Ok. Copper cable it is. If I want some details from the silver, I'll use my Better Cables Silver Serpent (copper with silver coating) between my Bifrost and Lyr. Thanks.

 

I think that is the up side of having a dedicated DAC (Bifrost) and a dedicated amp (Lyr). The RCA wire used between the DAC and amp can be used to tweak/customize the SQ.

post #6640 of 37390

I'm back in the HD650 Appreciation club!! My new drivers arrived and I've ggot my HD650's back up and running.  I've discovered some new favorites along the way, but iit's darned good to be back "home."

 

Big kudos to Drew at Moon Audio for his help in the matter! 

post #6641 of 37390

Should I save up the extra hundred for the Valhalla?

post #6642 of 37390
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Should I save up the extra hundred for the Valhalla?

 

Over the Asgard? Depends on your type of music preferences and genre bandwidth.

post #6643 of 37390

I would say that the HD650 is probably better with solid state amps....

 

Admittedly I have no experiece of actually using one lol but if people say that tubes are quite soft sounding and not as dynamic, fast etc. as solid state then I would say that solid state is probably a better choice as the HD650 are already very smooth and slightly slow.

 

Maybe best way is to try it though... I admit I am talking purely from what I have read with no actual testing of a HD650 + tubes! also depends what genres you like.

post #6644 of 37390
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I would say that the HD650 is probably better with solid state amps....

 

Admittedly I have no experiece of actually using one lol but if people say that tubes are quite soft sounding and not as dynamic, fast etc. as solid state then I would say that solid state is probably a better choice as the HD650 are already very smooth and slightly slow.

 

Maybe best way is to try it though... I admit I am talking purely from what I have read with no actual testing of a HD650 + tubes! also depends what genres you like.

+1. Agreed on this as my preference with these phones are SS to take better control at driving these.

post #6645 of 37390
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

I would say that the HD650 is probably better with solid state amps....

 

Admittedly I have no experiece of actually using one lol but if people say that tubes are quite soft sounding and not as dynamic, fast etc. as solid state then I would say that solid state is probably a better choice as the HD650 are already very smooth and slightly slow.

 

Maybe best way is to try it though... I admit I am talking purely from what I have read with no actual testing of a HD650 + tubes! also depends what genres you like.

I haven't heard HD650 on an OTL tube amp, however OTL tube amps happen to be exceedingly popular with many HD650 owners, and are more popular for HD650 and DTT880/990 than a good many other headphones.  It all comes down to preference and presentation.

 

Persionally I prefer my lear (hybrid tube) with my HD650 substantially more than with the SS I used for years.  Hybrid is more SS like than OTL tube, like, but I do prefer it over either the Headroom Micro or the O2.  I haven't had an Asgard though.

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