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post #826 of 36869
I keep trying to find an alternative to the HD650 with isolation, and I just can't do it. They sound too good for anything closed to compare so far. I wish that Sennheiser would design a high-end closed headphone.
post #827 of 36869
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Originally Posted by LeMat View Post
As you may have seen in one of my previous post, I've tried hard to get a clean and crisp sound out of the HD650. While I got a UPOCC cable, I could say this can would benefit from an even more transparent cable, like a silver based one. Keeping warmth is not an issue with these !
Thanks for your experience. I did actually pick up the SAA Equinox Noir today from a fellow Head-fier and it should be arriving next week. I thought of the Silver Dragon cable, but my interconnects are copper based Kimber Heros and I'd rather not mix copper interconnects with silver headphone cables. I was looking at Nordost silver interconnects and if I did switch I would definitely give a silver HD650 cable a try.

I had some time this evening to listen to them after about 24 hours burn-in and came to the following conclusions:

1.) Nuforce Icon Mobile (which is a good amp for my W3s and SE530s IEMs) can in no way power these properly. While it can take the volume up pretty high, there is no bass extension, the mids are quite recessed and the highs considerably rolled off. My Grado RS1s sound pretty good right out of my iPod and the NuForce Icon, but these bad boys need the right amperage to really shine....NO DOUBT NOW.

2.) Since my Mapltree Ear+HD has not arrived (ETA is this Monday...I can't wait for the weekend to be over already), I thought, what the hell, try them out with my Grado RA1 amp (Insert Ad Here: soon to be for sale early next week, if anyone is interested, please PM me).

The results, WOW. What a difference! The RA1 amp isn't even the high gain version of the amp, just the standard battery powered one that sounds awesome with Grado headphones. But again, wow. This amp really makes the HD650s shine! The comparison to the Icon Mobile is not even in the same league. I'm currently listening to it at 12 o'clock setting and the volume is just right, the bass extension is phenomenal (I better be careful to not lose any tootth filings when listening to Robin Thicke), the mids are now way more forward and the highs are quite good.

The Grados do really put you on stage with the band (Pink Floyd in this case); while the HD650s seat you at row ten and give you an awesome soundstage.

I am giddy just thinking how much better these headphones will be with my new (Canadian Made...hat's off to Dr. Peppard) tube amp, SAA Equinox cable and more burn in.

You see even Habs fans and Leaf fans can get along!

Cheers.
post #828 of 36869
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Originally Posted by OutdoorXplorer View Post
I am the exact cable that u have in mind. If u do not move much while enjoying the musics, Equinox indeed is an awesome cable for the can. However if you do mobilize fair bit or even plan to have it with portable and outdoor, do avoid it as it does produce microphonics whenever it rubs against anything. Double Helix cables are fairly good for HD650 and no harm to look at his cable.

Enjoy the great HD650.
Hi there:

Actually I did pick up the cable today from a fellow Head-fier. Based on my research it seemed to be the best cable. I did read about the microphonics issue. I plan to mainly listen to them at my desk on my PC. I have a good selection of IEMs (W3s and SE530s) for portable use.

I am pretty happy with them so far, a pretty good counter balance to the RS1s for sure.
post #829 of 36869

A little more time with my MAD Ear+HD Amp

I've had a few hours to listen to my HD650s with my newly arrive Mapletree Ear+HD headphone amp and wow.

There was a huge improvement moving from the Nuforce Icon Mobile to my Grado RA1 amp (Insert ad: Now for sale on the For Sale Forum and Audiogon) and a pretty good improvement with this tube amp. The improvement was not as noticeable with my RS1 headphones though.

The soundstage is just phenomenal with these headphones and this amp really brings it out.
post #830 of 36869
I just bought a pair of used HD650's with a cardas cable (no idea which one, if there are even multiple models). I don't have a headphone amp yet, please spare me.

But oh God these sound great out of my Mac Pro
post #831 of 36869
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Originally Posted by OutdoorXplorer View Post
I am the exact cable that u have in mind. If u do not move much while enjoying the musics, Equinox indeed is an awesome cable for the can. However if you do mobilize fair bit or even plan to have it with portable and outdoor, do avoid it as it does produce microphonics whenever it rubs against anything. Double Helix cables are fairly good for HD650 and no harm to look at his cable.

Enjoy the great HD650.
One thing I like about the stock cord is its lack of serious microphonics. Well, its length is great for a stock cord, and it's nice and flexible too.
post #832 of 36869
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Originally Posted by gbacic View Post
I just bought a pair of used HD650's with a cardas cable (no idea which one, if there are even multiple models). I don't have a headphone amp yet, please spare me.

But oh God these sound great out of my Mac Pro
Seriously look at a Headroom Ultra Micro stack (amp and DAC) which you can hook up to your Mac optically. These make an absolutely amazing sounding computer audio system with the 650s, and total cost can be split (buy amp first to see if you like it, DAC later when you feel like upgrading from your sound card) minimizing hurt on your wallet.

This system did wonders with my Grado 325is vs. straight soundcard, and those are low impedance.
post #833 of 36869
I was using a good CD player and a Heed Canamp while at the store (just checking to see if they worked) and it was far to bright. I'm hoping to get a Little Dot Mk III later on and eventually get/make my own DAC.

But I'll keep the Headroom stuff in mind.
post #834 of 36869
I'm loving my new HD650s.
I'm hearing music like I've never heard it before.
post #835 of 36869
Hey guys, I just purchased some 650's off a member here today and now I'm wondering what the best choice for an amp/dac combo would be? Right now I'm leaning towards the Head-direct HiFiMan EF2 because it has usb, is relatively small, and the price is right. Obviously I have to listen to the headphones for a while but I have a feeling i'd like an amp that adds a little punch in the high end. Anything you guys can recommend in the $200ish price range would be great. Thanks!
post #836 of 36869
Hi, i should be joining the club shortly, i'll report my impressions as soon as i got my 650s, why i purchased them ? Curiosity, all the headphones i have ( Grados, AD900, Dt-990Pro ) are to some extent considered "bright" by many headfiers...and indeed sound fatiguing on some poor recordings...so i wanted to try something with a completely different sound signature.

I'll be using them mostly for rock music, i don't care for the "laid back" presentation, just hope they won't be bassier than the dt-990Pro, but i doubt the senns will have such bass quantity...
post #837 of 36869
i will be joining this club shortly =D
post #838 of 36869
so i recently bought an HD650 with Zu Mobius MK2 cable off the for sale forums. theyre definitely the best headphones i've ever heard. i realize just how muddy my dt770s are, although sometimes i like the visceral thump of the dt770s... anyway, i'm now hearing things in my music i've never heard before!
post #839 of 36869
I got them, now listening to them using my DMX 6fire soundcard as a dac to feed a Little Dot MKII with NOS tubes ( mullard 8100 and russian 6n6p ). I'll have a quick listen to my collection...so far they seem awesome.

Absolutely non fatiguing with any recording ( unlike my DT-990 or sr-225 ) bass is present but definitely balanced and tight. With decent amplification they seem good cans for any genre.
post #840 of 36869
You guys got any advice how i can clean the drivers of my 650s from dust and whatnot?

I tried using Q-tips but they were too big and i didn't want to damage the drivers.
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