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post #8641 of 19014

^^^Thank you sir, now the wait is on 

post #8642 of 19014
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

Hey guys I decided to refurb my HD650 with new drivers, headband, and pads. I ordered yesterday  but Im having some difficultly finding some instructions on how to do the job. Anyone have any links that could help?

 

Also, here's a visual guide.-

post #8643 of 19014

New Drivers, headband and pads, that must have run you damn near the price of the headphones themselves new or refurb!

post #8644 of 19014

How much did all of that cost? It had to come direct from Sennheiser right?

post #8645 of 19014
post #8646 of 19014

 

yeesh.  £37.87 x2 for drivers, £39.14 for pads, £83.35 for headband = £198.23 = $314.87 USD (assuming the US prices would be the same)


Edited by Porter1 - 11/13/12 at 1:19pm
post #8647 of 19014

Another $50 would have got you new phones with brand new warranty!

post #8648 of 19014
Im not going to pay anything. A friend of mine started working at a hifi store in L.A. a few months back and he says he gets discounts on the stuff I needed. And he needs some work done on his car (which is the same job I just did on my car a few months ago) so we traded. I fix his car (the job at a dealer is north of 1k) and I get the parts for my hd650. I think he said the total is going to be less than $200 for him new. But I have to wait for the parts to get to the store and have time to drive down to L.A. so maybe 1 month from now.
post #8649 of 19014
That's working the angle...Nice job on the refurb financing!
post #8650 of 19014
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Maybe because it is made of Plastic?.....Metal head band......


I have to admit, between the nice box and top-tier headphone, I also expected a more substantial weight and feel to them but they their light and flexy. I don't mind it, but price / build material ratio didn't quite add up for me.
 When I first got these, the drivers were severely unmatched and had to get warranty service. After the were fixed, I finally had a chance for testing and it was very disappointing in the beginning. I've heard many explanations of what thick/veil/dark and I could hear is that they were all correct... all of the above. Sounded like a ball of mids with no lows or highs. I immediately attributed this to my limited DAC/Amp options. But over time, they really started to open up very nicely. Even using my Nexus phone with no amp, it drives the hd650 beautifully! I don't know when this burn-in process took place, but maybe maxing out the ek09 power 200mw  (all gain off) loosened something? hehe. I have no idea - but I''m enjoying these right along side my SR325is - which were also tuned by Grado. The had about the same high frequency energy as the Q701, but the Grado eliminated the sibilance while retaining high detail.

 

Anyway, I was just rambling as I'm running out of time and trying to catch up on a movie lol. Anyway,  So in my tarzan speak "HD650 Gooood"

post #8651 of 19014

I don't think their plastic, someone on another thread said they were a carbon fibre type material which makes sense as extra weight would affect the comfort factor.

post #8652 of 19014

Yes, they are made mostly of plastic. But the truth is, these hp's are really built quite solid, tank like even. They haven't been around this long without good build quality. They do seem to burn in quite a bit over time, and they will scale up so very nicely with the right amp, but also it's you getting used the sound of them. The hd650 has some of the most sublime mids on the planet IMO. That's worth the price of admission by itself. But they are also very good with mid bass and smooth treble extension.

 

Just give them a chance and you'll see...

post #8653 of 19014
Also, since you are going from the Grado's the the Senn's just the difference in the sound qualities will take some adjustment time.
post #8654 of 19014
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Yes, they are made mostly of plastic. But the truth is, these hp's are really built quite solid, tank like even. They haven't been around this long without good build quality. They do seem to burn in quite a bit over time, and they will scale up so very nicely with the right amp, but also it's you getting used the sound of them. The hd650 has some of the most sublime mids on the planet IMO. That's worth the price of admission by itself. But they are also very good with mid bass and smooth treble extension.

 

Just give them a chance and you'll see...

I've tripped on the cord and yanked my 650s clear off my banana stand onto the floor many times and they seem alright.

 

On a separate note, every once in a while there's a bit of a buzzing thing in the left channel. I've cranked them up to max a few times just to see how loud they could go without distorting and I hope this isn't a result of this. Maybe a hair on the driver? I also put my hand in the earcup while on my head to get out any hair inside that would dampen the sound and I have accidentally hit way back inside and possibly touched/pushed on the driver but everything seems sonically sound (no pun intended). Should this be OK?

post #8655 of 19014

You'd have a tough damaging them by turning them up too loud unless you have a super powerful amp and turned them up way past distortion level. Hair on the driver sounds like a good guess.

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