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post #8671 of 18980

For my money it's tough to beat the odac. I fancy the one built by Joe at Audio Poutine. Very slick build...

 

 

700

 

The only downside to the odac IMO is that it is usb bound. I prefer an optical connection. ph34r.gif Don't flame me it's my choice. I ended up going back to the bifrost which is excellent. 

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Originally Posted by bmou View Post

thinking of getting a pair of these headphones for christmas. the most upscale i've ever had are Beyerdynamic DT 1350 portables which i drive off of nothing but whatever source i plug them into. my home headphones are ATH-AD700s. so i'm looking to upgrade. i run those through iMac -> E17 & E10 -> ATH-AD700.

 

i really want to get a tube amp for home use, continue using my E17 on the go for vacations and get a better DAC as well.

 

i mostly listen to indie rock, indie emo, lately dream pop, alternative, hip-hop, a bit of game soundtracks. basically, i'm all around.

 

would this be a headphone to look into or should i steer clear? i'd like to point out i also don't have any gripes with either headphone that i owns sound. after EQing the ATH-AD700 the bass is no problem and the DT 1350 is fine flat to me.
 

 

I really like my HD 650 and have no problem recommending it (if the price is acceptable to you.)

 

Some listeners are of course less enthusiastic.

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Originally Posted by bmou View Post

thinking of getting a pair of these headphones for christmas. the most upscale i've ever had are Beyerdynamic DT 1350 portables which i drive off of nothing but whatever source i plug them into. my home headphones are ATH-AD700s. so i'm looking to upgrade. i run those through iMac -> E17 & E10 -> ATH-AD700.

i really want to get a tube amp for home use, continue using my E17 on the go for vacations and get a better DAC as well.

i mostly listen to indie rock, indie emo, lately dream pop, alternative, hip-hop, a bit of game soundtracks. basically, i'm all around.

would this be a headphone to look into or should i steer clear? i'd like to point out i also don't have any gripes with either headphone that i owns sound. after EQing the ATH-AD700 the bass is no problem and the DT 1350 is fine flat to me.

 

I have both. I like the DT's for travel but no comparison to the HD650's...
post #8674 of 18980

Well I'm very happy with the my new HD650's with O2/ODAC.

 

Just one issue, is there a way to lessen the clamping force on these? It's gotten slightly better over the past week but after a few hours it starts to feel a bit fatiguing. 

post #8675 of 18980

Pads will "flatten" pretty quickly over the first week. After that you can gently bend the metal of the headband to lessen the clamp. Just be careful. I prefer this to the stack of books trick because that tends to compress and flatten the pads. 

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Originally Posted by Insilin1i View Post

Well I'm very happy with the my new HD650's with O2/ODAC.

 

Just one issue, is there a way to lessen the clamping force on these? It's gotten slightly better over the past week but after a few hours it starts to feel a bit fatiguing. 

 

I believe some have mentioned it's possible to stretch them a bit, but it seems like a difficult thing to do given their construction.

 

Have you considered getting a smaller head?

post #8677 of 18980

^^ Or a haircut!! The procedure is less invasive. wink.gif

post #8678 of 18980

You have to love the helpful crew around here!

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You have to love the helpful crew around here!

 

Your wallet appeared to be a bit too full. People here just want to lighten your load.

post #8680 of 18980

Guys do NOT try to stretch the HD650 you will make the paint chip off the headband very quickly. Live through the pain you girly men biggrin.gif.

post #8681 of 18980
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Pads will "flatten" pretty quickly over the first week. After that you can gently bend the metal of the headband to lessen the clamp. Just be careful. I prefer this to the stack of books trick because that tends to compress and flatten the pads. 

You DO realize, it's best to remove the pads when doing the book trick? Lol.
post #8682 of 18980

Contemplating getting these or their brother, the 600, but would you mind weighing in on what's most cost effective?

 

Now:

Motherboard -> Audio-gd Sparrow A -> K550

 

Possible:

Motherboard -> Audio-gd Sparrow A -> HD650 (500)

Motherboard -> Matrix M-stage or Lovely Cube -> HD650 (500 + 300/200 - What I can get for a Sparrow on FS)

Motherboard -> HD650 (500 - What I can get for a Sparrow on FS)

 

I really like Classical and Pop, but the K550s are a bit behind on pop, while phenomenal with classical.

post #8683 of 18980

The HD 650s will definitely need some amping... the mobo option just isn't gonna be fair to the HPs.  So far I'm finding that the e17 and e09k combo does fine for the HD 650s.  I know it's not quite the level that these cans can truly perform, but it's very solid bang for the buck... the fiio combo is very hard to beat for the price (desktop amp and portable amp/DAC solution for about $250) =)
 

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Originally Posted by Nanago View Post

Contemplating getting these or their brother, the 600, but would you mind weighing in on what's most cost effective?

 

Now:

Motherboard -> Audio-gd Sparrow A -> K550

 

Possible:

Motherboard -> Audio-gd Sparrow A -> HD650 (500)

Motherboard -> Matrix M-stage or Lovely Cube -> HD650 (500 + 300/200 - What I can get for a Sparrow on FS)

Motherboard -> HD650 (500 - What I can get for a Sparrow on FS)

 

I really like Classical and Pop, but the K550s are a bit behind on pop, while phenomenal with classical.

 

Why do you want an amplifier? You know that your motherboard produces inferior sound?

 

Don't be fooled by the "if it costs more, it's always better", "external audio hardware is necessarily an improvement over internal hardware because it's external", or the "HD 650 needs a mega-amp" mantras. None has any basis in fact.

 

I use my HD 650's, and DT 990's, with the Matrix M-Stage and the ODAC+O2. The M-Stage is a good-sounding amplifier and it's considerably more convenient to use (for me) than the ODAC+O2. However, I prefer the sound of the ODAC+O2 as it's quite neutral -- more so than the M-Stage. The side effect of neutral is that it will faithfully reproduce the bad qualities of bad recordings. I describe it as "ruthless." If neutral isn't what you want, a tube amp might be more to your liking.

 

Your listening preferences should be the determiner here.

post #8685 of 18980

I use my 650 straight line out from a 2008 macbook.. the sound is neutral/tonal with just a slight roll off on the lows but nevertheless the highs have great resolution, energy and extension

 

my 650s are 118hrs burned in so far..

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