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Originally Posted by wazzupi View Post

should I purchase a pair of hd600's ? 

 

This is the HD-650 thread.

 

Should you buy the '600? It was on my short list but I ended up with the '650.

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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

I currently use the non-USB M-Stage and HD-650. I'd describe the '650 as "lush" but many say "warm." I don't find the M-Stage to be warm or lush. Although occasionally I think the M-Stage is a bit colored, I don't walys feel that way. I definitely don't think the two together are colored.

 

In the "Full Sized Headphone Amps" (or something like that) forum, there's an M-Stage thread where owners of the USB version discuss it. I specifically wanted the dual-RCA inputs so it wasn't for me.


Thank you. I think I might've also read you owning the O2 amp. How does the M-Stage compare to the O2? And which works better with the HD-650?

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

I don't know if many will agree, but with the ODAC they're not all that forgiving. Harsh garbage tracks still sound bad. Not enough to cause fatigue, but almost.

Thanks to this ODAC+HD-650 I just re-ripped my entire CD collection and verified everything was in FLAC format.
Never thought i'd be doing this for an HD-650.

Hm, I wonder if I'll need to do the same? Right now I'm running 320 kbps MP3's through my HRT Music Streamer II DAC at 24-bit/96 KHz. To my ears there is very, very little difference between them and FLAC on my K702. Can anyone comment on if the HD650 is less forgiving than the K702's?

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I just got the Sennheiser HD 650s this week and I'm loving them! They're my first pair of Hi-Fi headphones and I'm blown away. The first step into a very expensive hobby, I guess. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by clackers View Post

I just got the Sennheiser HD 650s this week and I'm loving them! They're my first pair of Hi-Fi headphones and I'm blown away. The first step into a very expensive hobby, I guess. biggrin.gif

congrats clackers ! if you don't mind me asking what are you using them with  amp/dac or any source ? 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

I just hit about 20 hours on the HD-650. Doesn't seem like much, but I just got them. I really have been listening to these way too much.
It could be my imagination, but it seems like they got a bit bassier. Makes no sense why or how. Probably hearing things. Still pretty well controlled.

I found the same. I have about 20 to 30 hours on mine, and now the sound seems much fuller with better bass. Loving these now. Full sound with lots of detail. Even on the DragonFly they are sounding great. Can't wait for the Little Dot MKIII to arrive to see if a dedicated head amp improves these even further.

 

I'm truly addicted to the sound of the HD650 now. They definitely have a lush and non-fatiguing sound, and make my IE80 fatiguing after a while.

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Originally Posted by fuzzybaffy View Post

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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

I currently use the non-USB M-Stage and HD-650. I'd describe the '650 as "lush" but many say "warm." I don't find the M-Stage to be warm or lush. Although occasionally I think the M-Stage is a bit colored, I don't walys feel that way. I definitely don't think the two together are colored.

 

In the "Full Sized Headphone Amps" (or something like that) forum, there's an M-Stage thread where owners of the USB version discuss it. I specifically wanted the dual-RCA inputs so it wasn't for me.


Thank you. I think I might've also read you owning the O2 amp. How does the M-Stage compare to the O2? And which works better with the HD-650?

 

I like the sound of the O2 better ... occasionally if I'm looking for a difference. The ODAC+O2's mechanical design is far superior for my desk at work. The M-Stage's mechanical design is superior for my home use.

 

If I have to recommend just one, I can and do recommend the (ODAC+)O2.

 

The '650 is a fairly easy-to-drive load. I don't see why you wouldn't be satisfied with either if the difference in external design isn't your driving factor [pun intended.]

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Originally Posted by Keevs View Post
I'm truly addicted to the sound of the HD650 now. They definitely have a lush and non-fatiguing sound, and make my IE80 fatiguing after a while.

 

Yesterday after Turkey, I fell asleep wearing the '650. When I woke, I didn't have any listening fatigue although I wanted to take them off.

 

A few weeks ago, I took a nap wearing the Fostex T50RP. When I woke, I really wanted to take them off as quickly as I possibly could.

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HD650's + O2 + The Lumineers = perfect after-thanksgiving combo.  i can't speak more highly of the HD650/O2 combo.  just fantastic.

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K701/702 are way less forgiving than the HD650 to me. With the 701 crap in sounds extra crappy out and you also get an icepick to the eardrum. The 650 are really forgiving in comparison IMO.
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Originally Posted by dxanex View Post

Hm, I wonder if I'll need to do the same? Right now I'm running 320 kbps MP3's through my HRT Music Streamer II DAC at 24-bit/96 KHz. To my ears there is very, very little difference between them and FLAC on my K702. Can anyone comment on if the HD650 is less forgiving than the K702's?
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I tried the search, couldn't find this, it may be in the thread(s) somewhere, but hard to plow through the 100's of pages on the 2 items I'm asking about. Specifically, I just ordered the 650 this weekend, don't really have a good amp (have a cheapo iBasso T3, been told elsewhere it's not a good choice). Specifically, wondering if anyone has experience with the 650's and the HiSound Studio V Anniversary...it's supposed to be "class A", though there is debate about this actually means for this DAP. It does allow itself to be used as an external amp, can hook, say, an ipod or clip from the headphone out into the Studio, then run phones out of Studio. Will this be a good match for the Senns? If not, looking for a not-too-expensive amp, don't want to have it only usb powered, would like to listen to the phones places other than my computer. Suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

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Hey guys, I was debating between these and the Hifiman HE-400's, but then the Sennheiser USA deal came up and I jumped on the HD650's. I want to get a portable amp to go with it (Yes, I know how open the headphones are, but I think they'd be fine on quiet walks between classes), and am having trouble understanding exactly what differences in sound different amps produce. Does anyone know what specific advantages, say, an O2 has over a Fiio E11? I guess if possible, I'd want an amp that counteracts the high frequency rolloff of the HD650's, but I'm not sure what I'd prefer beyond that. All I know for sure is that I really don't like overly thin headphones and overly bloated headphones... still on the fence about forward vs. laid back presentation. If it helps, I've been listening to Westone 3's, Swans M200 MKiii's, Sleek Audio SA6's, and Grado SR80i's, all of which I like despite the different sound signatures.
 

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doctorjazz, the HD650's are a fantastic pair of headphones....The general consensus is that the better the amp, the better the sound. That being said, they will still be a nice upgrade from whatever headphones you are currently using. I would not worry as much about Class A, AB, D or whatever and focus on upgrading with a quality device. Lots of good recommendations around here; portable or desktop.

Best news is that as you upgrade throughout this hobby, the HD650's will be able to upgrade with you...biggrin.gif
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Tsujigirl how much did you paid for those HD650 on promotion?

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I just ordered the non-USB M-Stage from massdrop, but they haven't arrived just yet. I can tell the difference in sound quality between the HD 650 and all other headphones I've ever used even without an amp or DAC. If I was to use an Asus Xonar D1 as the DAC, would that differ much from a separate desk DAC?

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