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So price to performance ratio, are these the best in the world?

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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

So price to performance ratio, are these the best in the world?

Well, I doubt anyone here has tried EVERY headphone in the world, but for what I paid for my HD650 (under 300) the price-to-performance ratio is off the charts. But even at $400 I'd still feel the same way.
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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

So price to performance ratio, are these the best in the world?

Amongst the best for sure... "the best" is open for debate.  Those who like the HD600 more would say that one is the best.  There are others like the DT880 and HE-500 that are also under $1k that vie for that title.

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Originally Posted by Tsujigiri View Post

Someone posted a list of some of Sennheiser's replacement parts on the deals thread.

 

Does anyone know why the costs are so different? The grill covers look the same to me on both headphones besides the color. And did they just figure out an easier way to manufacture the drivers for the HD650's, or is the quality of the HD600 drivers actually better?
 

Sennheiser UK which is the official source of Sennheiser headphone parts doesn't have spares for the hd600's anymore so I would suspect it's the last of them.

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Nice with my JenaLab cryo cable!

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Hi guys,

I have just bought an Audio GD NFB11 DAC/AMP to use with my HD650's.....this will be used with my Netbook using JRiver MC17 and a combination of Lossless files and 24/96 Hi Res FLAC.

Anybody used the Audio GD 11 and make any comments on how good this amp is? positive I hope seeing as I have committed to it :-)

Jason
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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

So price to performance ratio, are these the best in the world?

 

Hard to say "the best" around here without getting flogged. But it's certainly "one of the best."

 

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Originally Posted by worldtipper View Post

So, I'm currently in the honeymoon period with my 650s. I've had them for 5 days now and man, I've found the end game headphone until I'm willing to spend an equal amount on headphone gear as I did on my car. Going from 880/600's sure, the sound stage is smaller, highs are quite as sparkly, not as neutral etc but what really sets the 650s apart is how real the instruments sound. Maybe this is what's meant by the term detail? Instruments and drums have force to them and sound as though they are being played in my ear. The vocals/mids are present but never seem loud or harsh, it's a weird thing actually but freaking lovely. I'm glad I finally gave them a shot, the "veil" was my biggest concern but I really have no idea what all the fuss is about...theres plenty there to the highs, but enough missing so that they don't fatigue the the heck out of you.
Sincerely,
Another happy 650 owner.

 

I feel essentially the same way about the 650. There is a very natural reproduction of sound especially with instruments and voices that just makes the hp utterly enjoyable to listen to. I find myself picking it up again and again. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

Hi guys,
I have just bought an Audio GD NFB11 DAC/AMP to use with my HD650's.....this will be used with my Netbook using JRiver MC17 and a combination of Lossless files and 24/96 Hi Res FLAC.
Anybody used the Audio GD 11 and make any comments on how good this amp is? positive I hope seeing as I have committed to it :-)
Jason

 

 

Don't want to upgrade to J. River 18?

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Hard to say "the best" around here without getting flogged. But it's certainly "one of the best."

 

 

I feel essentially the same way about the 650. There is a very natural reproduction of sound especially with instruments and voices that just makes the hp utterly enjoyable to listen to. I find myself picking it up again and again. biggrin.gif

 

 

^ Gotta second that regarding the instruments and vocals on the HD-650. Been making the rounds with my music collection, and finally got around to listening to some rock tracks with the HD-650, and... yea, the guitars and vocals pop out immediately (not in a bad or obnoxious way). It's almost as if I can literally feel the texture of some of the guitar sounds. Really, really pleasing to ear. In fact, I'd say rock is the -best- genre for the HD-650, at least so far, from what I've listened to (over hip-hop, electronic, or pop).

 

Of course, this is different than me saying that the HD-650 is the best for rock in general, and that is NOT what I'm saying (since I obviously haven't listened to all headphones in existence). What I'm saying is, among all the genres that I've personally listened to, rock sounds the best on the HD-650.

 

Some rock tracks I listened to were from: the Beatles, the Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Doves, and Beck.

 

 

 

And also... I have to say, despite all the noise/distortion issues I've had (read: me using the crappy motherboard onboard audio), which I wrote about a few pages back, I'm still really, really pleased with the HD-650.

 

Yes, they aren't quite as "obvious" or forward as the the Grado RS-1 and/or Sony MDR-CD3000 I've had nearly 10 years ago, but I do remember experiencing fatigue with the Sony CD3000 (the treble was pretty bright), and I don't ever remember wanting to really sit down, sit back, and listen to music for long periods of time with the RS-1's (although, I have to admit the RS-1's at times, were quite exciting and fun).

 

It just seems to me, the HD-650 was meant and intended for long listening sessions. You can either just jam out to them, or do really low-level listening sessions, while still keeping things enjoyable.

 

Which brings me to another point... it just seems like Sennheiser built these having in mind that these would actually be used as, well, headphones, rather than just simply attaching mini-speakers on a headband (read: Grado headphones). The HD-650 sound signature that gets along with almost all genres, and its "laidback" presentation, all tells me that everything Sennheiser did was intentional, for the sake of comfortable, yet enjoyable headphone use, over long periods of time. It just makes me appreciate the headphones a little more.


Edited by fuzzybaffy - 12/9/12 at 8:00am
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post


Don't want to upgrade to J. River 18?

I will be yes, I haven't used the netbook for a while, due to the lack of a decent DAC/AMP combo....hence the purchase of the Audio GD 11.

I've mainly been using my IEM'S and HP's with my iPod and The National Amp combo....the HD650's sound good with this, but the National amp is on the slightly darker side and I wanted a fairly neutral amp....which I believe the GD is...so I'm hoping it will be a good match.

The GD amp has also had the USB problem sorted so I am really hoping that it will be a good match with HD650's
post #9326 of 18282
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Originally Posted by fuzzybaffy View Post

...finally got around to listening to some rock tracks with the HD-650, and... yea, the guitars and vocals pop out immediately (not in a bad or obnoxious way). It's almost as if I can literally feel the texture of some of the guitar sounds. Really, really pleasing to ear. 

 

i second the sentiment of your post.  i listen to mostly laid-back, slow, vocal-focused music (e.g. Damien Rice, Bon Iver, etc.) and i recently got around to some of my Rock collection.  CCR, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Zeppelin, Petty, Skillet, Rise Against....all sound fantastic on the HD650's. 


Edited by Porter1 - 12/9/12 at 11:25am
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So, I've had my HD650's for almost a year now, but I'm considering selling them... Don't get me wrong, the quality out of these cans are amazing but I am finding that I am using them less and less. That's probably because I've stopped listening to music while studying, and I have very little free time outside of school now. So I need some convincing as to why I should keep them :P Also, I am not using a DAC or an amp... How much do they improve the quality? 

 

So, any words of advice?

 

Thanks. 

 

And sorry if this is the wrong thread but it seems the approriate group of people that I am appealing to...

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Life goes in circles...you will use them again.....

 

As far a DAC or AMP's....The better they are the better the 650's perform. You can always come back to them....

post #9329 of 18282
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Originally Posted by Wolf11 View Post

So, I've had my HD650's for almost a year now, but I'm considering selling them... Don't get me wrong, the quality out of these cans are amazing but I am finding that I am using them less and less. That's probably because I've stopped listening to music while studying, and I have very little free time outside of school now. So I need some convincing as to why I should keep them :P Also, I am not using a DAC or an amp... How much do they improve the quality? 

 

So, any words of advice?

 

Thanks. 

 

And sorry if this is the wrong thread but it seems the approriate group of people that I am appealing to...

 

I'd suggest at least trying them with a LOD cable (if you use portable devices) and portable amp. The Headroom Total Airhead can drive them with ease. That's only $49 if it's still on sale.

Right now i'm loving the HD-650 with the Airhead from a Ipod Touch 2G with the Fiio L11 LOD connector. This setup is finally complete after trying every portable player I could find..

 

I know this will hurt the Ipod Video 5.5 fanboy's feelings, but I think the Ipod Touch 2G sounds better with the HD-650. The 5.5 (and Clip+) are too warm for the HD-650. At least for my preferences.

I wonder what makes the Ipod 5.5 sound too warm? I guess it doesn't measure flat. I'd like to try the Ipod Classic 7G sometime. I had an earlier 160gb version previously. Got the Ipod Touch 2G as a gift when the 3G came out.

 

BTW I've found the HD-650 to sound good, but not great from portable devices with no (external) amp.

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I don't find the volume very high with my o2 amp+ipod touch 4th gen unless I use gain what does the lod give you over headphone jack ? 

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