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Sennheiser HD650

post #1 of 16
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WOW!!!:650smile:

These things ROCK and i haven't even broken them in yet (still tight on my average size head for now). They totally destroy my 555's which i thought were decent (ill admit they are the most comfortable cans i ever used). The 650 can actually do bass right, and the sound is so much richer and refined. I listen to rap to classical. They don't do certain genres perfectly yet (maybe needs break in), but everything else is awesome.

Here's the possible downside, these things need a lot of power to drive them. Before, i never used more than 11 o clock on my GLite + DPS or LD.MT. Now i find myself at 1 or 2 o'clock sometimes plus i upped the level on my source quite a bit. Non amped probably has little chance. Also, Mp3's sound bad even at 256 or 320...ugh i may need a new harddrive. I actually notice a difference on my FLAC encoded tracks.

Cliffnotes-
i wish i bought these first and didnt waste my time with anything else.
post #2 of 16
You'll need a separate headphone amp as your next purchase since the HD650's DO need an amp to get the best performance out of them. I recommend the WooAudio 6 as a start. There are lots of topics covering these headphones as well as amps and sources to drive them and they're very popular here so it's pretty hard to miss a thread discussing them! Good luck!
post #3 of 16
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excuse my lousy interconnects, i am a poor college student
Both amps make unique sounds solid state class A vs Hybrid Tube. The Gilmore lite Definitely hits harder on bass and i think it has a wider deeper stage. The micro tube makes some beautiful sound in mids and top end. Makes classical and most instruments (guitars, piano, violin, cello, etc) sound really realistic where the GLite sounds 'cold and analytical' in that range.
post #4 of 16
Check out Blue Jeans Cables for your interconnect needs. They're the head-fi fav. for quality entry level cables.
post #5 of 16
Same here. I moved from HD595 to HD650... today... sweet. I can't imagine what these will be capable of once burned-in.
post #6 of 16
wait until you try them balanced
post #7 of 16
Oh gawd... I'm getting ECSTATIC just listening to these!
post #8 of 16
Screw whatever Sennheiser has in stock for the future! I'm keeping my HD-650 until my grandkids's grandkid's use them!
post #9 of 16
The HD650 is an amazing set of cans, very musical. Wait until you burn them in that you'll really hear the full potential of these phones. Now for the that dac... :-)
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by jh4db536 View Post
Here's the possible downside, these things need a lot of power to drive them. Before, i never used more than 11 o clock on my GLite + DPS Now i find myself at 1 or 2 o'clock

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Dont worry this is normal. Using my grado 325i i'm about the 10 o clock poistion and when i swich to the HD650 i have to crank it up to 2 or 3 to get the same level of sound.
post #11 of 16
X^2

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Originally Posted by chopstxxx View Post
wait until you try them balanced
post #12 of 16
CONGRATS!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by lisnalee View Post
Dont worry this is normal. Using my grado 325i i'm about the 10 o clock poistion and when i swich to the HD650 i have to crank it up to 2 or 3 to get the same level of sound.
The HD650 also tend to 'bloom' more at higher volumes as compared to the Grados. Personally I think it has something to do with the loudness curve and the smiley-face EQ of the Grados.

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Originally Posted by Schalldämpfer View Post
Oh gawd... I'm getting ECSTATIC just listening to these!
I think we call that 'eargasm' around here.
post #14 of 16
While I have not heard the Gilmore lite, I believe it should be physically up to powering the Senns. The spec on headamp.com claims an output power of 1 watt. Assuming this to be true, that is more than needed. Now of course there are better, more expensive amps, such as GSX, b52, etc, but the physical volume you get should be clip-free and succulent.

Enjoy
post #15 of 16
Congrats on the great set of cans! I'm absolutely smitten with my HD650 also.
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