post #31 of 57
2/15/08 at 10:26pm
Can't get a home amp since I plan to on buying some IEMs. I was looking into the Pico actually. I wish there was a way I could try out the HD650 amped so I would know what it sounds like. Or, what if I sell the HD595 and just buy some IEMs instead and buy a portable amp. I was looking at the triple.fi 10 Pro.
I used to be in heaven. Musical heaven that is. Blissful sound from HD595 directly from computer or from CD/DVD via Cute Battery amp. Very natural sound and a sound stage similar to opera nights in Sydney Opera.
Then evil reared its ugly head: I started wondering what could possibly be better? How would the next step up the Sennheiser chain - the mighty 650s - sound like?
So when I spotted the HD650s on offer from HeadRoom I grabbed them for not much more than I originally paid for HD595 here in Australia. GREAT.
BUT.... they don't sound good! Or more specific: they don't sound NATURAL to my ears. All the bells and whistles are there: extremely clear and smooth sound, deep powerful lows, effortless transients, lots of air, huge sound stage. But everything is disconnected and incoherent - too much air? - and there is an emphasis of the bass region, which makes voices boom and moves the deep strings way forward on the sound stage. I honestly feel that a double bass is in the seat next to me - removed from the rest of the orchestra - and that my ear membrane is flopping uncontrollably....! Surely, this is not high fidelity; it is impressive but unnatural and tiring?
SO, am I deaf? Should I get a better amp? Should I stick to the 595s? Should I get used to this sound because it is truly better? Should I only listen to electronic music?
Thoughts and comments, please?
|I've always found the 555/595 to be way underappreciated in this forum, and always assumed it was because it does better with classical/orchestral music, which few here listen to. But in this thread we had a classical enthusiast--a violinist no less--condemning the 595 to Hades--really strange|
I'm a professional oboist,and I'd condemn the HD595 to Hades as well.I cannot say that they sound "bad",but the lack of clarity it's just appalling.I sold them and I bought a HD600,and boy I'm glad I did!