I think that using the right amp with the HD650 can give at a really nice BOOST and make it sound great !!
post #16 of 34
12/11/08 at 4:17am
I have sourced the HD650s for as little as £215 which I make to be $318 - and the UK is supposed to be, nay is, more expensive generally. The Grados, on the other hand come out at £179 (roughly $265).
The "grab them both" comment is pretty much true. After several days of listening to the HD650s, I'm starting to like them a lot more. I still think that they don't do well with the tube amp I'm using (Little Dot MKIII) as they should, but they are certainly "warm"-- just too warm for most classical or jazz in my opinion. They sound dead on most of the jazz I've listened to (Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, Al Di Meola). I don't agreed that they are the best choice for jazz or classical unless your taste runs to the bland and comatose. They do tend to tame a lot of the hotter rock recordings I've fed through them though, so in that regard they are quite useful-- particularly with noisy live recordings.
Space and definition, on my set up, are just better all the way around on the Grados. There is more dynamic contrast, and the music just sounds more alive. I think this is obviously a taste issue, and I suspect that my opinion is anomalous. The Sennheisers did sound totally dead at first, but now they just sound "relaxed." Often, relaxed is good. But I am far more "involved" with complex music when I listen to the Grados.