Well, what can I say. This headphone looks and sounds awesome.
But there is a problem. Well, three that I can point out in it's durability:
1 - Headband cracking. Users have reported this over years, so eventually it may happen to me as well. I certainly hope not.
2 - Ear cup swivel. If you notice, the cups can actually swivel. But, it "digs" into the headband and scratches the paint.
3 - Handband adjustment. It feels really cheap, and easy to break or snap. It's really hard to "fine tune" the headband size.
Maybe I'm just being a bit OCD, but I don't think so. I would expect a bit better build from something so expensive. But maybe I'm wrong? Maybe this headphone doesn't have durability issues to the severity I've explained them. It may last many, many years under proper care. But I just don't know. It's hard to "feel good" keeping a headphone that even though looks great and sounds wonderful, but seems like it will "give out on you" at any second.
That worries me...
The thing that really surprises me is the cups are actually "supposed" to swivel. But, at first it is really stiff because the paint hasn't been scratched off yet. HD650 owners, have you noticed the "V" shape where the top of the cup meets the metal bar? If you look at the metal bar, it can actually move a bit either way, due to the "V" shape. But, it scratches the paint off the metal bar (where you cannot see it) in order to do so. Anyone else notice?
Anyway, if possible, HD650 owners chime and speak your knowledge about the durability, if you will.
Edited by Katun - 11/4/10 at 7:59am