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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I’m considering getting a pair of Senn HD650s.

 

Couple of questions:

 

1.      How do they compare with the ATH-A900 sound signature wise?

 

2.      Will an Ibasso D10 drive them OK for now? – I will be upgrading the computer setup in the near future.

 

JB

post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

Can anyone help with this?

 

JB

post #3 of 12
I've actually been using the a900s for about for years and ordered an hd650 and a ldmk4 last week. I will post my perceived differences in a few days
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Originally Posted by Jolly Bodger View Post

I’m considering getting a pair of Senn HD650s.

 

2.      Will an Ibasso D10 drive them OK for now? – I will be upgrading the computer setup in the near future.

 

JB



Read this:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/415942/ibasso-d10-cobra-hd-650

 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info.

 

Saber - I look forward to your findings.

 

Winma - thanks for the link - looks like I need to consider getting an amp as well!

 

Hmmm... more decisions confused.gif - which amp pairs well with the HD650? Must admit I've always had a fancy for a valve amp maybe a Little Dot confused.gif

 

JB

post #6 of 12

I cannot speak on the comparison between the 650's and A900's. 

 

Personally, I bought the 650's solely based on recommendations and reviews.  And I don't regret it one bit.  They are great headphones.

 

I have a portable setup with my Fiio E7, and a home setup with my Nuforce Icon HDP.  I really think that you'll want a higher output amp to drive the 300ohm 650's, but my E7 works shockingly well, even running off batteries.

post #7 of 12

I have the Little Dot MK IV SE and it really makes my HD 650 shine.

 

I have a good and unusually powerful portable solid state amp (the Meier Audio CORDA STEPDANCE), which does an excellent job with the HD 650, but the MK IV SE produces a slightly fuller, more spacious and detailed sound.

 

OTL tube amps (i.e. the Little Dot MK III, IV, etc.) are a very popular choice for the HD 650. There are a number of good OTL tube amp manufacturers out there - and prices vary significantly (Little Dot is generally considered a budget choice - with prices starting at around $200, vs. say the higher end Woo Audio amps which run into $1000s).

post #8 of 12

With a well matched source and amp, there are few phones that sound better than the "new" version HD650's (after 1/08, or so), which are much brighter and clearer than the "old" version prior to that time. 

 

I don't know how the A700's compare, but the AD2000's compare pretty well, maybe a bit more resolution and air, or space, but not so much that most would find them clearly superior to the HD650's.  The HD650's have a bit more of a warm, rich, weighty sound than the AD2000's, which I think I may prefer - but, it's hard to choose between them.  The AD2000's, perhaps, a bit greater clarity.  I probably listen to the HD650's more.  It's close.

 

The Woo Audio 3 and Woo Audio 3+ sound great with the HD650s, as does the Woo Audio 6SE Maxed, and the Darkvoice 332 (or variations of it), and the Millett MiniMax, and Graham Slee Solo (and the variations).  There are a lot of amps that sound good with them.

 

I'd likely opt for the HD650's over the A700's - the AD2000's would be a bit tougher choice. 


Edited by Gradofan2 - 12/4/10 at 4:35pm
post #9 of 12

hello

I have AT ath a900 for a few years know an d also the hd 595

I ordered the hd 650 and try them for a week

The sound is better on the seinn less nasal

The bass is deeper but not as surround and rounded

The treble and voices are less forward on the 650 but the sound clearer and less fatiguing

You feel more 360° sounding with audio technica

 

depending on what you listen, i think every thing sound good in ath a 900 but with seinnheiser some times it sounds much better

 

The hd 650 are good cans but i don t know why the voices are more forward with hd 595  more emotional make me think it was not worth the upgrade

But compare to ath I prefer the hd 650 sometimes

 

I own little dot mk 2 with mullards'

and musical fidelity xcan v3 with tube rolling also

bye

 

 

 


Edited by TontonJoK - 12/5/10 at 2:46pm
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

 

 

 

I own little dot mk 2 with mullards'

and musical fidelity xcan v3 with tube rolling also

bye

 

 

 


Which do you prefer?

post #11 of 12

The musical fidelity v3, but it may be not the best match with hd 650

 

Got it on ebay for 180 $ with good set of upgraded tubes (ec88 with gold pins)


Edited by TontonJoK - 12/5/10 at 3:50pm
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Thank you.

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