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HD650 owners: What genre(s) of music do you enjoy on your HD650's?

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 

I am just curious what kind of music HD650 owners are enjoying on their HD650's.

 

Please list the Genre(s), and your favorite bands in these genres if you like as well.

 

thanks!

post #2 of 39

Curious, too.

post #3 of 39

I thought they did jazz really well. Miles and Coltrane of course. :)

post #4 of 39

My 650s do everything well. gs1000.gif

post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 

thats pretty much what i think as well. rock, metal, jazz, chillout, ambient, dubstep all sound good on mine to me.

 

i'm a set it and forget it kind of listener. i don't change an EQ preset when i listen to different music in my car or on my home stereo system. so why the need to do the same for headphones, or why the need for a different pair for different genres. i pick a pair of headphones that has a sound signature i like and i use it with everything. i pick a pair that sounds natural to me and i stick with them.
 

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My 650s do everything well. gs1000.gif

post #6 of 39

I find that the HD650's are mostly verrry smooth. They have bass, but not super deep or super tight, just smoooth bass. They have sweet mids focusing very well on male vocals. Where they skimp is treble, and as a result cymbals are sort of background a little bit. They have a great feel to them.

I haven't found them to do too well with metal, but I've only really tested with a bit of Opeth. I'm listening to Miles Davis's So What right now (jazz), and yea, these headphones just make it sound claaassssy. Once I slap on some crossfeed there's such clarity in the trumpet and drums (the cymbals actually feel very clear with this recording. they must be shrill normally!) Justice's Let There Be Light (electronica/dance) sounds just right and so impactful. Ditto to Wannabe in LA by The Eagles of Death Metal (rock-toned rock). Great clarity on the electric guitar, too. Best of all is Radiohead. Experimental-era Radiohead just sounds amazing on these, you get incredible impact and clarity on everything and Thom Yorke's lyrics are just perfectly presented in front of you.

I have to strongly suggest you try and get Isone Pro set up well with the HD650. Apart from adding an incredibly realistic crossfeed it also tweaks the sound sig of the headphones just a touch in a way that I find helps smooth them out even more. I really finally feel no need to upgrade, though I continue to look at the LCD-2 in interest out of the corner of my eye.

post #7 of 39
Thread Starter 

my amp already has crossfeed. HeadRoom amps all have a crossfeed circuit built into them.

 

i agree they are smooth, but i do also find the bass to be deep and tight. maybe it's a difference in amps, but they definitely get low and are very tight with the amp that i am using. HeadRooms crossfeed circuit also adds a bit of warmth and bass to the mix, so maybe that is why i find them deep and tight, when you don't.

 

my HeadRoom amp also has a 3 position switch that boosts treble brightness. 1 setting is off, the next adds a boost from 3k on upwards, and then the third adds a boost from 1.5k on upwards. i use the position that boosts 3k on upwards and it's a great match for the HD650. it no longer sounds dark with this brightness filter applied.

 

these features are the exact reason i chose the amp i chose. i think it's a killer combo for all genre's.
 

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I find that the HD650's are mostly verrry smooth. They have bass, but not super deep or super tight, just smoooth bass. They have sweet mids focusing very well on male vocals. Where they skimp is treble, and as a result cymbals are sort of background a little bit. They have a great feel to them.

I haven't found them to do too well with metal, but I've only really tested with a bit of Opeth. I'm listening to Miles Davis's So What right now (jazz), and yea, these headphones just make it sound claaassssy. Once I slap on some crossfeed there's such clarity in the trumpet and drums (the cymbals actually feel very clear with this recording. they must be shrill normally!) Justice's Let There Be Light (electronica/dance) sounds just right and so impactful. Ditto to Wannabe in LA by The Eagles of Death Metal (rock-toned rock). Great clarity on the electric guitar, too. Best of all is Radiohead. Experimental-era Radiohead just sounds amazing on these, you get incredible impact and clarity on everything and Thom Yorke's lyrics are just perfectly presented in front of you.

I have to strongly suggest you try and get Isone Pro set up well with the HD650. Apart from adding an incredibly realistic crossfeed it also tweaks the sound sig of the headphones just a touch in a way that I find helps smooth them out even more. I really finally feel no need to upgrade, though I continue to look at the LCD-2 in interest out of the corner of my eye.

post #8 of 39
I mainly listen to opera, choral, and chamber orchestra works on the hd650. Although, I just had the Foo Fighters' Color and the Shape on and the guitar textures sounded great.
post #9 of 39

Classical and film music, mostly symphony orchestra. The 650 loves a symphony orchestra in full flight.


Edited by pp312 - 12/11/10 at 3:27am
post #10 of 39

Rock, metal, jazz, electronica, drum & bass, house, vocal etc. They do everything well to my ears.

post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

my amp already has crossfeed. HeadRoom amps all have a crossfeed circuit built into them.

 

i agree they are smooth, but i do also find the bass to be deep and tight. maybe it's a difference in amps, but they definitely get low and are very tight with the amp that i am using. HeadRooms crossfeed circuit also adds a bit of warmth and bass to the mix, so maybe that is why i find them deep and tight, when you don't.

 

my HeadRoom amp also has a 3 position switch that boosts treble brightness. 1 setting is off, the next adds a boost from 3k on upwards, and then the third adds a boost from 1.5k on upwards. i use the position that boosts 3k on upwards and it's a great match for the HD650. it no longer sounds dark with this brightness filter applied.

 

these features are the exact reason i chose the amp i chose. i think it's a killer combo for all genre's.


 

Yea, that brightness filter sounds like it would be great with these. I should restate what I said about the bass because I can see it sort of sounding like it's not good. It is good bass. It's present but not muddy. It's not sloppy like I find the DT990 to be and not overwhelming like the D2000. What I think they don't have is punch, though I can't think offhand of any headphones that I have preferred the bass of. Disregard what I wrote about their bass, please.

post #12 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zida View Post

I find that the HD650's are mostly verrry smooth. They have bass, but not super deep or super tight, just smoooth bass. They have sweet mids focusing very well on male vocals. Where they skimp is treble, and as a result cymbals are sort of background a little bit. They have a great feel to them.

I haven't found them to do too well with metal, but I've only really tested with a bit of Opeth. I'm listening to Miles Davis's So What right now (jazz), and yea, these headphones just make it sound claaassssy. Once I slap on some crossfeed there's such clarity in the trumpet and drums (the cymbals actually feel very clear with this recording. they must be shrill normally!) Justice's Let There Be Light (electronica/dance) sounds just right and so impactful. Ditto to Wannabe in LA by The Eagles of Death Metal (rock-toned rock). Great clarity on the electric guitar, too. Best of all is Radiohead. Experimental-era Radiohead just sounds amazing on these, you get incredible impact and clarity on everything and Thom Yorke's lyrics are just perfectly presented in front of you.

I have to strongly suggest you try and get Isone Pro set up well with the HD650. Apart from adding an incredibly realistic crossfeed it also tweaks the sound sig of the headphones just a touch in a way that I find helps smooth them out even more. I really finally feel no need to upgrade, though I continue to look at the LCD-2 in interest out of the corner of my eye.

 

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my HD650 and have had bouts of remorse as it was mainly an impulse buy. I've read a lot the last week that's alleviated my concerns but this... this right here is the most reassuring. Can't wait.
 

post #13 of 39

Thats funny because my HD650 were also a complete impulse buy. I didn't even read about them before picking them up (well not for months anyway). I was at first a little put off by how the drums and cymbals sort of sat around the background with them, but when I started realizing how incredible vocals sounded I found it easily forgivable. Do yourself a favor and try and set up Isone Pro when you're listening to radiohead and just close your eyes. That was what first made me realize just how amazing the headphones were. On the intro to Like Spinning Plates the sound just comes out from in front and just attacks you. Amazing.

post #14 of 39

Oh man, if only I could get a good setup with the 650.  I love Radiohead but I feel like I'm missing tons of little details when listening to them through my current headphones.  Maybe someday I'll get a pair

post #15 of 39

The Sennheiser HD650 being good quality headphones when matched with a proper headphone amp will sound very good with pretty much any music you may like.

I listen to alot of acoustic ,well recorded guitar, violin and even drums. The HD600/650 do a pretty credible job recreating the ambience and naturalness on these recordings.

 

My HD600 was an impulse purchase shortly after they came out. The HD650 was a more educated purchase and I was expecting some minor improvements over the quite competent HD600. After long listening sessions I decided the HD650 was my new(then) reference in mid-priced headphones.

 

Again it can not be stressed enough, proper amplification is key to extracting the potential out of these(as is the case with most quality cans).

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