So, I've had my HD650 for a few weeks now and am absolutely enamoured by it. I just love the enveloping lushness of its mid-range and the complex layers that can fill up its spacious soundstage. I find its full range extension to be incredibly balanced, providing a transparent window into whatever I choose to listen to. This is a quality that I consider to be a great strength, and not a weakness to be labeled as "boring". To me it is clearly superior, at least technically, to the other cans I've spent time with and hold in high regard (Alessandro MS-1i and ATH-M50).
The Alessandro MS-1i was my gateway drug into good headphones and it was a profound experience. Other than at live venues, I had never experienced music like that and so began the descent. Despite my love of the Alessandro the Head-Fi bug soon bit, and I sidelined the MS-1i for the ATH-M50 to see what all the fuss was about. I spent a few weeks with the M50 but thought the sound wasn't for me, although I could acknowledge that the hype was perhaps merited. Regretfully I decided to sell the M50 but the upside was that it helped me to acquire the HD650.
Some recent posts have prompted me to dig out an old friend from its signature pizza box resting place. It's been a while since I've spent some time with the MS-1i and I was curious to see if my fondness of it still held up. To my surprise and relief it was just like listening to them for the first time. My exposure to other cans and my current affair with the HD650 had done nothing to diminish the qualities I loved so much in the MS-1i.
The energy and attack that Grados/Alessandros are renowned for was the first thing to engulf me and it was like a homecoming. The rediscovered familiarity was almost overwhelming and I don't care if I'm swimming in hyperbole at the moment but it boggles my mind that these cans are hardly mentioned on this forum. Although it lacks in the sub bass, it has a great mid bass punch with great body and an engaging, forward, in your face presentation. This sound signature is versatile as well. Rock, indie, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, Americana... whatever, is so vibrant, soaring and emotive.
Seriously, I'm flabbergasted at how these headphones draw me into the music. Listening to some Richard Ferreira at the moment and I simply cannot fathom how any headphone can top the emotion that's being conveyed here.
So there it is. This thread is about rediscovering an old favourite, a headphone that makes you forget about the silliness that we all engage in on Head-Fi, and just brings your absolute love of music to the fore. Please share your experiences.
Edited by olor1n - 1/3/11 at 4:29am