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Sennheiser HD650 bass/eq

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So I have had the HD650 for about 2 weeks, hooked up to a Fiio E7/E9 Combo.

 

I have read everywhere that this headphone produces a strong and powerful bass.  However, I can't hear it.

 

I find that for some music, like folk, they sound absolutely amazing.  But for a majority of my music, jazz, country, rock, they just don't sound right.  The bass sounds lacking to me.

 

When I add on an eq to equal it out, it makes the music sound fake and artificial.

 

Can someone explain to me what I am not hearing? Anyone else feel this way?

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Originally Posted by simon154 View Post

So I have had the HD650 for about 2 weeks, hooked up to a Fiio E7/E9 Combo.

 

I have read everywhere that this headphone produces a strong and powerful bass.  However, I can't hear it.

 

I find that for some music, like folk, they sound absolutely amazing.  But for a majority of my music, jazz, country, rock, they just don't sound right.  The bass sounds lacking to me.

 

When I add on an eq to equal it out, it makes the music sound fake and artificial.

 

Can someone explain to me what I am not hearing? Anyone else feel this way?


What you're not hearing is the overly exaggerated and flabby bass you're probably used to. Don't worry though, plenty of people on Head-Fi like their bass and treble emphasised this way so you should fit right in.

post #3 of 5

Try different headphones..DT990 for example.

post #4 of 5

actually, your issue is more likely the amp. Fiio combo isn't good enough to push the 650's to the next level.

 

HD650 bass is pretty good, though not what you're going to want if you need your ears vibrated.

post #5 of 5

Many of the typical high end headphones cater to listeners who prefer treble over bass. So when the HD650s are described as having powerful bass, it's probably meant in relation to it's high-fi and mid-fi peers (e.g. DT880 or HD800) rather than, say, the Sony XB700 or whatever.

 

That said, I personally find the HD650's bass to be satisfying. It's not really a "bass monster", but on songs where there actually is a lot of bass in the recording, the 650s will reproduce it effortlessly. Try cranking up Prodigy's The Fat of the Land or something along those lines if you want to see what these headphones can do when pushed.

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