So I got my HD-600s 4 years ago and decided to pick up some HD-650s a few months back. One for the house, another pair for work
When I first tried the 650s I went "wow - these are so much more fun than the 600s...and I LOVE the 600s! This is amazing". Immediately purchased them. (For the record, I also tried out some non-sennheisers and decided that I had either been groomed to prefer "senn sound" after 4 years of 600s (+2 of 555s?) or that senn sound was just legit better....but a lot of the other cans that I tried out just didn't do it for me).
Anyways, so I got these 650s and after a bit I decided that, actually, it was the 600s that truly shined. The "funness" of the 650s actually got a bit annoying after a while. I can't explain it but it kinda made me feel a little claustrophobic when listening to music on the 650s at home. When I would go to work and listen to the 600s I felt so much more relaxed and free.
For sure both cans are excellent and if I only had the 650s I wouldn't be unhappy with them. But I can now finally have my own opinion in the "600 vs 650" debate: the 600s win for me.
You should all be proud of owning a pair of HD-600s. I recommend you give a 650 a listen to see for yourself. I almost guarantee that you'll prefer the 650s at first but that after a bit you'll come to miss your 600s.
I owned them both at the same time before also, but I want to do it again. 0_0 Your comparisons make me curious for the differences and whether my preference has changed over the years.
I remember them being similar, exceedingly so, like comparing sunrise- brisk from the night air, refreshing and clear, a hot cup of coffee, energising for the day ahead- to sunset- the lingering warmth from the shining sun, a relaxing fog to ease your way to slumber, a smooth glass of Cabernet, curious and intriguing.
Are you a morning lark or a night owl?
It is difficult to remember such things from years past! Maybe one must regularly refresh oneself with the intricacies and nuances of each, for the ears and the mind are constantly in flux.
Damn this hobby and its constant toil towards our wallets! :/
Edited by fluffygdog95 - 6/19/14 at 8:56am