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Guys, let's get real. The 650 headband does not crack (that's the 555/595), and the paint only chips when the band is bent outwards to relieve clamping pressure. Frankly, we're making mountains out of molehills here.  


Should I ever decide to sell my HD 650 headphones, I will quote your response in my reply to prospective buyers who want to negotiate on the asking price-- some how I dont think that will resonate.

 

Best, 

iDesign 

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If what you say is true, how is that acceptable?  Even headphones that cost as "little" as the 555/595 (I've read that the 558/598 also have this problem) should NOT have problems with their headbands cracking and I find it hard to believe that you don't think a $400 pair of headphones such as the 650 with its paint chipping is a big deal.  These models are known to have a tight clamp for some people so it's only natural that they will try to bend the band outwards.

 

It just seems like for the price that Sennheiser is asking for their top models, they could have paid more attention to quality, durability, and use of better materials.  Heck, even the HD 800 is reported to look nice but feel cheap.

 


 


 I don't recall saying that I find headband cracking on any headphone to be acceptable; of course it isn't. As for paint chipping, it's relatively unnoticeable, and I can see how it happens and how difficult it must be to avoid on any object that's frequently moving in and out. It just goes to prove that neither Sennheiser nor the universe is perfect, but it can be easily camouflaged in the manner I've suggested, with increased comfort to boot. Hang up the phone to Sennheiser and ring Beyer instead.

 

(Incidentally, what you refer to as cheap materials are no doubt chosen for weight and practicality reasons).   

post #18 of 22
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Should I ever decide to sell my HD 650 headphones, I will quote your response in my reply to prospective buyers who want to negotiate on the asking price-- some how I dont think that will resonate.

 

Best, 

iDesign 



 If you check Ebay you'll find sellers frequently mention slight paint chipping on their 650s (and even include close-ups) without it seeming to affect the price at all. And of course if your 650 has a lovely Beyer headband cover you not only won't have to mention it, you can ask a few dollars more.

post #19 of 22

Pull the trigger. It's the best trigger you'll ever pull.

post #20 of 22
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Pull the trigger. It's the best trigger you'll ever pull.



hopefully he's got a good amp

post #21 of 22

A good amp could as well be a quality integrated or receiver. I'm currently using an Onkyo 9555 integrated, the same one another Head-Fier couldn't tell apart from a $745 dedicated amp. Results are immaculate. 

post #22 of 22

Well I have had my 650's for about 3 years and the paint on the inside left of the band is chipping off. The paint has also worn off the grill on the same left headphone where I tend to relax my head on the armchair headrest. I have literally just cleaned the pads for a second time - 1st time about a year ago - warm soapy water to clear..rinse in colder water...dried initially over warm radiator until near dry...then threw both on a coat hanger in the balcony to fully dry in sunny day here in Munich. Almost new...apart from the paint....Nah - I don\t like it eithere but I guess its just wear and tear...Sennheiser would have been better to use a blue/black gun metal rather than any paint.  Anyway..the two most important things...they still sound terrific and are a joy to wear over an extended period of hours.

 

I must admit, it is extremely difficult to get commodities of that rare breed of manufacturing excellence these days without going to the smaller specialized companies who will indeed treat you like the customer you think you deserve - but I guess you will pay a premium for these goods. That is indeed the dilemna. The one thing that the Hi-Fi industry has not tried yet is the 'Canon' (photographic) approach. They have what are called 'L' lenses which they claim are made to the highest precision and of the most premium of material and time consuming processes. They DO cost a connsiderable amount more. But then again lenses are MEANT to be taken out and put through tests of durability etc.

Would we welcome Sennheiser...Panasonic...Sony...Phillips...to introduce an 'X' range and would we pay for it ?

 

Cheers,

 

Dezzz.

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