I've been lurking around a bit and finally my new cans have arrived! I started out with a 2nd-hand HD595 (really worn out) and used that for a year directly plugged into my MacBook. I never used iBuds after listening to those cans.
Here's the story on how I got around to getting the setup. Feb. 14, 2011 (valentines, duh), me and the GF were fighting. So, instead of taking her to dinner, I went to amazon and then hit the checkout button (oh was she pissed! ). I attempted to cancel my order, but as destiny would have had it, it was already "prepared" and I couldn't cancel anymore. Fast forward to yesterday Mar. 22, I got them in my office. Plugged them in my mac and they sounded empty. Looked for a local reseller of FiiO and they had only ONE piece of each!!! So, I quickly made a deposit and had them ship it to me. I got them today and they are great!
Now that I have my new gear, they'll be for dedicated home use and I'll be using the HD595's for office duty. I'm still trying to decide though if I'm going to keep the 595 and buy a new headband + ear pads or just give them to my sister and then buy a new HD595 (because I'm not investing on an amp for office use).
I have to say. The moment I put the HD650's on, there was an immediate difference. Not night and day, but definitely an upgrade! The HD595's don't sound much different with or without an amp though. The HD650's, as expected, sucks without an amp. I love the bass on the HD650. They're "defined", could use a teeny bit more oomph, but it's enough to be "felt". Whitney Houston is very lovely in this thing!
I also tried both 595 and 650 on my Denon AVR-3805 receiver (optical out of my MacBook) and I must say, I think that's a better amp than the E7/E9 combo, perhaps because it's using an optical connection and I've got line filtering on the power supply of the Denon. Can't decide. But the 650's, I feel, are more "free" with the Denon.
Here's a few pics of the new gear:
Can you guys give me tips on care and "operational guidelines" on these? I haven't really found much information on how to take care of them. I am however still lacking a banana stand for the HD650's. Or is it better to put it inside it's foam-padded case and put some desiccant inside? I have a saltwater aquarium in my room so it's very humid when I'm not around (office hours) and the A/C is not on.