You know, if I were going to have different headphones it would be for different recordings, as I find that's where the real variation lies. However, I too think it's a daft notion. If a phone is generally balanced and neutral (no headphone is absolutely balanced and neutral), even though it may not be optimal for every genre and recording, it will be acceptable overall--that is, you won't be constantly wishing you'd bought something else. That's one of the differences I've found with my 650s over other phones I've owned, that while it doesn't make all recordings sound the same, it doesn't exaggerate the differences either, or make me feel I need another phone just for certain recordings. Great recordings sound great, and if they don't sound as great as on an 800, they sound great enough. Lousy recordings still sound lousy, but it's an acceptable lousy rather than a shrieking, wincing lousy. That's what makes the 650 such a classic, this balance of resolution with a forgiving nature. It's a phone for all seasons. Anyone who has 5 phones but no 650 should really hear it and see if he can't cull his arsenal a little.
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Edited by pp312 - 4/12/11 at 11:30pm