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HD580 upgrade to HD650

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I am considering this upgrade, but I am wondering if this is more of a sidestep than a significant step up.

 

I have read tons on the 650 and have an idea of the difference in sound, but has anyone who has listened to both (or hd600) care to give a good comparison.  Thanks.

post #2 of 26

It is definitely a side step, in fact I personally prefer the HD580/600 for there smooth balanced sound. If you want a similar warmer sound then you will like the HD650s, if you want a brighter, more impactful sound then you might prefer the balanced sound of the DT880.

post #3 of 26

Technically, the HD650 is probably a small upgrade from the HD580, but the biggest difference is obviously tonal. I would not blindly upgrade to an HD650 from the HD580 because they are just different variations of the same sound. If you love the HD580/600, but are looking for the same tonality with a more fleshed out and bigger sound and impact (and more bass), than you might want to consider "upgrading." I still recommend you listen to the HD650 before purchasing if you can, because you may be disappointed how similar the 650 is to the 580/600.  

post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post

It is definitely a side step, in fact I personally prefer the HD580/600 for there smooth balanced sound. If you want a similar warmer sound then you will like the HD650s, if you want a brighter, more impactful sound then you might prefer the balanced sound of the DT880.

 

A perfect explanation.
 

 

post #5 of 26

I have the 650s & I know someone with the 600s. To me the differences are pretty subtle. I find them to sound similar.

post #6 of 26

I had a similar question on a similar desire for an 'upgrade'. If anyone can give additional input, it would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.head-fi.org/t/320879/beyerdynamic-dt880-vs-denon-d2000/15#post_8004294

 

 

post #7 of 26

I had the hd580 and loved it. Once I upgraded to the hd650 there was a moment when in the beginning I was like "where did the treble go?". But now that I've gotten used to them damn! Going back to hd580 really seems like stuff is seriously missing. The hd650 does something that good speakers do. They give weight to the music. It's not as airy as the hd580 but the tonality was actually to my liking eventhough I loved the 580.

 

I feel that they indeed are an upgrade to the 580/600 but some do hear it differently.

post #8 of 26
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Thanks guys.  I might experiment with some other brands.  I do love my hd580s though.  Do any of you have certain headphones you listen to with different types of music.  I find the hd580s pretty good all all arounders, from Trance to metal to movie scores.

post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by Crazy*Carl View Post

Do any of you have certain headphones you listen to with different types of music.  I find the hd580s pretty good all all arounders, from Trance to metal to movie scores.


I use my DT880 for every well recorded genre and my Sony XB500s for poorly recorded Dubstep/trance etc.

post #10 of 26
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I find most trance to be significantly improved in neutral hi-fi headphones compared to cheaper ones.

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by BMWWW View Post

I had a similar question on a similar desire for an 'upgrade'. If anyone can give additional input, it would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.head-fi.org/t/320879/beyerdynamic-dt880-vs-denon-d2000/15#post_8004294

 

 


Have you ever blind tested ure ef2 with an ipod.  I had an ef2 for a while and I got rid of it because I could never pass a blind test with my hd580.  Sounded the exact same.

 

At the same time you should blind test flac vs mp3.  You might be surprised.


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 1/24/12 at 3:03pm
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Crazy*Carl View Post

Thanks guys.  I might experiment with some other brands.  I do love my hd580s though.  Do any of you have certain headphones you listen to with different types of music.  I find the hd580s pretty good all all arounders, from Trance to metal to movie scores.


My most versatile all-rounder I'd say is my D5000, with a nod to my HD-600 and SR-325is. 

post #13 of 26
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Can anyone comment on the hd800 vs the hd650?

 

Maybe I should hold out and consider the hd700.

post #14 of 26

I have a friend that has the HD 600 and I cannot for the life of me tell the difference between it and my HD 580's as for the HD 650's that belongs to his boss that were on loan to us well it just had a little more of everything but emphasis on little if it were me and I was going to upgrade then I would go with HD 800's.

post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by ozz View Post

I have a friend that has the HD 600 and I cannot for the life of me tell the difference between it and my HD 580's as for the HD 650's that belongs to his boss that were on loan to us well it just had a little more of everything but emphasis on little if it were me and I was going to upgrade then I would go with HD 800's.



Ya I think I am gonna hold of on hd650s and wait.  I am a fellow Houstonian to. I wish there was a place locally we could sample headphones and equipment.

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