I know there have been many threads on here regarding this. I have read many of them, but I am still alittle confused. I picked up a pair of HD-650. THey are about 4 years old, they have the dark colored grill, but have the silver dampening inside. When I first listened to them, I thought they sounded great. I started comparing them to the Denon AHD2000 and after extensive comparison on multiple songs, I did notice sort of a "veil" on the HD-650. I dont know if this "veil" was just in my head and caused by the reduced treble of the HD650 compared to the denon, but I keep coming back and listening to the HD-650 alone and I keep noticing this "veil" The best way I can describe it is it sort of sounds like there is a piece of paper or blocking the sound. Maybe its just the treble difference thats got me. Anyway, I am powering them with nuforce icon HDP, so amping/DAC is not the problem. I was just wondering, would selling them and getting a newer version of the HD-650 (if there is one?) would help. I read on here someone saying that the newest versions of the HD-650 are a tad bit more brighter (not that they were bright in the first place). My current 650s have the silver dampening, so not sure how different the newer version would be.
Update: Having listened to the hd-650s for about a week now on their own, I can clarify that I do not hear any sort of veil. That's not to say, that if I were to begin doing a comparison with another headphone, that I would not notice any "veiling". However, I must agree the majority of you guys that the HD-650 is just a laid back headphone which some people think is a veil (which I did when comparing to the D2000, but I now believe that it was just a product of the difference in treble/ sound signature between the headphones).
Bottom line, I wake up-put on these headphones and hear no veil. I would greatly recommend these headphones to anyone who may be debating whether or not to get them.
Edited by mac336 - 3/18/12 at 9:54pm