I love it when Anteaters find each other! The HD700s are definitely worth it at the right price. Whether or not they are better than the HD650s, they are definitely different. The HD650s are my oldest headphones, and I have bought a descent amount since first getting the HD650s, nothing ever really made me doubt where the HD650s stood...until the HD700s the the right equipment showed up!
Hahahah! Wasnt hard to miss a BruinAnteater lol
I absolutely still love my HD650s. Let me put it in this perspective: At their MSRP of $1000, the HD700s, I feel are a bit overpriced, but at $650, they are priced correctly and I wouldn't mind buying these again. By comparison, I think that at the MSRP of $500, the HD650s are priced correctly, but at $360, which is what I got them for originally, they are a steal and cannot be beat by anything near that price.
I still love my HD650s and would never consider selling them, and I would still prefer them over the 700s for certain genres of music, but now I feel like the HD700s are the better overall headphone. Which they should be, since they cost so much more than the 650s, still the 650s are a much better bargain than the 700s.
I pretty much agree with everything you said here. I can actually get the HD700 new for under what you feel they are priced correctly at so I may do it next month. I keep waffling between new computer speakers, a vinyl player, the HD700, or a new IEM. Last night new speakers were winning, this morning HD700 has made a comeback. Even if the HD700 is awesome, I wont be selling my HD650. I still have a feeling, from what I have read, that the HD650 will still be my preferred headphone.