I just "upgraded" from the DT880 250ohm to the HD650 after like 5-6 years with the Beyers. Beyond the fact that there seems to be distortion in the left driver (arg! never buy second hand from Amazon again...) the headphone sounds AWESOME. Compared to the DT880, the soundstage is smaller, cans are a bit less comfortable.... and that's it I think? The DT880 just sounds so clinical and thin compared to the HD650. Music sounds like "music" in the Senn's. I enjoy the whole shabang instead of listening to all the finer details (which are also there in the Senn's but don't make your brain think about it) - they just seem to mesh together so well. I enjoyed this signature of the Beyer's in the beginning but it does seem very fatiguing after so many years with the cans. Regarding build quality, the DT880 is shameful. The headband started melting and leaving black spots on my hands. The plastics that connect the drivers to the headband also broke and I had to ghetto screw them together with bigger screws.
So what's the problem? Well, due to the distortion issues, I'll probably be shipping the Senn's back for a refund from Amazon. Until then, I want to get to know them a bit better. Currently powered via the LD Mk3 amp + Fiio E10 as DAC. I must say I am disappointed by the bass extension of these cans. Everything else sounds so musical and great until you play that song that on your home speakers (no subwoofer) has such awesome bass and on the Senn's you just say... "ugh, where's my bass?" (extension, not impact).
I've read many threads here saying that the LCD-2 r2 are the next "logical" (not for the wallet!) upgrade. Some recommend the HE-400. So I'd appreciate some feedback on my dilemma:
- To get a new HD650 and upgrade the amp/dac (was thinking in direction of ODAC/O2) and this will perhaps improve bass extension? I don't believe in cable upgrades as to me it seems like snake oil.
- To get a LCD2 r2 which costs an insane amount of money (more than I am willing to spend) but this will be the "end of my upgraditis"
- To get a HE-400 but I have bad experience with Hifiman build quality (I bought two RE-0 and they both broke apart after relatively minimal use)
I am not interested in purchasing 2nd hand. All purchases preferably done in Europe and with GOOD warranty and build quality.