Due in part to the discussion last night, as well as this thread, I find myself revisiting the HD650 today. I feel like everyone's in on some kind of joke except me, and it's really starting to bug me.
In particular, I'm running some tracks from The Beautiful South's Blue Is The Colour album. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this album until I recently rediscovered it. Here are some track selections (excuse the poor YT quality):
I gotta say, I'm still not blown away. The music just doesn't come to life with the HD650. Bless it's little neodymium heart, it seems to want to, but just can't quite get there. If I had to sum it up in a word, that word would be meek.
Did you give them lots of burn in? I hear they take several hundred hours to fully settle in. Plus as you had mentioned earlier the amp could play a big role on things. But the HD650s are colored. Mid centric with bass emphasis and treble roll off. But I was under the impression it has a rather big sound stage being an open back can? So I'm a bit baffled by your comments regarding the sound stage being small?