Yes and No , from where I come from there are a handful of companies whose headphones you can try out.
Shure is one of those , before I bought my 650's I was keen on getting the 1440's which at that time looked so freaking awesome , when I tried it at my headphone guy's store I was shocked by realizing how amazing they were but the brightness was too high which I found too be a bit harsh sounding to my ears.
On the other hand I really digged the signature of the the 650's , being colored they just have that sound which I prefer.
Also a major let down was that the Shure's were around 650 USD (1440's that is - yes no kiddin) here in India and I was able to get the classics that is the 650's for 480 USD which is cheaper than the price currently offered on Amazon , this was a real big deal for me.
Also the the 650's scale up better because of their higher (or lower - I am confused) damping factor (Right ?)
BTW - The 1440's were hooked up to a Oopo A/V receiver I will do an update of the exact model soon :)