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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

How about compared to the 600s?

 

Yeah I am sure the 650 is a very different phone, but I thought the Sennheiser signature was something just slightly colder than most other brands when trying to get the sound as accurate as possible. I guess I will have to lose that preconception then.

No, the 650's are dark.

post #17 of 31
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

How about compared to the 600s?

Yeah I am sure the 650 is a very different phone, but I thought the Sennheiser signature was something just slightly colder than most other brands when trying to get the sound as accurate as possible. I guess I will have to lose that preconception then.

The 600 are more neutral sounding and in fact preferable to many over the 650. The downside is they are quite ugly whereas the 650 looks nice. I like both but with serious amplification (balanced) and a high end DAC you can get more out of the 650.
post #18 of 31
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The 600 are more neutral sounding and in fact preferable to many over the 650. The downside is they are quite ugly whereas the 650 looks nice. I like both but with serious amplification (balanced) and a high end DAC you can get more out of the 650.

Hm, I love the look of the 600. 

post #19 of 31
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Ok so if the PS500s don't work for me, then I should opt for the 650s then?

post #20 of 31
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Ok so if the PS500s don't work for me, then I should opt for the 650s then?

Or the 600's. And then a O2 + ODAC. The reason I recommend a 600 is because the 650's love tube and the 600 love SS amping and SS amps tend to be a lot less money. So this I think would work better.

post #21 of 31
Thread Starter 

wolftan44 do you also believe that the PS500s don't need an amp either?

 

I've had my eye on the O2 as well.

post #22 of 31
It depends what you want. If you want a more neutral, accurate tone than go with the 600. If you want a warmer more laid back sound with more bass presence go with the 650. The 600s will certainly sound closer to what you are used to and if you are looking for a nice departure from that but with many of the same characteristics then try the 650.
post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Or the 600's. And then a O2 + ODAC. The reason I recommend a 600 is because the 650's love tube and the 600 love SS amping and SS amps tend to be a lot less money. So this I think would work better.

Tubes typically add a bit of warmth to the tone. It would make more sense for a tube amp with the 600 than the 650. Solid state is better for the 650 in my opinion.
post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

wolftan44 do you also believe that the PS500s don't need an amp either?

 

I've had my eye on the O2 as well.

PS500's will not. The FiiO will fair just fine.

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

PS500's will not. The FiiO will fair just fine.

That's a little misleading. They may not require an amp but all headphones scale up with a quality amp. An O2 would be good for any of the aforementioned headphones.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post


That's a little misleading. They may not require an amp but all headphones scale up with a quality amp. An O2 would be good for any of the aforementioned headphones.

True, but its not as necessary to get an amp as it is for a 650.

post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

True, but its not as necessary to get an amp as it is for a 650.

Necessary. Lol. None of this is "necessary" but as audiophiles we strive for the best. Someone looking to do that on a budget will certainly find great gains with any phone on an amp like the O2 over the FiiO. FiiO makes some great budget LODs though!
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post


Necessary. Lol. None of this is "necessary" but as audiophiles we strive for the best. Someone looking to do that on a budget will certainly find great gains with any phone on an amp like the O2 over the FiiO. FiiO makes some great budget LODs though!

Oh, yes we docool.gif. Personal question: Will the O2 drive many headphones well? I will be receiving one in 22 daysbiggrin.gif

post #29 of 31
I've only heard it with a few phones and it did quite well but from what I've read on here, yes. I personally have no need for one though because I don't travel so my system is exclusively a home one (gear listed in profile).
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Oh, yes we docool.gif. Personal question: Will the O2 drive many headphones well? I will be receiving one in 22 daysbiggrin.gif

I hope you provide impressions and a review once you receive it.

 

Did you get the O2 + ODAC combo?


Edited by Alexnova - 12/4/12 at 12:00pm
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