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Things to look for when buying used HD 650?

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I saw a CL post that is selling a 6 month old Sennheiser HD 650 for $260. This seems a bit too good to be true, but I have lots of time on my hands so I plan on meeting with the seller to check it out.

 

Is there anything particular I should look for when buying a used HD 650?

 

I will be bringing my laptop and a Fiio E10 to audition the headphones.

 

Are there any notable scams involving these headphones? Can people swap out components in the HD 650 for cheaper components?

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Also, I have currently a HD 595 with Fino E10, should I expect an HD 650 to sound better or worse? (I'm assuming the e10 is inadequate amplication right?)
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Originally Posted by jamesino View Post

I saw a CL post that is selling a 6 month old Sennheiser HD 650 for $260. This seems a bit too good to be true, but I have lots of time on my hands so I plan on meeting with the seller to check it out.

 

Is there anything particular I should look for when buying a used HD 650?

 

I will be bringing my laptop and a Fiio E10 to audition the headphones.

 

Are there any notable scams involving these headphones? Can people swap out components in the HD 650 for cheaper components?

Things to look for are cracks in the headband and if you want to play it safe to avoid the "veil" look for the silver driver version

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What's the veil and how do I identify the silver edition? But non silver edition HD 650s are still real and legit right?

So I should just be concerned with the physical condition of the phones? There are no known scams that involve manipulation of the sound driver or anything?
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What's the veil and how do I identify the silver edition? But non silver edition HD 650s are still real and legit right?

So I should just be concerned with the physical condition of the phones? There are no known scams that involve manipulation of the sound driver or anything?

Do some reading in threads about the sennheiser "veil". It's a characteristic of the sound that some people find on the old hd650s. And that is correct - black edition are legit as well. Just different sounding. Read threads to figure out the differences. Look through the grille on the outside of the headphones and what you see inside should either be black or silver. 

 

Yes to the first and the second is correct. No scams that I know of. 

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Thanks for your help! One last question, while I'm auditioning them, should I expect the sound qualify to be better or worse than my HD595 + E10? Because I'm assuming the e10 is going to struggle in driving it right?
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Thanks for your help! One last question, while I'm auditioning them, should I expect the sound qualify to be better or worse than my HD595 + E10? Because I'm assuming the e10 is going to struggle in driving it right?

Let your ears be the judge. The Sennheiser "veil" is that their headphones are laid-back. This is done only to ensure listeners they can listen to their music for hours without pause. The effect the veil provides to the HD 650 in particular is a recessed treble. It is there, but it is not as prevalent when compared to the mids and the low-end. This makes the headphone a tricky one, and it is known to be a very "picky" headphone when it comes to amplification so to speak. The best thing to do is demo them for a few hours. Get a sense of how they work. A lot of the times, what we find to be unbearable at first becomes easier to bear over time (to the point that we sometimes end up loving it). Enjoy the hunt for one of Sennheiser's best.

 

Cheers,

Destroysall


Edited by Destroysall - 9/3/13 at 1:47pm
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