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im wanting to upgrade my hd 650's

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

my current equipment consists of titanium hd spdif > bitfrost > lyr >hd 650

im happy with the way it is now except for the senn's i just dont get enough bottom end from them  (slam )

i listen to mostly rock,some country,alternative----

i want something louder ,more energy,more slam-----

if i could describe the perfect headphone for me it would be the bass from the dennons or he 400

the luscious mids from the 650

and the highs from a beyer

i am thinking something in the budget of 5-600.00 so lcd's are out as my wife would kill me for spending over a grand on a pair of cans

i've been eyeing the he 500's but as i live in the middle of corn country i have no way or place to try them

so i will rely on you people to give me some recomendations and advice  as to what you think i should do to feed my addiction

you guys rock so any thing i can learn is greatly appreciated  thanks

post #2 of 8

Covered here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/555802/upgrade-from-hd650/15

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650381/next-upgrade-from-the-hd650-and-the-little-dot-mk-ii

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/575692/upgrade-from-hd650

 

For me the HD-650 is one of the best headphones out there and responds tremendously well to gear upgrades.

 

The HE-500 is certainly a different flavor and may provide you with deeper bass and more slam.  Keep your eyes out for a sale for a new pair of HE-500.

 

Having not listened to the new Shure SRH 1540, but I did look at the charts and reviews it too may be an optional upgrade.

 

It has more bass volume than the HD-650 seen in the following graph:

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=4273&graphID[]=853&scale=30

 

This charts shows a +10dB increase in bass over the HD650.

 

You can read a bit more here at head-fi and here:

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/shure-srh1540.php

 

and here

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/702042/shure-srh1540-full-review


Edited by NA Blur - 2/14/14 at 1:25pm
post #3 of 8

Have you thought about EQ-ing what you have now?  Doesn't really sound like you're unhappy with your setup at all.  Subtle 2-3 dbs at select frequencies can result in significant differences.  I boost 32db by ~3db to help compensate for the deep rolloff of all my cans.  IMHO the Senn HD6xx represent a great $$ value and its going to be hard to beat them... across the board, without some kind of compromise.


Edited by kramer5150 - 2/14/14 at 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Have you thought about EQ-ing what you have now?  Doesn't really sound like you're unhappy with your setup at all.  Subtle 2-3 dbs at select frequencies can result in significant differences.  I boost 32db by ~3db to help compensate for the deep rolloff of all my cans.  IMHO the Senn HD6xx represent a great $$ value and its going to be hard to beat them... across the board, without some kind of compromise.


Not sure what kramer5150 means by boost 32db by ~3db, but I am guessing he means 32 Hz?

 

The point is the HD650 is a really capable headphone so getting better reference material ( i.e. music ) and gear may be of better value to you in the long run.  Many of us have been down the road of many many headphones and I am trying to prevent you from spending too much only to realize how great the HD650 is.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info guy's i appreciate it

and kramer 5150 is right i am happy with my setup overall as i started with a fiio e7-e9 combo and some beyer 770's many moons ago

i just feel that my system as it is now,the 650's are  the bottle neck and that there has to be something out there that will get me that sound im looking for

i have my eye on a pair of he 500's on fleabay for 519.00 and i might pull the trigger as i'm hearing good things about them

then again taxes are comming so maybe i can snooker the wifey with broken 650's story to get the lcd's as i've heard from descriptions that that is probably the sound im seeking?

i just have that itch for more if you know what i mean

thanks everyone for the input and rock on everybody !

post #6 of 8
You could read some reviews on the HD700, that might be what you're looking for. I've had my hd650s for a few years and i love them but sometimes i want a different sound signature for different genres or applications (i.e. for PC gaming, movirs, etc.). Is that what you're looking for? If so what genres or applications?
post #7 of 8

I think you are on the right track looking at the HE-500's. Sounds like they are exactly what you are wanting. The HD700 is the only other option I can think of, but now you are getting up in price to LCD2/HE-6 territory. Once you hit the $1k price a lot of options open up. The 500's are on sale right now so that will help, or you could just want until the new 400i comes out and see what that is like.

post #8 of 8

what would i do..

i might get a silverplatedcopper cable for the hd650 and see if the added brightness of the highs..and tighter bass might be just enuf for me.

(cheapest option if u get it on the resale mkt..or ebay )  This is what i actually have now..:P

 

or i might go for a denon d2k or d5k...since i have the LYR amp..a powerful energetic amp..the mids will warm up to the tubes.

 

I dun think LCD2 has the T1 type of highs..u get a smooth non piercing tone really.

HE500 might not give u the denon whammm on the bass...ya it has bass but not denonbassSSS.

 

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