I know there is a Sennheiser HD650 appreciation thread, but I would like to give my first hour impression of these guys from a non audiophile perspective.
Before these, my most expensive pair of headphones were $120 Logitec G35s to play games with. with it's artificial 7.1 surround sound, they were pretty impressive. But that wasnt enough. They were lacking...something. I couldn't figure it out. They were missing a je ne sais quoi that I have been forever searching for.
After being pretty upset with a pair of PXC 450's from Sennheiser that I got and then promptly broke, I decided to use the return money as a down payment for some REAL headphones. The, dare I say, overhyped HD650.
First reaction to picking them up at Best Buy (where I work). "are those for you?" 'Yes, who else would they be for?' "oh, are you a musician?" 'Nope.' "Oh. Then why would you spend so much on headphones?" 'Because I like nice things?' After a few more people questioning the shiny silver box and wanting to know more about them, I get them home. They're beautiful. They're Gorgeous. They're...plastic? I hope they did this as a way to put all they could into those drivers and wires. Why waste margin on build materials and design when you can give the best bang for the buck!
The actual review: I get home, plug them into my Laptop (I do not yet have an amp or a DAC) I have read that these, being 300ohms require an amp to hear anything from them. This is not the case. Turning my laptop up to the highest volume makes it almost too loud. But what music should I pick?! I want the first song to go through these to be something...majestic. I cant go in haphazardly playing whatever Midi file came on my computer preloaded!
To the FLAC files I go! Perhaps something from my dubstep folder? Disney songs? No, these need something better. To the orchestra folder! Hit play on the first song I see and...Did you know that musicians took deep breaths before they blow into their woodwinds? It has never crossed my mind before today. You hear fingers move from one string to the other on the harp. Before today, all of this was just noise that happened. You never really thought about the people making it. And this is through a slightly above average soundcard on a gaming laptop. Nothing fancy.
I would have to say, these were about as good as I was expecting, and for $320, you couldn't ask for a better headphone. As to the statement for 'overhyping' the 650's as I said earlier, no. You can't really do that. If I am blown away by these using amateur equipment, I can only imagine what they could do on a professional setup. I'll be looking into amps and DACs once I get the money in. Bravo sennheiser, you actually changed the way I listen to music.