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Sennheiser hd600,650?

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After doing tons of research online about audio I found myself coming to the website a lot so I decided to make myself an account to see if I can personally ask some questions.

As the title says, this will be about sennheiser hd600 and 650's. I have some ath m50s as they are recommended a lot and are decent headphones but I want more. I wonder what music can sound like on higher end headphones. I did some research and really want to give the hd600's or hd650's a try.

I have the money to buy the headphones now but have a limited budget for an amp. I was thinking fiio e12 as i kind of want it to be portable. I won't be using this in noisy or crowded places i just feel it's convenient for me and will maybe use them in the car or something. I will probably end up getting a better amp in the the next few months or so too. Soo... I was wondering, in the meantime, is the fiio e12 worth it to pair with the 600's or 650's? My budget is around $150 so if there's something better anyone can recommend I'd really appreciate it.
post #2 of 29

I assume that you know that both of these cans are open--they leak sound and don't isolate well.   Therefore even ignoring their size, they are not suitable for portable use.

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I assume that you know that both of these cans are open--they leak sound and don't isolate well.   Therefore even ignoring their size, they are not suitable for portable use.

Yes I know. I won't be taking them with me on a walk to the park or something. Just would like them to travel with me. When I do use them I will be in quiet areas of course.
Edited by AnnunakiiCruz - 5/12/14 at 11:38pm
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Filo e12 is fine, at least you can get the 600/650 loud enough, if u want more, I would choose a sony amp for mobile use, but it is above of your budget, under 150$ e12 is the best.

 

600 or 650, if you hear more classical, take 600, 650 ist more jazz/pop/blues I finde.

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In terms of sound quality, what would I be getting?
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They are both great sounding headphones to start with. What most people will say is that the Sennheiser HD 600 are closer to neutral but they have a little midbass bump and the HD 650 are a bit bassier than the HD 600. And the treble is a bit tilted down on the 650. Both are smooth sounding headphones. I guess it mostly depends on how much bass you need because they sound very similiar with small differences.

post #7 of 29

Buy the 600's.  Use the money you save over the 650's to buy a pair of Cardas cables.  I'm not one to ever recommend that cables do anything, but on the Senns - they make a difference.  (Like, with veil ... without veil.)

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post #9 of 29
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Awesome guys, thanks! What about a good amp for the future? Around a $300 budget?
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Awesome guys, thanks! What about a good amp for the future? Around a $300 budget?


Desktop or portable?  What will be feeding it?

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Desktop or portable?  What will be feeding it?

Right now I do not have access to a desktop so portable would be nice. It doesn't have to have its own battery however. I'd be using a galaxy s5 for now. Not sure if I'm asking for too much.
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Awesome guys, thanks! What about a good amp for the future? Around a $300 budget?

For desktop use -- and if you can deal with self-assembly -- then the Bottlehead Crack kit is well known to pair well with these.

I have one for my HD 650 and really like it at this price point.

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For desktop use -- and if you can deal with self-assembly -- then the Bottlehead Crack kit is well known to pair well with these.
I have one for my HD 650 and really like it at this price point.

I will definitely look into this, thank you.
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Buy the 600's.  Use the money you save over the 650's to buy a pair of Cardas cables.  I'm not one to ever recommend that cables do anything, but on the Senns - they make a difference.  (Like, with veil ... without veil.)

Which are better overall? Because on amazon I keep seeing the 650 go down in price constantly. As of now it is $409 and the 600 is $399. That's only $10 difference. Are the 650's a different headphone entirely or are they an upgrade from the 600's?
post #15 of 29

The 650 is my preference between those two, I like it for its color and signature.

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