- Jul 11, 2009
@Wyville , HD650 is a special can in the sense that, there are a few people who have stuck with their 650 for close to a decade, and would upgrade the DAC and Amp every now and then and are happier than many people who have multiple TOTL cans and sources. I am also considering getting a 650 to complement my 800S and an amp that would work for both cans and calling it a day.
Btw, you should ask @ranfan what he's been upto. His response might comfort you.
If you’re going down this route I’d rather get a HE6 4 screw to complement your hd800. The hd650 is inferior to the hd800. Better tone, yes, but still inferior in terms of soundstage and detail. It also sounds veiled in comparison. The HD800 is outstanding, but the HE6 brings a visceral speaker-like punch to the table that I’ve heard from no other can to date which makes it a good complement. Plus, not too pricy if you can track one down.
I’d also stick to two amps for these two cans if you can swing it. Get a nice speaker amp for the he6 and then take your pick of headphone amps for hd800. Don’t try to pick one for both. I’ve tried that and haven’t found something without compromises.
Having said that the hd650 are most definitely the price/ performance king and a great place to start, although these days I’d personally also put the he6 and hd800 in that category if you have the ability to top up a bit more vs a hd650. I have the abyss phi, utopia, etc etc aka too many to list and still use these two cans (hd800, he6) the most.