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Sennheiser HD650 & Massdrop HD6XX Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by tangsta, Sep 24, 2006.
  1. Pharmaboy
    Haven't heard HD58X--but have heard a stock HD650 & heavily modded one ("J-Mod") at great length. We can talk all day about various technicalities, this or that part of frequency range, soundstaging, etc. But IMHO, the HD650 simply has soul...the soul of music comes through it. I don't know how headphone designers can do that, but when it happens, that's a headphone for me.
     
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  2. SilverEars
    I find any string instruments to sound superior on the 58X with the air, separation, and holography. I personally love the plucked bass vibration sounds of the 58X. It's just superior for imaging. This is why I love trying out new music with it, because it outputs different characteristics of the various recordings due to it's superior imaging.

    What I realized is low toned male vocals sounds slightly off with the HD6XX compare to the HD58X. HD58X's lower 3-4k response creates more even response for low toned male vocals. Female vocals and more high toned male vocals sounds more distance, and less forward, but doesn't sound off in anyway.

    This is all in comparison to HD6XX, not the HD650 (as there might be slight or more difference between them).
     
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  3. BrotherKathos
    Have you compared the 58x to the 558 or 598 cs? If so what are your thoughts?
     
  4. SilverEars
    I have never heard any of those. I started off with the HD650 so I skipped those, but I'm a bit curious how they differ.

    HD58X is numbered in the 5 series because it's a homage to the Jubilee, the newer HD580 that is essentially the HD600. HD58X is part of the HD6-- series family due to it's form factor.

    So, they must have decided at some point to move up the number of the series with the Jubilee form factor by start calling it HD600.
     
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  5. SSandDigital
    Yup, don't confuse HD58x with the other HD5xx series.

    I too skipped the HD5xx series and my introduction to Sennheiser was also the HD650.
     
  6. BrotherKathos
    Ok thanks for clearing that up! I was thinking of getting a hd600 a while back, but now am leaning towards the 58x after my good experience with thehdxx
     
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  7. SilverEars
    Anybody listen to Van Halen? I've been enjoying some Van Halen with HD6XX. I've been listening to the Greatest Hits. I really like the synth with the guitar.

    Van Halen is burning me into the HD6XX. Haha.

     
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  8. SSandDigital
    Damn that youtube degradation is awful. At first thought something was wrong with my headphones. Had to double check. Relief, it's not my headphones.
     
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  9. SilverEars
    Yeah, I'm listening to it 16/44, and it's much better. Youtube quality isn't that good.

    I think Van Halen sounds good with HD6XX.
     
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  10. SSandDigital
    16/44 is supreme, the rest is just insanity and makes my HDD space cry. Listening to SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] 2V-ALK album in 24/96 / FLAC 3200 kbps... makes me cry inside that this nonsense exists.

    Converted 24/96 @ 1.4 gb to 16/44 FLAC 400 mb, sounds exactly the same. What the hell is the other 1 gb doing? Nuthin, absolutely nuthin. This nonsense along with cables makes me cry a little people believe this garbage.
     
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  11. SilverEars
    I'm looking around everywhere to find a rationale for the statements in the past about Sennheiser 'veil' regarding the HD650 and my most recent experience with HD6XX (sounding different than I recall). The HD650 I had was from such a long time ago that there may have been a revision at some point to lift to treble a bit? How old is your HD650?

    Anybody know anything about this? Like changes of the drivers over time?
     
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  12. megabigeye
    I know that about eight years ago there was some sort of update, though I don't really recall what it was. That was when I first got mine. Maybe they changed the baffle color or something or some mesh something or other? It allegedly made it sound less veiled, though Sennheiser denied that it changed anything other than the color.

    I will say that after exclusively using my DT 1990 for about five months, the HD 650 did sound distinctly veiled and downright weird when I came back to it, despite that it had never seemed that way before. If I recall, it took listening to more than one album before I liked it again. Now I can switch between them as much as I want and they don't sound veiled or weird to me. I think it's mostly a matter of expectation and being used to the sound. The DT 1990 are very in your face with treble, detail and dynamics, where the HD 650 are much more subtle. I think it's this sort of difference of subtlety that people are hearing and perceive it as a veil or lack of detail. If my entire impression of the 650 was based on that experience, then I really think I would not like them.
     
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  13. SilverEars
    I can certainly understand this because that was the same situation for me when I ordered 3 most popular high-end (at the time as a newbie they were high-end in my perspective) headphones (in those days), DT880 600 ohm, AKG K701, and HD650.

    HD650 of course a bit of a contrast from the other two due to it's treble, and when I read the forums I've read posts referrring to the HD650 as 'veiled' and we ended up with this emoji :floatsmile::deadhorse:

    I recall I spent about a week constantly listening to the HD650 until I got used to them (there was a point when it sounded good). Initially it sounded rolled-off due to spending some time with DT880 for a bit, and K701 sounded bright and bass-lite. I ended up with the HD650 perhaps due to after getting used to HD650, DT880 sounding bright. LOL.

    It's funny how our ears responds.

    Anyway, I'm listening to Van Halen right now, and since HD6XX more forward, it's great for Van Halen, and due to the HD6XX's forward response, HD58X will sound laid back in comparison (once switched). This situation is pretty similar.
     
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  14. DavidA
    @SilverEars, If you do a search for revisions I think you might find the few post on this thread detailing the differences and when there was a revision, IIRC it was back in 2012-2013 time frame (hope someone with better memory can chime in). I found this that might make some sense.
     
  15. jimmers
    Pictures here from 2008, post #4 - link didn't work.
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/new-vs-old-hd650.380441/
     
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