Fantastic sound and quality of the item in general.
I have been using these for a few days now and i have to say they exceeded my expectations. I have been using the hd 598s almost daily for three years now. The reason i got these is because i was dissatisfied with the low end on the 598s. Just some background; i have owned the 280 pro, hd 518, hd 598, and now made the jump to the hd 650. I will be comparing these mostly with the 598s and the 518s. As far as comfort goes they compress the head a bit more than the 598s and the 518s, but they are not uncomfortable. The only noticeable discomfort would be below the ear where the bottom of the can presses against my jawbone. After a few hours this starts to annoy me, but simply moving them around provides relief so this is nothing. I would definitely say the 598s are more comfortable for extended periods, but the 650s feel more solid on the head.
Sennheiser HD 650 Audiophile Open-Back Dynamic Headphones
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As we know hp are subjective to ones listening taste. Wanted a pair that were not too clinical and flat, last thing i wanted was to come home after a hard day and start an analytical listening session. Went through a lot of pairs before these ranging from senny rs165 blutooth, a pair of sony mdr1 and another sony blutooth , audio technica msr 7 which were good but occasionaly peaked the higher frequencies too much for me at my age 40+, set of grados (couldn’t justify the price). All these fell short apart from the sennheiser hd650’s which gave the best return on cost comfort and my listening signature. I did end up comparing these to a set of audio technica m50x’s and you may laugh but for me there were many similarities with the sound signature even though right off hand i will state these are in another league compared to the m50x’s depending on your music and listening signature. You will find the review for the at m50x’s here aswell as ive posted this review for the m50x’s also. Let me start by saying for me the m50x are an excellent set of cans that hold the frequencies with integrity. Tops never peaked and sounded harsh, mids were separated and slightly pronounced and never sounded muffled once, and the lows are tight and controlled but ever so slightly pronounced for a more warm sounding experience exactly what i was wanting.
Phenomenal for blu ray movies. i’d like to preface this review with the following information. My usage is purely from a blu ray av enthusiast standpoint. I do not listen to music nor do i have the intention of driving the headphones with a dac or any other amplifier. My primary and sole use is with a panasonic ax902 television, panasonic ub900 blu ray player and onkyo nr646 av receiver with the headphones being driven from the 6. 35mm headphone jack of the av receiver. I have a pair of wireless sennheiser rs 180s which i’ve owned for several years and are still as faithful as ever. Recently, due to my love for all things uhd 4k blu ray and trying to watch movies at an unreasonable volume late into the night through my 5. 2 speaker setup, but being forced to use the 180s instead, i found that their sound was lacking and it left me craving for more.
Contrary to a couple of other reviewers who have stated that these will not sound good without a quality headphone amplifier – balderdash. I own a quality headphone amplifier, and whilst this doubtlessly improves things (as one would expect) the hd650s still sound excellent when plugged directly into my cd player or even my hi-md walkman, no problems driving them at all. And the supplied literature backs this up, stating that they can be ‘directly connected to stationary hi-fi components of the highest quality’ – well, admittedly, whilst mine are good they are not the highest quality, but nevertheless, these phones have no trouble delivering. But, yes, a dedicated headphone amp does take things to the top level. And the sound – it is close to perfect. The bass is completely realistic and well extended, rather than overblown or muddy as is the case with many cheaper phones. The high frequencies are naturally airey and clear, making for relaxed listening without the need to push the levels too hard (unless you really want to of course). The mid range is sounding very clear and undistorted. These cans have only been out of the box for an hour, and they have a recommended run-in time of at least one or two days constant useage, so i only expect this already wonderful sound to improve further still.
Sennheiser HD 650 Audiophile Open-Back Dynamic Headphones : Hd650 review by a regular joe. Ok, i am not an audiophile, i want to be, but i am not. I dont have the budget for it and i am not in pursuit of that pure sound that i hear many audiophiles talking about. I know what i like things to sound like, this may not be right in the audiphile sense, but it makes sense to me. I purchased these headphones after reading several reviews and i just want to say they are fantastici use them for gaming on my pc (shock horror) watching movies and also listening to music, everything from rock to classical. You dont need £00000s of pounds worth of kit for these headphones to let you know they are special, that being said they need a fairly reasonable system. Ignoring all other tasks i set before my headphones, and just concentrating on music, i can say these headphones will deliver you a perfect, very clean, natural sound. Things sound as they should. A cello is clearly a cello, wind instruments sound like they should. Odds are if your a regular person like me, you wont understand fully until you hear these headphones and audition them against other types.