It’s hard to put into words how much I love the Sennheiser HD650 headphones.
I know this is supposed to be an impartial review, and I will try to make it as fair as I can… But honestly, I can’t find anything to complain about with the 650′s. (except the price… I wouldn’t complain if they were cheaper!)
The reason a lot of people buy headphones …at least of this caliber… Is because they can’t get their speakers in a room with good acoustics.
They move their speakers around, but they never quite achieve the sound they want to hear… Like a live concert or soundstage presentation. It’s so much easier with headphones to get closer to a real soundstage presentation.
All that being said, the reason I love the Sennheiser HD650′s is that they come VERY close to having the perfect soundstage presentation.
What that means is that the high frequencies don’t sound ‘shrill,’ tinny or excessively bright and the bass doesn’t look dry or phony or artificial. They have low harmonic distortion and precise sound reproduction across the entire range of frequencies. The HD650 gives you a non-fatiguing listening experience. And they have a full mid-range.
What many people I’ve heard from have said, is that with these headphones there is no need for treble/bass controls. That’s what I think too, but I’m glad to hear that other people thought the same thing.
What I like about the Sennheiser hd650′s is that you hear every instrument (especially if it’s acoustic) and the sound is clear and precise.
In my opinion jazz, acoustic and classical sound better than heavy metal. (Well, not that I listen to a lot of heavy metal either, so I might be the wrong person to comment on that…)
The one drawback that I can see is that you have to burn them in to hear the sound. They need about 100 hours of use (or so) before they reach their potential.
Although you can listen to your iPod with these, they shine when used with amplification.
Also, there is a split between people who think you should change the cable (which is detachable) and those who believe the included cable is good enough. I say it ‘s not necessary, but if you have the extra money floating around to buy Cardas cables or ZuCables Mobius or Stefan Art Equinox cables then go for it. It’s like upgrading from coach to first class.
Finally, the headphones are comfortable. They’re cool (i.e., they’re not hot on your head) and there is just enough pressure to keep them in your ear, but not enough to make them hurt.