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Sennheiser HD650 - The classic beauty in a grey dress Appreciation thread!

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Ryanr1987, 15 Dec 2015.

  1. Angst

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    All i can say is i found the hd 650 to be a good immersive gaming headphone, once the novelty of 3d sound wore off i stopped really been bothered about that sort of thing or the slightly lacking soundstage of the 650 for gaming. I did have to watercool the pc though since they are open back.
     
  2. Rroff

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    I think it depends a bit on what kind of games and MP versus SP - the detail and immersion is great for SP but I prefer other options for fast paced FPS online.
     
  3. Ryanr1987

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    Yeah, I played a bit of uncharted online and the K702 shined better for competitive play.

    I just bass modded them and they actually sound quite good.
     
  4. rids57

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    told you so ;)
     
  5. Ryanr1987

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    Always loved the AKG driver but those peaks :eek: when I switched back to the 650 the Senn's seemed really dark and I love it :D
     
  6. Richdog

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    You wouldn't get any positional audio with the HD650's though in FPS games etc, right?
     
  7. Ryanr1987

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    Every headphone will give you positional cues but some have a boosted upper mid range and treble to make them stand out. The 650 images really good.
     
  8. Richdog

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    I meant in a true 5.1 sense like some dedicated gaming headsets. FOr general non-positional use I'm sure it's awesome.
     
  9. Ryanr1987

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    It's not like those gimicky headsets with multiple drivers. I use it with my X7 for surround sound and it's fantastic.
     
  10. Disco_P

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    I use the HD650 for gaming. I never use virtual surround as it has always been completely gash in every way. Stereo for life.

    They are very good. Especially for single player where audio quality is paramount plus background music will sound great. In Multiplayer they are still fine but the HD598 has the competitive edge as the harshness make footsteps clearer and louder compared to other noises. However I stick to the 650 cause I am lazy and it has my mod mic mount at the moment.
     
  11. james.miller

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    how do yo find the mod mic, Disco_P? considering one myself
     
  12. Absorbentsolid

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    I've had alot of "gaming" headsets everything from Astro to turtle beach to tritton.

    I'd been wanting comfy headphones for quite some time with excellent sound quality and decided to go for the HD650.

    I'll never look back they are without a doubt the best headphones i've used to date, I think the next upgrade will be the hd800s for sure
     
  13. DagsJT

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    I might be wrong but I'm sure I've read a lot saying the HD800's are worse than the HD650's.
     
  14. Ryanr1987

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    The HD800 is the most technically impressive headphone there is but it'd not for music listening IMO. The 650 has a smoother and more natural response. The 650 on a high end system is quite close to the HD800 in performance.

    If you have a entry level to mid range set up then the LCD-2, K712 may be worth a look, it would save you a lot of money rather than going to the HD800.

    650 is like a project, the more you put into it, it's possibilities are endless.
     
  15. Disco_P

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    It's a good mic. However my only point of comparison is the Sennheiser pc350se mic which is fantastic.

    Between the two the Modmic sacrifices accuracy for clarity. I've never had any issues with people not understanding me with the modmic but the same folks prefer the sound of the pc350se. Neither picked up my mechanical keyboard and I hammer the keys.

    Of course the modmic wins in terms of flexibility. Being removable and swappable is great however you have to deal with 2 wires. And Lord above do I miss the auto mute when I move the mic arm up of the 350se. I am constantly fumbling for the mute slider or talking when muted.
     
  16. C64

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    Mine arrived today sounding good on just a fiio e6 from a xonar dx but even just from this they are sounding exquisite.

    I shall judge them more when I get a better amp though.

    Clamp force seems fine to me don't find them tight at all like some people complain ? Guess i have a thin head

    My immediate impression is very very very good clear detailed airy sound with great detail retrieval now I understand what all the fuss is about
    The x1 are like a blocked stuffy mids these are very clear in the mids am only on an e6 though so to be expected not to be sounding that amazing but even so it's still impressive.

    Not as fun sounding or impactful as my x1 playing hans zimmer but this is probably because I am not using a decent amp yet.
    If the x1 are U eq these sound more n eq, immediately I am hearing much more forward clearer vocals.

    Hans Zimmer - woad to ruin, sounds breathtakingly incredible on my x1's but not so much on these but as said i need to get a better amp first.
    The vocals are really something to behold on these 650's though I am noticing thus far and the noise leakage is nowhere near grado leak levels which I am very happy about
     
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  17. db2431

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    I personally dont notice any difference between my note 4 and fiio e6 compared to creative zxr with headphone amp on my hd600, I think the whole amp thing for hd600/650 is massively overblown
     
  18. Ryanr1987

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    I thought that until I hooked them up to a £2000 system and they started spanking every Planar I could grab. They scale, and scale endlessly.
     
  19. db2431

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    So 2 grand is the minimum you need to spend for any improvement?
     
  20. C64

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    IKR :D I just think anything non usb powered with some decent slam