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Sennheiser Hd 650 Headphones by Review Summary ,  Jul 24, 2015

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Sennheiser Hd 650 Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 373 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 2.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.7   average
Frequency4.7   above average
Audio4.6   above average
iPod4.6   above average
Balance4.5   average
Fit4.4   average
Music4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Vocal4.4   average
Volume4.3   above average
Portable4.1   below average
Price4.1   below average
Quality4.1   average
Listening3.9   below average
Treble3.9   below average
Cable3.8   average
Power3.8   above average
Range3.5   below average
Design3.3   below average
Speaker3.1   below average
Level2.9   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"Unable to find a local dealer who stocked this model and would let me try a pair out before purchasing, I decided to take a risk and order them sight unseen (a practice I do my best to avoid and which I would not recommend).Fortunately, I have rarely been happier with an audio purchase."
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"From their cool, velvety feel to the crispness of audio clarity, I challenge anyone to find a headphone manufacturer that exceed Sennheiser."
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"As some have noted, these work better with a headphone amp, but they sound so good I can't take a star off for that because even with my iPad and iPod, they still put out great, full audio."
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"They are excellent in game, trully excellent positional audio without any dolby headphone help or anything."
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"However, In my experience, the headphone outputs on most professional-level audio gear can drive the HD650s perfectly well."
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"They work well with any audio source that can provide a signal of about +6 dBV with a low (less than 20 ohm) source impedance."
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"As an aside, the bass won't shake you - you won't feel it in your chest like a good home theater car audio system will provide you."
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Balance

Balance:
"Compared to the HD 600 they have less efficiency, the headband is less comfortable, and their spectral balance is not as good."
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"Overall, it's not the prettiest headphones and nowhere near comfortable, but it does provide a great balance between true sound and unique playfulness that will be hard to find elsewhere."
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"Nails the balance between sound quality, comfort- both sonic and physical-, aesthetic design, and cost."
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"Both the HD650 and PTH500 have the best balance across all sound frequencies with the widest sound stage."
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"I prefer the open design over the closed headsets because they just move air better with a generally richer sound then my closed headphoneShure 500PTH best overall balance and 3D clarity while physically blocking outside noiseHD 598 -- open, good overall balance, mellow soundAKG 550 closed, good overall balance."
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Cable

Cable:
"Only caveat is that the cord is too short only 10FT."
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"-- update 2014-12-13 --Almost two years after replacing the stock headphone cables, that immediately broke, I'm now forced to replace the sturdier cables that should have come with these $500 headphones to begin with."
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"With how little I used these, two years is an unreasonably short time for the cables to have broken, again, so you know what?"
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"I owned a pair of HD595's for several years before I accidentally broken them due to the stupid long cable."
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"I'm no audiophile..lets be clear on this..but these headphones arequite simply the best I've ever owned FOR MUSIC presentation..especiallyclassical and piano..the mids and high end reproductions are superb;I agree with many here that these cans need a break in time and theyalso need (but do not require) a separate headphone amp..they like and needpower to bring out the highs in particular..I don't listen much to works witha lot of bass..these cans don't seem to be designed for bass..also I havefound that the Sennheiser 180's do better with speech (live TV) than the 650's..this just might be my hearing, however..I like many baby-boomers have lost a lot ofmy high-frequency hearing capacity and rely on SOA hearing aids to help mewith the musicOnly negative I have (4 stars instead of 5) is the somewhat short cables that came with the 650's..tooshort for most of us that do not want to curl up with our amps..got the Cardascables to go with the 650's...the combo can't be beat"
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"Pro'sAudio is so clear and has very little fatigueVery lightDoesn't get hotConsAveragely fragileWould like more cable optionswould like to see an update to this headphone by adding more durability & a better cable system"
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"And the pure silver cable provides very accurate timbre for almost every instrument."
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"It's an easily affordable PURE SILVER CABLE which placed the HD650 onto a totally new level of sound."
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"You can lift the veil of HD650 and give it a close perfect balance over the whole frequency range with just one piece of a nice custom cable.2) I am experiencing a really exhilerating improvement for HD650 after I replaced the stock cable with a pure silver cable."
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"qid=1425746558&sr;=8-3&keywords;=hd650+silver+cable=AC_SY200_QL40&dpPl;=1&dpID;=317K1rw6nLL&ref;=plSrchI'D LIKE TO HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CABLE for any HD650 user."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Compared to the HD 600 they have less efficiency, the headband is less comfortable, and their spectral balance is not as good."
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"I set the volume on the FiiO to about 2 10.I'm giving these 4 starts (and not 5) because;- I'm not an audiophile and have never used other 'good' headphones; so I can't compare with other 'good' headphones- Design is functional (and comfortable) but not stylish; they don't fold, not even a little- The price is a bit high for a non-audiophile like me; I definitely upsold myself- Need at least a little amp bass boost to help to unlock the fun potential for movies- I dislike giving 5 5 stars given for little-used products; they have to prove (or not prove) themselves"
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"Comfort is just horrible for this class of headphones."
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"They have a great sound and feel very comfortable."
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"Below is my summary as to why the HD 650 is so appealing: a) They have superb comfort."
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"My head isn't quite that large so I feel perfectly comfortable with them on for extended use."
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"awesome headphones comfortable on head and very nice sounding"
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"Either way you go, for music, movies or games both pairs of cans are extremely comfortable for long listening sessions but you will need a good DAC Amp to really appreciate either."
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Design

Design:
"I set the volume on the FiiO to about 2 10.I'm giving these 4 starts (and not 5) because;- I'm not an audiophile and have never used other 'good' headphones; so I can't compare with other 'good' headphones- Design is functional (and comfortable) but not stylish; they don't fold, not even a little- The price is a bit high for a non-audiophile like me; I definitely upsold myself- Need at least a little amp bass boost to help to unlock the fun potential for movies- I dislike giving 5 5 stars given for little-used products; they have to prove (or not prove) themselves"
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"This placement feels a weird to me, having come from a circular on-ear around-ear designs were the headband can be placed much more forward."
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"Something went wrong with the design of HD650, and interestingly there are still a lot of HD650 fanboys.."
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"My obsession is not for the latest and greatest however; it's for well designed products."
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"I do find the open back design sort of annoying though because you can hear EVERYTHING around you and you can't listen to them in the same room with other people because they can hear the music you're listening to which defeats headphones in my opinion."
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"The problem is that they are specifically designed for one purpose and that is to mix, and not only that but to mix in a quiet room due to the open air technology."
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"Nails the balance between sound quality, comfort- both sonic and physical-, aesthetic design, and cost."
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"The design is pretty modular and parts look fairly simple to replace so don't worry if you break something."
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"These headphones have an outstanding sound stage and open design that allow my ears to breath."
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"Any well designed product has design intent built into it; in other words, it's meant to be used a certain way."
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Distortion

Distortion:
"While I was impressed with the soundstage and instrumental and vocal clarity, these phones are not very efficient and the low end distorts when it's too big."
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"With an impedance of 300 ohms, these can be cranked up to ear damaging levels without distortion, so be careful."
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"First, the volume is very low, and second, the sound quality is not great- clipped and a little distorted with little dynamic range."
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"If you want to add enharmonic distortion and prefer that type of sound, then a nice tube-based amp will provide that sort of modification (distortion).The provided Y' cable is fairly long, and is terminated in a 1 4 inch headphone plug instead of the much more common 3.5 mm plug."
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"The Beats have a lot of bass, but don't get me wrong I love bass too, but it would distort the sound."
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"Considering I bought the HD428, HD598, and HD650 new from Amazon last year for $50, $180, and $350 respectively, it seems a bit odd for the next two models to cost $1000 and $1500.The HD650 has a full and well-balanced frequency response, extremely low distortion with its clean, pure, and smoothly detailed sound even at very high listening levels."
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"I think it represents a superb value along with the HD448 or HD449 and is pleasant for long listening sessions too as it doesn't offend my ears like the more strident HD598.So now that we know the HD650 is actually very balanced in frequency response (which also relates to good dynamics), it's on to distortion."
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"It doesn't matter how much that amp costs, but about getting one that measures well (flat response, no distortion or noise), has near zero output impedance, and provides enough voltage (anything in the 2 to 3 volts RMS range is absolutely sufficient) for a powerful and exciting dynamic range."
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Fit

Fit:
"The only problem I have is the fit, the clamping force over my ears is a little uncomfortable, even after a year of use."
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"The probability is, you will NOT be able fit the case inside most backpacks."
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"They do fit VERY tightly, but they're surprising still comfortable."
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"The 650's headband is more narrow and isn't as cushioned, but the fit is just as comfortable as the 598 and the 650's seal around my ears is tighter (a good thing)."
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"The cups fit around the ear nicely thanks to their shape and size."
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"Snug comfortable fit and excellent well balanced sound."
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"The cups are huge and will fit ears very comfortably."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"The only downsides I can think of (open design, hard to drive properly, non-flat frequency response) are design decisions that given these cans their beautiful sound quality so they can't really be considered downsides."
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"b) They have a smooth frequency response and a compressed sound which is easy on the ears."
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"Dialing in the mids and high frequencies is not only much, much easier, but, much truer."
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"The frequency response sounds fairly flat to me, which is perfect given that I use them mainly for production."
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"Both the HD650 and PTH500 have the best balance across all sound frequencies with the widest sound stage."
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"You can lift the veil of HD650 and give it a close perfect balance over the whole frequency range with just one piece of a nice custom cable.2) I am experiencing a really exhilerating improvement for HD650 after I replaced the stock cable with a pure silver cable."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I bought these for work, the functional, but cheaper Logitech headphones I had were fine for gaming, but grew uncomfortable during long sessions."
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"However, I didn't find them to be stellar in terms of depth, so the sense of space for gaming, wasn't as good as I would have hoped."
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"Also, with Battlefield 4, the positional audio (identifying enemy footsteps, gun shots, vehicles, etc) in simple Stereo mode was phenomenal as well (as most open headphones are) so they will do gaming very well."
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"For gaming, I used a mod mic with it and it worked great as far as that goes."
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"I'm an avid gamer and use the Astro A50 for gaming (great product) when listening to music though there is a noticeable difference between them."
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"Gaming - Love them when plugged into my Sennheiser G4ME dongle."
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"The best soundstage and directionality of gaming with any headphones I've heard is with the AKG K701s, to be honest."
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Level

Level:
"They will sound good fine, but depending on the equipment you're using (I bet an iPhone it will be not that great), you will have a tough time finding more than a passable level of volume."
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"With an impedance of 300 ohms, these can be cranked up to ear damaging levels without distortion, so be careful."
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"The majority of pop, rock, and dance music up to the mid-1990s hover in that range, whereas nowadays most music is unfortunately compressed to a loud overall level with hardly any dynamic range."
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"For several years, I repeatedly searched for high quality sound equipments (amplifiers, audio players, loud speakers etc) on online retail shops and ended up realizing that I would end up with a setup worth thousands of dollars which I probably wouldn't even be able to listen to at a proper volume level, to avoid disturbing my neighbours."
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"They are the first set of open type headphones I have purchased and while the sound and quality level is excelent, really truely excellent, I am disappointed that I can hear surrounding noises too easily."
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"Having said that, both headphones are very comfortable and if you're like me and have sensitive ears you'll acclimate to the feeling (or gently bend the headphone band to relieve the pressure).My Sansa Clip+ mp3 player powered them fine (at a high energy sucking player volume level to produce a comfortably loud audible volume)."
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"I listen so infrequently with headphones I felt these were a good compromise...and on that level I haven't been disappointed at all."
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"The headphones also have good base level."
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"Great, but not to the level of Planar Ortho headphones."
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"I have listened to them on my laptop and also on my new Pioneer Elite SC-27 receiver so I can echo the comments about being sure you give these an adequate power level to do them justice."
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Listening

Listening:
"I have been listening with no EQ added and they have a good high end and nice mid range punch."
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"I work in the consumer electronics industry and I used the HD 600 professionally to listen to audio from new hardware under design and on several occasions I was able to detect minor problems just by listening."
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"I do not recommend listening at such high volumes for any extended length of time for obvious reasons."
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"Some people might think it's weird, but simply sitting down and listening to music is a very relaxing activity for me now."
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"It's hard to clip at anything like tolerable listening levels, but there are some Floyd tracks that make any amp speaker combo nuts, and also some hi-fi organ recordings that will put your gear into shutdown if you try to play them at actual volume levels."
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")I wish I'd taken the plunge on these cans years ago: all that time spent listening to mediocre $100 headphones that never really satisfied seems like a waste in retrospect."
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"I spent less than $350 brand new and with only a handful of listening hours, I am pretty blown away."
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"I'm not sure Iwould choose these as a monitoring headphone myself because of the rolled off highs, but that sound signaturemakes them a great, fatigue free listening headphone."
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"Either way you go, for music, movies or games both pairs of cans are extremely comfortable for long listening sessions but you will need a good DAC Amp to really appreciate either."
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"Luckily there are many very good headphones to be had for under 250 so I suggest doing some serious listening to several pairs before parting with your hard-earned cash."
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"These make listening to music fun."
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Music

Music:
"I've been laying on my living room hard wood floor for 2 hours listening to every kind of music whether I like it or not... and this is far from the best quality setup."
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"But Grados aren't that good, in my opinion, with pop music and 60s, 70s rock which is more mellow."
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"The only negative is that your music is very loud to those around you."
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"You ll have no idea how good this is for some one who enjoys variety of music."
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"The majority of pop, rock, and dance music up to the mid-1990s hover in that range, whereas nowadays most music is unfortunately compressed to a loud overall level with hardly any dynamic range."
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"Some people might think it's weird, but simply sitting down and listening to music is a very relaxing activity for me now."
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"Crank up those treble and bass controls and enjoy the music! "
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"I can Record, Mix,Master, And enjoy music the way it was supposed to be."
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"I try to listen to 320kbps versions of my favorite music, these cans take advantage of the quality."
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"If you like classical, jazz, acoustic or soul music, the HD650 is well worth the extra money."
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"It is great for all types of music but the 650 has a specialized type of sound, which is superb for classical, jazz, acoustic or soul music."
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Portable

Portable:
"Needs a powerful driving source, so possibly not good on portable devices."
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"If your primary music source is consistently a portable music player, these phones may disappoint; they may not be what you are looking for."
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")Durability: 10 10 (Seems very solid, great warranty, worried about ear cloths getting dirty though)They are not portable due to open design, and the carry box they come with is huge."
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"Sennheiser does supply a short adapter cable for those who use these phones with a portable device (3.5 mm jack).Cons: The construction is pretty basic and not very professional appearing."
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"You can drive it amazingly well with a Cayin C5 portable amp."
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"ive paired these with headroom's portable micro amp and they work great together."
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"For my money HD650's sound great with a light weight portable amp like a FiiO 11 or 17 (with too much power you will deafen others in the room - 650's are really open back!"
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"If you want something for your i-pod or other portable gizmo, these will work *only* if you invest in a good headphone amp."
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Power

Power:
"To me they were not good monitoring headphones and drew too much power from my Apogee preamp."
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"I actually think these give my HD 800s a serious challenge when paired with the right amount of power."
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"All along thinking that my amps weren't giving it enough power, but I was wrong."
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"The M100 Produces a very wide range soundstage if you have great equipment to power it."
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"This player has remote volume control, and ample headphone power to get the best from them."
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"Amping: I have the HD650 paired up with the Audio-GD SA-31 which is much more powerful than pretty much any amp most of you use, or would use, so I'm not exactly sure how they'd sound with less power, but I personally felt that they aren't as hard to drive as people make them out to be."
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"But they ARE power hungry, so its a good thing I had purchased an amplifier."
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"They need power to sound well.2."
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Price

Price:
"My problem is all that plastic for an obscene amount of money and the sound isn't that great for what I like to listen too."
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"For the money hard to do much better unless you want to spend twice as much or more."
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"I tried the following:- Audio Technica ATH-AD900X: These felt cheap and didn't sound great."
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"Not as good as LCD2 but that is twice the price."
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"I was worried after spending the money that my DAC wouldn't push these monsters."
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"Due to Mortgage, wife agro and other obligations I've been unable to spend money on a new amp to properly drive the 650's."
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"They are as efficient as the Sony headphones I picked up for less than $100 because of a CNET reviewer saying how good they sounded for the money and that they were so efficient you could plug them into anything and they'd sound pretty good even at louder volumes."
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"sounds great, but it better at this price"
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"If you like classical, jazz, acoustic or soul music, the HD650 is well worth the extra money."
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"I got them for studio mixing as the price is so good."
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"These are at a very good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I've been laying on my living room hard wood floor for 2 hours listening to every kind of music whether I like it or not... and this is far from the best quality setup."
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"I'm an amateur audiophile so I wouldn't be able to attest to the prics to sound quality ratio, but I did like them more than my previous pairs of Audiotechnica ATH-M50s and Beyerdynamics DT 770 PRO (250 ohms)."
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"Sound quality was fantastic, as I would expect from Sennheiser, but the headband broke within a year, rendering the set unusable."
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"The problem with it is that it can eventually be painful on the ear canals and sound quality (bass) is lost when the ear canal seal is lost when moving around or exercising."
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"This is not to say that the other headphones I mentioned aren't good, they are all considered audiophile quality phones at their respective price point, and rightly so."
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"In conclusion, I felt that whilst the sound from the Sennheiser HD650 was certainly of a high quality, it didn't really satisfy me anything like as much as that from the Philips Fidelio L1s, which I consider to be excellent."
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"I try to listen to 320kbps versions of my favorite music, these cans take advantage of the quality."
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"I happen to use my headphones with an amp, but am unsure whether it is needed for a great quality."
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"Nails the balance between sound quality, comfort- both sonic and physical-, aesthetic design, and cost."
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", very good quality."
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"Sound quality was fantastic, as I would expect from Sennheiser, but the headband broke within a year, rendering the set unusable."
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Range

Range:
"I have been listening with no EQ added and they have a good high end and nice mid range punch."
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"Sound:At the risk of being thought of as some bass aficionado, I do know when I hear a weakness in the low ranges."
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"The majority of pop, rock, and dance music up to the mid-1990s hover in that range, whereas nowadays most music is unfortunately compressed to a loud overall level with hardly any dynamic range."
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"Beats sure looks good, but pricing them in the same range as HD650 is a ridiculous rip-off."
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"I won't repeat the reviews about the fantastic sound quality, but after nearly three years and hundreds of hours of use, it's time to report on some unacceptable flaws at this price range."
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"The 650 has above average headstage wider>deeper (a compromise to make it work with a larger range of music)."
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"You can lift the veil of HD650 and give it a close perfect balance over the whole frequency range with just one piece of a nice custom cable.2) I am experiencing a really exhilerating improvement for HD650 after I replaced the stock cable with a pure silver cable."
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"The HD650 unparalleled dynamic transducer produces the best mid range I've ever heard."
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"The M100 Produces a very wide range soundstage if you have great equipment to power it."
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"So the overall range exceeded my expectations."
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"The bass is very nice and accurate, and tight with a good punch to it, and when it gets deep it has this slight rumble to it without being drowning to the other ranges, which I love."
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Size

Size:
"Unfortunately (or fortunately) due to small kids and wife can't play my music at levels on my old AR9s like I used to."
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"The cups fit around the ear nicely thanks to their shape and size."
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"I think there is a lot that could be improved about how they are built (comfort and usability), but I'm insane when it comes to small details."
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"They're light for their size, comfortable, and sound fantastic."
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"I listen to a lot of choir and small combo jazz on these, as well as my sister and brother-in-law's piano recordings (they are both working concert pianists as well as music educators)."
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"They take a little getting used to as far as wearability, but actually, for their size, they are quite light and comfortable."
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Sound

Sound:
"My problem is all that plastic for an obscene amount of money and the sound isn't that great for what I like to listen too."
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"I'm an amateur audiophile so I wouldn't be able to attest to the prics to sound quality ratio, but I did like them more than my previous pairs of Audiotechnica ATH-M50s and Beyerdynamics DT 770 PRO (250 ohms)."
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"In addition to excessive coloration the HD 650's sound compressed or undynamic triggering comments like seemed like I had noise dampening earplugs in, very thick sounding."
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"It does not indicate how well these headphones sound."
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"The problem with it is that it can eventually be painful on the ear canals and sound quality (bass) is lost when the ear canal seal is lost when moving around or exercising."
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"Ridiculous, one of a kind sound."
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"I find these headphones are neutral (the sound level varies relatively little from low to high and the instruments sound pretty much what they are supposed to sound like) and emotionally engaging."
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"Amazing sound."
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"Even television (Paladia, The Voice) sounds fantastic."
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"They are as efficient as the Sony headphones I picked up for less than $100 because of a CNET reviewer saying how good they sounded for the money and that they were so efficient you could plug them into anything and they'd sound pretty good even at louder volumes."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"This is where many headphones and speakers fail miserably at reproducing."
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"These would also be good for someone who has a bit of a hearing problem: they can wear the cans while everyone listens with the speakers."
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"Wonderful sound overall...I find them neutral, which can sound a bit dead to some, especially if you're used to colorful speakers."
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"This will make you hate your speakers."
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"You don't know what you missing just listening though speakers."
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"Very nice headphones- they made my music in my home studio sound warm and wonderful , but that didn't transfer to the real world of other speakers."
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"I am mostly comparing to my Magneplanar MG-IIIa speakers which have a beautiful midrange and ample bass for everything but pipe organ music."
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"My only non-problem is that there is nothing that COULD sound better without assaulting your chest cavity, and that level of impact (which is obviously exclusive to real speakers) becomes a glaring lack when the sound is this good."
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"They're great speakers, so could it be that the Missions are really that good ?"
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"If you want great sound and can't afford thousands of dollars in amps and speakers, you can get great sound--privately--with these cans and a minor investment in a good tubed headphone amp or even a good solid state one."
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Treble

Treble:
"A wonderful headphones, I never enjoyed the mids like now, always a treble addict, but that has changed."
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"Treble is definitely it's weakest aspect of sound, but they aren't veiled, just...reserved."
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"The ultra flat response curve may not please those who are accustomed to phones with boosted base or treble response."
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"Crank up those treble and bass controls and enjoy the music! "
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"(Warning: In a song like In A Gadda Da Vida the treble sections are absolutely piercing - to a point were I recommend EQ'ing down the top."
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"Surprisingly, I REALLY liked the treble!"
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"I think the treble is crystal clear and appropriate in volume and presence."
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"The HD650 renders the midrange very well, nestled between warm bass and clear treble."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"While I was impressed with the soundstage and instrumental and vocal clarity, these phones are not very efficient and the low end distorts when it's too big."
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"The overall first impression is that you'll really come to appreciate the drumwork more than ever before, but there are a few gems hidden among the guitars, bass and vocals too."
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"Her vocals were so brooding, so magnificent, the melody even sadder, so emotional--it was beyond amazing, just indescribable."
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"Detailed, punchy, beautiful rendition of vocals male and female, and yet fatigue free."
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"The vocal it produces is simply phenomenal."
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"An alternative that I'd use whenever I wanted to sit back, and enjoy a soothing sound, with forward mids vocals that I could watch my TV shows, movies, anime with."
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"I mean, it is absolutely one of the best interpretation of mids vocals I have EVER heard on any headphone...EVER."
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Voice

Voice:
"I also like voices are missing some of the flavor they should have."
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"Even television (Paladia, The Voice) sounds fantastic."
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"Very easy to separate and follow various voices and instruments in the music I listen to."
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"I like a natural, balanced sound that is a close to the sound of a good acoustic instrument or voice in a real room as I can find."
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"Sennheiser may never voice a reference headphone this nicely ever again or at least for a long time to come."
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"Immigrant Song is almost too basic; the galloping drums and rhythmic strumming chugging on, but Plant's voice, the echo of guitar strings and thick clear bass all but make up for it."
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Volume

Volume:
"I do not recommend listening at such high volumes for any extended length of time for obvious reasons."
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"For several years, I repeatedly searched for high quality sound equipments (amplifiers, audio players, loud speakers etc) on online retail shops and ended up realizing that I would end up with a setup worth thousands of dollars which I probably wouldn't even be able to listen to at a proper volume level, to avoid disturbing my neighbours."
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"They are as efficient as the Sony headphones I picked up for less than $100 because of a CNET reviewer saying how good they sounded for the money and that they were so efficient you could plug them into anything and they'd sound pretty good even at louder volumes."
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"Music is extremely pleasurable, well balanced, and even at higher volume, easy on the ears."
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"Having said that, both headphones are very comfortable and if you're like me and have sensitive ears you'll acclimate to the feeling (or gently bend the headphone band to relieve the pressure).My Sansa Clip+ mp3 player powered them fine (at a high energy sucking player volume level to produce a comfortably loud audible volume)."
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"Battery-powered devices just can't swing the voltage enough to drive these headphones correctly at any reasonable volume."
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iPod:
"I listened to their demo and it was a good sound, but the fact that I was unable to listen to my iPod made me not to choose them."
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"As some have noted, these work better with a headphone amp, but they sound so good I can't take a star off for that because even with my iPad and iPod, they still put out great, full audio."
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"I'm hearing experiencing things that I never heard before with my other headsets ... the faint pops that occur from an old LP that has been digitally recorded ... just amazing (from an iPod without amplifier).This is my experience."
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"It's possible to listen straight out of a laptop or iPod, but HD-650 responds well to sophisticated purpose-built headphone amps and audiophile-grade DACs, including those that exceed the HD-650's price."
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"iTunes spits it out to the iPod Nano which has surprisingly good sound using a Russ Andrews interconnect (inexpensive and HIGHLY recommended for good sound breakout from Apple products)."
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"I listened to their demo and it was a good sound, but the fact that I was unable to listen to my iPod made me not to choose them."
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