Sennheiser HD 650

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  • Great for audiophiles and professionals
  • Comfortable and decently built
  • Slight veil still present
  • Driven very easily with the Asgard 3
  • Some midrange vocal issues


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Sennheiser HD 650 review: Sennheiser HD 650
The Sennheiser HD 650s are intended for home rather than portable listening--they're too big and bulky for on-the-go use. The headphones are also rather power hungry, so puny iPods and MP3 players won't supply enough juice to produce much volume. With that in mind, we conducted all of our auditions on a home-theater system
Steve Guttenberg
5 months ago
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I'm gonna return the HD 650 and keep the 560S. Their sound is close to perfect. From all the headphones I tried (DT880 Edition (black), DT880 Edition (silver), DT990, K702, HD 599, HD 600, HD 650), this is the closest to the neutral sound that I want.
My only negative is, that the Timbre is also a little "silvery", otherwise, this headphone checks all the boxes. Decent stage, good imaging, great resolution, GREAT tuning. With most headphones I feel like only part of the music is in focus, with the clear every little detail is where it is supposed to be. The bass is engaging and has a great slam.
Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
And it’s also this effect, along with those slightly recessed vocals and the ‘smoothing effect that gives rise to the old chestnut, the Sennheiser 'veil'. I don’t think the A3 has totally removed it. In conclusion, yes, I believe that these cans definitely scale up when paired with an appropriate amp and what the Asgard3 has done has made the 650s a keeper for me, they now sound great with above the caveats above excepted
5 months ago
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I kept them for two months. Even though they were the most satisfying-to-my-criteria headphones, they left me wanting more in terms of the treble, which was a sacrifice for a neutral amount of bass (or close to it depending on your preference).
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Remember soundstage is important to me and I heard that HD 650, while having a good tuning has a very tiny soundstage. The HD 600 is said to be better, but AFAIK it has a peak in the 1k to 4k range, so does that make it harsh?. ​. Other than that, as another option would be the AKG K612, but don't know why crinacle said that it's "dead" neutral.
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Sennheiser HD 650
The Sennheiser HD 650 deliver an excellent and open sound that's great for critical listening. They're comfortable and decently built but unfortunately, like most open critical listening headphones, they won't be suitable for more casual uses. They do not block any noise and they leak a lot so they're best used in isolation where you can really benefit from their sound quality.
Sam Vafaei
5 months ago
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Sennheiser HD 650 Review - Great Detail Sound - REVIEWS BEST HEADPHONES
While coming with a two-year warranty, this HD 650 from Sennheiser is great headphones available in its price range.
What Are The Differences Between The HD 600's, 650's, and 660s?
Sound stage on all three is fairly intimate (small).
HD600: best of the bunch. balanced with no extremes.
HD650: flabby bass and rolled off highs.
HD660S: a mix of the two above but overpriced.
Sennheiser HD 560S vs HD 6xx
If the HD 650 / HD 6XX is too smooth, narrow or "veiled" for your tastes, I'd suggest you try the Beyerdynamic DT 990: it is the ying to the HD 650's yang. TBH if you have no issue with applying some EQ, the 990 might actually be the better option. While the default sound profile is not to everyone's tastes, it can be tuned to sound however you like. Personally I'm treble sensitive and the HD650 is my happy place, but YMMV and the EQ-friendly DT990 might be the shorter path to discovering your own.



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HD 650

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Over Ear

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