Excerpt: Music is a very personal thing, even more than movies, and games for that matter. People can be really particular about their kind of music and more importantly, how natural it sounds to them. There are a few companies that do this really – one of the popular names in the market, undoubtedly has to be Sennheiser. The Sennheiser HD650 has long been one of the most recognized headphones around the world.
Summary: CNET and PCMag.com offer comprehensive reviews of the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones with comparisons to other models, as does the U.K.'s TechRadar.com. More than 80 Amazon users rate these headphones, and those opinions will give you an idea of the HD 650's performance on a day-to-day basis. A few audiophiles writing at AudioReview.com also provide useful input. OnHeadphones.com offers useful information about the HD 650 across music types.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, Comfortable, Good bass
Excerpt: By default, I've become "the headphone guy" in high-end audio. I don't quite understand why other audiophiles don't fess up that they listen to 'phones too. Maybe it's a macho thing, like the Butt Blaster at the gym -- you never actually see guys using it, but you do see them furtively exiting the room it resides in.
Summary: The HD 650s sound mighty fine. In fact they sound better than that. They’re as mellifluous as the hypnotic pipes of Pan himself; they’re the aural equivalent of wagyu beef. If you’re in the market for a pair of headphones that cost around £300, you can’t go wrong with these.
Excerpt: With a sound almost acoustic in nature because it's so accurate, the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones are a great pair of headphones. Detailed bass lines don't drown like they can in other bass headphone models. The open-air design is beneficial for sound quality, but it is detrimental to noise isolation. Everyone around you can hear your music and you can hear all the outside noise as well.
Pros: Comprehensive sound and soft ear cushions make these headphones easy to wear all day.
Cons: The lack of features is frustrating, and the open-ear design hinders noise isolation.
Excerpt: The HD 650 has been Sennheiser’s flagship audiophile headphone for several years now, but it is only recently that the firm decided to buck contemporary pricing trends to reduce the product’s list price from around $600 to $500. Sennheiser has been building very high-performance open-back headphones for years, so in a sense the HD 650 is an evolutionary design that leverages insights and know-how gleaned from the classic HD 580 and the critically acclaimed HD 600.
Headphones shootout test: Sennheiser HD650, HD497, Grado RS-1, BeyerDynamic DT990
15 February 2007
Excerpt: INTRODUCTION I have had a hankering to see if I can find a better pair of headphones. Primarily, to use as a reference to evaluate source components and pre-amps, and also for personal use. I had purchased a Sennheiser HD497 several years ago, for about $50 USD and it has served me well so far. I just have been needing to scratch my itch to see if the performance can be improved, and if so, to what extent.
Conclusion: We've strayed to the top end of Audiophile land and encountered something quite special. The HD650 headphones from Sennheiser managed to reveal new elements of tracks we'd listened too hundreds of times and that quite some feat!
Excerpt: If you’re like me, an updated version of a beloved audio product brings with it a number of questions. (It’s even worse when a favorite musical group releases a new album.) Will it be as good as I hope? Will it maintain the "house" sound of the product I liked enough to purchase? Did the company make a horrible decision that will negatively affect the sound quality I so love?