Summary: The Sennheiser HD650 bass headphones present you with detailed, precise bass, which sounds almost acoustic due to the open-air design. However, the best bass headphones offer more than just bass – they offer the whole gamut of sound and features. Even though they produce pulsing bass, the HD 650s have no features, don't offer noise isolation, don't fold and lack many other qualities found in the best bass headphones.
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.
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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: 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?