Summary: The Sennheiser HD650 truly offers an incredible experience and once you listen to it for a while, there’s little doubt left as to why they are so popular. The Sennheiser HD650 are pricey, without a doubt and they’re not value-for-money, either. Here in India, they sell for a maximum retail price of Rs. 29,990. Add in the price of a decent source and amplifier, and you’re looking at good Rs. 40,000 at least, for an audiophile-class set-up.
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.
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?
Excerpt: An unusual feature of the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones is that the cables can be unplugged for easy replacement should the conductors ever fracture under physical stress in future years. They are quite thick cables, too, and three metres long, terminating in a 6.5mm plug. The only accessory is a 6.5mm to 3.5mm adaptor cable so you can use the headphones with a portable device or a computer.
Pros: Superb no-compromise sound, Very comfortable to wear, Main plug is 6.5mm