Excerpt: As an owner of the HE-1000 and LCD-3, I have a high bar set for quality sound. Right out of the box, the HD 650 blew me away with its clarity. My new reference, and has guaranteed my purchase of the HD 800 (s edition) as soon as its release.
Summary: I have owned these headphones since Aug. paired them with soundblaster X7 Limited edition & they sounded good, I thought the base was soft but overall sounded good. Then about a week ago they started to break in & the base is much better & overall sound is even stronger.
Pros: Incredible range, open sound stage, got to wonder how great are the HD 800's
Cons: Must use a headphone amp. Have patience, need a long break in period.
Excerpt: In the world of audiophile headphones has gotten awfully crowded and high-priced of late. Just when you think you've come upon the best that Audeze, Hifiman, Beyerdynamic, and their ilk have to offer, you're left wanting more. You wonder, where are those perfect cans, my dream set?
Pros: Comfortable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight
Summary: I got these on craigslist lightly used (I think he said like 40 hours of use or less) in the original package and original everything and in perfect condition for $250. Half off is a blast. If I didn't get this good of a deal I would have got the HD 598s.
Pros: These are 300 ohm headphones so you need a headphone amplifier that is a given. Luckily, my MSI Gaming 6 has 2 headphone amplifiers built in and can handle 500 ohm headphones. I had the Oppo PM3 planar magnetic headphones before this. They sounded pretty good except they were tiny on my head and ...
Cons: These do feel a little fragile, so for $500, they should maybe have a little higher build quality, but I doubt I'll break them. Maybe that is why these are so awesomely light weight. Just be careful.
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okutancagatay, B&H Photo
3 September 2015
Excerpt: Honestly, this headphone can re-define the rules in terms of music clarity. I have experienced many different studio class audio products but what Sennheiser created is a magnificent piece of art.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Stylish
Reference, audiophile, rough mixing. . . these cans "can do"
JazzHat, B&H Photo
6 August 2015
Excerpt: I use these in conjunction with monitors for mixing in my studio. If you have to use cans for mixing, these are the ones to get. All the positive reviews you've read are true. Very nearly flat with just enough bass emphasis to make them fun to listen to.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Sound, Lightweight
Summary: The value in these headphones is obviously the high quality. The construction does not inspire confidence. They appear to be fragile, and although I'll be using them in professional audio recording situations, I plan on being very careful handling these headphones.
Pros: The low distortion and very flat frequency response of these headphones allows them to reveal every small detail of a recording. They are sensitive, and relatively easy to drive, even though they are high-impedance headphones. The provided "Y' cable is fairy long.
Cons: The construction is pretty basic and not very "professional" appearing. The lower surface of the headband has exposed foam that does not appear to be very sturdy. The headphone mounting frames are plastic, and look and feel pretty fragile. The cable ends that connect to each headphone are cheap m...
Summary: I will be returning these headphones (hopefully) and going to look at Denon, AKG, or Audio Technica. These headphones were very unimpressive and I would only recommend these for someone who doesn't need lows... ever. (Anyone?).
Pros: Open back. Natural highs and mids, very clear and do not get washed out. Comfortable and look nice.
Cons: The worst lows I've heard on headphones. I understand these aren't supposed to be super "bassy" or anything, but just about anything lower than 30hz is muffled and not clear. I would expect $500 headphones to have clean lows and mix in with everything, but the lows ruin the entire experience. The...