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...
A Chameleon. Terrific with an amp and terrible without an amp
William P., Newegg
25 February 2015
Summary: My first impression of these headphones was that they were devoid of life. (See previous review) Everything non-complimentary statement said in that review is hereby revoked. With the proper headphone amp, these 'phones are spectacular!
Pros: Well balanced frequency response. Light weight and comfortable. Good for all types of music. Some Hip Hop lovers may not like their near perfectly balanced bass, mids, and highs. To them I say, "Keep your Beats and come get these when you're ready to listen to everything else."
Cons: Require a good quality headphone amp. The plastic construction has the look and feel of 'cheap'. The sound is first class.
Excerpt: This is my third headphone. My first one is Bose QC15, the second one is BeyerDynamics 990 Pro. Among the three I found HD650 to be the most balanced one and least fatigue after hours of listening. The resolution is pretty good and not analytical at all.
Pros: Balanced, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Upgradable Cable
Cons: Average Resolution, Not Good For Rock, Not Portable
Excerpt: I'm presently listening to these great headphones. The sound-stage is nice and wide. They headphones have tight deep bass, a little recessed midrange but clear. The highs are just right, no sibilance or ting. The only thing I took a star away for is that the clamping force is a bit much.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Excerpt: I use my HD650's every day in radio. I love them! They're a little bulky, but fit comfortably; sound is full, clear and round. I'm gentle with my cans, but they are designed to take a beating if you tend to be hard on your headphones. I used my last headset (Sennheiser) for 25-years.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Great Sound
Summary: HD 650s are my favorite headphones and they are quite easy to be drive by most headphone amp after a well burn in. With the Cablepro or moonaudio upgrade cable the sound of the HD 650 are very well described.
Summary: Sturdy construction, very solid in hand and big cups, this was my first reaction when I had them in hand, a truly open design, with big comfy velour ear pads and detachable cable which I like a lot.
Summary: The HD650 is considered by many audio enthusiasts, professionals and audiophiles to be one of the best dynamic driver headphone in the world, although they have been in the field for more than 10 years, they still are one of the contestants for this title. The hd650 is not my first real headphone.
Summary: There *is* a reason why their name includes the letters HD. And no, "Howling Ducks" or "Hairy Desk" is not a part of that reason.
My first reaction when hearing the HD650s was similar to when I first laid my eyes on a 1080p television; shock and awe.