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.
Best Audiophile Headphones at the this price range
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: To the guy who said he bought *high end* Skullcandy headphones and prefers them. There is no such thing as a high end pair of Skullcandy headphones, and the fact that you think there is means you shouldn't buy headphones like these because you clearly can't appreciate them.
Pros: Amazing clarity and response from these cans! Sound stage is fantastic.