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Sennheiser - Around Ear Headphones (HD 650)

  • Top-of-the-range open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones
  • High-quality titanium/silver finish
  • Specially modulated connecting cable
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Exceptionally comfortable
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These audiophile/studio grade headphones from Sennheiser are the first item I've seen where 100% of the reviewing customers gave it a '5'. Their only complaint is that you don't want to use them with cheap gear or substandard source material: you WILL hear the flaws. We should all have complaints that the quality is too good, shouldn't we?

Solid performers built for people who take their sound seriously, with a frequency range from 10 Hz clear out to cat and dog range (39,500 Hz, human ears tend to cut off at about 22,000 Hz)! Uses a 6.3mm phone plug, but comes with a 3.5 adapter for your smaller items as well. Designed for hours of use at a time, they are both comfortable and lightweight. The units are hand-picked in pairs for best possible match between left and right ears.

If you're serious about your sound, order them and put them on your ears now!

  • newegg Powerful Sound The top-of-the-range Sennheiser HD650 delivers open, dynamic hi-fi stereo sound for an immersive listening experience.
  • newegg Exceptional Comfort The Sennheiser HD650 features ergonomically-designed elliptical earcups that fit your ears cozily for exceptional wearing comfort even during extended listening periods.
  • newegg Jack Adapter With the gold-plated 6.3mm-to-3.5mm jack adapter, connect the Sennheiser HD650 to the 1/4" (6.3mm) phone jack on your high fidelity system or to the 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone jack on your TV set, VCR or other video devices.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Nicholas Y.
  • 5/4/2015 8:59:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsClear, flat, low distortion

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 molded plastic and can't be repaired if damaged.

I own headphones that cost half as much as these which have less exposed plastic and have leather covering the foam padding on the headband. Of course, they don't sound as good as the HD-650s

Other Thoughts: 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. Hopefully, they will prove to be more reliable then they appear.

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  • VISA .
  • 4/22/2015 8:48:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorth maybe $200

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. These are the most expensive headphones I've bought, and somehow are also the worst I've bought.

Other Thoughts: 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?).

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  • Peter S.
  • 4/8/2015 7:42:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTrue Musical - Magical Experience

Pros: Relatively low cost,
Lightweight,
Comfortable

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I could provide many reasons why I'm thrilled with the Sennheiser HD-650s but that would take too long. All I can say is they are MAGIC. Get yours at any price.

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  • johnnie d.
  • 4/7/2015 7:08:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Headphones

Pros: Amazing clarity and response from these cans! Sound stage is fantastic.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: 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.

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  • scott d.
  • 4/7/2015 11:20:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsgood quality not very durable

Pros: nice sound
comfortable on head than most

Cons: the earpads falls apart after awhile, become dirty
they are not worth $300
you can buy decent headphones for $50 every couple of years and make out better than dropping all this cash on these
I think I paid $150 for mine like 6 years ago, would not do that again.
dont handle dropping well

Other Thoughts: I bought some high end skull candy at marshalls on clearance for $50, I prefer them over these

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  • William P.
  • 2/25/2015 12:41:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Chameleon. Terrific with an amp and terrible without an amp

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.

Other Thoughts: 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! These are among a handful of headphones I've heard in recent months that I would recommend to my friends. They have a very pleasing, slightly on the warm side of neutral sound with extended highs. Bass notes have good weight in proper ratio to the mids and highs. A near perfect balance to my taste. The antithesis of Beats whose bass bloat obscures the lower midrange and overpowers the upper frequencies.

For this price, I would have hoped for a velour lined storage box instead of the decidedly cheap foam lined cardboard box. I'm willing to accept the thin plastic construction in trade for lightweight and comfort. I fell asleep last night listening to Nora Jones' CD 'Come Away With Me'. Which says a lot about how truly comfortable they are.

If you already own a pair of these and you think they sound just OK or pretty good, you are probably not using a headphone amp. You owe it to yourself to audition a couple of amps to see just how much better these are when paired with the right amplifier. This is not some subtle 'audiophiles only' difference. On a scale of 1 to 10, an amp raises these from a 2 to an 8. It's like adding a supercharger to a V8.

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  • William P.
  • 2/24/2015 2:01:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFirst Impression

Pros: 3.5mm adapter that works with my DragonFly USB DAC

Cons: These look and feel much cheaper than the photos on the web. They are made of very thin plastic. My Oppo BDP 105 has a built-in headphone amp but I can't use it with these headphones. 80 db is about as loud as they go. Tried them with my DragonFly with similar results. Evidently these are useless without a headphone amp.

Other Thoughts: Used as described above, these sound lifeless. There is very little high frequency. What little there is rolls off steeply. Cymbals have no discernible decay. I was very disappointed listening to Ted Hawkins - The Next Hundred Years (Mobile Fidelity Gold CD). Hawkins has a distinct raspiness in his voice that is completely obscured by these headphones. The song 'Biloxi' opens with a steady rythem of rim shots. They may as well be handclaps, because these headphones have no ability reproduce the leading edge transient of the thock! followed by the faint echo of the drum body. Another Mobile Fidelity Gold remaster I listened to is Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of The Moon'. This is one of my all-time favorites, and I am intimately familiar with it. The opening of 'Money' is accompanied by the sound of coins being thrown into a cash register. The metallic ring that was evident even in my 1974 Koss headphones are missing in action with these. The sax sounds equally flat and lifeless, its reverb all but gone.

I am extremely disappointed with these headphones. I read many reviews, here, and elsewhere that claimed these could be used without a headphone amp. I do not agree! I also must assume that few of these reviewers have ever listened to quality headphones. They sound marginally better than a pair of $125.00 noise cancelling JVCs.

I am faced with an agonizing decision: Sell them, or buy a headphone amp and hope the sound will improve greatly.

The user guide included with these says that the public's listening habits have changed over the years and these were designed to cater to the way we prefer to hear music. If that's true, music must be dead, because these sound flat and dull. Instruments do not sound at all like instruments. I, for the first time EVER, listened to Dark Side Of The Moon without tapping my foot or singing along with 'On the Run'. The total lack of anything above midrange frequencies just sucks the life out of everything I listened to.

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  • Adam F.
  • 1/14/2015 6:08:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery impressive

Pros: I decided on buying these after reading the forums for months about which set to buy first. These sounded pretty common for first timers, and they were right. The quality is out of this world, velour earpads are so soft, cable is pretty long, with an 1/8" adapter if needed. I've binged a whole series on Netflix using these, gamed for hours on the pc, and listened to music for hours, and never felt uncomfortable.

I have these paired with the Asus Xonar Essence STX headphone amp on my pc, and they are just awesome for everything. I made sure to download the unified drivers for it, like the Asus forums say, and haven't had one problem.

Cons: Price

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  • Tristan B.
  • 10/28/2014 1:27:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI owned these headphones for over a year and were then stolen

Pros: These are one of the best engineered headphones ever created. I have heard my fair share of headphones and these are perfect for the beginner audiophile and even the experienced audiophile. I don't need to write much, there are books written in forums on these things.

I can wear them for hours and forget that I'm wearing them. Who invented on-ear headphones? Those were meant to torture you. These over-ears are incredible.

Cons: Replace the long 60 foot cable with a 4 foot silver cable from Geekria. 60 bucks. Can't go wrong.

Other Thoughts: The bass reproduction and the highs are in such harmony with these suckers. Where have they been all my life...? ;_;

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  • Casey B.
  • 3/28/2014 9:54:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe Hype Is Real

Pros: If you are a gamer or hobbyist who wants to start getting serious about their headphones please do yourself a favor and JUST START HERE. The hd650's are a legend of a reference class headhone and for a good reason. For years this was Sennheiser's flagship headphone and til this day it holds its ground to headphones well above its price range. It's exceptional comfort allows hours (done 12 hours plus no fatigue) of listening sessions.

Cons: Investment: This headphone as you may know by now reading this review, is that this headphone has a fairly higher impedance which requires an amp to juice them up a bit and get the absolute fullest sound from them. How much you spend is up to you, go run to the headfi forums for amp reccomendations to fit your budget.

Other Thoughts: Delightful headphone to listen to for hours on end. I was never as huge of a jazz fan til I could ear the sure delight that comes from these when I play it =). Whether its gaming or flac file listening sessions this headphone just ends up being my go to choice for an all arounder.

I will say that if you are a heavy EDM genre listener such as myself there are some more notable options for over ear higher dollar headphones that have the particular low extension when compared directly to these. HiFiman's HE-400 is an exceptional choice for EDM tracks but for rock and hip-hop the hd650's are still a delight.

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