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This review is from: Sennheiser - Around Ear Headphones (HD 650)
Pros: I'll go ahead and leave a non-audiophile review for these headphones. I'm not the type of guy that spends hours at a time on audio forums, and not the kind of guy who has an arsenal of words to describe his audio experience. I'm just someone that places a high value on very good sound quality.
I'm 17 years old and I spent my own money on these, as you can imagine I had my reservations about dropping this much money on a set of headphones. That being said I have to say that it was money well spent, and I'll tell you why.
My setup: usb --> schiit modi ---> schiit vali ---> sennheiser hd 650's ---> my ears
before this I owned a pair of audio-technica ath-m50s
When I first put these on I felt a very slight clamp against the side of my head, I was a bit worried that they were going to be uncomfortable because I'm quite particular about how my headphones feel. After waiting about 30 seconds for your head to adjust to having them on they become quite comfortable. They are surprisingly light and with the open ear design that lets air flow through etc I often almost forget that I'm wearing them. They have huge ear cups too so your ears will be completely enclosed, so you don't have to worry about how they fit on your ears.
When I first tried these on I honestly wasn't very impressed. This is due to me listening to a bass heavy song, and it being an mp3. Don't make this mistake, these headphones will make you hear the bad quality in mp3s, you're going to want to get a couple lossless audio tracks. After downloading a couple of fully lossless tracks however, I started to feel more and more that it was money well spent. I could hear things that I had never heard before. The musician moving his fingers over the strings, the thud of a keyboard, the slightest breath of a singer, vocals that used to get drowned out by other things in the background. Its actually quite impressive.
The bass is deep and controlled, the highs mids and lows all sound perfect, and the experience is truly immersive. You feel like sounds are coming from all around you.
I love the audio on these things, and I feel very lucky to have an audio setup like this. If you can find a way to afford these, I highly suggest purchasing them.
Cons: Need a good digital audio converter (dac) and headphone amp to sound good. The headphones have a high impedance so the amp is absolutely necessary to drive these headphones. Also would you really want to convert your audio with the $2.99 card build into your computer? ew
I got the schiit vali/modi and I'm happy with it. Although I do have plans to upgrade in the future as I've heard that these headphones scale very well the nicer the amp/dac setup that you have.
Also you're going to need to re-download much of your music library. These things are wasted on mp3s, you can easily hear the imperfections that they have. Fully lossless audio tracks will sound much much better, as I quickly discovered.
If you're a bass head you might want to rethink getting these. Don't get me wrong the bass is deep, but its more controlled/refined than other headphones. If you want to listen to dubstep with these I'm sure other headphones will give you a more skull shaking/satisfying bass drop. For most stuff though the bass does sound very good and doesn't overwhelm any of the other sounds.
Other Thoughts: As a side note I had my mom listen to these and she heard the difference as well. She said that "It was like all the sounds are separated out, so you can hear each of them"READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Precision Studiophone
Pros: Well priced and super comfortable. You can really wear these for hours and it won't hurt your head.
Sound is usually pretty good but in some circumstances the sound can be a bit muddy. Nothing unexpected for a headset this price though. If you're just listening to youtube videos and a bit of music and want something comfortable and decent sounding these are for you.
Cons: Bass is weak loose and disappointing, if you listen to songs with a lot of bass I suggest going with something else, these won't cut it for you.READ FULL REVIEW