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Sennheiser HD650 Mini-Review

Really HD? It's Headphones Week at AudioFanzine and this Sennheiser HD650 review is the first one in a series of five reviews. Five different headphones will be reviewed by three of our editors, Los Teignos, Red Led and Will Zégal. read more…

User reviews on Sennheiser HD products

HD600 : A very capable headphone (Sennheiser - HD 600)

By Blue Xrysalis, 29/08/2016
I recently tested the HD600 alongside the HD650, HD700 and HD800 all by Sennheiser.

I have since purchased the HD600 for my studio, where I use them for mixing tracks, and for mastering. I do all my mixing and mastering on speakers, but a good set of open back headphones gives a different perspective on a mix.

The comparison was done on a decent D/A converter with a good headphone amp. I listened to different styles of music ranging from , Jazz, Classical, Electronic, Rock and Metal as well as acoustic guitar and vocals.

I have to say the top headphone by far in every possible respect was the HD800. It had an amazing 3D soundstage where you could locate every instrument. Excellent frequency response from lows to highs with a solid but not overpowering bass. In fact it felt like I was listening to a set of high end speakers.

The biggest disappointment out of the 4 headphones tested was the HD700, it sounded very shrill in the high end, and that was enough to put me off testing it further.

Then came the HD650 which has very good imaging, not quite like the HD800 but excellent none the less. It's bass was very solid and clear, but the big downfall of these headphones in my opinion were the highs... they seem to have vanished when listening to acoustic guitar, which sounded like something other than an acoustic guitar through the HD650s. That alone put me off these phones. But, Metal and Rock sounded great through them as well as Electronic Music, mainly because of the great low end response.

Now to the HD600s. I was wishing I had the money to buy the HD800s but alas not at the moment, so I tested the HD600s thoroughly on all types of material. The first thing that became evident was that the HD600s had quite an even frequency response. The acoustic instruments sounded very real over the entire frequency spectrum. These phones sounded good on most material even on Metal, the top end was clear and crisp without being harsh. The bottom end was detailed and clear without being overpowering. Compared to the HD650 low end the HD600s are a little less pronounced, but still clear. In terms of the high end, the HD600s sounded far more natural to my ears than did the HD650s.

Comparing the imaging of the HD600s to the HD800 and HD650, the HD600s were not as wide as either of the other two phones, but still had a decent sound stage.

Comfort wise, the HD600 and HD650 were pretty much identical and felt perfect, and compared to the HD800, I found the 600s to be a better fit for my head. The HD800s might be better suited for people with larger heads than mine, and felt a little loose to me.

In terms of headphone distortion, the HD800s provided the purest audio of any of the 4 headphones I tested, with the HD650 coming next, and the HD600 following closely behind that. So the HD600 sounded very smooth to my ears but the other two were slightly smoother in sound quality.

Overall weighing up the price /performance of the 4 headphones, the HD600s were perfect for my needs and are an excellent headphone and for $333US new, a great deal.

I am using these in-studio with Waves Nx room modelling plugin with head tracking, which makes the headphones sound like you're listening to speakers, thus drastically imrpoving the imaging. I've also added Sonarworks Reference 3 headphone calibration software to my DAW which balances out the headphone frequency response, thus improving the bass response as well as evening out any frequency peaks or dips in overall response.

The HD600 headphones sound amazing through this system, and give me the ability to mix whole tracks entirely on headphones when I'm travelling and haven't got access to a full studio.

I'd definitely recommend the HD600s to anyone who's doing studio work and doesn't want to mortgage their house, but if I had more money to spend I would have definitely gone for the HD800s....... Maybe one day...

As for the HD600's 4 star rating, the HD800 would get the full 5 stars, but in this respect the top of the bar was set very high, and in comparison the HD600's did very well in my opinion.
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GREAT! (Sennheiser - HD 650)

By hl-fi, 10/11/2014
I love everything about this headset, sound quality, quality of components, spare parts interchangeable.
Very very good quality / price ratio.
I have not tried other headphones, to the era I compared several expert opinions for nearly 1 month before buying it, I do not regret my choice and would do it again without hesitation.

https://www.lesnumeriques.com/casque-audio/sennheiser-hd-650-p4017/test.html

- I use this headphone for 5 years + of my home studio, mixing and mastering. It is ideal, the groovy sound is clean and neutral, the speakers are useless to me.
- It is adjustable and fits in all sizes, very comfortable sometimes I forget it's on my head during movement in the room.
- Paving pleasant but nothing more.

- The headset is very solid, it is unfortunately falls qques times and remained intact.
- It has a detachable connector, very convenient because I can be awkward due and I pull too hard on the cable, I had the mind of the purchase on the internet for 20 euros ...
- The inside of the pads worn to date, but also the parts are detachées available on the net (for 50 Euros)
The wear of these spare parts is not a problem because in order to find all over the net, which extends considerably the service life of the headphone.
The price is matured (365 euros for me) but it is a real investment.

- Very very good balance, and he will hear you all faults.
- Perfect Noise
- Good insulation
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Outstanding! Even in 2014 (Sennheiser - HD 540)

By nan3200, 23/10/2014
After 25 years!
I tested some stax, beyer, audio technica, the famous jecklin float, the akg k240 monitor, but I fell for the HD540 Reference.
Back then I feared they would be too fragile.
But I'm more confident now.
Although I have always taken good care of them.

They are a true gem, and they need some care, they are hard to find in good shape and at a reasonable price.


USE AND DESIGN

Light, smooth.
The foams are hard to find, although those of the HD560 are supposed to fit them too (I've never tried it).
The cables and internal foams can still be found as spare parts.


STURDINESS

Mine are from 1989 and nothing (except for the ear cushions) has ever broken, so, yes!!!
They are sturdy


AUDIO QUALITY

They sound superbly.
Very well-balanced.
That said, be careful, because they are 600-Ohms headphones, so you need quite some power to drive them.
They will sound dull, lifeless and without depth with many basic headphone jacks, so they might disappoint you.

You need to know what you want.
These headphones are fantastic IF you can make the best of them, meaning you have the right gear to amplify them correctly.

In which case they sound pristine, delicate, chiseled.
But also merciless!
It's not a good idea to hear questionable MP3s with them.
It won't be a pleasant experience.

These are headphones that must be earned and they deserve the best.
Not at all the type that will settle for the bare minimum.

Don't buy these headphones to plug them into a smartphone or iThingy.
They really needs more.

One last remark: These are my only headphones I have never modified.
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not old but damn! (Sennheiser - HD 520-II)

By nan3200, 23/10/2014
no question of looking at all costs, but more headphone for friends visiting or change her quickly, and provided not find cheap, it's an interesting model!

I have attached a picture of the headphone 'restored', cable and new foams, shells glued together (missing a piece, it shows, but nothing serious).

An older not so common, normal after nearly thirty years.
it is comfortable, lightweight, not ugly, if you like the aesthetics of those years.

moss earrings are still available from dealers, cable too.
but it is almost double the price.
it may be worth it if you paid a fair price (like me, but not really more)

the HD520 II is pretty solid.
the sound does not seem to have deteriorated over time.
this is stunning.
after restoration, cleaning (all for a fifty euros) it is very good.
accurate sound, very clear.
the stereo is not wide, wide, but the whole is pleasant;
not heavy bass, a rather wise medium, a sharp line that high without being too aggressive.
this headphone is showing its age and the sound is not nearly as full as current productions, but still pleasant to listen to.
its accuracy and its clear the save from breakage!

it is an open headphone, so no insulation to the outside.
I changed the foam inside the atrium, for a very fine felt. the original had a foam and felt.
the sound is a little more airy, it's a detail but it was worth it.
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