Sennheiser HD 650
Sennheiser HD 650

HD 650, Studio headphone from Sennheiser in the HD series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 19 reviews )
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YuriW's review"Pro!"

Sennheiser HD 650
I make soundtracks for videogames, and wanted a headphone good enough to mix my projects with when I'm not at home and to use as a second reference for my monitors when I am. A friend of mine gave me the best recommendations about the Sennheiser HD 650, let me borrow it for a couple days and I was totally convinced after that.

It comes in a big and nice box with foam enough to keep it safe in case of falling or being hit by anything (you never know). The headphone's grey color is discrete and good looking, it is easy to adjust to your head and is very, very comfortable to use, even for long periods of work: that's because the phone's headband padding quite cleverly has a space in the middle, so it never presses the top your head. Also, its earpads are pretty big and stay around your ears, not agaisnt them. It's and open-back model, so the sound isolation is not so great, but good enough anyway.

The sound quality of this headphone is outstanding. The bass is full and round, mids and highs are very clear, transient response is excellent. You can totally trust it if you want your mixes to translate well to other systems: stereo, tv, car, etc.

It might be only my impression, but to me it sounds like the stereo image is a little bit narrower than some other ones I've used. Nothing that will make your work any worse - I don't even think that this is bad, to be honest - but it might be something you'll notice in an A/B comparison.

The only thing I don't really like about it is that the cable is way too long... it might be a good thing maybe for a studio, but in my case I just don't need it.

So, lastly, I can say that the HD650 is definitely not cheap, but absolutely worth it. I would buy another one without thinking twice.

miuzik's review"Excellent headphones"

Sennheiser HD 650
I use them for everything (mixing, listening, etc.)
They fit nicely and are very comfortable, although maybe a bit heavy after a couple of hours.
The ear cushions have a tendency to get squashed a bit with time (2-3 years)

Very solid, I've dropped them a couple of times by accident and nothing has happened to them.
The cable can be unplugged and, if needed, it can easily be found as a spare part.
I haven't noticed any sound degradation with time.

Great sound, the best I've heard up to now.

I've used them for several years and I love their neutral and deep sound. Their price (around $400) is justified. I would buy them again without hesitation. Great sound, the best I've heard so far.

stompboxjon's review"Your music will thank you later"

Sennheiser HD 650
The Sennheiser HD 650 are by far one of the better headphones that Sennheiser has come out with over the last 5 years. They are also more expensive, but worth every penny. These headphones are Hi-Fi quality and very well built. You can most definitely do your mixes in these headphones and maybe even masters depending on your set up. I feel fully comfortable doing mastering in these headphones. The HD 650 give me that “true” sound that I need to complete my projects, and by “true” I mean whatever it sounds like in these headphones is how it is going to sound coming out of high quality studio monitors. So if you can mix and master right with these then you don’t need to spend a ton of money getting high quality studio monitors.

They cost 500 USD and are very comfortable, I have had these on for over 6 hours straight before and didn’t feel the slightest bit of discomfort when wearing them. The low end frequencies come through very clean and flat, not over done. The highs are very clean and sharp without being too much on your ear drums. The mids are just right.

The Sennheiser HD 650 are created for quality and comfort, they have excelled in both of those areas and if you are looking to spend around 400 to 600 dollars for some good headphones, then the HD 650 by Sennheiser are your best bet. They can even compete with headphones that cost around 700 dollars. It comes in a carry case that is foam lines for maximum protection and the cord is detachable so you can easily store them or take them with you. These are top of the line studio headphones that anyone who is serious about getting good masters and mixes must have. I highly suggest investing in these, your music will thank you!

moosers's review

Sennheiser HD 650
The Sennheiser HD-650s are some of the best headphones that the company has to offer, which is saying a lot because they have a great line of consumer and studio headphones.  While I have really only used these headphones a few times for listening back to mixes on, these headphones will work in pretty much any environment.  I'm not sure if they would be ideal for mixing on as I haven't tried, but as far as general listening and monitoring during recording goes, these will work great.  They are sturdy and have a great build to them in addition to the fact that I found them quite comfortable to wear.  While I don't personally own a pair of the HD-650s, a studio that I worked at had a pair of them and I would occasionally check mixes that I had done on them to get a new perspective on the mix.  While they could sometimes be deceiving since they have such a superb sound quality, when compared with a variety of systems they can definitely help you to see where your mix is at.  If you are a consumer looking for a great set of listening headphones to use with your iPod or MP3 player, this is will definitely be more than enough for most listeners.  The price definitely isn't what most people are going to want to pay for consumer headphones, so if you are looking for a cheap pair of headphones these definitely are not it.  I would recommend the Sennheiser HD-650s to anyone looking for a very high quality set of headphones to be used in just about any application.  After having said that, I would say to definitely try these out before you buy them to see if they will work for what you are trying to use them for!
Audiofanzine FR12/14/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Sennheiser HD 650
(Originally written by Monsieur Un/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
My previous Sennheiser headphones got broke. So I did a small research to find me new ones. I wanted high-quality headphones. So I read several blogs and every website dedicated to headphones.

I wanted some headphones with the most linear frequency response (no low boost like the HD25 for example).

The results of my research showed that there were two headphones to choose from: Grado RS2 and Sennheiser HD 650.

As I saw the Grados' price, I chose the Sennheiser.

And they blew me away the first time I used them.

The more I work with them, the more I discover the entire frequency range...

It's a real delight... Incomparable comfort and wonderful sound!

This headphones are not cheap but they are worth every penny.

hl-fi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" GREAT!"

Sennheiser HD 650
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.

- 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

powerchordfx's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sennheiser HD 650
I used it for 4 or 5 years.

Overall, this is a very good headphone but has a Hi-Fi This response is too round in the bass and treble lack details ... We hear many details about tapping CD (it is a little to it) in a home studio, it lacks precision. Otherwise, it is very comfortable and does not fatigue after hours of listening. Objectively, this is a good headphone.

Namely, there were 2 versions (I have 2 headsets HD-650), the HD-650 with capsules Minisys HD-650 and earlier versions that have capsules Minisys HD-580 (HD-600 as also ). The HD-580 was sold, I believe, in the 100/150 euros cheaper than the HD-650. So already, I like that way of having to pay a high price for the final product have a range below ...

One of their selling points, Sennheiser, parts are controllable to avoid having to change the whole headphone. Attention is valid for small room (cables, foams and plastics ...). For capsules, it is a different story since changing their productions from time to time. I have a HD-580 HS capsule on a headset (and I'm HYPER careful) but the reference to change the capsule is a reissue compatible, that means the sound will not be exactly the same for the two ears .

Stock of spare parts for a headset HS, change 2, ie it is the price of a new headphone!

So, given the fragility of the HD-650, I went on the DT-880 Pro, which really broke HD-650 in acute (surprising) and gives details in low (ie less round, less hot but at least when editing a sound means what we do).

Conclusion: price / quality ratio is not good: the strength, the exorbitant considering that the competition gets the same results or better by putting 100 or 150 euros less. Sennheiser is a brand that plays a good reputation in the world Hi-Fi high-end (Diapason d'Or, etc ...), but take the opportunity to sell their gear more expensive than it is actually worth.

I hope my second HD-650 (with Minisys HD-650) will not fall down because it is expensive the "joke" ...

enmakak's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" VERY GOOD HELMET"

Sennheiser HD 650
Around 2 years, I love this headphone Lots, which I find quite poor, in its sound reproduction. Certe there
has a small stain brand specific, but I think it does anything more beautiful. HI FI rather a response, but
to use, once well tamed, difficult to do without, because not at all tiring to the ear, that is
why I love her so much.

benhetfield's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE price / quality ratio"

Sennheiser HD 650
I use it for a good year and a half ...
I have not tried many models, say the critics saw that headphone was, I had dark when I buy a headphone worthy of the name. I was lucky, I could pay to 240th to "time", which is very honest.

The price / quality ratio is unbeatable for me.

The headset is very comfortable wearing on the head is not really tiring. The finish is very good. The headphone is heavy, but say that the weight is well distributed! The "ear" are very nice, the kind of tissue that covers allows prolonged listening no effect of moisture due to perspiration, for example.
Prolonged listening does not specifically side effects (like headache, earache).

The sound quality is stirring. It's simple, compared to a lambda headphone, it looks to rediscover his albums, the smallest details are rendered, the sound is "open", and indeed, regarding the return of votes, was the impression that the singer is in the room!

For my part I do not use headphone amp: it is directly connected to the PC sound card, and the result is still very satisfactory. I guess it would be more with an amp, but hey it costs Pépette these things: (it will be for later ...

I also use it on my guitars amps: a Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 5W lamp, and a Hughes & Kettner ATTAX 50, transistor. Needless to say, the distorted sounds do not pass (indeed "honeycomb"). In contrast, the clean sounds are nickels, rich, full of harmonics, especially on the lamp.
So a very good headset for those who want Scratch'n without making too much noise (this is also why I bought it: I had a headphone right to play the guitar and bass with headphones) . It also nicely to play the bass.

Small reserve, but I think that is common to all headphones open: high-volume, it means a lot in the room! But not enough to wake someone sleeping in it I think.

Otherwise, it's that good I absolutely would do that choice again! Especially in my opinion, this kind of toy is built to last!

solo84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A very good headphones Hi-Fi"

Sennheiser HD 650
One side plastic but upscale sober. He shakes his head on the animal! Well, it should get better with time ...

Listening is attractive, very warm, lots of depth in the sound, full bass and round ... Voices emerge fairly in your face "a lot of presence! Pretty sweet potato, more!

For cons, the accuracy is withdrawn from the 880 Beyer! ... It's a great listen but hi-fi, I find (normal headphones are advertised as that, I think). Compared to the 880 I hear a lot fewer things, the reverb tails, the hi-hats ... All is well now but a little muffled, softened ... And highs seem a bit behind in addition to being less precise ... But listen very involved, very attractive!

I set the bar a little high, but for the mix / monitoring: it remains a good high end headphones! But I keep my Beyer DT-880 Pro!

Bases of comparison: Beyer DT-880 DT-770, AKG K-702, K-240M
Headphone amplifiers of the Presonus Central Station / Convertos RME