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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones

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  • Specially designed acoustic silk ensures precision damping over the entire frequency range and helps to reduce THD to an incredible 0.05%
  • Improved frequency response is 10 - 39,500 Hz (-10 dB)
  • Hand-selected matched driver elements
  • High power neodymium magnets deliver maximum efficiency
  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils for very fast transient response
  • Specially designed acoustic silk ensures precision damping over the entire frequency range and helps to reduce THD to an incredible 0.05%
  • Improved frequency response of 10 - 39,500 Hz (-10 dB) for rich sound
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSennheiser
Color NameSilver
Item Display Height9.30 inches
Output Channels2

Technical Details

  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Description

Product Description

In the HD 650, audiophiles will experience truly unique natural sound. With sound this good, long concerts in the comfort of your home are a certainty, so the HD 650 also sets standards in comfort and convenience. The HD 650 is a genuine masterpiece, which will satisfy even the most demanding listener.

From the Manufacturer

Sennheiser HD 650

With the HD 650, audiophiles will experience truly unique natural sound. With sound this good, long concerts in the comfort of your home are a certainty, so the HD 650 also sets standards in comfort and convenience. The HD 650 is a genuine masterpiece, which will satisfy even the most demanding listener. HD 650 – the Reference Class.

  • Balanced & transparent sound
  • Elegant titanium-silver finish
  • Optimized for hi-resolution recordings
  • Made in Ireland
Learn more about the HD 650

Features a specially modulated connecting cable (detachable) made from highly conductive OFC copper, Kevlar-reinforced, with very low handling noise, i.e. low structure-borne sound sensitivity.

 

Features
  • Top-of-the-range open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones
  • Systems with narrow tolerances (± 1 dB), hand-picked in pairs
  • High-quality titanium/silver finish
  • Neodymium ferrous magnet systems ensure optimum sensitivity and an excellent dynamic response
  • Exceptionally natural, spatial and accurate sound
  • Can be directly connected to stationary hi-fi components of the highest quality, in particular SACD, DVD-A and CD players
  • Peace of mind - thanks to the 2-year international warranty
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The HD 650 is a true audiophile headphone that features extremely lightweight aluminium voice coils to ensure excellent transient response.

Sennheiser recommends this headset for...

... The HD 600 is geared for your hi-fi stereo system. Best suited for all types of audio the HD 600 is a favorite among mastering engineers worldwide.

Warranty

The HD 650 is covered by a 2-year international warranty.

Comparison table
 
  HD 600 HD 650
Frequency response 12 - 39000 Hz 10 - 39500 Hz
Impedance 300 ohms 300 ohms
Transducer principle Dynamic, open Dynamic, open
Sound pressure level (SPL) 97 103 dB
THD, total harmonic distortion 0.1 % 0.05 %
Weight w/o cable 0.57lb (260 g) 0.57lb (260 g)
Contact pressure ca. 2,5 N ca. 2,5 N
Ear coupling Circumaural Circumaural
Jack plug 1/4" / 1/8" (3.5/6.3 mm) stereo 1/4" / 1/8" (3.5/6.3 mm) stereo
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years
Why Sennheiser ?

For over 60 years every Sennheiser mic or headphone comes with a built-in mission: to stay true to the sound and soul the music was given by its artist. From the fragile intimacy of a whispered word to the deep and dark punch of an attacking bassline. Sennheiser delivers pure emotion and excitement. A quality that has convinced a broad spectrum of artists and of course music lovers all over the world. Sennheiser offers a great experience for everyone who really wants to hear.

What's in the box?
  • HD 650
  • 1 adaptor to 1/4" (6.3 mm)


Product Details

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10 x 4.3 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00018MSNI
  • Item model number: HD 650
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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314 of 333 people found the following review helpful By Jane Avriette on July 22, 2004
So headphone.com calls them "simply the world's best headphone." I can't speak for the Grado or AKG contenders. I can say that they're better than my Sennheiser 590's, and that is shocking.

Which leads me to my first (and probably most important) point about this headphone. They cost a lot. A whole lot. Sennheiser has many units, including the 580, 590, 595, 600, and 650 (among many others), which could be construed as 'reference' quality. You'll spend about half as much on one of the 5xx models as you will on the 650. So if you were to ask me whether the 650 is *twice as good* (that is to say, it costs more in proportion to its increased capability), I'll tell you no, probably not. I might just not buy them, given the decision again. Perhaps if the price came down a bit.

At any rate, they are really a superb headphone. The sound is really incredible. You never really realize what you're missing in a recording until you've heard it through a set like this. You can hear the saliva in the back of a vocalist's throat. I'm not kidding. Everything is reproduced clearly, accurately, crisply, and I've yet to find any recording (Vocal, Classical, Electronic, etc) that can tax them. I suppose I'll stop trying to some day, but it's just wonderful to hear the headphones doing their job.

The construction is far more solid than the 590's are. Where there is plastic on the 590, you see metal and (no kidding) Kevlar. They are more attractive. They are also quite a bit heavier. They have a 1/4" connector instead of the more customary 1/8" mini connector -- this doesn't particularly bother me, I'll get to it in a minute.

Like the 590, they are an open headphone. That is, they are not "sealed" or "isolated".
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318 of 338 people found the following review helpful By MartinP on September 24, 2005
As a lover of classical music I am a confirmed headphone listener. No set of speakers will offer the same amount of detail, most living rooms will add acoustic distortions, and many of us are not lucky enough to be able to play Mahler or Shostakovich at full power on a daily basis without getting into trouble with the neighbours.

For years I have been very happy with the Sony CD1700, an excellent headphone which is my point of reference for evaluating the HD650. The rest of my hifi set-up consists of a Marantz cd7300 CD player, PM7200 amplifier, and Musical Fidelity X-Can v3 headphone amplifier (a mandatory commodity if you intend to spend serious money on a headphone like this one). Also, I invested in the Cardas replacement cable for the HD650.

It is often said phones like this one need a 'break in' period. I used to regard this merely as snobbish audiophile technobabble - but found it to be actually true. Initially, I was less than pleased with the sound of the HD650, to put it mildly. Mid-range, mezzoforte strings (which make up a VERY large part of orchestral music!) sounded grey and weirdly disembodied. Stereo separation was exaggerated while the middle part of the soundstage seemed empty. Compared to the breezy, open sound of the Sony, the Sennheiser seemed compressed and less immediately involving.
Things were not helped by the fact that the wearing comfort of these cans is markedly inferior to that of the Sony. The HD650 has fairly small shells that are not ideal if your ears aren't quite that small. Also, they are clamped against the head rather tightly, which is not entirely pleasant. The Sony, by contrast, simply lets you forget you are wearing it.

But then, after about 50 hours of listening, things had changed rather much.
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214 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Paco Rivero on May 10, 2006
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COMFORT: (Grade, B). The earcups are relatively deep, but not deep enough for ultimate comfort. Even after years of use, they don't let me forget that I have headphones on. On the other hand, the 650 feels much better than headphones with shallow cups that squash your ears (and make them sweat). The velour earpads can be replaced, which is good because they do wear down and attract dust. The ultra-soft, velvetlike velour is much better than pleather.

BUILD QUALITY: (Grade A-). The interior of the padded bridge is made of a hard, flexible metal that won't be cracking or breaking any time soon. The plastic bridge will break if you stretch it too much, so if you want to make the 650 less tight adjust the flexible metal NOT the plastic. The phones are sturdy without being heavy. After dropping them hard three or four times, they finally did require repairing, though. (One of the drivers got dislodged.) Still, these are very sturdy phones and don't feel cheap.

SOUND: (Grade, A-) Does the 650 have a "dark veil," as is often claimed? The 650 user's guide says: "In spite of all purism and the highest demands on precise sound reproduction . . . [t]oday many music-lovers want to feel the sound more instead of plainly analyzing it. The HD now captivates your senses where you used to be a mere observer. It allows total submersion into an ocean of music." I take this to mean that the main difference between the 650 and its HD predecessor is that it favors balance over precision. Some music tends to sound too bright (i.e., bass-impoverished) on headphones, so maybe Sennheiser tried to balance things by reinforcing the low end. Some people claim there is no dark veil, but then why does Sennheiser say "in spite of all purism"?
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