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Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones

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The Sennheiser HD650 Reference Class headphones represent the state-of-the-art in Open-back, Circumaural design, and offer a frequency range and reproduction that might be described as stratospheric, with stereo imaging and a depth-of-field that place the listener right inside the concert hall. It should also be mentioned that extraordinary effort has been made to match the level of comfort with the quality of sound, for a completely luxurious Audiophile experience.

Audiophile playback Headphones with specially developed Acoustic Silk for precise, uniform attenuation over the entire area; Open-Back design
Uncompromised Frequency Response from 10 Hz - 39.5 kHz
Extremely lightweight Aluminum Voice Coils ensure excellent Transient Response
Comfortable, plush Velour-covered cushioned earpads for extended wear
Elliptical design of Headphone conforms to the shape of the ear
Adjustable headband with interior padding conforming to the shape of the head
Detachable high-conductivity copper cable is Kevlar-reinforced for low handling noise
Systems with Narrow Tolerances (+/- 1 dB), hand-picked in pairs
Type Open-Back, Circumaural Dynamic Headphones
Frequency Range 10 Hz - 39.5 kHz (-10 dB)
Impedance 300 Ohms
Sensitivity 103dB(1 Vrms)
Maximum Input Power 200 mW
Connectors Detachable 1/8" Stereo Mini to 1/4" Adapter
1/8" Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 10' (3 m), Detachable, Left and Right Side Connection
Weight 9.2 oz (260 g)
Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones
  • 1 x Detachable Stereo Mini to 1/4" Adapter
  • 1 x Detachable Cable
  • H50635 - Ear Cushions for HD545/565/580
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    SennheiserHD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones
     
    4.9

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (16)
    • Great sound (15)
    • Good bass (11)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Easy to use (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music (15)
      • Home audio (13)
      • With my computer (6)
      • Professional recording (4)
      • Relaxing (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Audiophile (10), Experienced (6), Gear head (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Reviewed by 28 customers

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      4.0

      Wonderful Headphones

      By FallenKnight71

      from Southwest Florida

      About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Cord is too long
      • Corl Is Too Long

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

      I'm presently listening to these great headphones. The sound-stage is nice and wide. They headphones have tight deep bass, a little recessed midrange but clear. The highs are just right, no sibilance or ting. The only thing I took a star away for is that the clamping force is a bit much. They are comfortable except to the too tight of clamping which should lessen with use. Also the provide cord is nice and long for home use but there is no short cord for portable player use.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Sounds great. Fit not so great.

      By JohnSon

      from Princeton, NJ

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio

      Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

      Fantastic, well balanced sound. However, they fit very tight on my head, and I'm a pin head! Stretching them over a stack of CDs helped, but the Beyerdyamics are much more comfortable.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent earphone

      By Luis

      from El paso Tx

      Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

      I love this earphone since the firts tine to conect to the computer an star ear musicAre excellents

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      5.0

      Best Headphones!

      By FETTAL

      from MOSCOW

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Bass
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music

        Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

        Usually use them at home, to love the bass component, and easy listening. Thank you all! Especially Sennheiser.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I like real headphones so I got these

        By Nils Music Listener

        from NJ

        About Me Dude

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Relaxing

          Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

          I use the headphones to listen to music, movies and TV in my apartment at a good volume without disturbing my neighbors.

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          • No

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          5.0

          HD 650 / Incredible sound!

          By HotBiker

          from Plano, TX

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Great Sound
          • Nice Storage Box
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music

            Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

            These headphones sound absolutely incredible! They deliver as promised by Sennheiser and as commented upon by other reviewers. I was looking as a slightly lesser model to upgrade from my old Sennheiser HD-424's (yes, from the 70's and still going strong after several earpad replacements!). When I found the 650's with a mail-in rebate, I "raised the bar" on my purchase and, man-oh-man, am I glad I did.

            My old 424's, while certainly not "reference" by any means, delivered awesome sound, though fairly weak on the bass end. But WOW ... the 650's blew me away! Not only was there top-end "sizzle" (cymbols and bells sounded like they were right in front of me), really accurate mids (voice, & instruments), but the BASS was nothing short of astounding! I put on some recordings which had passages down in the 16-20Hz range (e.g., Enya "Watermark," "John Williams Greatest Hits" by Sony - 20bit mastering, "Phantom of the Opera," etc.) and heard every note loud and clear; some material that was totally missing on my 424's. By the way, I was powering them out of an Oppo BDP-105 DVD/CD/sound processor.

            And not just the bass was accurate and present in totality, but EVERYTHING was! And the soundstage is beyond belief ... they reproduce audio almost as well as my audiophile-grade home system (400W Ascend fronts, 1000W Hsu sub). These babies sound like you're live in a concert hall. About the only difference between the 650's and the home system is that I couldn't "feel" the low bass vibrating my body (and sometimes the furniture!).

            Regarding the realism and soundstage presence, on a particular reference recording (made in concert hall with live audience), just as the featured organist (R. Jelani Eddington) started getting lively, a single person in the audience clapped. I was so startled I literally turned around and looked because it sounded as if they were sitting just behind me. And not only that, I heard when people in the audience coughed and, I swear, could tell if they were male or female. Incredibly realistic!

            If you're looking for audiophile grade "reference" phones that give a world-class soundstage presence, but don't want to spend $1,000 or more, look no further. Just purchase the Sennheiser HD650's and don't look back!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sennheiser HD650 Delivers the Sound

            By DED

            from Colorado

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio

              Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

              I use the HD650 headphones with a newly purchased desktop headphone amplifier connected to my computer by a small DAC. Before purchasing the HD650, I was listening with the HD598 headphones. I thought they were a capable set of headphones, but when connected to the new amp I began to think I had purchased a lemon. The HD650s changed that perception right out of the box. The sound opened up, bass became more pronounced (not booming), vocals were given the prominence they deserved, and I haven't experienced any fatigue while using the HD650 headphones. The only complaint I have is that they do clamp down a bit hard and cause some minor discomfort over long listening sessions. I am very pleased with the high quality performance of these headphones.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Even I can hear the difference

              By Digger

              from NorCal

              About Me New Audiophile

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                Never had anything like these. Have had Sony's and currently Bose but even with my age related hearing loss, I can hear how good these cans are compared to what I've been using. Now I can hear the quality in the High Def FLAC and DSD music I've been buying online!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Expensive and well worth it

                By Amateur musician

                from Arizona

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                The moment I put these on, I was instantly impressed and relieved: This was a great online purchase, sight unseen (unheard). They happily exceeded my expectations. I was not planning to take headphones in this price range to work, but now I'm not sure how I can exist without them. I prefer open-back, circumaural headphones for audiophile reasons and for the ability to hear what's going on around me in the workplace. These are a giant step up from the Sennheiser HD500s I was using. Made in Ireland.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Sound, Average Materials

                By Dan

                from Texas

                Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                First off these sound great compared to the HD 555's they replaced. Honestly, the 555's are great for devices that don't put out much power. But when you give the 650's some power they really excel. However, I'm quite surprised by the average materials on the 650's. In my opinion my 555's have better ear cups and head foam than the 650's. At least on the 555's the 'HD 555' is printed straight onto the plastic. On the 650s the 'HD 650' is a cheap sticker that's obviously covering a screw. I was really surprised the 650s were not a step up in materials. Sound quality is great, but wow materials are lacking. Still 5 stars because I got them to listen to not to look at.

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                5.0

                A reference headphone

                By mausilva

                from Sao Paulo

                About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Bass
                • Great Sound
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Portable Devices
                  • With My Computer

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                  Amazing sound.

                  • Primary Use:
                  • Working out
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Smooth and detailed

                  By D

                  from Temecula

                  About Me Gear Head

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                    After years of using Sony headphones (MDR-V6s and MDR-V900s), I've been very used to 'closed back' headphones. Had tried many headphones over the years that were of the open and semi-open back design, including several Sennheiser, AKG, Beterdynamic, and others. Admittedly, I was trying these back in 2004ish. I never could find anything that fit my particular taste in sound reproduction. Well, after years of faithful service, my Sony MRR-V900's finally died, and decided to upgrade. Researched like mad through all sorts of websites, reviews, and word of mouth from friends, the Sennheiser HD650 was near the top of every list, especially for headphones under [$], which is out of my budget. So I ordered them.B&H has really good service, so I knew if I really disliked them, there would be no hassles returning or exchanging. I was concerned that many websites mentioned needing a headphone pre-amp to extract proper loudness and sound. I needn't have worried. My Yamaha amplifier has a plenty loud headphone jack (surprisingly, my MacBook Pro can pump out pretty good volume too). These headphones are quite comfortable, have wonderful bass, and the high end on some recordings that sounded borderline shrill in the Sonys sound beautifully detailed and rich. These are far from broken in, and already I'm discovering nuances in recordings I never heard before. The separations of the instruments makes it so easy to hear everything. I'm sure better headphones may exist to someone else's ears, but for my ears, I've never heard such detailed, smooth, and yet punchy headphones. I love these!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Magnificent !!!!!!

                    By Manuel

                    from gudalajara, JAL

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                    are undoubtedly the best I heard

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                    5.0

                    The King Is Dead. Long Live the King!

                    By Spike Da Peke

                    from Central Jersey

                    About Me Audiophile, Conservatory Trained, Gear Head

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Value
                    • Incredible Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Revealing of Recordings
                    • Superbly Accurate

                    Cons

                    • Will Reveal System Flaws

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • In the Recording Booth
                    • Music

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                    My beloved AKG 701's inexplicably died recently. I was left with something of a dilemma. I really did love those phones, but they took hundreds of hours to break-in,and even after several years use sometimes felt as much clinical as musical. So, I began to shop around. I looked at the Ultrasone 900's, the Beyerdynamic T70's, the Grado RS2i, and finally, the Sennheiser HD650s. Briefly, the Ultrasone 900's felt poorly controlled, both classical and jazz recordings felt punchy and perhaps a bit screechy. They seem lacking of tightness in both bass and high frequency areas. I very much wanted to like the Beyerdynamic T70's. But, I must admit to a strong sense of disappointment. Like most phones from that company, then T70 is very comfortable. But, like most closed phones, the bass is a bit uncontrolled. I would never accuse them of being flabby, but coming after the AKG 701's, they seem to lack precision. The Grado's were simply uncomfortable. I have never cared for on-the-ear cans and the RS2i's confirmed my preference. So, finally, the Sennheiser HD650s. I was immediately struck by the musicality of these headphones. Trying them for the first time, I found myself going from one CD to another, one Apple Lossless File to another. I was the proverbial child in a candy store, trying one treat after another. My old CDs and files seemed new: I was hearing new material, unheard lines, staging and detail. The low growling bass and tuba of Wagner's vorspiel to Siegfried (Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, 1969) seemed again terrifying, as they were when I first heard them at a performance of the Ring in Seattle. In Birélli and Pastorius's "Stuttgart Aria" I felt as if I could see Pastorius dancing across the stage, bass in hand, delivering one impossible riff after another. In Kurt Weill's Das Berliner Requiem, I can almost see the small, male chorus, leaning forward as they deliver one pensive, pouncing line after another.A great set of headphones re-creates the stage in a new, and more directly accessible way. With these headphones, Sennheiser moved us another step forward into Glenn Gould's more perfect concert–that is to say a recording. They bring my music files to a livelier, and perhaps more life-like place. There is very little more that I could ask of a headphone. I have one minor criticism: the top surface of the headband seems to be made of a rather cheap glossy plastic. The material seems very much out of place on a [$] headphone.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing

                    By Geibys

                    from Ottawa, Canada

                    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Too Much Ambient Noise

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                    These headphones are simply amazing, crisp clear with a great amount of bass, I'm currently using the with the Asus Xonar Essence STX on PC.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    BEST PRODUCTION HEADPHONES

                    By musicproducer

                    from new york

                    About Me Frequent Traveler

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • Traveling
                      • Working

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                      If you produce music professionally, these headphones are for you.

                      • Primary Use:
                      • Traveling
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Slightly bulky, but comfortable.

                      By galpalval

                      from Tacoma-Seattle

                      About Me Radio Broadcaster

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • Music
                        • Working

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                        I use my HD650's every day in radio. I love them! They're a little bulky, but fit comfortably; sound is full, clear and round. I'm gentle with my cans, but they are designed to take a beating if you tend to be hard on your headphones. I used my last headset (Sennheiser) for 25-years. The product is well built for on air radio professionals.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Sennheiser HD650 "The best I've Heard"

                        By NeeperVision

                        from Elk Grove, CA

                        About Me Film DPSound

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Good Bass
                        • Great Sound
                        • Lightweight
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                        • Cord needs outer shield

                        Best Uses

                        • Handles high Db sound

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                        Professional Film and Broadcast monitoring. They are very comfortable, you sometimes don't even realize you have them on. The 650's reproduce the entire audible sound range. I listen to sound with very high dynamic range (Close lightning strikes, explosions, jet engines, etc) all recorded with state of the art equipment. The 650's handle these sounds very smoothly and do not collapse at sudden high Db with low frequencies. They reproduce bass like nothing I've ever heard. All this; and I haven't even broken them in yet! (<40 hrs) The only thing I would add is kevlar netting around the cord (I have a cat that likes to chew on cables)

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Headphones

                        By Tom

                        from Atlanta GA

                        About Me Audio Engineer, Audiophile

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Value
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mixing
                          • Music

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                          I was looking into buying headphones to do ruff mixes when I am on the road. It was between the AKG K 701 and the Sennheiser HD650. I couldn't be happier with my decision. At first you need to break them in which might take a couple weeks of listening to music. As time goes they get better. I would recommend an external hi-fi amp to use with them. They can't run off your traditional computer headphone jack or ipod. I wear them for long period of time and are one of the most comfortable headphone to possibly wear. I would recommend this product.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          The best headphones ever!!

                          By Spiderking

                          from Old bridge, nj

                          About Me Audiophile

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent sound

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Music
                          • Portable Devices

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD650 - Reference Class Stereo Headphones:

                          The sennheiser hd650's are one of the best audiophile headphones money can buy! And I love using them, and they're the closest thing you can get to natural sound! Get these headphones! Promise you will not be disappointed! Hd650....the best!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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