As the title says, I have just discovered the HD650. I've heard it in shops a few times and thought is was just OK, but after trying it on a few different DAC/head amps I am really blown away by them! I know I'm really late to this party and there are a bunch of fans out there thinking I'm crazy for not trying it sooner. I think I avoided it for so long because I thought it was a very safe headphone, not that exciting perhaps. I've heard some people describe it as 'dull', but that's not what I'm getting at all.
I know Jason recently got the HD650 and he's loving them as well, He said that they were great for soundtracks and maybe that's what pushed me over the edge to get them, but wow am I so glad that I did. I am a bit of a soundtrack nut (about 250 CDs and counting - lots of good stuff on Spotify too) and Jason was right on the money with this recomendation, this is by far the best headphone that I've ever heard for soundtracks. The bass is very powerful and the soundstage is just ridiculously good, noticably better than the Beyerdynamic DT880 or AKG Q701!
There is perhaps a little too much bass in this presentation somtimes, but they respond so well to different amps. My favourite so far is the Fostex HP-A3, because of it's soundstage and very tight bass, it's better on the Fostex than the usually amazing Audiolab M-DAC, but I haven't tested many other DAC / headphone amps yet.
It seems like one of the most popular hifi headphones out there, perhaps because of it's relatively modest price (although it seems to be goign up all the time). I see that 58 people have reviewed it on Amazon and 49 of those are 5 stars, that's quite something.
One thing that I would say is that although I haven't had too much time with either headphone yet, the SoundMAGIC HP200 and the Sennheiser HD650 sound similarly interesting. Although the HD650's ability to kick ass with soundtracks is going to take the prize for me.
I was wondering if there are many people interested in the HD650 at the moment? It's been out for a while now and although lots of good things have been said about it I wonder if some assume that it's been bettered by newer and cheaper things. Part of me had assumed that could be the case. Anyway, if you're interested in the HD650, what kind of music would you be most interested in listening to on them? The reason I ask is that I'm thinking about doing a big comparison between 4 of the big open back headphones in this price range soon - Beyerdynamic DT880, AKG Q701, Sennheiser HD650 and the SoundMAGIC HP200. Anyone interested in this?