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Sennheiser HD 650 Reference Level Headphones Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 July 2006
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The Downside
Headphones will not replace traditional speakers and, although they are the kings of accuracy, they are not comfortable to listen to at high volumes for extended periods of time. Some will find the HD 650s to be the most comfortable pair of headphones they have ever worn. Others may not be comfortable for long listening sessions. I fell in the middle. Although they are the most comfortable enclosed headphones I have used, they still cried to be removed after an hour or more of heavy listening. This was largely due to my head shape. I have a narrow jaw and muscular neck, so all headphones of this style tend to rest on my neck near my tonsils. I circumvented this issue by adjusting the HD 650s to ride higher on my head. This helped for longer listening sessions.

Although headphones have been part of my world for many years, they have been primarily relegated to my portable devices for exercise. I have a dedicated theater for listening and have no volume restrictions, so why would I need headphones? Doing this review was an eye-opener. Although the HD 650s won’t position a soundstage like traditional speakers, they will provide dynamics that are only rivaled by floor-standing speakers that cost as much as 10 times more. Bass was solid and quick and provided me with a live music feeling. The midrange was adequately sweet and liquid to made instruments sound very natural. High frequencies were a real joy. Due to the fact they can often get lost in an open room and cancelled by ambient noise, you will hear more information than you have ever heard when listening through the Sennheisers.

Headphones are no longer merely a tool for listening to music on the down-low. The HD 650s are an easy way to get huge sound for just a little bit of money. They are accurate, powerful and a necessary accessory for every series music listener. Sennheiser got it seriously right with their HD 650 headphones.

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