Sennheiser HD 650 Best Price | A REVIEW!

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Ever wondered about the Sennheiser HD 650’s best price? Well I’m here today to tell you exactly that, while also giving you a nice in depth review if you are down to read it! Before we get started though, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

  • Specifications and best price
  • A Summary
  • Pros and Cons
  • AMP/DAC requirements
  • Who this headphone benefits?
  • A Consensus
  • Conclusion

Now, without further ado let’s get into all of the things..

Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD 650 best price

Sennheiser HD 650 best price

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type: open back
fit: circumaural
impedance: 300 Ohm
frequency response: 12 – 39000 Hz
material: OFC copper (kevlar reinforced), velour ear pads
color: grey and black metal flake finish


These are some of the most accurate and well respected headphones on the planet. They are a little warmer, lusher, and thicker than their younger brother, the HD 600. They are also a bit more refined.

Check out my comparison review of the HD 600 vs. 650!

They are also a little less neutral and more enjoyable to listen with. As an open back model, these will leak sound so be weary of that and know that they perform best in an isolated studio environment, absent any extraneous noise and distraction.

Another thing to note is the impedance level. At 300 Ohms, these will need an adequate amplifier to reach their full potential.

More on amps a bit later!!

They take a bit of burn in time to really get acclimated, so prepare to really be impressed after around the 50 hour mark. Things start to open up considerably and everything kind of settles in. The sound becomes focused and tightly in place, which results in a very clean overall signature.


  • extremely accurate and transparent
  • great body, warmth, and smoothness
  • nice sound-stage and imaging. You are able to place where the musicians are on stage, and being an open backed can, the sound won’t get trapped in your head and leave you fatigued.
  • a forward and engaging mid-range. helps with the presentation of the male voice.
  • tight and authoritative bass response. less neutral than the HD 600. The bass, rather than being bloated and loud, is accurate and precise. You will be able to hear the tone of a kick drum as well as different textures in frequency. An important thing to remember is to make sure your sound source is of good quality. These will reveal flaws in haphazard mix downs and masters.
  • not too picky about which amp you choose to pair with it. Sounds pretty fantastic with most amps.
  • very versatile in terms of genre, handling a wide range of musical styles. Rock music is it’s strongest suit.
  • comfort. those velour ear pads make it so you can wear these for hours and not get fatigued.
  • replaceable parts, which ensures longevity out of your purchase.


  • too smooth. Like Fonzie except not, these headphones are so chill that they may make you fall asleep!
  • treble is lacking a bit. This is the “veiled” sound that people talk about in regards to Sennheiser headphones. Somewhat lacking in air and harmonic content. What is the Sennheiser veil?
  • HD 600. Many people prefer the more neutral HD 600 over the laid back sound signature of the HD 650. Others like the fact that the 650’s bass has a little more impact and weight behind it.

Check out the video!

AMP/DAC Requirements

The great thing about the HD 650 is that it isn’t too picky about which amp you choose. At 300 Ohms, it does need one to reach it’s full potential, and a few good options would be:

Schiit Magni + Modi

Schiit Magni + Modi Combo

  1. The JDS labs 02
  2. Magni/Modi combo (very common and a great option)
  3. E09k paired with the E17
  4. Bottle-head crack

Pricier options include:

Who this headphone benefits?

As alluded to in the open, this is a very versatile headphone that handles a wide variety of genres including:

  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Hip-Hop
  • Soul
  • Acoustic

It’s bread and butter is most definitely for Rock music. This is in part due to the mid-range as well as the bass not drowning out other frequencies. The treble also has a lot to do with it.

The Consensus

Since 2003, It’s been one of the most beautiful sounding headphones around. It’s extremely accurate, has a really great mid-range, accurate bass, and is very comfortable over a long period of time. It’s treble is lacking a bit in the upper registers, and it has been criticized for being a bit too smooth, almost lulling you to sleep..


What you are getting with these is a brand new music collection. Why? Because they revolutionize everything you own, plus the music you haven’t heard. It’s like hearing all of your old favorites for the first time again. You will start to notice things in music that you never knew were there. This is one of the best things about higher end headphones. They make you realize what you were missing!


So what do you think about these? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments and Contact me if you have any questions!

Well that’s about it for today folks! If you have any other questions about the Sennheiser HD 650’s best price, let me know down below! I very much look forward to hearing from you..

All the best and God bless,

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Sennheiser HD 650

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            • Extremely Comfortable
            • Very Versatile
            • Even, accurate sound
            • not amp picky
            • good sound-stage and imaging


            • too smooth?
            • treble lacking a bit in upper registers
            • not as neutral as the HD 600


            1. A great deal of technical information, much of which is over my head.Loved your description of what good headphones should be, as if the band was there and the music from outside your head. From this I can tell that I’ve only used low quality headphones in the past.I hope someday to experience the phenomenon you describe but for that kind of money it’ll have to wait.

              • Hey Jack!

                Thanks for the comment! I agree, a purchase like this should be thought about for sometime.. however the 650 is more than a worthwhile investment. I myself am highly considering it as my next studio piece. Appreciate you dropping by.. Take care..


            2. Hi Stu, what a great article! So much detailed information, and also the videos are very professional.

              I used the Sony MDR-7506 and I thought that they were very professional, but now, reading your post, I wonder how these Sennheisers sound… The price is VERY different, so the quality must be too!

              But can I ask you, how can good quality headphones have such different prices?

              I mean those Sony’s are not cheap headphones, and to my ears (I’m not a pro, but I produce some music with my PC and in the past recorded instruments with my band) they sound good. Is the $350 difference really worth it?

              • Hey Matteo!

                Funny you mention the 7506’s. I had them for a while and really liked them a lot. They aren’t without their flaws, but they provide a very analytical, almost cold sound. They really improved my mixes ten fold. The problem? They are a bit harsh/shrill in the treble range, and the ear-cup on mine fell off. The ear-cups also peel like no-ones business. I think in another article I mentioned it was like aged sunburn peeling. Lol.

                I still recommend them because they’ve become an industry standard and the sound is quite neutral overall. They do have a bit more bass emphasis than necessary for reference headphones, but it makes them an enjoyable listen for casual tunes and what not.

                As for your question:

                How can good quality headphones have such different prices?

                This is a very loaded question, but I want to clarify.

                It really comes down to the sound, the comfort, and the overall build. When the sound is very close to neutral, but clear, accurate, and precise.. the value goes up. Imagine if you could hear everything going on in a track, even the stuff you never knew was there! That’s what it’s like having higher quality headphones. When nothing is muddied up or indistinct, you have an almost religious experience. I’ve seen people give amazon reviews claiming they were brought to tears with a good pair of cans and an amplifier. It happens all the time, and a good set will revolutionize your music collection. The sound-stage is a huge factor here. People love it when they feel like the music is surrounding them, not unlike surround sound speakers. It gives the cans a more 3-d like quality, and you can really start to place exactly where musicians and instruments are on stage. What is Soundstage?

                The build also increases value. A lot of time you may hear someone complain of poor construction in a cheaper set of headphones. Well, you get what you pay for, but there are exceptions of course. Generally the higher in price the better the materials used. Comfort is very similar as well. Pretty much all of the open back headphones use velour ear padding, which is extremely comfortable, and a lot more so than pleather or something similar.

                Lastly, longevity comes into play. Materials break down over time. That’s an unavoidable fact. However, if the components used are replaceable but still last a long time, you have an exceptional product. The Sennheiser HD 600 and 650 are perfect examples of this concept. They can literally be taken apart to the core, and nearly every thing inside can be modified, fixed, or replaced. Given proper care, these headphones could last you the rest of your life.

                All this being said, I do recommend the HD 600’s over the 650’s. The reason:

                1) Signature. You basically are paying $100 less for a superior sound. This is arguable, but most people will agree, the 600 is more neutral, and has a crisper sound. The 650 borders on TOO warm. Like too much of a good thing. It does have more bass though, and that may attract a different demographic. Regardless, both headphones are phenomenal. Check out my Sennheiser HD 600 Review!

                Hope I answered all of your questions! If you have any more, let me know!!

                God bless,


            3. Very well written page. Thanks for sharing and giving these important tips. They are definitely helpful for newcomers and aspirants looking into having a great musical career path.

              Your website will definitely be bookmarked by many musicians and look forward to check often. My instrument is keyboard and this instrument does need other accessories to build a proper studio and your site will be a guide for me for sure. Thanks.

              • Hey Hamza!

                Thanks for dropping by! What kind of keyboard do you have? I’ve only had one since I’ve had a studio, and I was a relative noob at that time. I didn’t even really understand how it communicated with my computer, or even what I needed to do for it to produce MIDI that I could then use for a song. It was fun to mess around on, and I may invest in one in the future.

                I mostly sample with the KORG padKONTROL, and it’s been a workhorse for me since 2007. You’re right though, a home studio isn’t just one piece, although it starts with that! Check out my How to build a home studio guide when you get a chance.. and Contact me for any reason as well.



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