Stereophile "Recommended Component" 2006
As Close to Sonic Perfection as Possible
Will the Sennheiser HD650 headphones bring you sonic perfection? Maybe not, but they'll sure come close. The HD650 exemplifies the ultimate in open-air, dynamic headphone design, delivering expressiveness and emotion while maintaining absolute precision and lifelike reproduction. If that ain't perfection, then what is?
The HD650 wins "Recommended Component" status in the April 2006 issue of Stereophile magazine, which refers to them as Editor Jon Atkinson's "new reference cans."
"The Sennheiser HD 650s were so good that I sold my reference headphones and replaced them with the HD 650s, and I haven't regretted the decision for a second," raves Doug Paratore in his July 2005 review for SoundStage! online.
"Unbelievable Clarity and Detail"
In his January 10, 2005 review for New York magazine at newyorkmetro.com, Jacob Bernstein lauds the HD650 for its "unbelievable clarity and detail."
"Very crisp, detailed and even sound allied to superlative build and fine comfort makes [the HD650] all most people will ever want," reports the May 2005 issue of England's Hi-Fi World magazine.
FHM magazine goes wild over the Sennheisers, too. "These super-comfortable ear covers totally immerse you in sound and say, 'I carry Hundreds.'"
But don't worry. They won't cost you a huge bankroll. Especially at our money-saving price.
Advanced Materials and Design
Developed from Sennheiser's award-winning HD600 headphones, the HD650 uses improved materials all around for superior sound reproduction. The design starts with hand-selected, matched transducers fitted with computer-optimized magnets and extremely lightweight aluminum voice coils, all of which ensure sonic accuracy and fast transient response. A specially developed acoustic silk provides uniform damping over the entire frequency range and minimizes harmonic distortion.
Extremely Natural, Spatial Sound
To listen to the HD650 is to be enveloped by extremely natural, spatial sound. Music is crisp and balanced with excellent deep bass reproduction and an overall sound that is non-fatiguing, even over extended listening sessions. Deep bass reproduction is complemented by exceedingly authentic voice reproduction and a pleasantly natural treble.
"The impact of the music is powerful, even at low volumes, but never overdone or bloated," reports Doug Paratore in SoundStage! "The bass is consistently taut and controlled, making for some very enjoyable listening sessions.
Very Comfortable, Too
In addition to its superior sound, the HD650 is extremely comfortable, too, thanks to the elliptical earpiece design that's adapted to the shape of the ears. The detachable connecting cable is made from highly conductive OFC copper and is Kevlar-reinforced with very low handling noise. The 1/4-inch plug fits full-size SACD players and other home A/V components, while the included mini-plug adapter makes the Sennheiser great for portables.
"More than any other headphones I have heard, the Sennheiser HD 650s will help you get the most from the investment made in your music system," concludes SoundStage!