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Sennheiser HD 650 Headphone (Authorized Refurbished) - $284.04 AC (Free S&H)

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Thought I'd share this one (though it might be a bit niche):

VMInnovations, a Sennheiser authorized dealer, has refurbished HD 650's available at http://www.vminnovations.com/Prod...shed-.html

Their list price is $298.99. This drops further with a 5% off coupon code for Memorial Day (Coupon Code: MDAY) bringing the price to $284.04. Standard S&H is free, though you can opt to pay more get them faster.

Deal Details -- The headphones do *not* have a full 2 year Sennheiser warranty, but rather their 90 day refurbished warranty. They do not come with the original box, packaging, or manuals.

Product Details -- These headphones (as well as the Sennheiser HD 600, the other still-in-production member of their line) are more or less the benchline for "audiophile" headphones. Paired with a decent DAC, source, and amp, these headphones are in contention for the best bang for the buck in hi-fi headphones. (This is especially true at this price, which is a decent discount.) These will not run well off of mobile devices, such as smartphones or iPods/Sansa's, without a mobile amp -- and a fairly substantial one due to their 300ohm impedance. (Reference point: they run fairly badly off of an E17.)

You can:

- find a fantastic review by Tyll at InnerFidelity (http://www.innerfidelity.com/cont...d-hd-650);
- check out user reviews and experiences in the head-fi appreciation thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/197776/s...n-thread);
- get a good sense of their price/performance ratio from David Mahler's epic flagship headphone megathread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/b...user_HD650).

Thanks for looking, and if I can answer any questions/refine the above information, feel free to post below.
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Last Edited by AustinValentine May 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Since hd 650s are oos, some alternatives:

Refurb Amperiors for $160 AC here. [vminnovations.com]

New Sennheiser Amperiors (silver) for $182 AC here [vminnovations.com] or blue for 194 here. [vminnovations.com]

Momentums here [vminnovations.com] for 224

You can also find Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium (600 Ohm) here [razordogaudio.com] for $259.00 with the coupon code BEYER880 used at checkout. This is another pretty solid deal with free UPS ground shipping.

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It's a good price for an HD650 from an authorized retailer but this particular headphone is nowhere near the best "bang for your buck" in the entry-level audiophile scene. It's in the same "tier" as headphones like the K701, depending on your preferred sound signature, and it's worth noting that these really require proper amping to sound reasonably good, which is an added cost.

So good pricing if you are interested in it, but buyers should do some research into whether they do want these in the first place since the laid back, darker signature may not to be everyone's tastes.

Source: Owner of these, the HD800, LCD-2, and many other headphones.
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was waiting for one, thanks!
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Anybody have any experience with refurbished Sennheiser headphones? Are there any major differences in the sound quality between these and the "original" ones?
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Quote from saphyrre View Post :
Anybody have any experience with refurbished Sennheiser headphones? Are there any major differences in the sound quality between these and the "original" ones?
Highly doubt any sonic differences since they are refurbished to "new condition".
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Quote from saphyrre View Post :
Anybody have any experience with refurbished Sennheiser headphones? Are there any major differences in the sound quality between these and the "original" ones?

I purchased an HD595 about six years back and recently a wireless RS 180. They didn't come in a retail box but appear brand new.
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I purchased an HD595 about six years back and recently a wireless RS 180. They didn't come in a retail box but appear brand new.
This has been my experience with Sennheiser refurbs as well. I've made two prior refurb purchases: a pair of Amperiors and an HD 800. Both of these were in perfect condition -- like new. (I returned the Amperiors briefly after though, because they had the most sibilant mids of any headphone I've ever heard. Not a mechanical failure, it's just the way the phone sounded.)
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I love how so many refurbished items claim: Exceed or meet factory this and that, blah blah, just as good, if not better, etc... But we're only warrantying them for a small fraction of the normal factory warranty, because they're so good and guaranteed and all.
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Quote from dark_velocities View Post :
It's a good price for an HD650 from an authorized retailer but this particular headphone is nowhere near the best "bang for your buck" in the entry-level audiophile scene. It's in the same "tier" as headphones like the K701, depending on your preferred sound signature, and it's worth noting that these really require proper amping to sound reasonably good, which is an added cost.

So good pricing if you are interested in it, but buyers should do some research into whether they do want these in the first place since the laid back, darker signature may not to be everyone's tastes.

Source: Owner of these, the HD800, LCD-2, and many other headphones.

$500 cans are entry level? Woulda thought they would be mid-high. But I know almost nothing about phones.

...other than I have been bit by the bug, and unfortunately God wont allow me to use them.

IEM's aggravate my eardrums after a day or too, which lasts for about a week.

Over the ear; I guess I have large ears, because my ears press against the inside of every over the ear I have tried on, and after about 45min to an hour, they start hurting.

I guess I have a large head, because all of the on ears are tight enough that, same thing, 45 min to an hour pain starts setting in, accompanied with a headache.


I have spent hours in Best Buy trying them on and have found nothing that doesn't hurt after 45-60 min.


Anyone have any suggestions? I'm thinking of getting those 1oz, old school $5 Panasonics. No way those lightweight things could put too much pressure.

Do they make a high end old school, lightweight, comfortable pair of over the ears?

I love this image.

http://media.rofls.com/84/94/8494...f7a96c.jpg
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You can find refurb Q701s from Harman Audio's ebay front (maker of AKGs) for around 180.
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Quote from GuySakar View Post :
$500 cans are entry level? Woulda thought they would be mid-high. But I know almost nothing about phones.

...other than I have been bit by the bug, and unfortunately God wont allow me to use them.

IEM's aggravate my eardrums after a day or too, which lasts for about a week.

Over the ear; I guess I have large ears, because my ears press against the inside of every over the ear I have tried on, and after about 45min to an hour, they start hurting.

I guess I have a large head, because all of the on ears are tight enough that, same thing, 45 min to an hour pain starts setting in, accompanied with a headache.


I have spent hours in Best Buy trying them on and have found nothing that doesn't hurt after 45-60 min.


Anyone have any suggestions? I'm thinking of getting those 1oz, old school $5 Panasonics. No way those lightweight things could put too much pressure.

Do they make a high end old school, lightweight, comfortable pair of over the ears?

I love this image.

http://media.rofls.com/84/94/8494...f7a96c.jpg

Have you tried Audio-technica? They're cans have almost no pressure on the head.
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That's a fantastic image. I could make some recommendations, for sure. Ultimately, it comes down to the genres of music and the budget that you're looking at. There are plenty of comfortable, low pressure, over the gear headphones.

Budget comfort options would be:
- Koss PortaPro at $30 or so, (a few other budget Koss models use the same drivers too)
- Noontec Zero which Woot has for $55 today,
- Sennheiser HD428/439s which are frequently on sale and are some of the most comfortable circumaural headphones I've used, (really, the HD4xx,5xx line are all comfy, but not all budget)
- Creative Aurvana Live is very comfortable -- but you mentioned that your ears are a bit larger and they have small cups

Also, "entry-level audiophile" is a floating signifier at this point. I probably shouldn't have used it to begin with. [Note: It appears that the HD650s are now sold out Frown Hopefully a few people got in on the deal.]
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Quote from freegood View Post :
You can find refurb Q701s from Harman Audio's ebay front (maker of AKGs) for around 180.
This is a very good choice if you have the budget and you like the sound of the AKGs (this is a good price, thanks for the heads up). I'm also a big fan of the Sony MDR-1R and Logitech UE6000 for full sized sealed headphones with reasonably large earcups too around this price range. I don't have very large ears (mine can fit into a Sennheiser Momentum woot) and the cups on these feel cavernous. They should all fit!
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Quote from kevinh View Post :
Have you tried Audio-technica? They're cans have almost no pressure on the head.
Looking into them right now. Thanks.

Quote from AustinValentine View Post :
That's a fantastic image. I could make some recommendations, for sure. Ultimately, it comes down to the genres of music and the budget that you're looking at. There are plenty of comfortable, low pressure, over the gear headphones.

Budget comfort options would be:
- Koss PortaPro at $30 or so, (a few other budget Koss models use the same drivers too)
- Noontec Zero which Woot has for $55 today,
- Sennheiser HD428/439s which are frequently on sale and are some of the most comfortable circumaural headphones I've used, (really, the HD4xx,5xx line are all comfy, but not all budget)
- Creative Aurvana Live is very comfortable -- but you mentioned that your ears are a bit larger and they have small cups

Also, "entry-level audiophile" is a floating signifier at this point. I probably shouldn't have used it to begin with. [Note: It appears that the HD650s are now sold out Frown Hopefully a few people got in on the deal.]
Thank you for the information. I have considered the Koss Porta Pro quiet a bit. Actually, I am likely ordering those in the next couple of days. My only hang up is I have seen a lot of reviewers claim that the temporal adjuster thing was more of a gimmick and they could tell no difference between settings.

I listen to anything, but very little country and rap. Mumford and Sons, to Hindrix, to orchestra remakes of rock, pop, etc...(just got into that and am really liking it). Actually, with my Sony mini shelf 360 RMS Watt on 27/30, I am really getting into instrumental/classical/orchestra in general.


To give an idea, my perfect set of headphones would be these two Sony speakers strapped to my head so loud I actually go temporarily insane every time I play them.



I would have no problem dropping up to $200 on a set of phones if the sound justified the price AND I could wear them for 2-3 hours without my ear cartilage hurting. But would prefer the $50-$100 range. I can crank of external cans loud with NP, but even at low volume, the IEM give me problems.




I have been trying (since last year) to find a the largest set of over the ears, but I guess nobody else has big ears, because there's not a wealth of information on such a thing. I've seen threads at head-fi asking for the same exact thing, with maybe 3-4 responses, and nothing really conclusive.

There has to be a sets of over the ears that are known for very large cups. Wide and deep.


Again, thanks for the info. I think you just convinced me on the Kos's. I'm pretty excited to see what their unique sound signature is that everyone says is so different and soothing.
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