Looking for a pair of premium audiophile headphones that deliver excellent sound and outstanding build quality? The Sennheiser HD 650 open-back headphones are perfect for critical listening, and ideal for music producers and hardcore music aficionados. Right now, Amazon is offering them for a . Get them for $400 instead of $500. And if you order via the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and get approval, you’re entitled to an additional $50 off instantly, reducing the price even further to $350. If that price is still a tad too much for you, take a look at our best cheap headphones for 2020.
The Sennheiser HD 650 are open-back headphones. Open-back headphones offer a more “realistic” sound experience since they let in a certain level of outside noise, so you are still aware of your surroundings. Listening to music through them is like listening to music in your room, quite unlike the more common closed-back headphones which tend to be “in your head” and hollow sounding. The HD 650 debuted in 2003 and have since been Sennheiser’s top-of-the-line professional headphones. The design is very industrial-like. Nothing too fancy, with large suede-covered earcups that are nicely padded and sit comfortably on your head. It has a two-tone (dark gray and black) color scheme with a glossy finish. It’s worth noting that the HD 650 don’t clamp as tightly on your head as most headphones do, so wearing them for extended periods of time won’t make them uncomfortable.
The cups are protected by a metal mesh cage that shows off the intricate driver construction inside, and which also allows air to come in, so your ears won’t get uncomfortably hot. These headphones are large and bulky so they’re not the most portable — they’re best left at the studio (if you’re a music producer). Otherwise, you need to purchase a case or a pouch to store them, which, disappointingly is not included.
The sound that the HD 650 offers is truly exceptional. Music sounds well-balanced, with great punchy bass, clear midranges, and wonderful treble. Nothing gets boosted, so these headphones give off accurate sounding music exactly as they sound during studio recording. Since these are open-back headphones, expect music to come out of them. Naturally, if it’s noise cancellation you’re after, it’s best to avoid these. Lastly, the HD 650 are wired and do not support Bluetooth connection, and it comes with a 3.5mm jack plug.
Since the Sennheiser HD 650 are open-back by design, they do not block noise and leak, so it’s best to use them in isolation instead of casual everyday listening. But if it’s unparalleled audio quality you’re after, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sounding pair of headphones. Get them for $400 on Amazon today.
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