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Offline Endu1997

Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« on: October 07, 2019, 03:00:39 PM »
Howsit Everyone :thumbs:

After looking around at the available DAC/Amp units that were available, I ended up scooping up Eduan's Jotunheim :rubhands:.
I am now looking to get my hands on a pair of HD650s or HD6XXs.  However, before spending any more money, I would really like to hear a pair play through my Joti.

Does anyone know of any retailers or kind souls in Durban who might be able to help me out with a demo?

Offline Michon

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 03:23:43 PM »
Congratulations.

Listen to the HD600 too if you are able to. Some prefer its signature to that of the HD650. The 600 and 650 have their respective proponents though. Many others will agree that even after years of owning higher end headphones, like the HD800, the HD600 and HD650 remain worthy of praise and desirable. Thus I think you are on the right path.

Offline Endu1997

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 10:25:15 AM »
So after calling pretty much every store in KZN that stocks Sennheiser cans, it has been made apparent that there is little to no chance of a demo in my area. In order to get what I am after, I will need to visit either Jozi or Capetown... :walled: Looks like I might need to bite the bullet and buy myself a pair of 650s.

Offline shadow.clone

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 11:59:10 AM »
It's a real pity that you can't audition before you buy.

I prefer HD600 over HD650, but the differences aren't drastic according to my hearing. In any case, brain burn-in will sort out the differences fairly quickly. My advice is to avoid paying significantly more for either model just because an online review said one of them is better.

Offline GoodEnoughGear

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2019, 12:14:46 PM »
I have found it's source dependent - I much prefer HD600 with Balck Widow II, but much prefer HD650 with my LG V30. Based on what I know of Jotunheim, 650 should have better synergy.
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Offline shadow.clone

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2019, 12:20:27 PM »
Nothing a little EQ can't fix if you somehow do find the differences to be large. Just don't boost the low end too much.

My point is that if you come across a bargain for the 600, 650, or 6XX, don't pass on it even if it's not the specific model you were after.

Offline Endu1997

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2019, 12:22:49 PM »
Thanks for the advice :dop:
I have read great things online about synergy between the Jotenheim and HD650 and it is the main reason I am looking for a pair. If I do come across HD600s or HD660s for a good price, I will most likely reconsider.

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Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2019, 05:49:55 PM »
The HD650 also marries very well with the DarkVoice 336SE OTL valve amp.


https://www.amazon.com/DarkVoice-336SE-Headphone-Tube-Amplifier/dp/B00CF9JON8
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Offline ronman

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2019, 10:17:10 AM »
PM me with your details

I am in Durban

Can loan you mine.

Offline Endu1997

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2019, 02:22:39 PM »
Pm sent

Offline Endu1997

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2019, 12:32:40 PM »
Huge thank you to Ronman for lending me his HD6XXs for the good part of a week. Cheers and enjoy the time off.:dop:
 I can now say with utmost certainty that the HD700 is most definitely not for me and that the HD6XX/HD650 sounds absolutely fantastic. :groovy:

Offline ronman

Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2019, 10:23:31 AM »
You welcome

Hope you find what you looking for!

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Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2019, 05:29:46 PM »
Keep your eyes open for HD650 at around R3500 to 4000 used, HD600 normally a few hundred less. Or buy HD6xx new for $220 from (mass)drop. Quite possibly the biggest bargain in head-fidom.
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Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2019, 07:45:40 PM »
Thanks Scubadude.
I actually got my hands on a pair of Elears which currently reside on-top my head and may never come off.  :groovy: :notworthy:

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Re: Looking to demo HD650s in Durban
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2019, 08:44:58 PM »
Elear = Uber650 in many respects. Enjoy!
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