Sennheiser HD 650

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Sennheiser HD 650 Review Facts

If you are looking for a pair of headphones that you can use for critical listening purposes, then look no further than the Sennheiser HD 650. While these aren’t the best for other purposes, many people were pleased with the comfort and design of the headphones. Sennheiser is known for being able to produce high-quality headphones that are both comfortable and durable. There are a few downsides to the HD 650 headphones, including that they aren’t the best when it comes to isolation, so they’re not too good if you intend to be wearing them out in public. Also, the headphones do not have wireless capabilities, so if having that Bluetooth connection was important for you, then you should consider that before making this purchase. Otherwise, the Sennheiser headphones have decent sound quality and comfort, which make them a great option on your list of headphones to purchase.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • The sound the headphones provide is perfect if you intend to use them for critical listening
  • The headphones are extremely comfortable to wear
  • The headphones are made out of good-quality materials
  • Some people agreed that the headphones are worth the money they paid for them
  • The headphones are not good with preventing leakage at all, so it isn’t really recommended that you wear these when you go out in casual situations
  • The headphones have no controls on them, which might be a negative aspect for some people



Since the headphones do not have any wireless features or capabilities, they do not have any advanced features, either. You do not need to use a battery for these. The headphones do not have any apps that you can use for them, nor do they come with any sort of software that you can use to help customize your experience. These headphones are a very basic, typical pair of headphones if you are to look at what features they provide and their other characteristics. They are not a breakthrough on the market.

Sound Quality

The biggest thing that many people commended these headphones for was their sound quality. The people who got the best use out of these were those who needed a pair for professional purposes, whether it be to help them edit audio and video, or to help them with other critical listening purposes. The headphones have good bass, mid-range, and treble. But if you like music that is more bass-heavy, these might not be the best for you. Otherwise, the sound is accurate and audible.

The headphones are not the best if you want to wear them in social situations. They leak a lot (meaning, everyone else around you will be able to hear exactly what you are listening to) and they do not have any noise-canceling mechanisms, so you will be able to hear everyone else around you.


The HD 650 headphones are a pair of typical headphones. The cable on them will suit any regular device, but if your iPhone model is a 7 or higher, you will need to use the small adapter that came with your phone in order to use these headphones. This is due to the fact that the headphone jack is a typical one, and not one that is like the iPhone charger style that the newer versions of the iPhone have. Otherwise, there is no specific device that these headphones are compatible or not compatible with. You can use them if you will be playing a PS4, Xbox, or if you will be using a PC. You won’t have to worry about latency if you will be watching movies on TV, but since these headphones do not have any wireless capabilities, you will not be able to leave the room as you would if you had wireless headphones.

These headphones do not need to have a Bluetooth connection in order to operate, since they do not have any wireless features. This also means that there is no wireless range.

The headphones do not have a dock.

Since the headphones have a cord, they are compatible with all kinds of devices. But there is no in-line remote with these headphones. You will be able to use them for all your different devices, including PS4 and Xbox, but if you intended to have a pair of headphones that will have a microphone on them, then these will not be a good option for you, since they also do not have a microphone.

The headphones have no latency, which might be important for people who want to use these headphones for gaming or for watching TV. But, since the headphones only have wired capabilities, this means that you will not be able to go anywhere while watching your movie, and you are limited in what you can do.


The earcups on these headphones are made with plush cushioning, which means that many people have agreed that they are very comfortable to wear. And since the headband is not too tight, it means that you will be able to wear these headphones for longer periods of time than you might have worn others, and be able to avoid the headaches and fatigue that frequently come with using tighter headphones. This also means that the headphones might be less stable around your head, which makes them not suitable for if you intended to find a pair of headphones to jog in or do other activities with. The fabric on them is similar to suede, which will feel very good on the skin and not cause any irritation or discomfort. The headphones also have more padding than other models, including other models by the Sennheiser brand.


These headphones have a unique design and rather large earcups. People were pleased with the fact that the larger earcups provided by these headphones not only made them feel more comfortable due to the added cushioning, but they also help to keep the ears warm. This warmth might be a problem for some people, however, and the largeness of the headphones might also cause some people to have doubts about whether or not to purchase these.

The headphones are also made with an open-back design, which means that they tend to leak a lot. This means that they are also not really suitable to be worn outdoors.

The HD 650 headphones are available in both black and gray, and they have a glossy finish to them. They are similar to other models made by the same company, although many customers were pleased with the comfort that these headphones provided more than previous models. Since the headphones do have larger earcups, people said that they felt as though they were wearing more luxury headphones. While these do not have as many colors as some other headphone brands might offer, that does not detract from the fact that many people genuinely like the design.

Something else to consider is the fact that the headphones are not made to be collapsible, so they are not the best if you intend to take them with you somewhere. And since they don’t come with their own case or another item for you to be able to carry them in, this might cause an issue for you if you wanted to take them with you somewhere.


The titanium finish of the headphones is said to be made with high-quality materials. Other than that, they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. But something that some people noticed about them is that they might not have the same high-end feel as other headphones of their type might. The weakest part of these headphones is the headband part, and some people believe that the part of the headphones that connects the headband to the earcups does not look very sturdy. It does not have many flaws, and most do agree that they are above-average in terms of durability. Plus, the headphones do come with a warranty, so should you come across any problems, you’re covered.

Ease of Use

Something to take into consideration before purchasing the HD 650 headphones is that they have no controls on them whatsoever. Many people prefer to have some type of controls on their headphones, at least something that would allow them to adjust the volume of what they are listening to. This might be a major downside and deal breaker for some people.

The headphones also do not have any wireless capabilities, which means that they do not need to have any Bluetooth connection or any cause for you to be technologically savvy to figure out how to get them connected. If you have an iPhone that is a 7 or higher, you will need to use the small adapter cord that comes with the phone, as the cable on these headphones has a typical headphone jack that is not suitable with the newer iPhones.

Power Source

These headphones do not need to be charged at all since they are not wireless, nor do they need to be connected to any specific app. Therefore, you will be able to use them whenever you feel like without having to worry about whether they are charged or not, and without having to worry about the length of their battery life. While this might be ideal for some people- there are many headphones out there that don’t need to have a power source or anything- this also means that the headphones don’t have some of the features that people might have been looking for in a pair of headphones.


Since these headphones are not wireless, they will not have a charger. When you purchase the headphones, they will come in a very sleek box. You will also receive a manual, an audio cable, and a ⅛” and ¼” adapter. The headphones do not come with a case that you can put them in if you intend to take them somewhere with you, which is something to consider, especially since the headphones have open ear backs. You might want to get a small bag or something else that would allow you to transport your headphones with you if that is something you are looking to do with these.


Considering the fact that these headphones are not wireless, and therefore are very limited in what they can do, some people might find that the price point is very steep. The official Sennheiser website lists the headphones for $500, not counting tax. But you do have plenty of other options to get the headphones for a cheaper price- Amazon, for example, offers the headphones for approximately $320. When looking at the price, it is important to consider the fact that these are made by a high-end brand, and they are perfect for your home entertainment system.

Key Features

-The headphones are very comfortable to wear due to the looser design of the headband, the huge earcups, and the extra padding all around
-The headphones are accurate and have great sound quality
-The sound that they provide is excellent if you want to use these headphones for critical listening
-If you want something to use with your home entertainment system, look no further

Bottom Line

Some of the features of these headphones might be disappointing for different groups of people, such as the fact that they don’t have controllers, they have no wireless capabilities, and they do not block any noise out (and have leakage). But, if you are someone who wants a good pair of headphones to use while you are at home, to help you out if you intend to hook them up to your TV or to a gaming system, then you have found a great pair. The headphones are built very well and are comfortable to wear, thanks to all the padding. Determining whether or not you should buy these headphones ultimately depends on your own personal taste and what types of features you are looking for in a pair of headphones. Of course, if the fact that it does not have the same capabilities as other headphones might be a problem for you, then you might not want to make the purchase, but if you want a pair of simple headphones that have exceptional sound quality for critical listening, then you should look no further.