Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones Review$649.95
Tour & Design
Welcome to the Sennheiser HD 650s. Below are the left, middle,
and right of the headphones.
The HD 650s are open-backed headphones, which is obvious if you
look at the outside of the ear cups. You can see the headphones'
innards clearly through the external grating.
The underside of the cups is where the cord attaches.
The underside of the band has padding with a divot at the top to
allow the band to bend without scrunching up the pads.
The headphones come with a Y-style cable that's over 9 feet long.
Here's a close-up of the plugs that affix
the cable to the ear cups.
As always, we conclude our tour by taking candid photos of HATS, our
head-and-torso-simulating robot pal, wearing the headphones it's helped
us test. Use this picture to get a very, very, very vague impression of
what the headphones will look like on your own head. We've gone ahead
and assumed you won't always remember to make the band symmetrically
extended, leading to a slight off-kilter look.
In The Box
In the box you'll find a storage case and an 1/8-inch adapter.
The HD 650s seem to be a pretty durable set of headphones overall,
with very specific strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side, the cord
is thick (a plus on at-home headphones, but makes them less portable)
and also removeable. If the cord gets damaged, just swap it out for a
On the negative end, the HD 650s have an open-backed design. While
open backs do some nice things for sound quality, it lets dust get into
the guts of the headphone very easily. Further, the grating isn't
particularly sturdy, and will probably dent if it fell off your desk.
Unless your desk is several hundred feet above ground, the dent will
likely just be an aesthetic issue.
These negative features are very minor in relation to the overall
construction of the headphones, however. While some dust can flow
through the grates, there's a felt guard to protect the important bits.
In general, the HD 650s are a sturdy set of headphones.
We like the looks of the Sennheiser HD 650s, but their unique look
certainly won't be for everyone. The large oval grating on the outside
of the ear cups is functional, of course, but also creates an
interesting look. The headphones are over-ears, which might look a bit
large on your head if you're not used to them. The greyscale paint job
doesn't create much of an aesthetic draw. While this might make them a
bit boring to some, it also makes them work-appropriate (if you are
planning on using these at work, we have to warn you: they leak like
crazy, so you'll have to keep your volume down if you don't want to be
the office boom box).