SmithyNZ
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Oct 6, 2019
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I own both and have compared them directly. In terms of audio, the only difference I found was that the 650 is slightly louder, but this may have been due to their being well broken in etc. The finish looks more premium on the 650 but the paint on the top of the headband is prone to flaking whereas the 6xx does not look like it will have that issue.
Oct 6, 2019
Evshrug
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Jan 2, 2021
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If the HD 650 seems louder, it’s probably the pads are allowing your ears to come closer to the driver. Like you said, well broken in. My HD 650 headband hasn’t flaked at all after two years, though stressing the material by stretching it aggressively could cause paint to warp and snap... paint isn’t a particularly elastic material.
Jan 2, 2021
SmithyNZ
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Jan 3, 2021
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It's just regular non-aggressive use, but I've had them for probably ten years now. The headphones cost me about us$600 back in the day so they've always been gently handled. I still love the way they sound and am wearing them now. I sometimes prefer them over my HD800S. You might be right about the loudness coming from the squashed pads. I have new pads now but sold my HD6XX over a year ago so can't compare them now (this was an old post you replied to).
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