Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the Sennheiser HD660S. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.
It wasn’t really a surprise when Sennheiser announced the launch of the HD660S a few months ago. Their HD600 and HD650 headphones are getting older yet they still are immensely popular in the community. Most of the time headphone listeners are either fan of the HD600 or the HD650, and I don’t know a lot of people that like both.
A few years ago Sennheiser tried to bring these fan groups closer together with the launch of the HD700 and while I personally liked that headphone, it didn’t turn out to be a huge success in the headphone world. Now Sennheiser is back with the HD660S, and this time it just might work. The Sennheiser product page can be found here: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/headphones-audiophile-high-end-hd-660-s
By using the 6-line product name, people get the feeling of this headphone being closer to the one they already love and marketing wise that is a smart move. If we look at the driver of the new HD660S, we can see that it’s related to the HD700 driver and not the HD600/HD650 drivers.
Sennheiser it self is calling the HD660S the successor of the legendary HD650:
The new HD 660 S lets you enjoy sophisticated audiophile sound in even more listening situations. The successor of the legendary HD 650 excels with the improved performance of its new transducer design. Thanks to its lower impedance, it delivers reference-class sound also when connected to hi-res mobile players, thus offering much greater versatility. The HD 660 S is an elegantly designed piece of high-quality engineering that indulges the demanding listener with aural precision and great wearing comfort.
While it of course is the successor of the HD650 (it was launched last in the 6-series, not looking at the 630VB) it to me sound wise really is in between both models. The HD600 is fast, detailed and has a more neutral tuning and the HD650, is thicker, slower and more romantic. This new HD660S, at least to me, combines the best of both these headphones and to me it really works.
Made for the demanding listener, the HD 660 S surpasses the exceptional performance of its predecessor, the legendary HD 650. With a crisp bass, excellent mid-frequency response, and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble, the HD 660 S has an expressiveness that immerses you in every emotion and nuance of music. Still, it always stays exceptionally accurate and transparent.
The full review, including comparisons with the HD600 and HD650 will be online on soon!