Sennheiser HD 650 vs GRADO SR225e

Sennheiser HD 650 review
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GRADO SR225e review

Let me review two open back type headphones of American and Austrian production Grado SR225e vs Sennheiser HD650. Both are wired but Grado has on ear design vs Sennheiser over ear one.

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Features

Low impedance of Grado SR225e with 32 Ohm makes them quite compatible with mobile phones and other devices like players without an extra amp. Sennheiser HD650 is more optimized for high-quality sources with 350 Ohm. It sounds quiet when connected to a mobile phone without a headphone amp. The second wins a bit in sensitivity with 103 vs 100 dB. The frequency response of Grado is more narrow vs Sennheiser with 20Hz-22KHz vs 10Hz-41KHz, however it does not always mean a better sound that we will review next.

Sound

The headphones sound very smooth and warm without sharp edges. The soundstage is very wide and imaging is decent. They sound pretty well with most genres of music. They both seem to lack a bit of bass strength. The trebles may sound brassy at times. But the mids are very detailed and not drawn. I would consider both the models for neutral listening.

Comfort and design

The headphones are very light with 260 and 280 g respectively. Both have adjustable headbands, not tight, but the Sennheiser’s one is better padded. The suede-like padding on its cups looks more appealing and feels more comfy than Grado’s foam cushions. Its cups are also larger for the over ear design that makes me feel better. Unfortunately, both models are not foldable to a more compact design, however the cups of Grado SR225e lay flat to take less space or to wear on the neck like DJs do.

Sennheiser HD 650 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 650 pros and cons

Pros

  • Comfortable fit with tightly padded headband, large ear cups that are also breathable with open back design
  • Durable built with quality and premium-looking materials
  • Neutral, well-balanced sound at all ranges

Cons

  • Not good to take with and use out of home/studio for its leaky sound, bulky and unfoldable design without a carry case

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

Pros

  • Light weight and cups laying flat make them comfortable to carry and take less space
  • Wide soundstage and warm sounding make you enjoy the music without fatigue
  • Breathable and soft ear cups of open back design will not make your ears sweaty and hot

Cons

  • Look cheap and poorly built with plastic unstable design
  • Open cups make other people hear what you play

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sennheiser HD 650
7.5
GRADO SR225e
6.5
6
7
Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD 650 review

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Common

Product

Sennheiser HD 650
GRADO SR225e

Model

HD 650
SR225e

Brand

Sennheiser
GRADO

Reviews

1507
2400

General

Wearing style

over ear
on ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

300
32

Frequency response, Hz

10Hz-41KHz
20Hz-22KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.05

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

103
100

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

260/9.1
280/9.9

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sennheiser HD 650
GRADO SR225e
Sennheiser HD 650
GRADO SR225e

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.5
  • 6.5
  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 650
  • 6.5GRADO SR225e

The Sennheiser HD 650 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Sennheiser HD 650 price