For the third time previously 12 months, there’s an absolute steal of a sale operating on Sennheiser’s HD 650 headphones. The sale is happening at Massdrop, which has an ever-so-slightly tweaked and rebranded model of the headphones known as the HD 6XX on sale immediately for $199.
Don’t take this as a knockoff, although: my colleague Vlad Savov tried them out final 12 months, and he wrote that the HD 6XX “is an identical to the HD 650 in its sound signature, building supplies, and Eire-based manufacturing.” Polygon govt editor Chris Plante wrote for this website that Sennheiser’s HD 650s are “the perfect headphones.”
There are only some slight variations between the 2 fashions. Massdrop’s HD 6XX are a darkish blue, as a substitute of black, they’ve a shorter cable (a still-lengthy 5 toes lengthy), and a three.5mm headphone jack as a substitute of a bigger 6.35mm jack. However in any other case, they’re the identical honest of headphones that Sennheiser sells for $500 (although yow will discover the unique mannequin on sale for $315 on Amazon proper now).
The large draw back right here is that Massdrop will solely have four,500 models accessible, that are prone to promote out shortly. The sale technically ends October 23rd, however the firm doesn’t anticipate it to final that lengthy. And due to the way Massdrop works — it really works with a producer to tweak a product and order a set amount of them, after the product’s sale has already ended — you’ll have to attend a pair months earlier than the headphones ship, which isn’t purported to occur till December 20th. Which means in case you’re searching for vacation presents, these are wherever from too late to reducing it very shut.