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Heya,   You probably got an open box or refurb model. And payed near "new" price for it.   You don't need to burn in anything. Waste of time. Does nothing. Look for measurable proof. Doesn't exist. End of story there. Rest your nerves.   Put on the headphones, listen to them. If you like everything you hear, then stop thinking and worrying and just lean back and listen to your audio and enjoy.   Very best,
Heya,   A Codec/DAC chipset, etc, is all fine and dandy. It can be fine. That's not the issue. Ever. The issue is implementation and how the signal is handled after the chipset converts the 0's and 1's to an analog sine wave. Your bottleneck and sore spot in the motherboard is not the chipset, but rather, the stage where it implements the analog interface and output. That's where the quality drops off the chart. You absolutely would do better with a discreet DAC/AMP that...
Heya,   Your bottleneck is two fold:   1) quality of media. 2) quality of device that renders media (the headphone).   You do not need an amp. Amps don't just make things better magically. The headphone needs to need an amp for it to be worth while. If you put an amp on something that doesn't need an amp, you get noise floor and it gets hissy and noisy. It's amplifying everything. Efficient headphones don't need amps. So don't read into everything thinking you need...
 Hope you don't like sub-bass rumble and boomy explosions or low hard hitting drops. Cause it won't provide them in electronic/hiphop/games. It will be great for Opera/Jazz/Rock though. Very best,
Heya,   What are you going to be plugging this into?   I would probably start looking into:   Beyer DT990 PRO 250ohm Philips Fidelio X1 Hifiman HE-400   The HE-400 is on sale for $300 new at Head-Direct this week. Incredible deal, if you can take your budget there. This would be my absolute recommendation at this price.   Very best,
Heya,   Denon D600 Logitech UE6000 Ultrasone PRO 750 AudioTechnica A900X (and with the extra money, get some Alpha Pads from Mr Speakers to swap) Beyer DT770 PRO (80 or 250ohm, doesn't matter) AKG K167 or K267   Maybe hold out and hunt for a used or deal on a Shure SRH1540?   Very best,
Heya,   Options from Amazon:   UE6000 A900X SR950 HM5 XPT100   I would pounce on that UE6000 now. Outstanding price new. Half what it used to be. Otherwise, the A900X if you can. Otherwise, the HM5/XPT100 (same headphone, clones).   Very best,
Heya,   The PRO2500 is an excellent headphone. Balanced, with a little more meat in the bass area. Not too bright, contrary to most Ultrasones (due to being open air, it helps diffuse that treble a touch). Replaceable pads, detachable cable, and the body of the headphone is built like a tank. $200 is a great price for it, as it usually costed significantly more when it was produced still. It's basically the PRO750, but closed. I absolutely would get this over the PRO900...
Heya,   Look into:   AudioTechnica ESW9A AudioTechnica ES700   Very best,
Heya,   Describe more of what you're looking for? Why the HD598? Here, keep it simple:   Maximum budget (this includes the headphone AND a proper source device, like a little usb dac/amp or soundcard, unless you already have something)? Open air? Or closed back (isolation/privacy)? Gaming? Or just for music/movies/etc listening? Pad material preference (velour/leather/pleather/foam)? Sound properties: bright treble? Dim treble? Do you want it to be very bassy?...
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