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Got my Senn HD590

post #1 of 27
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Happy Happy Joy Joy...I got a new toy!

It's too early to give a full review on these headphones yet, but after only a few hours they sound pretty good to me. I was reading other posts that stated these headphones are on the bright side so I was a little worried that I wouldn't like them afterall. Listening through my Philips EXP 103 CD/MP3 player and using an Aphearded 47 amp I don't find this to be the case. If you ask me they tilt the other way and are a little dark sounding. Oh well, I guess people do hear differently.
post #2 of 27
Congrats on your new toy, acid! And I think you're right about people hearing differently........After listening to Grados, I don't think I would ever find any Sennheiser headphone too bright. I'm glad you like 'em, though.
post #3 of 27
acid,

Congrats! Don't forget to bring 'em to the Great Lakes gathering!

Regards - reynman
post #4 of 27
Yes, acidtripwow, I still own the Senn 590's, and when I said they suffer from recessed mids, that judgment is with no amp at all. I definitely will keep them, after all - and then my next headphone-related purchase definitely won't be another pair of full-sized headphones, but a good headphone amp (and maybe a pair of Etymotic ER-4S canalphones).
post #5 of 27
first, congrats on the new purchase acidtripwow and enjpoy.
I've been wondering abouth these lately. OK, I have HD 600, so many would ask why bother. Well, I also have X-Can V2 amp and found that it has a slight coloration in the high mids (with stock tubes). It pushes female vocals a bit too much forward. When I auditioned the 590s I noticed slightly recessed high mids that would make female voices sound nasal. Could these two complement each other perfectly? Perhaps, comments from users will help.
post #6 of 27
blr: I was just about to recommend a tube amp....
post #7 of 27
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Originally posted by blr
first, congrats on the new purchase acidtripwow and enjpoy.
I've been wondering abouth these lately. OK, I have HD 600, so many would ask why bother. Well, I also have X-Can V2 amp and found that it has a slight coloration in the high mids (with stock tubes). It pushes female vocals a bit too much forward. When I auditioned the 590s I noticed slightly recessed high mids that would make female voices sound nasal. Could these two complement each other perfectly? Perhaps, comments from users will help.
Wow. I didn't think ANYTHING could make the HD600 "too forward." I'm really enjoying these phones laid back nature with the MG Head DT, and even the Sylvania GB 5751 which tends to push things right into your face isn't too forward. It is still several rows back in the concert hall from the Grado seats.

Brian.
post #8 of 27
good choice

i reckon the 590 is better than the 580 but that's me
less bass though but better treble (what i prefer)

havent heard the 600's

im a newbie btw hehe
post #9 of 27
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Originally posted by Ctn
good choice

i reckon the 590 is better than the 580 but that's me
less bass though but better treble (what i prefer)

havent heard the 600's
By rights the 590s should sound better than the 580s (looking at the fact that cost wise is (cheapest first) 580, 590, 600) and also being a newer design... but, if the 580s are like 98% of the 600s does that make the 590s better than the 600s?? Does anyone have both, that they can comment on?
post #10 of 27
IMO, the 580s are MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better headphones than the 590s. The 580s have a much flatter response than the 590s, and are simply more musical to my ears. The 590s are too bright.
post #11 of 27
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Originally posted by MacDEF
IMO, the 580s are MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better headphones than the 590s. The 580s have a much flatter response than the 590s, and are simply more musical to my ears. The 590s are too bright.
I agree, the 590's are bright but in a good way as the high end rocks(clean, crisp and brings out the "crap" in recordings). The high end of the 580's are somewhat lacking I think. It's kinda tonded down like the bass on the 590. My sony earbuds are brighter in treble, though not as clean and crisp(the model just under the 888s). Bass is very very lacking . It's there just that its somewhat toned down...doesnt have that tight sudden punch and is more layed out.

I guess it all boils down to personal preference.
i like a good sounding V shape eq setting but less on the low frequencies and not many give that. The 590 comes close to -_/.
the 590's are __/ where as the 580's are -_-.

I do stress Im a newbie so dont take what I say seriously
post #12 of 27
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Originally posted by Ctn
I do stress Im a newbie so dont take what I say seriously
It doesn't matter if you've been to these boards for 3 minutes, or 3 months... its not a matter of how many posts you've done or anything... its about perception... if you think the 590s kick ass over the 580s, let us know your opinions

But... I'm horrified to see you use a graphic EQ () I was in the same boat as you once... couldn't live without one, thought everything sounded too flat without a little boost here, and a little cut there... those days are gone... try without one for a week or two, it might sound dull and lifeless to begin with, but when your ears adjust, you might just hear a different sonic story
post #13 of 27
I only use the eq for my speakers
I dont use an eq for my headphones

Im comparing the effects of bass, mid and treble of the speakers to the headphones.

Opps i buggered up my last post
I forgot to mention ___ = flat for (bass, mid, treble)

I like -_/ (slightly above normal bass, normal mid, and good treble)

From what I hear:

590's are __/ (normal bass and mid but good treble)

580's are -_- (above average bass and treble and normal mid)

do you guys agree with this?
post #14 of 27
hmm, i find my senn HD600s (very close to 580), to very flat overall, but if anything shaped like _--_; slight roll off of deep bass and upper treble, strong midrange. But overall it is quite flat... But this all depends on what you compare them to, as my other main pair of headphones,a koss , is shaped like -_- in comparason to the Senns...
post #15 of 27
I was comparing it to my very old sony mini compo system (but has kick ass speakers (rear ported) They sound unreal on the \_/ (V) setting, the bass is nice and deep and treble is nice and good but not as crisp as the 590's) on flat eq setting. Which Im trying to find a match with a pair of headphones so I guess my views are somewhat biased hehe.
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