|Originally posted by DarkWolf
Geist, I'm looking at the 590's as a candidate, what can you tell me about them? How well should they work from a good source with no dedicated amp? How are they for lots of different music with an emphasis on rock and electronic? Do they have good sound stage and placment? (Pretty important to me.) Thanks for any input.
In my experience, the 590's sound pretty good straight from a source - mainly due to the 590's low impendance, so they can be driven adequately from a portable. Now, they won't sound as good as they would coming from an amp, but in my experience they sounded fine straight from my Sony D-EJ01.
I mainly listen to electronic/rock (Radiohead, David Bowie, Front 242 etc.) and they sound incredible to my ears. Very detailed and aggresive. They are a bit harsh at first but once they have had time to burn in they mellow out nicely.
Now, I'm not an audiophile by any means, but to my relatively untrained ears the soundstage/placement is superb. The music sounds like it's 'all around your head', if you know what I mean. I think most Sennheisers are pretty good in this department. The only complaint I may have is SLIGHTLY recessed mids. In some recordings it is a non-issue, but on the occasional recording the mid range seems to be slightly lacking, which seems to be a result from the shoddy stock cable. Get the Equinox cable, and apparently the recessed mids disapear, and the overall sound improves drastically.
If you like an forward, aggresive sound, the 590's are perfect, IMO. If you like a tamer, smooth sound (read: boring
), maybe try something else.