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Upgrade from HD555?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Greetings all,

As you can probably tell from my post count, I'm new here. I've been lurking for a while and reading up.
Several months ago purchased my first set of respectable headphones, Sennheiser's HD555s. I was very impressed with the SQ, but was annoyed by the constant hiss that my crappy onboard sound card gave me. I was at a local music/audio retailer and noticed a m-audio audiophile USB on sale and picked that up. I was happy that the audiophile removed the hiss and gave the cans a bit more punch.
Currently, I'm in the process of changing jobs. I'll be moving from a quiet office where the open HD555s don't bother anybody to a cube farm and am looking for a solid set of closed cans for the transition. Here's what I'm looking for:
1. An upgrade from the HD555s (something better, not merely a replacement)
2. Circumaural (IEMs bother me) Comfort is a big deal since I wear them pretty much all day at work.
3. As little sound leakage as possible
4. As much isolation as possible without going active (as I've heard fairly poor reviews of the active noise reduction cans)
5. Somewhere in the $200-$250 price range, unless there is a compelling reason to go over that
I mostly listen to metal and symphonic metal (think Metallica S&M)

TIA for any help you can provide.
post #2 of 21
AKG K 271 S or Audio-Technica ATH-A900. The 271 will probably have slightly less bass than your 555s and the A900 will have more.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Both of those headsets have a 1/8" jack with the 1/4" adapter. It's my understanding that adapters add noise to the mix. Do you think it'd be a significant problem going from my 1/4" jack on my audiophile to these headphones?
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by xollox View Post
Both of those headsets have a 1/8" jack with the 1/4" adapter. It's my understanding that adapters add noise to the mix. Do you think it'd be a significant problem going from my 1/4" jack on my audiophile to these headphones?
Eh what? Who told you that? I've heard no difference with or without an adapter. It's just another piece of metal. There's no way it could add noise.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oh. Well that's good news.

I'm thinking I'd like the added bass of the ATH-A900s. Since they'd be about $190 shipped on audiocubes and my budget is about $250, is there any accessory in the $60 range for these that would be worth looking into?
post #6 of 21
the a900 is a fine choice. just make sure your source is good... which seems like you solved already with the audiophile usb.

accesories? maybe a headphone stand? =] walmart banana hanger to the rescue
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for weighing in, guys.

How about a portable amp so I can plug em in to my cell phone (moto q) without it sucking terribly?
post #8 of 21
If you like the Senn sound, HD650s can be found for a little more than 250. Might be worth a try if you like comfort.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
If you like the Senn sound, HD650s can be found for a little more than 250. Might be worth a try if you like comfort.
Did you read the OP? He's looking for isolation.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pibborando View Post
Did you read the OP? He's looking for isolation.
psssssh, HD650s do fine for isolation... huh? What are you talking about? You know they do...
post #11 of 21
my general impression doesnt seem to be that a900 are a big upgrade over hd555,may be a slight one,I dunno.What about denon d2000? Closed,comfortable,really good looking and the sound,well I'm pretty sure its better than a900
post #12 of 21
+1 for denon D2k. tried em at guitar center. miles better than the AKG K240 i own.

the comfort is unparalleled.
post #13 of 21
Read this:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=231843

Quote:
AD2000 vs. Old-Stock 120ohm Sennheiser HD595:
This was a surprise for me. These two headphones sound extremely similar.
I thought the HD555 were similar to the HD595.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
If the denon d2000 isn't an upgrade, do you have any thoughts as to what is?
post #15 of 21
it should be,I mean there was so much raving about it recently,people sold their akg k701 and hd650 for it,and its not even better than hd555? That would be weird.
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