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post #106 of 121
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Originally Posted by gnoW View Post
ah, darn.

anyway, any recommendations for a portable amp for this guy, somewhere in the sub 150-200 range.
On the bargain end, I hear the Fiio e5 is a good match (and has a bass boost circuit ). I also heard HotAudio's offerings seem to pair pretty good with the HD-555's. Not too pricey there, either.
post #107 of 121
The Headroom Total Bithead works too.
post #108 of 121
what about the ibasso t3? any comments on that with the 555's?
post #109 of 121
Hey guys, let me chime in with this discussion.

Recently got those cans (for 60 € ~= 85 $) and I must say that I like them pretty much.

I hope I'm not repeating stuff that probably has been said before, but here are my quick impressions:

First thing I noticed were the mids. The mids clearly are a strength of these cans.
While most cans have some kind of smiley-curve frequency response (-> attenuated mids) these headphones have dead flat mids.
I think that this is what makes most people say that they're "boring" or even "veiled".
The smooth highs nicely extend beyond the threshold of hearing and the bass isn't hyped, and this is what puts the mids into the foreground. I like that, because aggressive treble's my enemy.
Bass extension is fine too, however, out of a low output impedance amp (which I don't think these were made for in the first place, looking at the 6.3mm plug) there could be a bit more bass amount for my taste.

When I'm home again I'll play around with some resistors (30 / 70 ohm) to boost the lower end a little bit.
And if there's enough time, I'd also like to try to mod them (maybe closed hd555s? )...


For the money I got them, they clearly get a recommendation. Enjoy listening!
post #110 of 121
Just did the soundstage to mine, soundstage widened by a fraction but most notable to me is the more aggressive higher end. I tried them without the inner fabric protection and it was too aggressive for me. Went clubbing last night and my ears are ringing really badly so I need to have a better listen when they calm down a bit..

pics up in a bit..

PS: Soundstage mod is seriously easy with a pair of nail scissors. I didn't even remove the outer grill, just got the nail scissors and snipped the plastic around the holes, then just pulled it out and re-built.
post #111 of 121
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Originally Posted by xnor View Post
Hey guys, let me chime in with this discussion.

Recently got those cans (for 60 € ~= 85 $) and I must say that I like them pretty much.

I hope I'm not repeating stuff that probably has been said before, but here are my quick impressions:

First thing I noticed were the mids. The mids clearly are a strength of these cans.
While most cans have some kind of smiley-curve frequency response (-> attenuated mids) these headphones have dead flat mids.
I think that this is what makes most people say that they're "boring" or even "veiled".
The smooth highs nicely extend beyond the threshold of hearing and the bass isn't hyped, and this is what puts the mids into the foreground. I like that, because aggressive treble's my enemy.

For the money I got them, they clearly get a recommendation. Enjoy listening!
Couldn't agree with this more. In fact I've said it myself more than once. The reason many people consider the 555/595 cans "boring" and "anaemic" is because they're among the few cans available at realistic prices with a subjectively flat response (smiley curve response is a good description). Switch to these from any of the popular cans discussed here and the first thing you notice is the "boring" sound--no sparkling treble, no thumping bass. This is why those who've done quick comparisons at meets etc are unimpressed, but those who've lived with these cans (especially if they're into classical/orchestral) consider them, as I do, a real bargain. I've heard most of the popular cans--Beyer DT880, AT AD700/900, Denon 2000, Grado SR80, you name it and I've owned it--and the first thing I've noticed is the brightness--oh, the brightness! Waaay too bright for me. And where's the midrange?--someone find it for me. Switch back to the 555/595 (frankly, I don't hear a lot of difference between these two) and it sounds all midrange--where's the bass, the highs? Yet listen for a minute or two and you realize they're there alright, just not exaggerated.

I attend symphony concerts so I know what a symphony orchestra sounds like--IOW, live sound. Folks, it's not that bright, at least not from a reasonable distance. Even close to the stage it's not that bright. People get used to bright sound (and frankly, I think a lot of people have hearing damage from rock concerts etc), and once you take that as accurate it's hard to switch back, especially if excitement rather an accuracy is your bag. Of course, if it is that's fine, but it has nothing to do with hi-fi--high fidelity to the original sound. It really burns me to see people bagging the 555/595 series in favour of, say, AT AD700/900 when I know the latter are far less accurate. You may enjoy their sound, of course, but it's not the sound of live instruments--or not any that I've ever heard. (And no, l don't attend rock concerts or pub gigs, but a cymbal is a cymbal is a cymbal).

Have to stop now. I'm ranting.
post #112 of 121
pp312,

A few weeks ago I was testing a Denon and the first impressions I had were: amazingly deep bass and crystal clear highs - .
As I listened to some CDs I noticed something, at the higher end I could hear things I didn't hear before, but in a negative way. (*bat ears* ) There was some high frequency noise that annoyed the hell out of me.
I thought that maybe something's wrong with the headphones, but it turned out that it's on the recording. Looking at the waveform I could see (very silent) noise at around 16 kHz. The thing is that I don't think that one is supposed to really hear that noise when listening to that recording, but those cans seemed to boost this area to a level that made it unlistenable for me.

Listening with the Sennheisers, I can still hear that noise if I concentrate on it. But if I don't I can enjoy the music.
The noise is much much more subtle and the not as bright sound balance just feels more "right".
post #113 of 121
I'm not surprised. Don't know about the other Denons, but the D2000 was too bright for me; I sold it. The only real test of accuracy is to listen to a band or orchestra live, unamplified, then go and listen to a few CDs of a similar style of music and see if they correlate. Going from (head)phone to phone will only tell you that phones sound different, not which is the most accurate.
post #114 of 121

HD555 3.5 plug

Love them, but the 6.3 plug + adaptor was inconvenient, so I terminated them.


post #115 of 121
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Originally Posted by Folex View Post
I got the ad700's and 555's at the same time hoping that the ad700's would be the clarity and the 555's would be the enjoyable bass headphones (told by a friend 555's have considerably bass). It seems the 555's are lesser in every way beyond looks.
This is what I did also except I returned the AT's.
post #116 of 121

^ so does that mean its true or not? 

 

I was told the 555s were more accurate and more inclined for music listening and has noticeably more bass kick.  The ad700s were very spacious and not so great for music with a lot less bass.  

post #117 of 121

The bass punch depends on your source. Plug it into a receiver or stereo and it will probably be too much, plug it into a DAP or sound card and it will probably be too little. (imo)

I suggest playing around with impedance adapters (preferably DIY so you can adjust it to your liking).

post #118 of 121

I planned on an astro mixamp or a cmoy bb 2.02

post #119 of 121

the foam mod should at least be done, it is very easy for a very n00b like i was, just take out some screws and foam pieces, and get a truly better sounding headphone.  i was adventurous and loved the way the soundstage mod looked so i also did that to mine, no regrets at all.  once they were burned in these headphones were amazing.

post #120 of 121

Hey guys!  I'm new here and new into headphones and such, and I was looking into these but I have a couple of questions.

 

1.  I currently own a pair of Bose QC2(yeah, yeah, I know Bose is overpriced/sucks etc. But I got them for free).  I'm not really satisfied with the sound qualilty of them though.  Will these have a significant improvement?

2.  I'll be listening to these through a Zune HD and onboard sound on a laptop.  Would it be worth it to buy a cheap amp/DAC(under $50 only, I don't want to get sucked into this stuff.

3.  Is there any sort of impact on the bass?  I like my bass, but I'm not really a basshead.  I've heard people say different things about the bass on these so I would like to hear you guys opinions.

4.  I'll be listening to mostly rap and rock on these.  Do these work well with that?

 

 

Thanks guys!

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