Yeah, from what I hear, a lot of the popular flagships (HD800, T1, etc) tend to be a bit on the brighter side. 600/650 tend to be the only dark options under $500.
i'm looking for a closed and foldable (or with a really good case....since i will travel a lot) hp....that is as similar as possible at the sound of the hd 598.
i havent try the M50 cuz there is no re-seller where i live..but i'm worried about the more bass (witch i'm worry that would be too much for my taste..since hd598 sounds already perfect) and quite recessed mids..witch would be a killer for me.
is that true??
HFi 580?? (coming from sr60i..this should be quite good)
denon AH-NC800? ( i dont need noise isolation...but somewere i've read that r similar to d2000, is that true?)
budget until 500$
The M50s bass is really not that overpowering, but it will probably be more than the 598s. Also, from what I've heard, the 580s will probably have even more bass. The HD25s might fit too, but they're also fairly bass heavy, and don't fold, although they're compact. Also consider the SRH840 for a less bass-oriented sound.
I just purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD598 to be delivered next Tuesday so this post is after the fact... Still I thought I would ask for thoughts on my choice.
First, my headphone will plug into a Citypulse DA7.2xII with the TCXO clock upgrade. Sources are:
- FLAC either direct from my PC via S/PDIF from a Musiland Monitor 01 USD or through a Logitech Touch, and
- vinyl from an Opera Consonance LP-2.0/Grado Sonata/Mørch UP-4 turntable/cartridge/tonearm combination through a PS Audio GCPH.
Second, my musical tastes are diverse: 70's AOR/progressive rock, bluegrass, metal, classical, vocalists, trance, jazz, ambient, country, etc. My favorites are female vocals such as Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant and Alison Krauss, and rock like Supertramp, Pink Floyd and 3 Doors Down.
Third, I love the pair of Shure e3 IEMs I use when I travel and I really liked the sound of the Sennheiser HD400 I owned in the late 70's early 80's.
And last, there is nowhere local where I could audition the headphones I was considering so I performed extensive online research.
I considered Audio Technica ATH-M50s & ATH-AD700, KRK KNS 8400 (I have a pair of Ferrari red KRK Rokit RP6G2's on my desltop.), Grado 225i, and Sennheiser HD518/HD558. My original budget was in the $150 range but I stretched a little for the HD598's. Was it a good choice? (I'll find out on Tuesday.)
I'd say yes
I've had a HD 650 for some time now (my first "real" headphones) and recently acquired Sleek Audio CT6 custom IEMs, which are really revealing and detailed (as far as I can tell), which makes the HD 650s sound a bit veiled in comparison. They certainly don't have as much detail.
I still like the HD 650s for many genres, but especially with electronic music their laid-back sound isn't as satisfying. I also read they are too slow for fast metal but I don't hear that (I might be lacking a good comparison).
So now I'm looking for new headphones with a more bright and detailed sound. I use a nuforce Icon HDP as DAC and amp, and my budget is ~200-250 Euros for now.
After reading some review the Beyerdynamic DT 880 (600 Ohms) seem to fit the bill, but maybe there are better candidates?
How much are you amping them? it's possible that that's why they're a bit underwhelming. For a brighter sound, the DT880 would fit the bill