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Looking for new headphones, I picked up Hifiman HE-300s, and I didn't like how they sounded (I returned them today). Not quite as detailed as I hoped, maybe a bit dark. I'd like something a bit brighter, not much bass, and really detailed and forward mids, and maybe highs. I like my Sennheiser HD428s, but the detail isn't quite there and they have next to no soundstage. Soundstage is important, I was looking at Sennheiser HD558s and HD 598s, and AKG Q701s.

 

Open doesn't matter, and if it would give me a better soundstage, I'll go for it for sure. Budget is 150-270$ I do have an amp, a Fiio e10, nothing too amazing, but it works. I like the feel and sound of my 428s, but again, mids and highs are a must, bass can be next to non-existent for all I care, I just don't want anything close to resembling a V-curve.

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Looking for new headphones, I picked up Hifiman HE-300s, and I didn't like how they sounded (I returned them today). Not quite as detailed as I hoped, maybe a bit dark. I'd like something a bit brighter, not much bass, and really detailed and forward mids, and maybe highs. I like my Sennheiser HD428s, but the detail isn't quite there and they have next to no soundstage. Soundstage is important, I was looking at Sennheiser HD558s and HD 598s, and AKG Q701s.

 

Open doesn't matter, and if it would give me a better soundstage, I'll go for it for sure. Budget is 150-270$ I do have an amp, a Fiio e10, nothing too amazing, but it works. I like the feel and sound of my 428s, but again, mids and highs are a must, bass can be next to non-existent for all I care, I just don't want anything close to resembling a V-curve.

 

Sounds like the senn 558/598 would work great for you.  Solves the what you'd like improved over your 428 for sure.

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Sounds like the senn 558/598 would work great for you.  Solves the what you'd like improved over your 428 for sure.

Is there any step up from those around 250 or so, because I'd like to spend my full budget if possible so I don't have to spend more to upgrade slightly later. Not necessarily from Sennheiser, but something that has a similar sound signature to 558/598s. And do modded 558s sound the same as 598s?

 

-EDIT- Also, what about DT880 premium 250 ohms? I could -maybe- spend 15$ more and get those if they would be much better than the 598s, since I have to be able to find them on Amazon, and 598s are about 260$ there.


Edited by lostmage - 7/2/12 at 12:02pm
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Is there any step up from those around 250 or so, because I'd like to spend my full budget if possible so I don't have to spend more to upgrade slightly later. Not necessarily from Sennheiser, but something that has a similar sound signature to 558/598s. And do modded 558s sound the same as 598s?

I believe most would say that removing the black rubber tape from the HD558 does not make the HD558 equal to the HD598s,

but it does move the HD558 towards the sound of the HD598.

 

I do like the sound of my modded HD558, I keep the 2 pieces of black rubber tape on the side of my computer case.

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thanks mistarobotics

I will look into v-moda

no prob. tell me what you decide even if it's not v-moda :)

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Originally Posted by lostmage View Post

Is there any step up from those around 250 or so, because I'd like to spend my full budget if possible so I don't have to spend more to upgrade slightly later. Not necessarily from Sennheiser, but something that has a similar sound signature to 558/598s. And do modded 558s sound the same as 598s?

 

-EDIT- Also, what about DT880 premium 250 ohms? I could -maybe- spend 15$ more and get those if they would be much better than the 598s, since I have to be able to find them on Amazon, and 598s are about 260$ there.

A used HD600 :)

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A used HD600 :)

I agree completely! 

 

Do not overlook the power of a used HD600 :)  The best hifi deal, imo, is a used HD600. What a powerful step up for relatively little cash! 

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I looked at those, but there's more than a few reviews that mention ear fatigue. If not for that, I'd probably like them. I need the cans I buy to be comfortable for 4 hour sessions.

 

FWIW, I also enjoy Kaskade.

 

The Superlux are among with most comfortable in your price range.  It seems that what you want will require you to increase your budget or make some compromises.

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I agree completely! 

 

Do not overlook the power of a used HD600 :)  The best hifi deal, imo, is a used HD600. What a powerful step up for relatively little cash! 

Aren't those a bit hard to amp? And I thought I heard somewhere they sounded a bit warm/dark. I was thinking something like the Beyer 880 250ohm might fit it. There are some 650s for sale near me on craigslist for 300$ though, if those are similar. Or maybe those were the dark ones.


Edited by lostmage - 7/2/12 at 1:14pm
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Is the Shure 535's the best in their price class or is there better?

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Originally Posted by lostmage View Post

Looking for new headphones, I picked up Hifiman HE-300s, and I didn't like how they sounded (I returned them today). Not quite as detailed as I hoped, maybe a bit dark. I'd like something a bit brighter, not much bass, and really detailed and forward mids, and maybe highs. I like my Sennheiser HD428s, but the detail isn't quite there and they have next to no soundstage. Soundstage is important, I was looking at Sennheiser HD558s and HD 598s, and AKG Q701s.

 

Open doesn't matter, and if it would give me a better soundstage, I'll go for it for sure. Budget is 150-270$ I do have an amp, a Fiio e10, nothing too amazing, but it works. I like the feel and sound of my 428s, but again, mids and highs are a must, bass can be next to non-existent for all I care, I just don't want anything close to resembling a V-curve.

 

You appear to be on the right track.  I'm not sure how well your amp will power the AKG.

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Aren't those a bit hard to amp? And I thought I heard somewhere they sounded a bit warm/dark. I was thinking something like the Beyer 880 250ohm might fit it. There are some 650s for sale near me on craigslist for 300$ though, if those are similar. Or maybe those were the dark ones.


Both of those cans require a decent amp.  I have doubts that what you have would adequately power either.

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Is the Shure 535's the best in their price class or is there better?

 

Those appear to be IEM's--in which case you have posted in the wrong section the forum.

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Aren't those a bit hard to amp? And I thought I heard somewhere they sounded a bit warm/dark. I was thinking something like the Beyer 880 250ohm might fit it. There are some 650s for sale near me on craigslist for 300$ though, if those are similar. Or maybe those were the dark ones.

 

I think the amping requirements are highly over-rated. I was listening to an HD650 from my E9 the other night and wildly enjoyed them. Yeah, that is a $80-100 amp, but I was still blown away. In ways, both the HD600 and HD650 are dark as compared to bright. But they are also fairly neutral and musical at the same time, and do well with all kinds of genres. I prefer both of them hugely to the metallic highs of the DT880 and the recessed mids and anemic bass of the K701. Just my opinion, of course. 

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I think the amping requirements are highly over-rated. I was listening to an HD650 from my E9 the other night and wildly enjoyed them. Yeah, that is a $80-100 amp, but I was still blown away. In ways, both the HD600 and HD650 are dark as compared to bright. But they are also fairly neutral and musical at the same time, and do well with all kinds of genres. I prefer both of them hugely to the metallic highs of the DT880 and the recessed mids and anemic bass of the K701. Just my opinion, of course. 

I'm really just looking for good mids, but since my refund from amazon is going to be in the form of an amazon gift card, I don't know if I could buy a pair of used headphones. Maybe just save the gift for other things. I suppose I could always get an E9 later and throw my E10 on top of it. 

 

How low do used hd-600s usually get in terms of price. 275 is really pushing it even, I'd prefer to keep it around 260 or so.

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