Background: Listened to Pro 2900, HD555 (with mod), ATH-M50, HD-280.
Listen: R&B, Rap, House, Trance, Pop, Dance
Budget: Max $350
I will also be using it for games.
I love the Pro 2900, I think they sound amazing in every aspect. I also love the HD555 with the mod (not so much without the mod). Surprisingly, I don't like the ATH-M50. I've had them so far for around 2 years and never really grew to loving them. I even hated the bass which was the main selling point of those. I am still currently using them with much disappointment. I had the HD-280's for 2 years as well. Hated the living crap out of them. So much discomfort with sweaty earpads made me sad.
I am interested in comfort and sound. I only want velour, no pleather, no leather. Another note, this is mainly for a computer with a Soundblaster X-Fi Xtremegamer. Yeah I know, it's a piece of crap. Not much I can do with that. I do not have an AMP either.
Looking into these headphones: HD598, Pro 2900.
What else would you guys recommend? Any helps appreciated.
My understanding is that the Pro 2900 is very similar to the Pro 900 with the main difference being that the 2900 is open. I say this because the Pro 900 can typically be found much cheaper since it isn't as new. Used Pro 900s have gone as low as $250. The price of a new one just jumped to $549 on Amazon, but it was recently at $350 for a few weeks.
Also, the HD598 is a good choice. It was my second "nice" pair of headphones and I really enjoyed them. I also used to have a modded pair of HD555s but I never had them at the same time so I can't give a you a direct comparison. They do have similarities and if you liked the modded 555s you'll likely be at least as happy with the 598s.
EDIT: Seems to be a Open box - Like New Pro 2900 for $300 shipped via Blinq on Amazon
Edited by hipster2010 - 7/19/12 at 11:08pm