I'm interested in getting the HD 598. I had a pair of ZX700s and was very pleased with them until they broke. I've been using Philips "The Snug" since then which are a very good headphone for the price. It's time to upgrade though.
The VModa Crossfades were on the amazon goldbox so I got a pair for 80 bucks. They are a disgusting mess of bass and I'm going to return them. Never in my life have I heard such sloppy bass. They're better than Beats, but that isn't saying much...... If it wasn't for the terrible bass these would be great headphones.
I've heard varying comments on the HD 598. I like thumping bass like the ZX700, but not gobs of it. Just enough to know it's there. Would you still recommend the 598 to me. What kind of amp should I be getting with these? Right now the source out of my laptop is a turtle beach usb dongle (my laptops headphone port is dead and this was a cheap replacement). The FiiO E10 looks alright, but it's usb powered like the turtle beach so I'm concerned about noise and output (the dongle actually does a good job at volume, but I've never had a pair from sennheiser before). I don't want to exceed 100 on the amp (it would negate buying the 598s and not something more expensive) and it'd be preferable if it had a DAC.
Would I better off with the ATH-M50s for 110 bucks or should I just get the ZX700 for 83 (or even the ZX1000). I've been out of touch from head-fi for a while so if anyone knows of new headphones please help. Thansk.
Mmmm...to my ears the bass of the ZX700 does not thump at all. In fact they are a tad bass light. The HD 598 is an excellent can that has at more bass in its sound signature than the ZX700 and extends quite a bit lower. Still I can't shake the thought that what would fit you best is a used HD 580.