I've been lurking for a while looking for the right headphones. I listen to a range of music, and the cans will be used for all around listening without an amp (at least at first). I was leaning towards blindly ordering the Sennheiser hd 598 based off user reviews here. I really enjoyed the sound of the 558, until I checked out a few other sets. The audio technica ATH-ESW9A sound perfect to me but I want a full size headphone. I tried the AKG K5550, AT ATH-A900X, and both are close but not enough bass. I listen to mostly hip hop/rock and would like better bass. Bass in the 558s was perfect, but the midrange was weak.
Headphones must be available at Best Buy.
Budget (realistic) $250, but will consider up to $500.
I'd rather have money to save to get an amp over anything, I will be listening at first without an amp.
I don't mind PMs if you have a lengthy suggestion or some headphones to suggest trying
Yours is an usual take. Most find the mids of the 558 to be its strength and the bass to be wanting for hip hop and other bass heavy genres. What equipment did you use to test them?
The 558 and 598 share the same drivers. The 598 will improve your sound stage and mids, just a bit. They are also a little more comfortable and much more colorful.