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post #24721 of 29490
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Originally Posted by debuchan View Post

I noticed in your sig that you owned both of these headphones.

 

Which one did you enjoy more? I know this is a subjective question, but I feel it helps. :)

 

To be frank, there's not a terrible amount of difference between the two. The HD598 is more pleasing and fun, but the Q701 is more accurate and detailed. It all depends on whether you like a bit more warmth or a bit more detail.

post #24722 of 29490
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Originally Posted by StoneyPA View Post

 

Yes, I see all kinds of good reviews on them, but they're $45 and almost double my cheap budget.  Plus kind of looking for a closed back to dull the environmental sounds a bit.  I grew up in the 70s and 80s, but don't want to look like that again, willingly at least.

Well, then I'd probably grab the Senns. The mono's are insanely good for their price too - I heard a pair the other week and was surprised at how good they sound. I guess those two are the best option if you want to isolate sound. The porta pros won't isolate much sound but they sound really good for their price point.

post #24723 of 29490
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Originally Posted by DrSeven View Post

 

If you want my opinion: I had the HD598 and the AKG K701 (which is quite similar to the Q701 I guess) and I would personally always go for the K701! 

 

Uh, no. Ten foot non-detachable cord? Pass.

Also, the Q series is a bit adjusted away from what is ultimately the greatest weakness of the 701/2 series - the lack of warmth.

post #24724 of 29490

Sorry for posting again, but my budget was raised quite a bit to get into a higher tier set of headphones.
Please help, there's too many different sets and i can't decide on which one to buy.

Budget: $250>
eBay: Yes
Country: United States
Isolation: Closed or Open is fine with me.
Purpose: 40% gaming, 45% music and 15% movies.
Music Tastes: About everything, but recently: Trip-hop, Orchestral, Piano, Downtempo electronic music, idm and thrash/prog metal.
Previous Experiences: HARX 900 and the HTF600.
Comments:Currently, i'm looking at: The Sennheiser HD598, the DT990 and the AKG Q701 headphones. Right now, i plan on going for the HD598, but i've heard that the bass was really lacking.

Also, does the HD598 need an amp to sound good?

 

Thanks again for helping.

 

Just realised there was a discussion about what i just typed a few posts ago, sorry about not reading.


Edited by Silverspar - 2/14/13 at 4:30pm
post #24725 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Silverspar View Post

Sorry for posting again, but my budget was raised quite a bit to get into a higher tier set of headphones.
Please help, there's too many different sets and i can't decide on which one to buy.

Budget: $250>
eBay: Yes
Country: United States
Isolation: Closed or Open is fine with me.
Purpose: 40% gaming, 45% music and 15% movies.
Music Tastes: About everything, but recently: Trip-hop, Orchestral, Piano, Downtempo electronic music, idm and thrash/prog metal.
Previous Experiences: HARX 900 and the HTF600.
Comments:Currently, i'm looking at: The Sennheiser HD598, the DT990 and the AKG Q701 headphones. Right now, i plan on going for the HD598, but i've heard that the bass was really lacking.

Also, does the HD598 need an amp to sound good?

 

Thanks again for helping.

 

Just realised there was a discussion about what i just typed a few posts ago, sorry about not reading.

 

Just throwing this out there... ATH AD900X. They are very good open cans, with a wonderful soundstage. You could probably get them for less than $250 on amazon/ebay (or approx $200 on amazon japan using tenso). They compare very favorably to the HD598 (not my own experience, but from someone I know who has both). The bass is very nice. And they don't need an amp - I can play them off of my clip zip if I want to. But an amp helps bring the most out of them.

post #24726 of 29490
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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

 

Just throwing this out there... ATH AD900X. They are very good open cans, with a wonderful soundstage. You could probably get them for less than $250 on amazon/ebay (or approx $200 on amazon japan using tenso). They compare very favorably to the HD598 (not my own experience, but from someone I know who has both). The bass is very nice. And they don't need an amp - I can play them off of my clip zip if I want to. But an amp helps bring the most out of them.

That sounds wonderful, how do they work for 'sound whoring' in FPS games?

post #24727 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

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Originally Posted by DrSeven View Post

 

If you want my opinion: I had the HD598 and the AKG K701 (which is quite similar to the Q701 I guess) and I would personally always go for the K701! 

 

Uh, no. Ten foot non-detachable cord? Pass.

Also, the Q series is a bit adjusted away from what is ultimately the greatest weakness of the 701/2 series - the lack of warmth.


The Q 701 comes with two detachable cords.

 

The strength or weakness of the sound signature of the AKG is in the ear of the beholder.  Many will say that the Senn is too veiled.

 

The new K 701 65th Annie (with a detachable cord) is better than all of them.  Of course it's also more expensive.

post #24728 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Silverspar View Post

Sorry for posting again, but my budget was raised quite a bit to get into a higher tier set of headphones.
Please help, there's too many different sets and i can't decide on which one to buy.

Budget: $250>
eBay: Yes
Country: United States
Isolation: Closed or Open is fine with me.
Purpose: 40% gaming, 45% music and 15% movies.
Music Tastes: About everything, but recently: Trip-hop, Orchestral, Piano, Downtempo electronic music, idm and thrash/prog metal.
Previous Experiences: HARX 900 and the HTF600.
Comments:Currently, i'm looking at: The Sennheiser HD598, the DT990 and the AKG Q701 headphones. Right now, i plan on going for the HD598, but i've heard that the bass was really lacking.

Also, does the HD598 need an amp to sound good?

 

Thanks again for helping.

 

Just realised there was a discussion about what i just typed a few posts ago, sorry about not reading.


Anyone who says that the bass of the HD 598 is "really lacking" [and has heard them] is a basshead.  Frankly I'm getting a bit peeved with folks saying such things about neutral-ish cans.  Please stick to an accurate assessment, such as:  I really love bass emphasized headphones and these cans don't do that. 

 

Folks are certainly entitled to like whatever sound signature they prefer.  However, to communicate (especially on a recommendations thread), we need to be using essentially the same metric.

post #24729 of 29490

The Q 701 comes with two detachable cords.

 

I meant as in the K701. Also, the Q701 is actually cheaper than the K701 on the online market for some reason.

post #24730 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

The Q 701 comes with two detachable cords.

 

I meant as in the K701. Also, the Q701 is actually cheaper than the K701 on the online market for some reason.


It is in the U.S., but many have reported that the K 701 & 702 are cheaper in Europe, where they are made. 

 

The Q is the later version and comes with more stuff.  Go figure the U.S. prices--not that I'm complaining.

post #24731 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Silverspar View Post

That sounds wonderful, how do they work for 'sound whoring' in FPS games?

 

Sorry, gaming (or sound whoring for that matter lol) are not my specialties. I suspect that they work great for gaming though. I love them for movies.

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Anyone who says that the bass of the HD 598 is "really lacking" [and has heard them] is a basshead.  Frankly I'm getting a bit peeved with folks saying such things about neutral-ish cans.  Please stick to an accurate assessment, such as:  I really love bass emphasized headphones and these cans don't do that. 

 

Folks are certainly entitled to like whatever sound signature they prefer.  However, to communicate (especially on a recommendations thread), we need to be using essentially the same metric.

 

Good point. And I should point out that although I find the bass on the ad900x's to be more than satisfying, I doubt that it would satisfy a basshead (those bassheads are a crazy breed after all lol!).

post #24732 of 29490

Hey guys! 

Glad I joined the community...I recently picked up a pair of AKG F550's. I've watched a few reviews on youtube, read posts on this forum and I was sold on them. I got my package today, gave them a listen and they sounded incredible...I just want a little more bass. I returned them because the build quality has gone extremely down. I thought they were built out of aluminum but mine were all plastic which was a bummer. I did love the sound quality of them and the fact they're closed back headphones. I do understand you have to listen up to 100 hours before they "burn" in, but even with my e10 on bass boost it wasn't something I wanted. Also I made sure they were sealed perfectly...

Anyways, I've owned 2 pairs of Beat by Dre's but hated them. I loved their simplicity and their sound wasn't that bad for the type of music I listen to. I had the Studios/Pro's. Studios I loved the bass in those, but sometimes at high volumes they'd hurt my ears and they leak like crazy. Vocals would get distorted, etc...You guys know. Beat Pro's squeezed my head and I got headaches.

The type of headphones i'd like would be something that sound identical to the AKG F550's but with more bass. I hate the look of DJ headphones, so i don't want anything looking too crazy. I'd use these majority for home/school use. I was originally interested in the Sennheiser HD600 / 650's but they're open backs. If the leaking isn't that bad, I may go with the sennheiser HD650's. 

I don't consider myself a basshead at all, I love balance with highs & mids, but some days i'd like alittle bass if i'm in the mood :)
 

Things I'd like in a good pair of cans

- Under $450 

- Can require an amp (I have a Fiio E10 hopefully this is something I could work with)

- Aesthetically pleasing / Simple design 

- Closed back or Open Back 
- Minimal Leaking (if possible)

 

Let me know what you guys think I may look into. 

Thanks! 

post #24733 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Anyone who says that the bass of the HD 598 is "really lacking" [and has heard them] is a basshead.  Frankly I'm getting a bit peeved with folks saying such things about neutral-ish cans.  Please stick to an accurate assessment, such as:  I really love bass emphasized headphones and these cans don't do that. 

 

Folks are certainly entitled to like whatever sound signature they prefer.  However, to communicate (especially on a recommendations thread), we need to be using essentially the same metric.

Thanks, i might order them tomorrow.

Do they need anything to drive them?


Edited by Silverspar - 2/14/13 at 6:21pm
post #24734 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Silverspar View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Anyone who says that the bass of the HD 598 is "really lacking" [and has heard them] is a basshead.  Frankly I'm getting a bit peeved with folks saying such things about neutral-ish cans.  Please stick to an accurate assessment, such as:  I really love bass emphasized headphones and these cans don't do that. 

 

Folks are certainly entitled to like whatever sound signature they prefer.  However, to communicate (especially on a recommendations thread), we need to be using essentially the same metric.

Thanks, i might order them tomorrow.

Do they need anything to drive them?


No, but you'll get the most out of them with a bit of amping.


Edited by KG Jag - 2/14/13 at 8:13pm
post #24735 of 29490
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Originally Posted by GCastro View Post

Hey guys! 

Glad I joined the community...I recently picked up a pair of AKG F550's. I've watched a few reviews on youtube, read posts on this forum and I was sold on them. I got my package today, gave them a listen and they sounded incredible...I just want a little more bass. I returned them because the build quality has gone extremely down. I thought they were built out of aluminum but mine were all plastic which was a bummer. I did love the sound quality of them and the fact they're closed back headphones. I do understand you have to listen up to 100 hours before they "burn" in, but even with my e10 on bass boost it wasn't something I wanted. Also I made sure they were sealed perfectly...

Anyways, I've owned 2 pairs of Beat by Dre's but hated them. I loved their simplicity and their sound wasn't that bad for the type of music I listen to. I had the Studios/Pro's. Studios I loved the bass in those, but sometimes at high volumes they'd hurt my ears and they leak like crazy. Vocals would get distorted, etc...You guys know. Beat Pro's squeezed my head and I got headaches.

The type of headphones i'd like would be something that sound identical to the AKG F550's but with more bass. I hate the look of DJ headphones, so i don't want anything looking too crazy. I'd use these majority for home/school use. I was originally interested in the Sennheiser HD600 / 650's but they're open backs. If the leaking isn't that bad, I may go with the sennheiser HD650's. 

I don't consider myself a basshead at all, I love balance with highs & mids, but some days i'd like alittle bass if i'm in the mood :)
 

Things I'd like in a good pair of cans

- Under $450 

- Can require an amp (I have a Fiio E10 hopefully this is something I could work with)

- Aesthetically pleasing / Simple design 

- Closed back or Open Back 
- Minimal Leaking (if possible)

 

Let me know what you guys think I may look into. 

Thanks! 


Do you mean the K 550?

 

If so; if you had a good seal; if had enough power to drive them; and if you still found their bass to be wanting--you are probably at least a basshead lite.

 

The Senns leak to much for your intended use--even if the more bassy of the two, the HD 650, with its mid bass hump, had enough bass for you.

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