Hey guys, I'm looking for some new headphones for around $100-150. So far I'm looking at the HFI-580 and ATH-M50 but I think I would prefer open headphones (I don't care about noise isolation/leakage). Also, it looks like the cheapest you can get the M50 anymore is $160 which seems a little much. The HD558 look good but the impression I get it is people don't like them too much?
Any advice? I listen to mostly hip-hop/electronic music and I'll be using these unamped, at least for a while.
HD558's sound better than any headphones in price-range. They're incredibly neutral, have very good bass, some of the best soundstages, easy to power and amazingly comfortable. I was buying new headphone in that price range 8-9 months back and I tried just about every headphone from 150-250 $ and HD558's and HD598's were leagues ahead of anything else. They're really the only proper audiophile cans without any major faults in terms of sound (nothing is lacking, nothing is boosted, etc) under the price range of HD600, DT880, etc..
They are also extremely underrated here on head-fi....mostly because majority of people haven't heard them , and 99% of those who haven't heard them look at them as a HD555 redesign, while in fact, they are completely new headphones, which put even HD595's to shame in terms of sound.
Edited by derbigpr - 9/25/11 at 5:33pm