Originally Posted by chadpetree
I just moved to Germany and since Sennheisers are made here its only natural that i get myself a pair , it doesn't hurt that they're cheaper here too, I love the HD 598, i think the price its ok for high end headphones 150 EUR, i tried them on a store and they were very confortable and beautiful but they were off so i couldnt test the sound :/ the thing is i will be using these headphones without an amplifier and only on my (future) nexus 4 and my macbook , i keep reading that without an amplifier the bass is weak and also the standard plug is 6.3 and i've seen pictures of this horrible and huge 3.5 adaptor that comes in the package , i thought about replacing the cable for a 2.5 to 3.5 mm cable, sennheiser supposedly released this exact cable i wish, a month ago or so.
I will be listening to 320 and v0 mp3s most of the times, maybe apple lossless in the future
Are these headphones for me? I listen mostly to indie and pop music: synthpop, new wave, shoegaze , dream pop, post punk, electropop,and just a bit of folk
Should i look elsewhere? I like the V-Moda M-80s too but they're more expensive , 180 euros , they have a standar 3.5 mm cable and come with a carrying case , the bad thing is that they're on ear and I've had some regular/cheap on ears before and after a while my ears hurt, i don't know what to do, also 180 EUR is no doubt the most i can pay
Hey, I have the V-Moda M80s AND I just go the HD598, literally 30 minutes from UPS :)))
I may be able to help you out a little bit.
The V-Moda M80's are a little uncomfortable at first, but once the memory foam ear cushions adapt to your ears (trust me, I was skeptical too) and the headband stretches, they will fit very snugly, maybe a TAD tight. Even if you do have uneven ears, I think you should give them a shot.
They have a very laid back sound. To my ears they put emphasis on the mids and bass. For rock and heavy metal, the bass does get a little bloated with all the double bass and chugging, but for everything else ESPECIALLY ANY TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC, it's EXCELLENT and very FUN. For this reason I recommend saving up for the V Moda's. They are definitely awesome for mobile use, as they are very good unamped. Isolation is decent and soundstage is actually not bad for on ear.
The HD598 I just got are very nice. Even without burn in, I noticed the soundstage is superb and I expect it to widen with burn in. The sound is very balanced, vocals are very prominent and the highs are good, though a little sibilant. With burn in I expect everything to smoothen. The bass is very good. Not emphasized nor recessed. However, these are poor for traveling and isolation (which is fine if you JUST plan on doing home listening). Also, these SLAY movies and games. Very impressive soundstage right off the bat.
TL;DR: Based on your music preferences get the V Modas. They are also better for commuting because of portability/isolation/carrying case.