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post #3421 of 3833
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Originally Posted by Druphis View Post

A few pages back people are discussing driving these. I just picked up a fiio e18. That shows a headphone impedance range of 16-150 ohms. I would imagine that this could comfortably drive the HD 598 right?

Easily, it can also drive an HD600 even though it's 300 Ohms. I know this from personal experience.

post #3422 of 3833
One other question. I tend to listen to rock/metal. I hear these might not be the best option. I have the TDK BA200s and the vmoda m80s. I find the M80s lack clarity while the ba200s don't have quite enough bass. Don't get me wrong, I love them both. Now I want a pair of open cans and I am hoping to find the clarity of the ba200s with a bit more bass and a bit more fun. Do you think these will fit the bill?
post #3423 of 3833
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Originally Posted by Druphis View Post

One other question. I tend to listen to rock/metal. I hear these might not be the best option. I have the TDK BA200s and the vmoda m80s. I find the M80s lack clarity while the ba200s don't have quite enough bass. Don't get me wrong, I love them both. Now I want a pair of open cans and I am hoping to find the clarity of the ba200s with a bit more bass and a bit more fun. Do you think these will fit the bill?

The FiiO E18 has a bass boost switch that works rather nicely. This should bring up the bass of the HD598 and keep the sound of open cans.

post #3424 of 3833
That has been my experience with the ba200s. Glad to know it will work here too.
post #3425 of 3833
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Originally Posted by Druphis View Post

That has been my experience with the ba200s. Glad to know it will work here too.

Works for me. I also use it with HD600's.

post #3426 of 3833

Hi guys,

 

Has anyone tried the V-Moda BoomPro with these? My guess is that as long as it fits then it does not matter about the locking mechanism but does it even fit?

post #3427 of 3833

I have the HD598 and they sound great. Now I have an itch and some money to move to a different headphone. Thinking HD650 or HE 500. Not sure if it would be worth the move, still trying to decide. Most of my music is compressed (AAC and MP3), so I'm not sure if the headphones I have are where I should stay.

post #3428 of 3833

Are these the best headphones for under $200. I know I'm likely to get biased answers. I'm using in-ears right now - the V Sonic GR07 - and have been thinking about switching to full sized for a completely neutral pair that is as accurate as can be for under $200. I wonder if these might be a little outdated since they came out around 3 years ago. They're so sexy lol.

post #3429 of 3833

Hey chuck8403,

 

     The idea that compressed music sounds that much worse than lossless music and formats is mostly just placebo. Many tests with FLAC and MP3 320 kbps proved unsuccessful with good headphones. As long as you have the songs in 256 VBR or 320 kbps, you should be fine. If you're still worried, just find a trial program online that'll let you try the phones for a month or something similar.

 

All the best,

Garraty

post #3430 of 3833
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Originally Posted by Longtime Lurker View Post
 

Are these the best headphones for under $200. I know I'm likely to get biased answers. I'm using in-ears right now - the V Sonic GR07 - and have been thinking about switching to full sized for a completely neutral pair that is as accurate as can be for under $200. I wonder if these might be a little outdated since they came out around 3 years ago. They're so sexy lol.

 

I don't know if they're the best headphones under $200, but they're definitely a pretty good contender. These phones won't be as exciting as some of the other phones but they have a wonderful forward midrange and an amazing soundstage at this price that can contend to those of the HD 600's and 650's.

 

I would not say that these phones are exactly, totally neutral as they are mid-centric but they do present each part of the music wonderfully and faithfully with a bright, warm presentation. If you're looking for something similar and can save up a bit more, the AKG K701/702's can be a great option as well.

post #3431 of 3833

Has anyone seen where to buy a connector with the 2.5mm male locking mechanism to 3.5mm female? I have bought cables for this in the past but was thinking to use a boompro with these but it has a 3.5mm male jack.

 

I can find the 2.5mm adapter for cabling but not the male/female in one.

 

I was thinking something like this, not sure if this one would work however as it has no locking mechanism (does that even matter?) and it may be too thick.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gold-2-5mm-Male-to-3-5mm-Female-Stereo-Audio-Headphone-Jack-Adapter-Converter-/281228211665?


Edited by Gobhal - 2/22/14 at 8:56pm
post #3432 of 3833

Sennheiser made a shorter cable replacement for the HD 5x8 series that terminate into a 3.5 jack; here's the link:

 

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-high-end-surround-sound-hd-598 (the cable is below, where the section is named accessories and the sub-section cables)

 

Hope this helped! :D

post #3433 of 3833
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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post
 

Sennheiser made a shorter cable replacement for the HD 5x8 series that terminate into a 3.5 jack; here's the link:

 

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-high-end-surround-sound-hd-598 (the cable is below, where the section is named accessories and the sub-section cables)

 

Hope this helped! :D

 

I actually did get a short cable, but is there any way to just get the metal adapter itself?  a 2.5 male with 3.5 female. No cable just an adapter like the one that comes with the headphones but smaller obviously and with locking mechanism. Or does it matter if it has the locking mechanism if it fits?

 

Thanks again :)

post #3434 of 3833
First looked at these a few years ago, but never actually tried them. A few months ago I bought the HD 600, but I still want the HD 598 (that color) smily_headphones1.gif. I'm just kind of wondering whether the purchase of a pair of HD 598 is actually justifiable. As far as I'm reading the main difference is the soundstage; it's larger and has more depth on the 598. In addition to this, they are supposedly also brighter than the 600.

I'm thinking that the 598 might be better for movies and games (due to the larger soundstage) and possibly some genres of music? Does anyone here have both?

Thanks!
post #3435 of 3833
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Originally Posted by guywithtwohands View Post

First looked at these a few years ago, but never actually tried them. A few months ago I bought the HD 600, but I still want the HD 598 (that color) smily_headphones1.gif. I'm just kind of wondering whether the purchase of a pair of HD 598 is actually justifiable. As far as I'm reading the main difference is the soundstage; it's larger and has more depth on the 598. In addition to this, they are supposedly also brighter than the 600.

I'm thinking that the 598 might be better for movies and games (due to the larger soundstage) and possibly some genres of music? Does anyone here have both?

Thanks!


I've owned the 598s for a year now, and they were one of my favorite headphones up to buying the hd 600s. The 598s have a wider soundstage & more comfortable fit/clamp, but there are quite a few areas in which they can't compete with the 600s. For instance, the 600s are more balanced, so you can listen at higher volumes without feeling as if the mids are over-presented. A lot of people say the 598s are brighter, but I disagree heavily. Overall, the 600s are more lush & detailed without being fatiguing. Some would say more analytical. It's actually one of the captivating aspects of them as I'm noticing more details in my music now. The timbre on the 600s just sound more accurate & refined. You'll notice this, for instance, when you compare violins on both cans. There's slightly punchier bass on the 600s & while the mids aren't as prominent as with the 598s, I think they can be quite intimate and plentiful. They're more neutral. There's also better instrument separation & the soundstage is actually quite good.

 

Both cans do not fatigue my ears with high frequencies. I'm particularly sensitive to that aspect which is why I've had to return the ATH-m50s, AKG K 240 mKII, & the AKG K 612s. If you aren't sensitive to a brighter headphone, I would say the 612s are actually quite good, especially for the price. The other issue I had with them was their large earpads, as they are dependent very much on positioning and I think they feel a bit awkward with all of the extra space. Sennheiser 598/600 pads make the most sense to me.

 

The 598s are great with both movies & games. That's what I primarily use them for as they are accommodating with glasses. I don't use the 600s with glasses since I don't like how indented the pads get since there's a stronger clamp. I just use them for music, close my eyes, and get lost in the music.

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