Originally Posted by Katun
That is exactly what I thought.
I would always think, "If only they had upgraded model from this up in the HD650 realm of technical capabilities. That would be the perfect headphone." By no means is it bad now, but they have gotten so many things right, I wish they could make an even more refined one. Unfortunately, they want you to step into HD600 / HD650 territory now, but I like the HD558 / HD598 series better thank you. I guess this is where the HD700 comes in...
I really don't have to worry about it any more though. I'm an orthohead, and I will never change.
I don't believe you If you're anything like me, you will find a better headphone within 6 months. You can prove me wrong if you want
I personally don't have any problems with the grain on the HD-598. I'd have to be really trying hard to have it bother me and it's much easier to spot when you compare it to the new HD-600. I actually think perhaps the older HD-600 is grainier than the HD-598! My old (non silver screened version) HD-600 was very muffled sounding. The silver screened HD-600 I had for a month was a huge improvement. The newer HD-600 is less grainy than the HD-598, but very slightly. Even the HD-650 is less grainy than the HD-600. I compared them both and it takes a bit of effort and the right music to tell.
I'm totally with you on another headphone like the HD-598. I'd love to see the soundstage, forward sounding mids and imaging of the HD-598, but more detail and sound clarity. Similar to the HD-650, bu even better. HD-650 is no detail monster to me, not even close, but has more than enough detail for me. Actually an improvement of even the HD-650. I think Sennheiser could actually release a headphone with more detail and a more clear sound than the HD-650 that's NOT as expensive as the HD-800. The treble on the HD-598 is just about perfect for me. Of course I'm OK with the entire sound signature of the HD-598, but it can still be improved. I'd happily pay a lot more for more sound clarity and less plastic. The same overall design would be fine. I actually prefer the HD-598's comfort over the HD-600/650. Of course a user replaceable cable would be a must. No way I'm paying $300+ for a headphone that doesn't have a replaceable cable.
I think I prefer a headphone that's a combination of a more aggressive headphone and one that's laid back a bit. K601 and HD-598 is KIND OF close to that. I love a fairly balanced sounding headphone, but with slightly forward mids. Not too forward. K601 and HD-598 is just about right.
It's just weird how when I put on an HD-600 or HD-650 there is just so many things I miss about the HD-598. The soundstage of the HD-650 is just not as large as the HD-598. To me, HD-650 is also not as good for gaming, but who buys an HD-650 for gaming anyway? HD-598 I also prefer to the HD-650 for movies too. Lately though the HD-650 has gotten a bit better for movies once I made a new cable, but I still prefer the HD-598 or K702 for movies.
Hopefully we'll see a new headphone from Sennheiser this year!
BTW are the HE-4's mids are little more laid back than those of the HD-598? The Hifiman headphones look so nice, but the frequency graphs scare me and I'm always worried they'll be too dark or the mids won't be too my liking. Based on my experience, graphs don't mean much for me. Even the mids of the HD-598 sound more forward than the graphs make them out to be. The Hifiman headphones have been interested me lately. I wonder if the HE-4's sound is more clear than the HD-650? HD-650 is fairly clear, but it's sound clarity seems like it could be improved a little. That's one advantage my K702 has over the HD-650, but it's not as engaging or fun to listen to as the HD-650 for some music.
Edited by tdockweiler - 5/3/11 at 2:39pm