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Needing guidance with Sennheiser

post #1 of 12
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Hello,

 

   I am currently looking to upgrade my headphones. I will be using them on my pc about 90% of the time. I currently own a pair of Shure SRH440's, I know they aren't crazy nice, but they've worked for a while. One of the main reasons I'm looking to upgrade is comfort. I just don't like the way the fit, and the padding is pretty lack luster.

 

  I work a big box retailer, so I have the ability to order Sennheiser's at a discounted rate. That being said, I've mostly been looking at their different models. I mostly game on my pc, and listen to music. I don't have to have a mic built into the headset, but have been reading up on the PC350 and PC360.

 

  Some of the other models I've been looking at are the following:

 

HD518

HD558

HD598

 

   The 598's and 360's may be more than what I want to spend right now. That being said, if its really worth the extra to upgrade 

I can always hold off. Just looking for some general advice.

 

Thank you for any tips,

post #2 of 12

Have you also considered anything from Beyerdynamic rather than the Sennheiser ones listed? something perhaps like the Beyer DT770 as a lot of people use those with a PC, they have velour pads & are quite comfortable, or perhaps the Denon D2000 or the model below that if those are out of budget, all easily driven from a soundcard.

post #3 of 12

Also take a look at the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 headphones, those are a gamers choice from what I hear, I had the chance to try them recently & while they are no match for better headphones they are good for the price & comfort is top notch.

post #4 of 12

you might also try the 840 pads on your 440s.  I have both sets of pads and the 840 is a significant upgrade in terms of comfort.  You should also note that a Senn is going to sound very different compared to the Shures, which might be why Cliff-Samuels recommended a set of Beyers.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by kingoftown1 View Post

you might also try the 840 pads on your 440s.  I have both sets of pads and the 840 is a significant upgrade in terms of comfort.  You should also note that a Senn is going to sound very different compared to the Shures, which might be why Cliff-Samuels recommended a set of Beyers.



Yes & not to forget the good ole Beyer velour tongue.gif

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Cliff-Samuels View Post

Have you also considered anything from Beyerdynamic rather than the Sennheiser ones listed? something perhaps like the Beyer DT770 as a lot of people use those with a PC, they have velour pads & are quite comfortable, or perhaps the Denon D2000 or the model below that if those are out of budget, all easily driven from a soundcard.


2 kings of comfort. Beyer and Denon.

I'd go with the 598. I prefer them to any other Sennheiser I've heard.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

   I'm open to any brand. The biggest reason why I've listed Senn cans is because I can get a fairly steep discount. That being said, the discount is steep compared to full retail. For example retail on the 598's is 350, but it seems like most places online are around 250, while I can pick them up for under 200.

 

   I guess my budget would be around 150-200. Which would include all of the Senn headphones listed above.

 

  For me the padding on the ear parts of the 440's isn't what I dislike. I find the top band to be very uncomfortable. I am also within my return policy, so I'm planning on taking them back. 

post #8 of 12

I personally wouldnt pay much for the 598's but thats because I am not that fond of them, but if you can get them cheap enough they certainly would have no problems with comfort, I wear glasses & they were fine when I tried them, for gaming they would be more than enough.

post #9 of 12

598s are $180 on Amazon right now btw.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

    I can pick up the 598's or PC360s for around the same price. The 558's and PC350s are about 50 bones less than them, and the 518's are under 100. So I would be comparing the 518's to the ATH-AD700's (I didn't want to list exact prices since it is a vendor accommodation, and didn't know what the guidelines for posting those prices are).  I do not currently have a pci-e soundcard. I did pick up a soundblaster x-fi go! pro. I am using it mostly to move the ports from the back to the front of my tower. I have front 3.5mm jacks, but was getting some distortion while using them. While using the USB - 3.5mm sound blaster the distortion is gone.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by kingoftown1 View Post

598s are $180 on Amazon right now btw.



My pricing isn't much below that, so maybe my deal isn't nearly as sweet as I thought, lol.

 

 

Edit: Typo

post #12 of 12

Thats the trouble with discounts based on "retail" pricing, the suggested retail price is usually far higher than any street price.

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