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post #556 of 773

The 518 is AWESOME! The best combination of being dynamic, alive, punchy, airy, and smooth at the same time with a nice soundstage. These are what I consider the most musical sounding pair of headphones I've heard under $300. Above 300 I like the hd600 but the 518 has the soundstage and musicality pegged and the hd600 can sometimes sound boring in comparison.

post #557 of 773
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

The 518 is AWESOME! The best combination of being dynamic, alive, punchy, airy, and smooth at the same time with a nice soundstage. These are what I consider the most musical sounding pair of headphones I've heard under $300. Above 300 I like the hd600 but the 518 has the soundstage and musicality pegged and the hd600 can sometimes sound boring in comparison.

HD600 boring? Not in my book. There must be a reason why the HD600 has been around for so very long.

post #558 of 773

Don't get me wrong, I didn't mean that the hd600 was boring overall. I just meant more boring than the 518 due to having less perceived attack. The hd600 is definitely better overall and is one of my favorite headphones of all time. Sorry if you misunderstood me. I was falsely assuming that everyone knew how cuckoo I was about hd600s. I am even what you would call an hd600 fanboy and have owned them 4 times (including hd580s) :D

post #559 of 773
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

Don't get me wrong, I didn't mean that the hd600 was boring overall. I just meant more boring than the 518 due to having less perceived attack. The hd600 is definitely better overall and is one of my favorite headphones of all time. Sorry if you misunderstood me. I was falsely assuming that everyone knew how cuckoo I was about hd600s. I am even what you would call an hd600 fanboy and have owned them 4 times (including hd580s) :D

np. I have a pair of HD558's as well as HD600's I don't perceive the HD600 having less attack or impact.

So do you still have a pair of HD600's? You might like the HE-500's but you'd have to get ready to put a rock ontop of your head, compared to the HD's.

post #560 of 773

The hd600 is just a little softer yet more neutral overall at the same time. I feel the 5xx cans have a thinner, snappier nature due to the low treble peak around 5khz

post #561 of 773
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

The hd600 is just a little softer yet more neutral overall at the same time. I feel the 5xx cans have a thinner, snappier nature due to the low treble peak around 5khz

More like 9 Khz. 5 kHz would be a tradgedy in Sibilance. I was going over this with Jerg one time, he reffered to it as a mild "Sonic Annoyance"


Edited by StanD - 3/2/14 at 8:58pm
post #562 of 773

I also hear a 9khz peak on the hd518 thats true but the main difference that sets the 5xx vs the 6xx apart is the lower treble presence around 5khz IMO

post #563 of 773

Some observations about sennheiser HD518 after extended listening (Taken from my review):

 

Moderately diffused presentation: Instruments sound like in a mid sized room and a bit distant. They don't sound close or in your face at all.

 

Slow and laid back: Really good if you listen to them to relax.

 

Smooth, not utterly detailed: Micro details are a bit of mixed bag. Some time they come out note to note, sometime it doesn't. Overall smooth sounding.

 

Tend to hide some instruments when a lot is going on.

 

Black backgrounds on my amp. Good contrast between instruments.

 

Thick sounding and rather natural mid range. Bass is extended but texture varies from song to song. Some time its boomy, some times its tight and textured. Since its capable of portraying quality bass on some songs, I believe recordings are to blame for less than ideal bass. In that regard maybe its not forgiving, if you will.

 

So not an end game headphone but extremely enjoyable. You will love what you hear if you are just enjoying music instead of looking for technicalities.

 

When using with my phone with not very high bit rate mp3, its capable of showing holes in music. Won't use them if source not up to snuff.

post #564 of 773

vaibhavp, I agree that the hd518 isn't too forgiving of bad recordings. They are quite detailed but at the same time they are fun to listen to regardless of being somewhat unforgiving. The one thing I find them to be forgiving at is with remasters. They have a dip at under 2khz that makes somewhat aggressive sounding remasters just right. 

 

Listening to Depeche Mode remasters on the k518 is amazing. It feels as if the remasters were done using them as monitors :D

post #565 of 773
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

vaibhavp, I agree that the hd518 isn't too forgiving of bad recordings. They are quite detailed but at the same time they are fun to listen to regardless of being somewhat unforgiving. The one thing I find them to be forgiving at is with remasters. They have a dip at under 2khz that makes somewhat aggressive sounding remasters just right. 

 

Listening to Depeche Mode remasters on the k518 is amazing. It feels as if the remasters were done using them as monitors :D

 

imo unforgiving in 2 scenarios.

 

1. using cellphone's jack and low bitrate mp3s. Songs that sound smooth and ok using $20 aftermarket earbuds suddenly dont sound allright.

 

2. recordings with bloated bass as bass varies from boomy to tight and textured, depending on recording.

 

Its very forgiving of imperfections in treble. using any lossless file with my dac, it sounds from good to excellent. the max I can hear is slight distortion in some recordings. nothing unlistenable or bothersome.

post #566 of 773
Hi,

Yesterday I gave my hd558 and 598 to my brothers, and showing them how to use the fiio e17, I conected it to my Jkeny modified HiFace mk2. Wow! It sounds really amazing together with the hd558 or 598.

Just wanted to coment about that, in case somebody is thinking about 558 or 598 paired with the e17. If you also use a ddc like the Jkeny, the result is truly wonderful.
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They are $150 every day at Fry's stores. No web orders, only in stores.

 

kev

post #570 of 773
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They are $150 every day at Fry's stores. No web orders, only in stores.

 

kev

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