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post #616 of 713
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Originally Posted by volvo12 View Post
 

Well I received my HD558 yesterday, I am listeing to them and I think are amazing but in some songs I can hear a rattle in the left speaker, I am not sure if is something of the plastic of the headphone body or the speaker itself, any idea? 

 

Should I continue testing those?

 

Do you think I am in some way abusing of them? I dont have any amp connected and in order to listen the rattle I need a high volume, but not too much at least in my opinion. 


I think you may be describing a condition known as "clipping".  You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipping_%28audio%29

 

Oddly enough, my HD 595s seem especially prone to a condition similar to this.  Not sure if it is a problem with my 595s or if it is clipping but it seems to do it on bass heavy tracks at higher volumes.

post #617 of 713
I don't have that problem.
post #618 of 713

Well I think is not clipping because if I put some pressure in the earcup the rattle go away. I went for dinner and now I return and I can]t reproduce the rattle again, so maybe is just something natural result of the plastic material but depending on how the headphones fit in my head sometimes is perceptible and sometimes no. 

post #619 of 713
Well, I've only had my 518s for about 4 months. Even without a dedicated amp, played straight through my iPhone 4S, I absolutely love them.

So much, in fact, that I ordered the 598s yesterday to have alongside. The bug has bitten me. This the 3rd set of cans I've purchased within the last ~7 months. Maybe, being a car nut at heart, I was probably seduced by the 'European sports sedan' inspired colour theme. However, it was that smooth, engaging, open sound of my 518s that gave me my hunger for even more. Hopefully I can stay content with what I have now for a little while -- the M50s for sub-bass and SPL, the 518s for 'heavier' genres, and the 598s for 'lighter' music.

They should arrive sometime next week. I'll be sure to post a review / comparison of the 518s and 598s once I receive the latter and burn them in; maybe I'll include the M50s too, since they're so popular. Should provide a little more help to anyone set on getting a 5x8 line headphone, but is not sure which one to go for.

Now I'm just looking for a portable amp to use with my iPhone and (sometimes) my laptop. I know some might mention the 5x8s relatively low 50Ω impedance, but at 100Hz that number spikes to about 220Ω and 300Ω for the 518 and 598, respectively.

This rings true when I plug my 518s into my Pioneer 1019 receiver; bass becomes deeper, fuller, clearer, with a lot more impact. I do notice a change in the soundstage and imaging as well though, and I *think* I prefer that aspect when they are plugged into my iPhone; just seems more airy and distant, but I'll have to revisit that.

Anyway, back to my question: For my 518s and 598s, what portable amp should I look into for use with (primarily) my iPhone? Fiio E11? Or is getting a DAC like the E17 going to make a big difference versus just an iPhone/amp setup?
Edited by Autoholic - 4/18/14 at 12:48am
post #620 of 713

Autoholic, please post your impressions here. I am interested in your thoughts and comparisons

post #621 of 713

Picked up a pair of HD 598's recently.  My last pair of headphones was the JVC HARX700's, and the difference is night and day.  I now know what a good soundstage is, and I don't think I can ever go back.  The 598's are such an improvement in every area over the HARX700's (obviously, considering the ~200 dollar difference).  I currently run them through an E07K, but I have a Schiit stack on the way to drive these and a few of my future headphones.


Edited by Aether - 4/19/14 at 1:04pm
post #622 of 713

Now I finally get to try HD598.  It is like a more mid-forward and little bit mellower K601, as well as a bit more polite and a little thicker.

I'm put off by the chesty-sounding female vocals, however.

Edit: didn't specify which headphone


Edited by Mad Max - 4/24/14 at 9:24pm
post #623 of 713
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post
 

Now I finally get to try these.  It is like a more mid-forward and little bit mellower K601, as well as a bit more polite and a little thicker.

I'm put off by the chesty-sounding female vocals, however.

Which one? 

post #624 of 713
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Originally Posted by volvo12 View Post
 

Well I think is not clipping because if I put some pressure in the earcup the rattle go away. I went for dinner and now I return and I can]t reproduce the rattle again, so maybe is just something natural result of the plastic material but depending on how the headphones fit in my head sometimes is perceptible and sometimes no. 

 

My HD 598's drivers rattled a little bit at first but settled in after listening for a bit- I've heard this happens with some of the HD 598's (and in your case, the HD 558), so I don't think you're not imagining anything. :D

post #625 of 713
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post
 

Which one? 

 

Oops, I meant HD598.

post #626 of 713
HD 558 pair with Fiio X3 or with Ibasso DX50? I really need your opinions and suggestions. It will be much appreciated.
post #627 of 713

Got these almost 2 weeks ago now. Coming from just typical onboard audio and HD497's over the past 10 years, I figured these would be a substantial improvement. Recently put together a new computer which included an Asrock motherboard (extreme4) with the "Purity Sound". At first I thought the 558's sounded awful, a lot of bass bleeding and the clarity I heard about wasn't there. After about 20 hours these things tightened up very nicely. Bass is nice and tight and mids and highs are nice and clear. I'm not a basshead, but I wouldn't say these lack bass... as long as you run them with an amp. I tried them on both the amped and unamped jacks on the motherboard and unamped they sounded ok overall, but the bass was lacking badly (compared to the amped jack) and any details it did have were gone. Primus, Tool, and early Incubus has never sounded so good. The bass guitar with each sounds so awesome. I got the 1.8m version of the cable some mentioned before:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

It just arrived today, no more 10ft of cable tangled up at my feet! I want to say there's a tiny bit more clarity with this new cable over the stock one, but I'd be more temped to write it off as placebo than anything. Either way, the cable is really nice and certainly won't degrade the audio quality and I only got it for the custom length, so I'm happy.

 

Love these headphones, but from my experience two things:

 

1. Don't judge their sound without ~20 hours on them.

2. Run them with an amp. They sound so much better amped than not. Big difference, especially in the bass department and details.

post #628 of 713
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Originally Posted by function9 View Post
 

Got these almost 2 weeks ago now. Coming from just typical onboard audio and HD497's over the past 10 years, I figured these would be a substantial improvement. Recently put together a new computer which included an Asrock motherboard (extreme4) with the "Purity Sound". At first I thought the 558's sounded awful, a lot of bass bleeding and the clarity I heard about wasn't there. After about 20 hours these things tightened up very nicely. Bass is nice and tight and mids and highs are nice and clear. I'm not a basshead, but I wouldn't say these lack bass... as long as you run them with an amp. I tried them on both the amped and unamped jacks on the motherboard and unamped they sounded ok overall, but the bass was lacking badly (compared to the amped jack) and any details it did have were gone. Primus, Tool, and early Incubus has never sounded so good. The bass guitar with each sounds so awesome. I got the 1.8m version of the cable some mentioned before:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

It just arrived today, no more 10ft of cable tangled up at my feet! I want to say there's a tiny bit more clarity with this new cable over the stock one, but I'd be more temped to write it off as placebo than anything. Either way, the cable is really nice and certainly won't degrade the audio quality and I only got it for the custom length, so I'm happy.

 

Love these headphones, but from my experience two things:

 

1. Don't judge their sound without ~20 hours on them.

2. Run them with an amp. They sound so much better amped than not. Big difference, especially in the bass department and details.

The cable does change the sound. It makes the sound cleaner but also reduces the warmth in the lower mids and lows and some of the soundstage ambiance. It's not good or bad but it's just a bit different. 

And @Gabriel12 the Fiio E3 is one hell of a puny amp. It just provides a bit more volume and bass but not much actual driving power. 

post #629 of 713

Well that's good to know. I mean, I'm sure I didn't have the best setup to compare, so I wasn't completely sure if it was changed or just me thinking it did only because it was a new cable. But, good to know I'm not [completely] crazy. :p


Edited by function9 - 4/30/14 at 9:34am
post #630 of 713

Haha no worries man XD I didn't expect it to have a difference too, didn't think it made a difference, until someone suggested to do so and discovered myself that it did actually make a difference. Ever since then I stuck to my stock cable for home use :3

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