I'm new here and that also means the audiophile world. I'm looking for headphones but am saddened by the fact that I only have a choice with the sennheiser brand where I live. I'm seeking your assistance. Choices would be HD 598, 548, 518 or the HD 25-1 II, but I heard those have average bass only for closed phones. I've been reading a lot about them but still wouldn't pinpoint exactly which would fit my listening disposition. My guess would be that the 518's would be like slightly less good modded 548's, but then again I haven't seen anyone compare modded 548's to the 518's.
Basically, I would primarily watch movies and listen to music with them whilst gaming from time to time. I want to know: how is the sense of direction and depth compared to the 598 for gaming/movies? For music, I like female vocals, classical, folk, shoegaze, rock, post-hardcore, lo-fi (so I'd want something that won't kill my lo-fi records), hip hop and some electronic music from time to time (but I'm thinking of buying some headphones primarily for bass in a couple of weeks for that purpose). I'm basically looking for an all-rounder that can play live recordings and acoustic instruments very nicely, make me sore into the skies with female vocals and pump out hip hop bass and the base guitar smoothly. That's why I think 518's would be more than enough until I buy something on a different level like DT880's.
As a DAC, since I'll be using them with a laptop at home, I'm thinking of buying a xonar u3. And can someone explain to me why I see so many DAC's, including this one, only outputting up to 20khz? Does that mean the scope of the soundstage would be dampened, or am I worrying for nothing? Should I get a 48khz one instead?
Also I heard that both the 548's and 598's crack rather quickly...It would suck to buy 548's, mod them, see them crack, then have a replacement denied because of it. In any case, I hate it when stuff breaks so are the models out right now fixed from this issue?
Sorry if I asked too much at once but I like to make sure before I buy stuff. Thanks in advance.
Edited by DreamKing - 10/10/11 at 2:00pm