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Ultrasone Pro 550, Sennheiser HD 598, or something else? Coming from Shure SRH840

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I currently have Shure SRH840's, using them with a Fiio E11. I plan to keep them for studio music work and practicing bass through, but only five minutes with my friend's Ultrasone Pro 550's showed me how much I'm missing out on with only "flat" headphones.

 

The Ultrasones were incredible. They were quite open sounding compared to the Shures, certain vocal notes just rung out and created more emphasis and dynamics, and individual parts in songs like We Found Love by Rihanna were more noticeable because the music seemed to be more surrounding. There didn't seem to be a loss of detail or treble extension compared to the Shures.

 

My Shures now sound compressed and less interesting. I'm looking to spend around $200, and wasn't sure if I should look into anything other than the Pro 550's first. I want the detail and treble extension of the SRH840's, but also having the bass and soundstage that the Pro 550's exposed me to. My main genres these days are progressive metal like Dream Theater, and electro/house/electronic music like Daft Punk and Bassnectar, but I also listen to a wide variety of other genres like jazz and country. 

 

The other headphones I've come across are Sennheiser HD598's, and Ultrasone Pro 750's. I don't know much of the differences or if they'd be what I'm looking for, but I've read the HD598's aren't as full in bass for electronic stuff.

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Hi!

I have both. If you want strong and punchy bass the Ultrasone Pro 750 is your friend. For me it is easy. Ultrasone Pro750 in the office, isolates you pretty well from the world, doesn't leak sound and is detailed and fun to listen to. In the comfort and quietness of my home I prefer the HD598. Less bass and very open, so you hear everything around you, but the soundstage and clarity is immense.

I know it sounds weird, but I wouldn't sell neither. Both are keepers.

Both I can recommend whole heartily..but I guess for your genres the Ultrasones are the way to go. And they last forever, they are just so well build.

Cheers,
K
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