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looking for a closed can that's on par with the HD598

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone

 

I have some HD598s that I just got for use at work, and they sound great, much better than my HD555s, but they leak too much for my office mate. I didn't think they'd bother her, but they are apparently too loud. 

 

I listen to mainly acoustic stuff, some rock, daft punk, lots of other random stuff. 

I don't like super boomy bass. I think the bass on the HD598 is pretty good. (same on the HE500.)

 

I'm running lossless files out of an iPhone with an e11 amp. 

 

I've looked at the shure 940s, M50, DT1330, HD25s, and some other stuff, but nothing seems to stand out. People seem to have things they like and hate about each one, and nothing is jumping out at me that says "Hey! Pick me for ___X___ reason!"

 

I'd prefer if they were circumaural, I don't really like ear pads.( The HD25s look intriguing, but I don't know how comfortable they can be for hours on end... I had some P5's for about a day and a half, and they were pretty horrible, both in sound and comfort. I like clear miss, tight, accurate bass, and want my vocals to sound nice and clear.

 

 

Any suggestions?

Thoughts based on what I like and don't' like?

Thanks

 

S-

 

edit: I'd also like to mention that I would prefer if they were available on Amazon. (gift cards) and I'm not really into modding things, and don't get along to well with IEM's. 

Thanks!

 

edit2: Super forgetful. I've tried DT770 and it clamps WAY to much. The AKG 550 or whatever, didn't clamp enough, and the AT2000 doesn't fit right... its weird. I like the sound from a 225i, but my brother-in-law took them to FL. (leaks too much anyway.)


Edited by schaaf - 6/26/12 at 8:14pm
post #2 of 20

I'd look into the K550. I got them because i needed a closed back headphone with good soundstage and minimum leakage. 

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

I'd look into the K550. I got them because i needed a closed back headphone with good soundstage and minimum leakage. 

+1

post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

How's the clamping action on them? I've read that some people have problems with them....

 

The ones I tried at Magnolia home theatre in Best Buy were WAY too loose. They seemed really new, so I don't think its wear and tear, but the stands they're attached to seemed weird. You had to stretch them pretty good to get them out, so I'm not sure if thats a contributing factor or not...

post #5 of 20

I have never seen them on display, and clamping force would vary depending on your head size

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

They're in magnolia home theatre. We have them in some, but not all of our best buy's here in MN. Not sure if its a pilot program or not, but they're headquartered here. 

 

The clamping force seemed weak. Like slip of your head if you look down weak. The DT770s had to go back because they gave me headaches they were so damn tight.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by schaaf View Post

How's the clamping action on them? I've read that some people have problems with them....

 

The ones I tried at Magnolia home theatre in Best Buy were WAY too loose. They seemed really new, so I don't think its wear and tear, but the stands they're attached to seemed weird. You had to stretch them pretty good to get them out, so I'm not sure if thats a contributing factor or not...

 

The clamp force is ok. Considering that i have an average head size. 

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

Anyone have any experience with the Sony Z1000 or the Ultrasone Pro 900?

post #9 of 20

You might try the Philips Citiscape Uptowns.  Available on Amazon, and a fairly similar sound to the 598s, IIRC.  A bit on the warm side, but fairly well controlled bass, decent clarity, and very minimal sound leakage. I like mine.  And they're driven well from a mobile device (I have a Samsung Galaxy S II, and they sound great straight from it).  $150.

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

Yeah I kinda looked at those but got sidetracked by the Fidelio L1's that apparently, you can't buy anywhere except the apple store.

 

What about the Brainwavz HM5?


 

post #11 of 20

there good but the sony z1000 are far better

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by SONIC BOOM View Post

there good but the sony z1000 are far better

I disagree with this. The Z1000 feels very cheap and isn't nearly as neutral or accurate as Sony claims. The HM5 are better in that regard.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

Placed an order for the Ultrasone Pro 900 and the Shure 940. 

 

 

They come in on friday. I'll spend some time with them and the E11 and see what I think.

Ill send back the loser.

 

 

S- 

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Well, I wanted to like the Ultrasone 900s but they are way way way way way too bassy for me. Way. The mids sounded veiled or recessed, and they were very dependent on positioning. The soundstage was pretty decent though.

 

The Shure 940s are great. Sound is wonderful. Maybe a touch too bright, but the mids are super detailed and clear. Sound great with some DMB and Alice in Chains. Unfortunately I wanted a little more soundstage than they have, and they are HUGE and uncomfortable. They clamp way too much and the headband looks like a wing when its on your head. I would totally get ripped on at work for wearing them. They're massive. I did like the sound though.

 

So,.... Is there anything like the sound of the 940s thats maybe a little more comfortable? 

 

Would the mids on the pro 900s open up over time? I'm just not sure if I could get over the bass. Sometimes it was great, but on other tracks it was just way too much. 

 

Looking at jumping from the HD 598 to the Shure 1440s too... 

post #15 of 20

akg k550

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