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post #16 of 23

senn hd598 have a very relaxing and neutral sound signature with a wide soundstage, resolution and detail is inferior to the srh840 and the hd650, but midrange and soundstage are superior. be warned as some people complain these headphones are boring and not fun since their treble isnt so prominent and doesnt sparkle, the subbass is not rumbling either, 
just a suggestion, i do fear that these will not make the cut though since these are not fun type of cans, an eq can solve this

hope this helps^^

post #17 of 23
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Then we're down to the 840s and the senn 650s. I'm sure the 650s sound better but again, a little worried about "wasting" them if they run only through my Motu.
post #18 of 23
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Then we're down to the 840s and the senn 650s. I'm sure the 650s sound better but again, a little worried about "wasting" them if they run only through my Motu.

well actually expensive headphones will sound better than cheaper headphones being both unamped, just that amp dependant headphones improve a lot more than amp independant headphones i feel

post #19 of 23
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I've read around even more...read about the Shure SRH1440s, but a little worried they are going to be too bright for me. A lot of the old metal I listen to is pretty brittle anyway, and many of my favourite soundtracks (modern Zimmer and Shore) have a lot going on in the lower end; I think I'll prefer the smoother sound of the 650s. My last problem is the impendance, again. I'm not fussed about not being able to use my ipod with it, but I'm worried about putting it through my MOTU. I can't find anywhere info on how 'strong' the headphone amp is, and again, I'm worried I'll be losing a lot of quality. I don't plan on buying an amplifier in the future.

 

I'd probably prefer to have closed back phones because of the noise cancellation, but the 650's come up time and time again as the best sounding.

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by jcs88 View Post

I've read around even more...read about the Shure SRH1440s, but a little worried they are going to be too bright for me. A lot of the old metal I listen to is pretty brittle anyway, and many of my favourite soundtracks (modern Zimmer and Shore) have a lot going on in the lower end; I think I'll prefer the smoother sound of the 650s. My last problem is the impendance, again. I'm not fussed about not being able to use my ipod with it, but I'm worried about putting it through my MOTU. I can't find anywhere info on how 'strong' the headphone amp is, and again, I'm worried I'll be losing a lot of quality. I don't plan on buying an amplifier in the future.

 

I'd probably prefer to have closed back phones because of the noise cancellation, but the 650's come up time and time again as the best sounding.

imo the srh940 is brighter than the srh1440

well going ampless is a little tricky.... with headphones this price

actually the sound sounds ok unamped, it just scales up well and high

but probably just buy a small amp and stick it somewhere it doesnt bother you, its better for your ears if you do so

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

Well I think I'm settled on the 650s. The 840s seem great, but then I've come across some terrible reviews.

 

This is the audio interface I have. I can't find the headphone output power anywhere, but given it's a 'professional' card I'd say it has enough power. It's not a tube amp that's going to add tonnes of warmth, but I can't afford that. The 650's are stretching my budget beyond what it should be, but they should last me a fair few years.

http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/traveler-old/

post #22 of 23

Not to add more confusion to your plate, but before you buy those Shure's, is there someplace you can try them on? I personally find they feel a little heavy on the head after a while - maybe it's just me, but I find them awkward in bed. They sound lovely though and the bass is "enough" without being annoying. I've heard the 940 and contemplated buying it but backed down as I prefer the overall song with the 840.

post #23 of 23
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Hi Sdpenha - unfortunately I can't try either pair on. But as I said I think I'll go for the Sennheiser 650s, which are apparently comfortable!

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