I recently just went in store to try out a pair of Sennheiser 380 Pro's and Beyerdynamic DT 770 150 Ohm. I was hoping the store had the Senneheiser 598's so I'm stuck in a rut. I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to audio but I do understand the basics of everything. First off I plan on getting the ASUS Zonar Essence STX for my computer and a portable amp for my smaller devices. Does anyone have an opinions on the quality of the following:
-Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm---I can't distinguish the difference of these there seems to be several Pro/Premium 250 Ohm on Amazon. I have heard that these are one of the most popular.
-Senneheiser 598's- Not sure how the openback design compares to a closed back design like the 380's...which I liked.
-Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm- I heard the 150 versions in store which were very Bassy compared to the Senneheiser's
-Beyrdynamic DT 880 Pro/Premium 250 Ohm-- research shows that these are a semi open and are a favorable middle ground, however I'm liking the reviews of the DT 990's a little bit more.
Also, I do know that open backs provide more of a sound stage but are they really that much better than closed back designs?
Overall I think I like a headphone with a little more bass and that extra punch, however I enjoyed the clear high's and mids from the 380's. It's a tough decision and I obviously can't test a bunch of them because there is nowhere around here that has wide variety of headphones. I don't really want to spend more than $250 but may stretch this as i am liking the overall reviews of the DT 990 Premiums, though the pros are about $100 cheaper...hmmm. Any reasonable opinions are much appreciated as this is a very serious buy for me. I want these to last me a long time. The guy at the store said he's had his DT 990's for almost 18 years now and he said they work fabulous, and has only had to change the ear cups. If anyone has any other suggestions other than what I offered here as a good set of headphones, my ears are open.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by californiadrm - 9/10/12 at 9:40pm