Here's the scoop. Whatever I get is to be used with a NAD amp for home use. I will buy an IEM for going out of the house. I would love to buy a pair of 598's but they stretch my budget. I have found them used as low as $180. The 595's which seem nearly as good I have seen as low as $135 to $160. The 558's can be had as low as $98 a pair. I consider myself an audiophile in taste though I've never had the money to truly achieve that in reality. I love soundstage and accuracy. I want to hear the pages turning in the orchestra, the nuances of people plucking strings or gliding bows across them. I want to be able to visualize where the person playing first chair violin is sitting. I want as realistic (for lack of better term) a reproduction as I can afford.
First: Are the HD 598s worth their price even retail?
Second: Are they really better than the 595s and if so how and how much? How much better or worse is also relative to cost diffs.
Third: If I can pick up a pair of HD 558s that are listed in Senn's audiophile group, for $100 what does another $80 to $100+ buy me with the 595/598 models?
I really appreciate people at Head-Fi and value any feedback. Oh, and two things. When people say Senn's are "dark" what do they mean? And,do the ATH-AD700s compare to any of these Senns? The Senns not only get high praises for sound, but also for comfort which I don't see as much on the AD700s