I currently own a pair of Shure se535 (IEMs), and was looking to get some good mid-range headphones to use at home, since long usage of earphones gets a bit uncomfortable for me. After looking around for a fair bit, I narrowed my choice down to AKG 701 and HD 598s. Having gone to a store where they let you try headphones though, (Saturn in germany), when I tried them I was frankly rather disappointed. They both sounded pretty bad compared to my se535s (only thing good was soundstage, otherwise it was unclear and just bad), so I was wondering if anyone has any listening experience to both the earphones and headphones?
I was thinking that perhaps the store didn't use an amp which might be the cause of the bad sound quality, but would the lack of an amp make such a huge difference? Or perhaps the SE535s are in a different class and I can't expect headphones at that price point to match up to them?
I'm in Germany for a couple of months, and sennheiser is a lot cheaper here compared to back home (a good 30% or so I would expect), so hoping I can make a decision on whether I should get them or not soon.