Originally Posted by vladinecko
eleathar, did you end up getting the 700s? i'm in the same boat right now and can't decide whether or not to get the 700s after owning and loving the 598s for a little over a year. i crave something new, something higher end but i'm not sure whether forking out a grand on HD 700 is worth the upgrade.
please let me know if you have both phones now, i'd be interested in your impressions.
Vladinecko, I ended up getting them and I think they worth every euro I spent for them (630): they are technically better in every aspect than their little sibling.
I keep thinking of the 598s as a terrific bargain: they worth a lot more than their price (I payed them only 165 euro): they have superb soundstage and mids, with an incredible rendering of female voice and strings.
How the 700s compare to 598s?
Think of a song with instruments and voice as a nature landscape with a house inside: with 598s and their forward mids, you see that house perfectly focused and you forget all the rest, everything around the house appearing slightly confused and out of focus. With 700s you see all the landscape in focus, so you start to notice the grass and the trees around the house and the sky and clouds over it.
Out of metaphor, 700s bring you more extended and articulated bass and crystal clear treble, with the same warm rendering of mids that is typical of Sennheiser signature: I think that transient speed really makes a difference here.
Except for the very first use, I never felt the 700s treble as too hot. I don’t feel the soundstage wider than 598s, but way more layered so you can separate instruments better.
700s seems to me as warmer and bright at the same time, while 598s are more on bright side.
To be honest, I love 700s and hate them at the same time, because they took my “innocence” away, letting me hear muffled low bass when I went back to 598s, which I never noticed before.
Furthermore, the more revealing and analytical approach damps part of emotion I was getting from 598s, that focus greatly on voice and are way more forgiving on the rest.
Most of all, I hate them because now I’m struggling to keep my wallet shut, because my 700s scream for a tube amp, which I cannot afford right now.
Out of irony they are great headphones and, while 800s are surely the best technical solution for who can afford them, 700s are a fantastic compromise between a more analytic and a more fun approach.
Edited by eleathar - 11/29/12 at 3:07am