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post #16 of 268
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Originally posted by OakIris
So, GanChan, do you like the HD555s better than the HD590s, or not?
So far...not. I like the 590s better.

I don't think the 555 is going to change much more, as I head toward 50 hours. I'm starting to realize I like the brighter presentation and extreme clarity of the 590 over the richer-sounding but less detailed 555. I will continue to give the 555 every opportunity to evolve, but even if they do turn out to be better than the 590, at this point I doubt it will be 150 dollars better. (And my 590 is getting too beat-up to get me much in resale.) Heck, I could use that money to buy an Equinox cable for my 590 and make it even better....
post #17 of 268
Guess I'll still have to wait for a comparison between the HD590 and the HD595. I have the Equinox replacement cable for my HD590s. I reckon I'm O.K. at this point - and everything is paid for, too.
post #18 of 268
why are you guys even worrying about how they are vs cheaper phones when you can get the hd580's for the same price as the hd555's and the hd580's own the hd555's.
post #19 of 268
And you know that... how? These are new phones that have hardly come out for a month
post #20 of 268
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Originally posted by OakIris
Guess I'll still have to wait for a comparison between the HD590 and the HD595. I have the Equinox replacement cable for my HD590s. I reckon I'm O.K. at this point - and everything is paid for, too.
Check for LTUCCI1924 posts, he described sound of his HD590 with replacement cable as a "mud" after listening HD595.
Ive never listened to 590 but 595 sounds just magical, never thought that regular CD recording may have so much details.
post #21 of 268
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Originally posted by TidesCAL
why are you guys even worrying about how they are vs cheaper phones when you can get the hd580's for the same price as the hd555's and the hd580's own the hd555's.
Because the HD580s require an amplifier, the additional $50-$100 puts them squarely out of this price bracket.
post #22 of 268
I have the 555's and i truley believe that then need an amp...at least for me. On both my computer and my cd-player, the sound is very weak and the bass is distorted and weak as well. I don't know what you guys are using the 555's for playing them on a regular basis, but to me, they really need an amp. I bought the 555's because i thought i wouldn;t need an amp to begin with, but now i definetly think i do. Im regretting the fact that i didn't get the 580's scince now im going to need an amp anyway. And they were only 10 dollars more.
post #23 of 268
my matic, My guess is the hd555 is probably AWESOME with an amp. Can't compare it now, it could be better, or slightly worse than hd580.
I say get a nice 100 dollar amp, whatever you can afford.
Its like having great 100W Tannoy speakers and a optimus 10 watt amplifier, do you know how crappy that sounds?
Speakers need a certain amount of wattage to "energize" the coils, or sound will be very uneven, and WEAK., its much more than volume.
I still want these hps, I believe in them.
post #24 of 268
^^^ Yea...i agree with you on that i haven't given these headphones a chance yet without an amp. So i can't knock them without trying them with an amp first. The only thing im upset at is the fact that i have to buy an amp in the first place. i really didn't want to buy an amp, because im throwing too much money then i can handle. But on the bright side, all high-end headphones that have good sound quality really need an amp to shine. And the 555's are very stylish and comfortable as well. So ill try them out with an amp first and then evaluate them.
post #25 of 268
ny matic, I hear you! haha. I took me a long while to understand what this amp nonsense was! REG phones dont need an amp, but studio ones do!
Its cause studio and high end mixers/preamps have high input/outputs made for a row of headphones and lots of power. The Impedance is raised to compensate. Please don't give these up pal! I am learning about audio, and Its very strange world. Video is very cut and dry, audio is very complex!
If you had a preamped amp, then you wouldnt need a headphone amp. But its not practical for a huge, expensive preamp with many modules on it. I think that is why headphone amps were invented (1 reason) Most of these musicians don't use these great headphones outside the studio.
post #26 of 268
Buster...your making me want to keep these even more now. By the way, what amp are you currently using? I had some conversations with norm about his headsave elite amp..but it costs 200. I could afford that right now, but i feel like im paying too much because im no audiophile by any means. I just want great sounding headphones! So do you have any other, cheaper recommendations for me before i look further into the headsave?
post #27 of 268
preamped amp ? what the heck is that ?
do you think ny_matic's problem can be solved by just using a regular audio amplifier (the one has a headphone jack in it)?
or maybe a mini system like this one ?

http://denonsingapore.com/hdm31.htm

http://denonsingapore.com/Product%20...dm31_front.gif
post #28 of 268
Sorry! I meant PREAMPLIFIER with Headphone jack. Some of these are built with very high output. Denon is a great brand, I am not sure how good the amp is. Even great brands build low volume/power headphone jacks. Its not rated either. The ones that are advertised and rated for high output usually are good enough. Marantz vintage or a lot of vintage amps have very great headphone output.
post #29 of 268
In terms of detail and tonal balance, how would you compare them to the HD280 Pro?
post #30 of 268
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Originally posted by Buster Sword
Even great brands build low volume/power headphone jacks. Its not rated either. The ones that are advertised and rated for high output usually are good enough. Marantz vintage or a lot of vintage amps have very great headphone output.
So, say if the headphone jack has low power, as long as i use low impedance headphone (less 60 ohm for example), then i will be fine then ?

by the way, they usually dont say in details about the headphone jack rating and all that. only mentioned as built-in headphone out, but no other further info... which is a bummer...
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