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Sennheiser 518 or 558 for Rock/Dubstep/Pop and HD movies/series?

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Hello folks,

 

I am lurking on here for quite a while now, learned a lot just by reading this forum but never really gotten into some serious headphones before, until now.

I have been reading dozen of reviews on here and elsewhere on the net, very informative and such. But yet, still i am still wondering to pick either the Sennheiser 518 or 558.

 

What i understood are the two headphones very alike, the difference is that the 518 have a smaller soundstage but more powerful bass. The 558 visa versa, a bigger soundstage but not as much bass. Also, the pads of the 558 seem to be superior to the 518''s. I am wondering if i should go and grab the 518 for the bass, because having some nice bass in movies is a nice plus, but so is soundstage. Same counts for the music genres i am listening to...

 

What is the difference in bass between the two, i am not a basshead but again, some bass is appreciated.

What would you do if you were in my situation? Is the difference in base between the two that big? Or should i go with the better soundstage because the bass on both headphones are very similar?

 

Note that i will be using this on my pc mostly, on a Asus Xonar DGX soundcard.

 

 

The 518 or the 558? I am about to pull the trigger on one of them.


Edited by rck1984 - 12/23/12 at 3:09pm
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Originally Posted by rck1984 View Post

I am lurking on here for quite a while now, learned a lot just by reading this forum but never really gotten into some serious headphones before, until now.

I have been reading dozen of reviews on here and elsewhere on the net, very informative and such. But yet, still i am still wondering to pick either the Sennheiser 518 or 558.

What i understood are the two headphones very alike, the difference is that the 518 have a smaller soundstage but more powerful bass. The 558 visa versa, a bigger soundstage but not as much bass. Also, the pads of the 558 seem to be superior to the 518''s. I am wondering if i should go and grab the 518 for the bass, because having some nice bass in movies is a nice plus, but so is sound stage. Same counts for the music genres i am listening to...

What is the difference in bass between the two, i am not a basshead but again, some bass is appreciated.

What would you do if you were in my situation? Is the difference in base between the two that big? Or should i go with the better soundstage because the bass on both headphones are very similar?

Note that i will be using this on my pc mostly, on a Asus Xonar DGX soundcard.

The 518 or the 558? I am about to pull the trigger on one of them.

I have not used the HD518, but I do like my HD558.

The HD558 uses the same driver as the HD598.

The HD558 responses more to amplifiers (Xonar DGX) then the HD518.

The bass on the HD558 may not be as loud as the HD518, but I would think the HD558 bass would be a better quality then the HD518.

On eBay, current bids for used HD558 are at around $100.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 12/23/12 at 6:49pm
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PA,

If I could ask...how would you compare the 558's,to the hd600

I'm thinking of picking up a used pair,as per David Mahlers review on his A+list?

 

Tnx

Mike

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PA,

If I could ask...how would you compare the 558's to the HD600.

I'm thinking of picking up a used pair,as per David Mahlers review on his A+list?

I've never listen to the Sennheiser HD600.

I would guess the HD600 has a better over all sound, but you really need to amp. the HD600 to get the best out of them.

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