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Sennheiser HD598 w/ FiiO EO7k

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Hello Head-Fi,


I am new to this community, and I'm looking forward to making my first big headphone purchase.


As a quick gear history, I owned a pair of MDR-V6s for about 5 years, and then replaced those with Grado sr80i's that are still running strong, which will be my portable headphones after this purchase.


My music taste includes mainly metal and post-rock, as well as classical, jazz, and electronic.  Here's my last.fm:  



I'm looking at getting a pair of Sennheiser HD598's and a FiiO E07K as a home desktop setup, and then using the E07K to amp my Grado's on the go.  My budget is $400.  I was just wondering if there were any options that I should consider besides these, considering my tastes and budget.


The help is much appreciated, and thanks in advance to any replies!

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Should be fine for your budget assuming you like the sound of the HD598. I assume you've read a lot of reviews. It's a good headphone. There are other headphones too of course.


Other headphones I would consider:


Sony MA900

Beyer DT880 PRO 250ohm

Hifiman HE-300

AKG Q701


The E07k is a good way to start and will function with all of the above just fine.


If you're looking for a neutral sound with bright treble, the HD598 will do the job. It's pretty polite with bass. Personally I don't care for it with music that calls for bass. But that's just my preference. I would probably get the MA900 or DT880 over the HD598, but again, that's just me. If you can get a chance to try any of the above, I recommend it strongly, at $200~300, you have a ton of options.


Very best,

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Thanks!  I'll take a look at those following headphones.


I like the idea of a lack of bass rumble in my headphones, which is why I was leaning toward the HD598s.  They look amazing too.

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