For the last few weeks I've been thinking about buying a new headphone after finding out that a 40-year old Philips headphone sounded way better than my current one (a Steelseries Siberia V2, which focuses on gaming). I'd like to spend €175 tops, although there's always room for more. I'm planning to use it as following:
- Movies/tv shows: 60%. This ranges from Michael Bay-movies (lots of explosions) to political drama's (which consists mostly of conversations).
- Games: 30%. This ranges from shooters to race-sims.
- Music: 10%. I listen to almost everything, from hard-rock to classic, from pop to dance.
Some important notes:
- I appreciate good bass, although it shouldn't interfere with the mids and highs.
- Open > closed.
- Soundstage isn't that important.
- I'm not an audiophile and probably won't notice differences that most of you guys will notice.
- Usage may vary from 30 minutes to 8 hours a day, so comfort is important.
- The headphone will only be used with a computer which has a seperate soundcard.
Headphones that were considered/advised by others but didn't make the 'final' list:
- Audio Technica ATH-M50(s) €149. Reviews/head-fi'ers were very positive. However a lot of users also agreed that there was a huge hype and that the set was not that great.
- Sennheiser HD598 €169. The 'older brother' of the HD558. Even though it looks absolutely godlike, but I believe the bass of it's younger brother will suit my needs better. It also uses the same driver as the HD558, which can be modded so it sounds a lot like the HD598 (even though the HD598 will still sound brighter). (chart: http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID=2861&graphID=2851&scale=20)
- Audio Technica ATH-AD700 €130: It lacks the bass that I'm looking for. (chart: http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID%5B%5D=2861&graphID%5B%5D=2851&graphID%5B%5D=2661&scale=20)
So in the end I kept coming back to two headphones:
- Sennheiser HD558 €135. Excellent reviews.
- Philips Fidelio X1 €182. Raving reviews, labeled 'endgame' by several people. The only downside that comes up is that it's being shipped with a cable that 'has' 1,5-2 Ohm, but that can be fixed by buying a seperate cable.
It's been mentioned that they both have an excellent allround sound with an excellent bass. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try them in a store (the X1 can't be found in my region) so I'm relying on (user) reviews and the knowledge of you guys. So I'd like to hear from you guys which headphone would suit my needs best, and if the X1 is worth the extra €47 for a non-audiophile as myself? Ofcourse, if you feel I've missed a headphone then feel free to give a shout.