Hello all, I was looking at two different sets of headphones, both around $200, the Grado 225i and Sennheiser HD 558. Unfortunately, there isn't anywhere around me where I could test two two sets to compare them, so I'll need some help to decide between the two.
I'm looking for a headphone that pairs well with rock music, has good instrument separation and isn't too fatiguing. I've heard that the Grados are typically love 'em or hate 'em, (Or so I've read) and that's why I'm hesitant, even though people say Grados work very well with rock music. Additionally, the Sennheisers are less expensive, more comfortable and have a wider soundstage (Again, from what I've read). For now, I only have an iPod touch filled with mostly lossless music, but I plan on getting a Fiio X3 and E12 amp within the next few months, and possibly a decent DAC and amp for home use. And yes, I plan on using these outside from time to time, and I am aware that they are both open headphones and will have a bit of sound leak.
Another thing in favor of the Senns are price, they are at $150 right now on Amazon, but the Grados will cost $215 if you include the price of an adapter, a pretty good sized chunk of change for a 16 year old with no job.
I am definitely open to other suggestions, but these two are the ones that look the best to me, I looked at the M50s and some others but they weren't what I'm looking for. So if anyone could help me decide between these two, I'd be very grateful (Been trying to decide for over a month).
*Sorry for creating a new thread, I don't really like to make them on any forums because they cause clutter, but I couldn't come to a conclusion after many searches over the past few weeks, it's sort of a 'last resort'. Again, sorry.