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Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question as it's a headphones forum but I really need help and would like unbiased answers. I have this question posted on Overclock.net but haven't received any answers and this is probably a better forum overall for my question as it's dedicated to Audio.
 

I've reached a devastating dilemma. I absolutely am unable to decide between the SP2500s and the HD598s, and am hoping someone can help me decide.
First off, putting my neighbors and mum into consideration, headphones would definitely be the preferable choice. My mum hates the weak bass coming out of my current Logitech Z506.
However, I'm hesitant about getting the HD598s because from what I've read the bass is plain and simply weak, which is something that just isn't at all acceptable to me... Whereas with the SP2500s, I hear that clarity is great and the bass is very powerful.

I've also never in my life listened to any headphones that sound good at all, the best I've heard are Beats headphones which to me, are the equivalent to apple; all hyped up and paying for the name not the hardware... So I'm also hesitant to know just how good headphones could sound. If possible, could anybody tell me how much better the HD598s would sound in comparison to beats headphones, considering that I find the sound quality of beats to be mediocre at best.

Also, the sound card I'm currently using is a Creative Sound Blaster Z, and as you can tell, I don't know much about audio at all.

 

Thanks a lot!

 

EDIT: I'm using a Creative Sound Blaster Z for my sound card.

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I can certainly understand your dilemma as those are two very attractive (not to mention pricey) options. First off, may I ask what your intended usage will be? Movies, games, etc? I own a pair of 518s which is the baby of the 500 series and I can tell you that listening is pure bliss compared the gaming headsets I used to use. Headphones will also help for those late night sessions where you want it loud but can't because of others. I personally have never heard the Corsairs but they have received rave reviews across the web so if you decide to go that route I'm sure you will be satisfied regardless. Also I would suggest that you look at the 558 which to me seems better value for money unless you simply must have the top of the range. I kind of wished I'd shelled out just a little bit more for them but was simply too frugal at the time. Sorry if I have caused you to be even more uncertain with your purchase but whichever route you choose I'm sure you will be happy.

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Where are you located? I noticed you said "mum" and then tends to be more of a british usage. Best price/performance values change depending on where you live.

Not surprising that the Logitech Z506 don't have good bass. Logitech multimedia speakers are plastic toys in comparison to decent home audio or pro audio equipment. It's a lot to expect that you would get good sound from $100 boxed speaker sets. Depending on your budget (and where you live), one way to go could be to build a passive speaker/amp/subwoofer setup.

If you want good, deep impactful bass from headphones, look into the Ultrasone HFI-580, Beyerdynamic DT770, and M-Audio Q40. For example, see this discussion thread of the HFI-580: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534029/fight-the-beats-hype-ultrasone-hfi-580-hfi-580-appreciation-thread
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Originally Posted by dqtl74 View Post

I can certainly understand your dilemma as those are two very attractive (not to mention pricey) options. First off, may I ask what your intended usage will be? Movies, games, etc? I own a pair of 518s which is the baby of the 500 series and I can tell you that listening is pure bliss compared the gaming headsets I used to use. Headphones will also help for those late night sessions where you want it loud but can't because of others. I personally have never heard the Corsairs but they have received rave reviews across the web so if you decide to go that route I'm sure you will be satisfied regardless. Also I would suggest that you look at the 558 which to me seems better value for money unless you simply must have the top of the range. I kind of wished I'd shelled out just a little bit more for them but was simply too frugal at the time. Sorry if I have caused you to be even more uncertain with your purchase but whichever route you choose I'm sure you will be happy.


I will be using it for pretty much everything... Gaming, watching movies, listening to music and voice chat. Pretty much everything :P

 

 

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Where are you located? I noticed you said "mum" and then tends to be more of a british usage. Best price/performance values change depending on where you live.

Not surprising that the Logitech Z506 don't have good bass. Logitech multimedia speakers are plastic toys in comparison to decent home audio or pro audio equipment. It's a lot to expect that you would get good sound from $100 boxed speaker sets. Depending on your budget (and where you live), one way to go could be to build a passive speaker/amp/subwoofer setup.

If you want good, deep impactful bass from headphones, look into the Ultrasone HFI-580, Beyerdynamic DT770, and M-Audio Q40. For example, see this discussion thread of the HFI-580: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534029/fight-the-beats-hype-ultrasone-hfi-580-hfi-580-appreciation-thread

 

I'm located in Australia, the SP2500s are $259 and the HD598s are $269. I know very little about audio systems so I don't even know what a passive speaker/amp/subwoofer is... I'll probably go search them up when I get home from school though.


Edited by Evansoft - 9/1/13 at 3:53pm
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Hail fellow aussie! I believe going the passive speaker route will be a bit out of your price range as you will need to buy the speakers, amp and subwoofer seperately (which will set you back at least half a grand if not more). For your purposes I would recommend getting headphones. For gaming I feel headphones are more immersive and directional cues are more accurate. Also for voice chat you will get feedback from speakers. Music and movies sound great too so all your bases are covered. The Sennheisers are also very comfortable and I've had no problems wearing mine for several hours at a time. I also think the 558s are better value for money but that's just my 2 cents.
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Originally Posted by Evansoft View Post

I'm located in Australia, the SP2500s are $259 and the HD598s are $269. I know very little about audio systems so I don't even know what a passive speaker/amp/subwoofer is... I'll probably go search them up when I get home from school though.

OK. There's a little Lepai t-amp that can be used with passive speakers to create a desktop setup. See this article on CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/ Whether or not you could find the Lepai, a set of decent passive speakers, and a subwoofer in your budget range in Australia, I don't know. Sorry.
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