Ok so today in the mail I got my HD 598 in the mail today along with a pair of monoprice DJ headphones 8323. My thoughts:
First opened the monoprice ones lol ( priorities out of wack maybe?) any way I was excited to see how good $35 from amazon could sound lol. I have the same gripes most have that you will see, out of the box they are severely uncomfortable.BUT......I removed the stock ear pads and replaced them with my old audio techinica m50 pads. vast improvement! more comfortable but the m50 pads are still pleather and i replaced them on my M50's originally because they heat up.
So I also have a set of berhdynamic pads ( the ones people usually put on m50's, bought them for my M50 originally but opted for the "Shure" pads that are also a popular replacement for the m50's) just amazon and reach M50 reviews and you'll see the two sets i mean. the shures fit a bit loose on my M50 but like them alot the monoprice ones might be slightly smaller so the Shure will fall off, berhdynamics fit great "just right"
I then took the stock head pad off from the headphones. literally just sticky taped to the inside of the headphone so just find and edge and peal it off. I took a wrist sweat band and ran some string through and over the top and secured it like a small pad for the only point where it contacts the head. now i can say they are decently comfortable. good enough for a few hours of wear probably
SOUND- really quite remarkable for $35. vocals clear and crisp for the most part. mids and soundstage kind of lack but it is a closed back headphone lol. Bass is excelent but not over powering. Essentially at least in the quick comparison i got in the store these monoprice are roughly as good and similar balance as the vmoda's (most will take major issue with that statement) but i just honestly don't hear much of a difference in the sound. Vmoda in comfort and cool factor hands down though
I opened and began using these second and for a few minutes was not impressed bc i was adjusting from the bass of the monoprice lol. so i listened to a few neutral songs as a "palatte cleanser". and then THEY CAME ALIVE! lol these are legit headphones. very very comfortable because they are so light. They feel a little flimsy but i think its just a perception thing. I'd say these are the perfect compliment to my X1's. The 598 are great clear crisp vocals and instruments like you've never heard....horns, violins, guitars, etc. all is really neat to hear things from songs that are subtle but ive not really heard before. The bass is tight and definately there but i feel it is just neutral (like true to the recordings intent or very very slightly reduced like barely) So i feel at least out of the headphones i now own
that the 598 are the most neutral "audiophile" type headphone in that it gives n acurate presentation of each song from the source. Rap and other things will kick in them but where they shine is anything with actual artists that can sing, and intrusments that arent computer generated . so country, classical and rock sound fantastic!
Comfort they are fighting my X1 but they win barely because being lighter does make them better, ear cups are only slightly harder so the ear fit the fidelio x1 may have a slight lead.
I still like my X1 for the fun listen of an open headphone with a bass punch still. So i think X1 & hd 598 are perfect marriage for me (bass vs. true to source with vocals and instruments and clarity)
The hd 598 are also much muuch smaller than i thought they would be when fully compacted, so they seem easily portable if you wanted to take them places.
So i think its a great versitile headphone and really glad i got it.
I stick whole heartedly to the advice i gave you before. BUY the hd 598 and have a great all around for at home and listening to everything. buy a bass type closed headphone for your portable (basically be quick and dirty while mobile but clear and relaxed at home)
monoprice 8323 is an option but id probably still say go zoro just because the comfort is probably much better for extended use, look good, and have a likely similar bassy sound with good balance overall
I got the monoprice ones purely to have them to test to see what all the hype was (definately true in regards to sound, other reviews of it on this site pretty much hit the nail straight on). Now ill usew them as my crapper pair that i wont mind if they get tossed or abused.
Hope it helps any questions ask