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Sennheiser HD 518 or similar.

post #1 of 13
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Hey girls and guys.
I'm currently looking at the Sennheiser HD 518 headphones, I have heard that they are a bit heavy on the bass, but I'm not an audiophile, so I wouldn't know what the impact of that is for a user like me. Well, I know what bass is, but is it significant or practically irrelevant?
I just want my music to sound the way it was made. I listen to jazz, classic rock, grunge, edm, dubstep, classical music, metal... I guess that's kind of a wide spectre, not sure it helps.

Basically, I want to know if there are any similarly priced headphones I should consider?

Thanks in advance, have a great day!

post #2 of 13

Used HD558s sell for $122 to $125 on eBay and Amazon

post #3 of 13

Hello!

 

May I know what's your budget? xD and do you mind getting two headphones which totals up = a pair of HD518? I was thinking of Grado SR60i for your Jazz, Classic Rock, Classical Music and Metal. Then a pair of Sennheiser HD439 for your other genre you mentioned. 

 

The Sennheiser HD518 can sound muddy at times to my ears with the bass slightly loose 

 

Hope it helps!

Billson

post #4 of 13
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Hey, my budget is around 130€, I found a pair of used HD 598 headphones for 140€, you think I should go for it?

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by CatContactLens View Post
 

Hey, my budget is around 130€, I found a pair of used HD 598 headphones for 140€, you think I should go for it?

A 140 Euros is a very fair price for the HD598, in the USA, new HD598s sell for $250 (190 Euros).

Sennheiser HD5XXX sound has been described as veiled, maybe a little cold, not an in your face sound.

The HD598 will just have barely enough bass so as to be labeled as having "decent bass".

I think of my HD558s as a jack of all trades type headphone (music, movies, gaming).

As the HD5XXs are only 50-Ohm, will work plugged into anything, but does do better with a decent amp.

post #6 of 13
+1 the Hd 439 as they are supremely fantastic when it comes to how much you can just change the sound sig. To anything else that sennheiser makes be it hd600, 650, 598, 518 so if you choose this you can come to me to see if you are unsatisfied with the original sound
post #7 of 13

Purple angel recommendation makes sense, from all of the lower end senn line i tried the 558 and 598 are pretty good. 

post #8 of 13

You should get the second hand 595 if it doesn't have any problems, it'll save u tons of cash and not to mention it' would most probably had it's fair share of burn in already. Otherwise you can never go wrong with HD558 jack of all trades cans just like purple angel said. 

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You should get the second hand 595 if it doesn't have any problems, it'll save u tons of cash and not to mention it' would most probably had it's fair share of burn in already. Otherwise you can never go wrong with HD558 jack of all trades cans just like purple angel said. 

I have the 558 and it's great! People who are bassheads think it sounds thin but I find the bass very natural especially with Jazz and Classical. They say the tape removal mod makes this sound like a 598, frankly I don't know, but it does add to the open soundstage. Mine cost $105 USD (€ 79.66) refurb on Amazon. I find that an amp brings out the best in these (I use an Aune T1 tube dac/amp) but many use the unamped.
post #10 of 13
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I have the 558 and it's great! People who are bassheads think it sounds thin but I find the bass very natural especially with Jazz and Classical. They say the tape removal mod makes this sound like a 598, frankly I don't know, but it does add to the open soundstage. Mine cost $105 USD (€ 79.66) refurb on Amazon. I find that an amp brings out the best in these (I use an Aune T1 tube dac/amp) but many use the unamped.

 

I have not done the mod yet even though I have open up the cans before. This is because I dun wan to lose that delicious punchy bass that the 558 has. The Aune T1 is a great amp that I wanted to get but I was on a budget, so I ended up with a Bravo Ocean AMP and a Go Vibe mini DAC and that cost me about 2/3 of an aune T1. However it is true that the 558 does not require much power with only 50 impedance, it can be easily amped up by any external amp.

post #11 of 13
While the HD598 have rolled off bass, it definitely does not have thin sound! I personally find all the Sennheiser headphones to have warmish tone! XD at €130, HD598 is not bad

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I think of my HD558s as a jack of all trades type headphone (music, movies, gaming).

Nice. This sounds like something I'd love.

Thanks for all the helpful replies, good people! I am buying the used HD598 headphones.

I shall repay you in the most widely accepted internet currency, a picture of a cat of course!




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Thanks!

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Nice. This sounds like something I'd love.


Thanks for all the helpful replies, good people! I am buying the used HD598 headphones.


I shall repay you in the most widely accepted internet currency, a picture of a cat of course!




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