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post #31 of 48
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I guess I could get the 558's since most of you recommended them. They seem far more portable then the AD700's as well as more noise-cancelling. Is $130 a good price to pay or will it go lower (on Amazon).
post #32 of 48
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Hows the soundscape on the HD558? Have you tested it out for gaming?

 

That's one of its strengths, it does a very good job there, but I haven't tried it out with games.  It sounded really off if I didn't center the drivers over my ear canals' entrances - and that's a minor gripe of mine with the headphone.  I don't like it when a headphone is so position-sensitive.  My T50p portable headphone also has the issue.

post #33 of 48
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I guess I could get the 558's since most of you recommended them. They seem far more portable then the AD700's as well as more noise-cancelling. Is $130 a good price to pay or will it go lower (on Amazon).

Both the AD700 and HD558 are open headphones, so any difference in noise canceling would be very small.

The Amazon price of $131.26 for the HD558s, I think is the lowest I've ever seen new HD558s sell for.

For awhile in the past, the HD558s were holding steady at $179.99.

post #34 of 48

Honestly, the way in which the OP focuses on portability and isolation worries me. I don't think any open headphone should be used while commuting, etc. It defeats the purpose of having open headphones in terms of sound quality and the leaking sound could annoy other passengers (and the volume will be right up there to compete with incoming noises). 

 

Why not go for a nice set of headphones for home use + decent portables or just invest everything in an excellent set of portables. 

post #35 of 48

That said there is a guy at work who cycles in wearing on ear open headphones (akg - can't remember the model). Crazy huh?

post #36 of 48

Personally, I would never wear open hps on the bus, because the noise is just awful! In fact, NC hps would be the way to go, but I haven't gone down that road (yet).

 

I have the HD518. They are good for games and movies, TV, etc., because of their decent soundstage. Plus, they are extremely comfortable. But because I like less soundstage when listening to music, I don't usually use them much for that.

post #37 of 48
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Honestly, the way in which the OP focuses on portability and isolation worries me. I don't think any open headphone should be used while commuting, etc. It defeats the purpose of having open headphones in terms of sound quality and the leaking sound could annoy other passengers (and the volume will be right up there to compete with incoming noises). 

Why not go for a nice set of headphones for home use + decent portables or just invest everything in an excellent set of portables. 
lol thats not what I meant though. I don't ride the bus very often, these would be used for 70% games, 20% music, and 10% on the bus, until I get a more portable set.
post #38 of 48
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My main worry with the HD558's though is that the headband will break. Is there simple mods that will strengthen the headband, but not ruin the look?
post #39 of 48

Why would the headband break?

post #40 of 48
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idk, but most of the bad reviews I've read are about the headband cracking and breaking
post #41 of 48
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Is it possible to get a replacement cord that is shorter and 3.5mm?
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post #43 of 48
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My main worry with the HD558's though is that the headband will break. Is there simple mods that will strengthen the headband, but not ruin the look?

I believe the HD558 cracking problem was fix a few years back.

I think the plastic used my HD558 is decently thick enough

and are plenty solid, for their weight.

post #44 of 48
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idk, but most of the bad reviews I've read are about the headband cracking and breaking

Fairly sure those negative reviews are from HD558 bought from a few years back.

post #45 of 48
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Is it possible to get a replacement cord that is shorter and 3.5mm?

There is a replacement cable (made and shipped from China) that is sold on eBay, from $15.20 to $19, depending on the length.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

One difference is the Sennheiser factory cable uses a 3-channel 2.5mm plug (headphone end) and the Made in China cable only has a 2-channel 2.5mm plug.

The other end of the Senn factory cable that plugs into the audio source is only 2-channel (1/4").

The headphone's are 2-channel, so I'm guess the third channel on the factory cable is not used?

 

Edit, just ended up ordering that Made in China cable (1.2 meter), guess I should test the cable before recommending it, in the future posts.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 9/20/13 at 12:37pm
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