Originally Posted by Omid
Thank you guys, you are helping me a lot...
So as you said, I think 558 is better than 518, but now I don't know between a high-end headphone (558) and a monitoring headphone (380pro) which one is suitable for me.
I already listen to music with my speakers and the only headphones that i've had were apple in-ear, apple earpod & akg k44(terrible sound!) and I found that they don't have the sound quality that I expect from a headphone, so this would be my first high-end or monitoring headphone. I've used to pay attention to details and sound resolution, and I expect to hear each instrument and each layer, and non of them gave me a naturall sound. (even I listened to Beats and in my opinion it was not naturall and its bass was exaggerated)
(about headphones outward appearance I should say that between headphones under 200$ I like sennheisers because of their simple design and comfort)
1) Does 558 have a detailed sound? should I go for a monitoring headphone?!
2) Could anybody compare 558 vs 380pro?
3) About buying from amazon I have read some people's comments and they were complaining the NEW devises they have bought were USED before! Is this true about amazon?!
# 1- The 558 is pretty detailed , it has a mid forward sound, with a lighter bass then the 518, and a tad bit of treble roll off, with a decent soundstage. Comfort is over the top. You can wear them all day really.
#2 Vs the pro 380, I can't really give a good thought on these, as I only used a sample set in a bad environment. For me, they sounded kinda blah! Plus the comfort wasn't to great, I have a medium sized head and they clamp hard. Sound is pretty decent, but for the price I don't think i'd buy them personally.
#3 Never heard of that happening with Amazon? Maybe if your item came from a 3rd party??? If Amazon sells a used product or open box it will be listed as such.
If you are looking for a full size natural/neutral sounding headphone say at under $200,
I like the Shure 440 or 840. For $99 the 440 is one of the most detailed headphones at that range. Comfort is decent, you can swap out the pads with the 840's they fit perfect and are made from memory foam (MUCH) better.
The 840's are just as good sounding, I like the 440 a little better but it really is a taste isuue. The 840 is a tad more refined but at $100 the 440 is great. Is the 840 worth 2 times the price? only you can decide.
For open, For you wants, I really think the 558 would suit you pretty good, Hell even the 598 if you can get a good deal on them for around $200 or less. They are just a little better then the 558, even tho I prefer the 558 personally.
I can't really give much more for you over $200, I've been happy with most stuff at this level...Others could chime in with higher end sets...