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Sennheiser HD 598 the right headphones for me?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello everybody,

 

apart from planning on buying a Sennheiser HD800, I'm also interested in the HD598's.

 

My favourite genre of music is metal (like Katatonia, Type O Negative, Iron Maiden, etc.). But I also like stuff like Evanescence and Tori Amos.

 

Any recommendations?

post #2 of 13
I prefer the Grado better for Metal and aggressive music as well as acounstic music. smily_headphones1.gif

Why get HD598 when you planning to buy the HD800? You should save it for a higher end tube amp rolleyes.gif

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 13
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I'm half time in Vienna and half-time in another part of Austria and I don't want to take my Sennheiser HD800's with me once I got them (too dangerous, because I travel by train most of the time).

 

Are the Grados very bassy? Seems like there is no store in Vienna which sells Grado headphones, so I can't try them myself before buying.

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tardema View Post

I'm half time in Vienna and half-time in another part of Austria and I don't want to take my Sennheiser HD800's with me once I got them (too dangerous, because I travel by train most of the time).

Are the Grados very bassy? Seems like there is no store in Vienna which sells Grado headphones, so I can't try them myself before buying.

Grados are not at all bassy! If you travel more than stationary, I think you should look into closed headphone as open headphone leaks a lot! Look into the PSB M4U1, UE6000 (if you love bass)

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I use my UE 700 for travelling. I tend to doze off, so I use IEs for comfort issues. And I don't like bassy headphones, so the Grados seem like a good choice.

Any Grados in particular you can recommend?

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tardema View Post

I use my UE 700 for travelling. I tend to doze off, so I use IEs for comfort issues. And I don't like bassy headphones, so the Grados seem like a good choice.
Any Grados in particular you can recommend?

As high a you can afford biggrin.gif

Not trying to lie but the Grado have strong clamping force

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 13

When I compare my HD 598 to my Grado RS1, the bass is more full, round, "fat", textured on the Grados, and slimmer on the HD 598. But the Grados are not bassy, as i.e. the Sennheiser HD 25 or some of the Ultrasones that I've heard.

 

Comfort is very individual when it comes to Grados, so I would recommend that you find somewhere to try them out, before you buy them.

 

If you like the signature of the HD 800 for the music you play, you might like the HD 598 better than Grados in the same price range. 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Buyer no 1 View Post
 

When I compare my HD 598 to my Grado RS1, the bass is more full, round, "fat", textured on the Grados, and slimmer on the HD 598. But the Grados are not bassy, as i.e. the Sennheiser HD 25 or some of the Ultrasones that I've heard.

 

Comfort is very individual when it comes to Grados, so I would recommend that you find somewhere to try them out, before you buy them.

 

If you like the signature of the HD 800 for the music you play, you might like the HD 598 better than Grados in the same price range. 

 

Thanks a lot! :)

post #9 of 13
I have owned both. Grados add a nice bite to lead guitar, and have punchy bass. But, they are absolutley HORRENDOUS in comfort. Like seriously so bad. The 598 is a very comfortable headphone, but it doesent have that distinct bite that a grado has, but it still sounds pretty good. In my opinion I think the 598 is a better overall headphone, but the grado are better for rock/metal, but pale in comparison in comfort to the 598. Both are crushed by my hd 650 though.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by gabsonuro View Post

I have owned both. Grados add a nice bite to lead guitar, and have punchy bass. But, they are absolutley HORRENDOUS in comfort. Like seriously so bad. The 598 is a very comfortable headphone, but it doesent have that distinct bite that a grado has, but it still sounds pretty good. In my opinion I think the 598 is a better overall headphone, but the grado are better for rock/metal, but pale in comparison in comfort to the 598. Both are crushed by my hd 650 though.

I totally agree with the above statement on the first few line. I personally like the Grado better than the HD598 in terms of sound quality [only]. I find it to sound better at most aspect but then again, the HD598 and Grado both are quite different to be compared specially at the highs

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 13

Well. I can say that HD598s are laid-back so I think they are not suitable for Metals, Rocks. Good luck on choosing a headphone. I think most of high end Sennheiser headphones are from good to better or may be best for instruments, classical (Maybe we can include HD598s in this category).


Edited by LoveKnight - 9/26/13 at 11:37pm
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

I would love to try out a pair of Grados, but until now I couldn't find a shop selling them. Would you recommend buying an amp? (maybe thought about a Bravo Audio Ocean)

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tardema View Post
 

I would love to try out a pair of Grados, but until now I couldn't find a shop selling them. Would you recommend buying an amp? (maybe thought about a Bravo Audio Ocean)

 

If you wish to pair it with an amp, sure you can! Maybe something that offer better sub-bass and the SQ of Grado would be PERFECT but it's just to my ears :) I would suggest you to look into Digizoid ZO2.3

 

Billson :)

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