I am currently looking for a new pair of headphones to use only at home. I once had an HD 555 with the foam mod and I liked the sound sig and stage. I am looking for something better and I'm torn between the HD598 and the HD650 (a common doubt here on head-fi). I can get the HD598 for 165€ and the HD650 for 365€. It really is a big difference.
Besides, I don't own any headphone amplifier, so at least at first I'll be running the headphones directly from my Asus laptop, which has a pretty clean signal. Even if I buy an amplifier, it won't be anything fancy, maybe a Shiit Magni only.
I know that if I buy the HD650, I won't be upgrading for 20 years or so, but I don't see that hapenning with the 598.
I like a sound that's never piercing on the ears but still detailed. I much prefer the HD555 over the Grado's SR60i, for instance, if that helps.
So, which one should I get? Straight out of the laptop, the 650 still sound better, am I right?
Thank for your help!