Originally Posted by DashBerlin
Trying to decide between these three headphones at the moment as a replacement for my old ultrasone hfi 580's that stopped working in one ear. I do mostly gaming and listening to bassy music like house techno dubstep stuff like that and want something that has good solid bass and soundstage.
Also do the either of the HD headphones need an amp? I know the 990's certainly do and I was going to get a schiit magni for them but was wondering if either of the other headphones need something similar.
I have the 558s. The 5xx series including the 518, 558 and 598 are open phones. I find the bass solid and realistic. True bassheads are not as satisfied. Soundstage is good especially after the simple "foam mod" which some say makes these sound like the more expensive 598s.
These are low impedance phones that don't "need" an amp to sound Ok. I have found that with a little dac/amp like the Fiio E7 the improvement is modest but with my Aune T1 hybrid dac/amp they really shine! I am sure that the Schiit Magni Modi combo will drive these excellently (they are of course SS, while I have grown to prefer tube sound).
Anyhow good luck in your search!Edited by teb1013 - 10/11/13 at 2:09pm