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Hi all,

 

I am new to the mid or high end headphone and didnt usually listen to a music through an open headphones.

 

Last month I borrowed my fiend's Senn HD558 +Fiio E10. After listening to different file types (flac vs 320 vs 192 vs junk record) of the same song, I realized that it did make big big difference.

 

How oblivious I was for the last 20+ years.

 

So I ordered the Senn HD558 from Amazon for about $130, and managed to get a Xonar STX, really cheap from ebay.

 

While waiting, I researched thoroughly trying to justify that Senn HD558 is a better bargain for that price compared to Beyer headphones and HD598. I researched the foam mod, the amp vs sound card, etc etc.

 

Surprise surprise, the Amazon sent me an HD598 by mistake. So I save myself several dollars now.

 

Since I told you that I am new to the audiophile community, I feel that HD 598+ STX is >>>>> way better sounding than my friend's modded HD558 +Fiio E10.

 

Is it just me or the stx made it to be like that. The song is just so much LIVELIER, and the THUMP of the song is really there. I wish I can get a burned out HD558 from my friend so that I can really do a A/B  comparison. Btw, he cracked his right side of HD558 while opening the cushion trying to undo the foam mod :(

 

Now I am contemplating whether I should get a higher tier headphones. However, I heard that HE400 and Beyer's have a totally different sound signature than Senn. So the apple to apple comparison between these different brands will be so much subjective.

 

What are your thoughts guys? I seriously enjoy a more "flat", "dull", "neutral" I do not know what is the correct term for that signature Senn sound. I have not ventured to the V signature sounded headphones, but maybe in the future. I am 25% gaming 75% music. While I play games, usually I mute the game background song and open up audiomachine or tsfh files :)

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Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? (in the BIOS).

Try installing the "Unified Xonar Drivers".

Use Foobar2000 for playing audio files.

Try both the low and medium gain setting on the STX, while using the HD598s.

See which sounds better, to your ears.

 

If you return the HD598, you will only get credit for the HD558 price.

Use the HD598 for awhile, put 50 to 100 hours into them, see if they improve during the break in period.

Later on you get cash for selling off used "HD598".

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Yup, I did my homework on the STXand onboard card.

 

That is what I am planning to do. If there is a V signature headphones available in the sale thread I will try to get them so that i can comprehend which sound signature I am actually looking for.

 

I am not so much exposed to the many different headphones. So From a totally crap speaker and onboard audio to and STX +HD598 was so much of a big improvement that I become addicted. Hopefully the jump to the next headphone tier will not be as much, or else I will be wanting more and more.

 

PurpleAngel, I see that you have DT880 600ohm and STX as well. Do you think that STX alone is sufficient to drive the 600 ohm headphones to the fullest power? (not underpowered). I do believe that DT880 is not so much V shaped as compared to DT990. I maybe looking into DT880 rather than HE400 in the future to compare against the HD598.

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Yup, I did my homework on the STXand onboard card.

 

That is what I am planning to do. If there is a V signature headphones available in the sale thread I will try to get them so that i can comprehend which sound signature I am actually looking for.

 

I am not so much exposed to the many different headphones. So From a totally crap speaker and onboard audio to and STX +HD598 was so much of a big improvement that I become addicted. Hopefully the jump to the next headphone tier will not be as much, or else I will be wanting more and more.

 

PurpleAngel, I see that you have DT880 600ohm and STX as well. Do you think that STX alone is sufficient to drive the 600 ohm headphones to the fullest power? (not underpowered). I do believe that DT880 is not so much V shaped as compared to DT990. I maybe looking into DT880 rather than HE400 in the future to compare against the HD598.


The Essence STX will drive 600-Ohm Beyerdynamic headphones.

But I'm in the process of replacing my Essence STX with an Audio-GD NFB-15.32 ($300) and planning on using a Xonar DX for headphone surround sound, but the 15.32 as the DAC/Amp.

15.32 has a little more power for driving headphones.

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