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 :)