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Hey there I specific made a head-fi account just to get some professional opinions on my new headphones.I am aware I could check other forums for help but I do prefer talking directly to others for help, now lets get started!.

 

- my budget should be capped at 250-300 (I can push out for cash for the perfect gear)

- I prefer over ear headphones closed/open back is fine with me

-I will be mobile with them but I can deal with a long cord easily

-My music tastes are strange, I usually listen to metal bands such as I see stars, and Memphis may fire. I also listen to some rock bands like Sum 41, and Icon for hire, along with a bit of electronic music in between.

-I would like a comfortable pair of headphones

 

Now I also found the sennhaiser HD 598s on Amazon.ca for $149 is this a good deal for the criteria I placed above. or should I go for the Audio technica ATH-M50s instead?

 

if I missed any necessary criteria please let me know, and thanks for the help :)

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The HD598 at $150 Canadian is a great deal. The HD598 is very open, which means no isolation from surrounding noise. It has great soundstage, however it is better suited for classical music or other music where the midrange and soundstage are very important, and not so well suited for bass heavy rock music. The HD598 is very comfortable, as are all Sennheiser open headphones.

 

The ATH-M50 is much better suited for bass heavy material, and has decent isolation. Any isolating headphone will probably make your ears quite hot after a while. Changing the earpads to velour ones cuts down on this, however it also cuts down on the isolation.

 

Imo the HD598 is really meant for listening to classical music in your quiet living room, and not for portable use. The ATH-M50 would be much better in noisy surroundings. My choice though to use in noisy environments where I could safely block the outside sound would be an in the ear isolating earphone(IEM).

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