Originally Posted by jeremy205100
Stay away from AKGs. The bass is anemic. I don't understand why people always recommend them for people who want balanced headphones. AKGs are great for acoustic recordings that have no bass because they have the best soundstage out there that I have heard. But they aren't good for gaming, movies or anything else that needs even moderate bass levels. I have the Sennheiser HD 558 and if you do the foam mod it should rival the 598 and meet your needs. Of course, the built quality of the 598 is much better so if you have the cash just get those.
The 558s are my backup pair of open headphones and I think they are a bargain for the price on Amazon (like $140). Definitely go with open headphones though if you are only going to be using them at home. You get a much better soundstage and usually better sound quality too.
AKG is the definition of truly flat neutral headphones... it's just that most people who say that want balanced headphones actually prefer a bass boost. While the AKG bass may sound anemic upon first listen (due to not a lot of quantity), the bass quality of the AKGs are amazing with great texture, extreme tightness, and very deep extension. often the bass-light-ness attributed to AKG is sometimes simply due to an incorrect fit & you don't have a good seal. And you can always EQ bass up lol. I would always recommend listening to them for a few weeks to get used to the sound signature. You can really hear an exquisite amount of detail with such a neutral pair of headphones that is hard to rival.
edit: I have never heard the 598/558, so I cannot comment on those. I am sure they are also a very capable pair of headphones as well. The Sennheiser Momentum often is called a extremely balanced pair of headphones, but they actually have a bass boost that is very pleasing to consumers looking for clarity along with solid bass. What sounds balanced to someone is often a matter of perspective. However, the AKG have a very flat sound frequency response, so that is why their name gets thrown up whenever someone says balanced.
AKG K550 FR graph
Sennheiser Momentum FR graph
Edited by money4me247 - 12/18/13 at 6:44pm