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Decision between Sennheiser HD558 & HD598s for electronic & psychedelic music

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I'm currently on the look for a pair of full open-back headphones, preferrably Sennheiser as I'm familiar with them. I currently have the HD380 Pros and have done for a couple of months now. While I love the sound they produce, the lack of hearing things on the outside is starting to become a problem and sometimes the bass is a bit too much.

 

The HD598s look really good, but their £150 price tag is pushing my budget a bit too much while the HD558s at £122 don't (these prices are from Amazon UK at the time of typing this).

 

Currently, I use an Onkyo C-7030 CD player which the line-out is fed into a Rolls MX42 passive mixer (to mix the output from my PC while playing games which comes from an M-Audio Audiophile 2496) and then a Little Dot I+ with Brimar 6064 T valves and a LM4562 opamp. The Brimar 6064 Ts really make reverb and echo shine in the music I listen to.

 

The music I primarily listen to is electronic, psychedelic, downtempo and progressive with a mix of others such as goa trance and dub - stuff with strong reverb and echo. Arists such as Aes Dana, Solar Fields, Shpongle, Globular, Ott, E-Mantra, Asura, etc.

 

A punchy bass is something I'm keen to look at but soundstage is also another - the Brimar valves already bring the soundstage out on the HD380 Pros but I've been told open-back headphones can improve this even further.

 

Would anyone be able to recommend either the HD558s or 598s for the music I listen to and is the price difference really worth it, or are these headphones both not good for what I listen to?

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 3

Sennheiser HD558s,

and remove the black rubber tape from inside of the cups.

post #3 of 3

You're in the UK where the AKG K612 pro are £112. No contest.

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