Originally Posted by ves1
My budget is up to $200 for the headphones and possibly more for a future amp. My preferences are open backed, neutral sound, and comfortable. They'll be used for a wide variety of music, but with an emphasis on ambient (Brian Eno / Aphex Twin), drone (Sunn), classical, indie, and post punk. Would the DT880's be worth the extra $50 up front plus the added expense of an amp or would the HD558's be plenty satisfying for someone who has never owned good cans?
I do have experience listening to high quality audio, but have never owned anything particularly nice myself. That being said, music will not become a big hobby for me (already got one of those), so whatever I decided on will have to last me a long time. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!
I own both the HD558 and DT880 Pro 250-Ohm, the DT880s are better then the HD558s, but the DT880s need to be used with a decent headphone amplifier, with the HD558s a headphone amplifier is preferred, but not required.
The HD558s are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.
You can get used HD558s from Amazon for $110.
The HD558s come with black rubber tape on the insides of the cups, that covers 40% of the air holes.
Which I'm assuming the tape does two functions, it makes the HD558s a little more bassy and also makes the HD558s sound more different then the HD598s.
(The HD558 and HD598 use the same driver)
So buy used HD558s are remove the black rubber tape.
You might also check out the AKG K612 Pro 120-Ohm headphones, new $180, used $155.
What sources do you have for plugging headphones into?