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Hello all, so I own the Beyer DT770 Pro 80ohm but I was interested in finding something open for home use that doesn't really need too much isolation and I'd like to have the openness because even in the winter sometimes with the DT770 my ears get a little too warm. I know that bass won't be as prominent as my dt700 on an open headphone but I'm looking for something that doesn't totally lack bass but has a pretty good bass response so songs don't feel "empty" when listening with them. 

 

 

Source: music mostly through Macbook Pro (no amp or anything), Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 for gaming and watching movies, sometimes music.

 

Budget: 200-250. Possibly 300 if it's something I should really try out (I'd be willing to wait a while and maybe look for a sale or something as well).

 

Possible Headphones I found: 

Sennheiser HD598 (Any way to prevent cracking before the problem begins?)

ATH-700x 

ATH-900x

 

Again, I'm not set on any of these just based on what I've read around here and other reviews they caught my eye as being something that might be right for me.

 

Music Taste: I listen to a various selection of music but right now, to give you an idea, my most listened to artists are CCR, Fleetwood Mac, Rob Zombie, Madonna, Lords of Acid, Neko Case, and Stevie Nicks. I can tell you I don't listen to a lot of jazz but I do listen the occasional classical / orchestra and I love 2CELLOS.

 

 

Thanks in advance. I hope you guys can point me onto something or give light on some of my finds. 

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Hello all, so I own the Beyer DT770 Pro 80ohm but I was interested in finding something open for home use that doesn't really need too much isolation and I'd like to have the openness because even in the winter sometimes with the DT770 my ears get a little too warm. I know that bass won't be as prominent as my dt700 on an open headphone but I'm looking for something that doesn't totally lack bass but has a pretty good bass response so songs don't feel "empty" when listening with them. 

 

 

Source: music mostly through Macbook Pro (no amp or anything), Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 for gaming and watching movies, sometimes music.

 

Budget: 200-250. Possibly 300 if it's something I should really try out (I'd be willing to wait a while and maybe look for a sale or something as well).

 

Possible Headphones I found: 

Sennheiser HD598 (Any way to prevent cracking before the problem begins?)

ATH-700x 

ATH-900x

 

Again, I'm not set on any of these just based on what I've read around here and other reviews they caught my eye as being something that might be right for me.

 

Music Taste: I listen to a various selection of music but right now, to give you an idea, my most listened to artists are CCR, Fleetwood Mac, Rob Zombie, Madonna, Lords of Acid, Neko Case, and Stevie Nicks. I can tell you I don't listen to a lot of jazz but I do listen the occasional classical / orchestra and I love 2CELLOS.

 

 

Thanks in advance. I hope you guys can point me onto something or give light on some of my finds. 

I thought I remembered someone posting that Sennheiser fixed the HD598, a couple years ago.  It was in the Sennheiser HD598 appreciation thread.

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Originally Posted by matapusi View Post
 

Hello all, so I own the Beyer DT770 Pro 80ohm but I was interested in finding something open for home use that doesn't really need too much isolation and I'd like to have the openness because even in the winter sometimes with the DT770 my ears get a little too warm. I know that bass won't be as prominent as my dt700 on an open headphone but I'm looking for something that doesn't totally lack bass but has a pretty good bass response so songs don't feel "empty" when listening with them. 

Source: music mostly through Macbook Pro (no amp or anything), Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 for gaming and watching movies, sometimes music.

Budget: 200-250. Possibly 300 if it's something I should really try out (I'd be willing to wait a while and maybe look for a sale or something as well).

Possible Headphones I found: 

Sennheiser HD598 (Any way to prevent cracking before the problem begins?)

ATH-700x 

ATH-900x

Again, I'm not set on any of these just based on what I've read around here and other reviews they caught my eye as being something that might be right for me.

Sennheiser HD558 headphones, same driver as the HD598.

Amazon sells used HD558s for $94.

The cracking issue seem to have been resolved for the past few years.

The Aufio Technica ATH 700/900 are great headphones and would work easily with the Macbook (portable audio devices too).

But not the best choice for receivers, which usually have a headphone output with a high impedance.

The 50-Ohm HD558s seem to do well plugged into receivers, I plug my HD558s into my Yamaha RX-V671.

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