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Help with choosing headphones, hd 598 or focal spirit one.

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Hello, thanks for any help in advance. I am wanting some new headphones, well past time for an upgrade. I am in New Zealand so the range is a bit smaller than other places. I have looked around a bit and found the hd 598 and focal spirit ones to look pretty good and wanted some advice. I have about $350 US to spend. I will use them a mix of in the car and at home so a little bit of portability is important. I listen to mostly soft rock, jazz and a little bit of electronic. Thanks
post #2 of 9

I don't advise driving while using headphones.  If you "must", use the open HD 598.

 

In other contexts still go with the HD 598, if you can't upgrade to the Focal Spirit Professional Pro Studio.

post #3 of 9

The Spirit One is okay but it sounds too artificial with violin or such. Overall, HD598s for sure.

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Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks for that advice. The only thing I wondered was about sound leakage (not driving car, carpooling) with the hd598's. How bad would it be for other people?
post #5 of 9

It doesn't have sound leakage that loud like Grados so I'm sure it wont be too loud unless you listen to music really loud

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Originally Posted by accordion2214 View Post

Hello, thanks for any help in advance. I am wanting some new headphones, well past time for an upgrade. I am in New Zealand so the range is a bit smaller than other places. I have looked around a bit and found the HD598 and focal spirit ones to look pretty good and wanted some advice. I have about $350 US to spend. I will use them a mix of in the car and at home so a little bit of portability is important. I listen to mostly soft rock, jazz and a little bit of electronic. Thanks

The HD558 uses the same 50-Ohm driver as the HD598.

You can also improve the HD558 by removing the black rubber tape from inside the cups.

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Ok, thanks for that advice. The only thing I wondered was about sound leakage (not driving car, carpooling) with the hd598's. How bad would it be for other people?


That depends on how loud you listed and how sensitive are the ears belonging to person/people sitting next to you are.  For close quarters, closed cans--especially those the good isolation and low leakage, are the best choice.

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So could you make any recommendations for good closed back headphones within the $300 to $350 price range?
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