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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hello, I've been browsing this site for the past week and am now more confused on what headphones to get then ever. I'm looking to get my first set of headphones, now that I have 2 small children in the house I cannot crank my home stereo like i used too. I'd like to keep it around $150.00. I've been eying the ATH-M50x and the HD598's.

 

My info:

100% home listening room use.

Denon AVR-1612

Audio-Technica LP60 TT

Magnavox Blu-Ray

Dell desktop w/unknown sound card. (HDMI out to Denon)

IPhone 3G

 

Favorite artists:

Donald Fagen/ Steely Dan

Pentatonix

Beatles

Gotye

Billy Joel

Johnny Cash

Sublime

Eminem

90's rap/R&B

90's alternative

NIN

Norah Jones

Adelle

Sade

M.J.

Sting

 

When listening to my home system I tend to crank it pretty loud and let myself get immersed in the music. I like speakers with good imaging and clarity.

 

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Ryan

post #2 of 17

The HD 598 will be better than the ATH-M50x in all respects, except perhaps for the bassier sound signature. Be warned, I have the HD 598 and they are great all-rounders but if you primarily listen to club, rap and faster electronic music, you're better off getting something else. (you can see my review below for more)

 

However, if you have children, open might not be the way to go. Maybe you should take a look at the Beyers's.

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 17

Since you listen to rap, I'd go M50, its more versatile and pretty great for just about any genre. Like dude before me said, if you didn't listen to rap, Id go 598 all day. 

post #4 of 17

Get the HD598's, if anyone says otherwise they are wrong (lol j/k).

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

Get the HD598's, if anyone says otherwise they are wrong (lol j/k).

Totally agree.

As long as the lack of isolation of an open headphone is not a concern, the HD598 will provide a much better overall listening experience. Well, unless you know you are a basshead that values powerful bass over everything else. The HD598s will win out over the M50s in every other way. Imaging, clarity, and depth of soundstage they win big time!
post #6 of 17
One more thing. If you do decide you want the better bass emphasis of the M50, then the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 would be the way to go--although you would need an portable headphone amp to use it with your iPhone. Something like a FiiO E11.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Sounds like the 598's are probably the way, for me, to go then. To answer some of the other questions, all listening will happen after the kids are in bed. Hence not being able to crank the stereo. The rap I listen too is more for fun/nostalgia. I'm more concerned about great sound for artists like, Donald Fagen, Gotye, Sade, PTX.
Thanks for all the responses.
Ryan
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
So.... Doing some internet shopping I can get the older M50's for $115 and the 589's for $180. That's quite the difference. Do you think the 589's are worth $65 premium?
post #9 of 17
I own the M50s (I keep them at my office), and I would go with the 598s in your situation.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jeepj667 View Post

So.... Doing some internet shopping I can get the older M50's for $115 and the 589's for $180. That's quite the difference. Do you think the 589's are worth $65 premium?

 

Dude, you can get the 598's for $150 at Fry's. :D

 

You're welcome.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
We don't have Fry's in Utah. Thanks though.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jeepj667 View Post

So.... Doing some internet shopping I can get the older M50's for $115 and the 589's for $180. That's quite the difference. Do you think the 589's are worth $65 premium?
Yes they are worth it!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post


Yes they are worth it!

+1 I have the HD 598's and they are wonderful. I'd go as far to even claim that these are one of the best, if not the best headphone that doesn't need an amp, hands down.

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just seen the Fischer FA-003ti in my price range. Any info on these?
post #15 of 17
Considering you can buy the NVX Audio XPT100 version of the original FA-003 for $80 off Amazon, I'd have to wonder if the new version is worth that +$200 price tag.
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