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Sennheiser HD 558 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50?

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Hey everyone, this is my first post here (although I've been lurking around here for about a year). I would like to start off by saying, yes I have seen several posts about this exact question, but I feel I should make my own thread because of my music personality and other questions to add.

 

About myself:

 

Uses: Music, PC Gaming, and Playing Guitar

 

Genres: Rock and Electronic (to be more specific: Pop Punk, Post-Hardcore, Metal-Core and Drumstep, Electro, Liquid DnB)

 

Extras: Home use only (don't care about open-back), Will be used with my Focusrite 2i2 as an amp, Open to other suggestions

 

Now I have some questions and concerns about both headphones. I have been looking into both of these for some time now and I am still unsure. I have been leaning towards the HD 558s but I am afraid of not having enough bass for when I listen to electronic. I do not want to say I am an audiophile by any means, but I will say that I am above the average listener. I have the knowledge of highs, mids, lows, soundstage, open/closed-back, and etc. So with this being said I feel it is time to upgrade my audio setup. I do have a few questions though:

 

1. All I have to compare are my Astro A40's (Yes I know this was a stupid purchase, but that was also 3 years ago) and my Klipsch S4i, how will these two compare with music (don't care about gaming) and how is the bass compared to these two? I mainly want to know how will the bass and quality compare with the Astro A40's and HD 558 that way I can get a good comparison to know what I will be working with. 

 

2. Going off of my first question, I am in no way a bass-head, but I do enjoy my bass. So will the HD 558's literally have no bass? Keep in mind i listen to 75% rock and 25% electronic, so I want to know if the Sennheisers have enough bass for that 25% of the time?

 

3. Is the soundstage that bad in the M50s? I wan't a decent soundstage as I do listen to music with instruments and I wan't to be able to hear each one clearly. I also want to have the sense that I am being sucked into the music, meaning I would wan't a better soundstage, correct?

 

4. Last question is about the price. Right now I can get the HD 558s for $120 and the M50s for $140 on Amazon. With the M50x out for $170, are the M50 really worth $140? That seems pretty pricey for them. (Yes I do understand the only difference between the M50 and M50x is the detachable cable)

 

I know this is a long post and a lot to ask, but any help would be very appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Albake21

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M50: Bassy , Narrow soundstage , comfortable

 

HD558 : the bass is natural, wide soundstage, you can do the mod and make it sound like a HD598

 

two different headphones, but If i were you I would get the HD558, it's good for both Games and music.

 

 

for Gaming:

 

do you like to be able to hear your enemies from every direction in FPS games ? then get HD558 and a surround device

 

Do you like fun in the games ? like hear loud explosions and gunshots ? then get the M50 ..

 

if you want both fun and competitiveness then get Fidelio X1, ma900 or DT990

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Yep. DT990 Pro 250 might be the best balance of what you are looking for--bass emphasis, but good soundstage. They do require an amp or soundcard that can handle 250 ohm headphones. They have frequently been down closer to $150 in the last few months.

Otherwise, I say decide based on Sam21's description. smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post
 

M50: Bassy , Narrow soundstage , comfortable

 

HD558 : the bass is natural, wide soundstage, you can do the mod and make it sound like a HD598

 

two different headphones, but If i were you I would get the HD558, it's good for both Games and music.

 

 

for Gaming:

 

do you like to be able to hear your enemies from every direction in FPS games ? then get HD558 and a surround device

 

Do you like fun in the games ? like hear loud explosions and gunshots ? then get the M50 ..

 

if you want both fun and competitiveness then get Fidelio X1, ma900 or DT990

 

Thank you for the response, I don't necessarily NEED to hear specifics in games (although it would be nice in Counter Strike). I wan't the wide soundstage, I just hope the bass will be enough for those times I want a little bass. I also have been looking into the foam pad mod and I feel like with that mod, it will help out a little with the bass concern. 

 

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

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Yep. DT990 Pro 250 might be the best balance of what you are looking for--bass emphasis, but good soundstage. They do require an amp or soundcard that can handle 250 ohm headphones. They have frequently been down closer to $150 in the last few months.

Otherwise, I say decide based on Sam21's description. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thanks for the suggestions. I would love to grab a Dt990, but because just in case, I don't want to have to require an amp. Every now and then I may use these headphones on my phone or laptop. (Pretty rare though) I'll most likely end getting the HD 558s.

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