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post #1 of 5
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Hello. I was hoping some of you could give me advice on new headphones.

 

I was hoping to spend less than 500. I am debating between the HD598, HD600 and hd650(open to other suggestions).

 

I currently have the ATH m50 and really don't enjoy them. I cannot listen to them for extended periods(comfort and fatigue)

 

I listen to a lot of  vocals (Folk/Celtic/Classic Rock(Pink Floyd).

 

I think tend to like a warmer sound and too much treble tends to put me on edge.

 

I do most of my listening while working(coding) or reading. I do not do much critical listing.

 

I will primarily use my headphone to focus/relax so they must be comfortable.

 

I will also occasionally use these for gaming and watching movies on the computer.

 

I have ordered the geek out 720 and the geek pulse so that is what will be driving them.

 

I am really trying to get a good headphone that I will enjoy for a while without looking to upgrade. I would also like to get the most bang for the buck(if possible)

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 5

The 600 and 650 sound like they are exactly what you are looking for.  Great for extended listening, with the 650 slightly tilted more towards warm.

 

Neither should disappoint, but if you wanna save a little the 558/598 are also good alternatives.  They are a little more forward than the 6x0 in my experience.

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Sennheiser Momentums seem to fit you needs perfectly.
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Originally Posted by DrFunk001 View Post
 

Hello. I was hoping some of you could give me advice on new headphones.

 

I was hoping to spend less than 500. I am debating between the HD598, HD600 and hd650(open to other suggestions).

 

I currently have the ATH m50 and really don't enjoy them. I cannot listen to them for extended periods(comfort and fatigue)

 

I listen to a lot of  vocals (Folk/Celtic/Classic Rock(Pink Floyd).

 

I think tend to like a warmer sound and too much treble tends to put me on edge.

 

I do most of my listening while working(coding) or reading. I do not do much critical listing.

 

I will primarily use my headphone to focus/relax so they must be comfortable.

 

I will also occasionally use these for gaming and watching movies on the computer.

 

I have ordered the geek out 720 and the geek pulse so that is what will be driving them.

 

I am really trying to get a good headphone that I will enjoy for a while without looking to upgrade. I would also like to get the most bang for the buck(if possible)

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

The HD600/650 will be perfect for all your needs including comfort, but note that the pads can wear out sooner if you wear them all day for example, and when they do the sound can be drastically affected. When I got mine slightly used I wore out the pads within three months because I wore them all day playing on my PC, then later noticed  the bass was getting bloated and the treble sharper. I thought it was all psychoacoustics that I didn't notice them when new, but when I noticed the sorry state of the earpads, I got a new pair. The firm new pads brought back the sound I initially liked.

 

To counteract this you might want to get a spare pair of pads when you get them, then alternate them every few days. I only listen for an hour or two daily on them now, and I swap out the pads every two weeks. Every time I do the pads feel almost brand new, just short of being too firm.

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Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the advice. I think I may try the HD600. I'm pretty sure that the 598's would be close to as good, but I would always be thinking what if.

 

Protege, Thank you very much for that advice, I would never  have thought that. I may not buy the spare pads right away, but I will definitely keep and ear out for that.

 

Sal, I thought about the Momentum's but I have fairly large ears(with some cauliflower from wrestling and judo) so I think they may end up being uncomfortable for me.

 

 

Thanks again everyone.

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