Long-time lurker, first time poster, with an unfortunately common query…
I’m a big Sennheiser fan and have used HD-555s for almost a decade. My pair has just begun to disintegrate, however, and repair costs suggest I should buy some new cans.
I like the open, airy sound of the 555s and used to run them directly into an NAD amp or the headphone output of a work desktop/home laptop. I used to take them everywhere with me, pretty much.
Currently, I’m looking at the 598s or the 650s. I understand the 650s are better, but, given the $200 price difference, don’t want to invest in something that I’m not going to really enjoy as much. I am planning on purchasing an amp eventually and am considering a second pair for travel/work, but obviously it’s going to be a gradual series of purchases.
Which would you recommend?