Originally Posted by MrSpaceFox
I think you may be right about the 598s...
My other option as if now is the dt990 pros with a nice little tube amp for the same price. Do you think the beyerdynamics a would outperform the sennheisers?
No, because considering the price point they're at and the "performance" provided, it's a matter of personal opinion. Do you want a V-shape sound, or warm sound? More or less treble? First option: DT990 Pro. Second option: HD 598. Only thing I can tell you for sure is that the DT990 Pros will need an amp before the HD 598s do.
To be honest, the DT990 Pro isn't something that I, personally, would pick. I would choose the DT880 Pro - which I've tried and liked. It's quite neutral with an emphasis on treble, but is not overly bright or fatiguing. They cost more, but that only helps to demonstrate the point I'm trying to make: pick the HD 598s.
I'm not the expert on amps, but your options are incredibly limited as far as tube amps go if you want to buy a DT990 Pro and remain within budget. Bravo Audio has maybe one or two tube amps for under $100, but I'm unaware of the quality of the product. I don't think the money spent is directly proportional to how good a product you get, but I know of few people who own tube amps for their headphones that cost less than three figures. Someone might be able to chime in. You could even do tube rolling (changing tubes on the amp) to get a different sound. But if money is an issue now, don't bother.
I spent a lot of this post trying to tell you about your options, but once more, I think you should pick the HD 598s, between the two. Seems efficient enough to be powered by a PC made in the last several years.
If you want a headphone with a more bassy lean that's also very good for gaming, consider the Philips Fidelio X1s. They're a little out of budget, but I assure you they need no amp. They're not what I would characterize as warm, per se, but definitely a fun headphone - and very, very comfortable. Well worth the price, if you're interested and can accept the minor flaws.
Edited by Dragonzeanse - 6/14/14 at 3:57am