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Looking for some new headphones after I'm getting sick of these Sennheiser's thin muddy noise compared to my JVC HA-S700 which died recently. I figured I'd
break the bank to go with my new computer.

 

I watch all genre's of movies, and listen to all all genre's of music minus electronic (if that's what it's called...) and rap. Favorite bands are The Fray, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, but I listen to a lot of everything.

 

Prefer full sized over ear headphones.

 

Been looking at HD598 (sounds like what I'm favoring right now, but I'm not sure what people mean when they say it is a neutral headphone, does it make them sound distant/boring?). I also hear they lack bass, and while I'm not a "need to have a subwoofer in my car" guy, I find bass really important for immersion in games and movies.

 

DT880 Premiums heard they are hate them or love them, due to the bigger bass and less quality in the treble/mids? I don't know, I'm no audiophile, just want something to wow me and ressure me that spending hundreds on a headphone isn't crazy.

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Sennheiser HD558s ($90-$123) use the same driver as the HD598.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card ($85-$105), should improve audio quality over most motherboard on-board audio.

What is the make and model of your motherboard?

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Sennheiser HD558s ($90-$123) use the same driver as the HD598.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card ($85-$105), should improve audio quality over most motherboard on-board audio.

What is the make and model of your motherboard?


Asus Z-97A Motherboard. So the 558's are essentially the 598's? I remember reading about a foam mod that made them sound the same, is that actually accurate?

 

And I'm also assuming you believe the Sennheiser's are what I'm looking for here?

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Asus Z-97A Motherboard. So the 558's are essentially the 598's? I remember reading about a foam mod that made them sound the same, is that actually accurate?

And I'm also assuming you believe the Sennheiser's are what I'm looking for here?

 

Black rubber tape on the insides of the HD558 cover about 40% of the air holes.

By removing the black rubber tape from inside the cups of the HD558, your improving surround sound, mids and treble.

So the HD558 should sound almost as good as the HD598.

I think the HD558 makes a good jack of all trades

The HD558 are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.

The HD558 sound is a little subdued, so not as much a "Fiesta" sound,

not a big bass, but just enough to be called decent bass.

So the kind of headphones you can wear for long periods of time and not have your ears feel "bothered".


Edited by PurpleAngel - 7/3/14 at 3:48pm
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Black rubber tape on the insides of the HD558 cover about 40% of the air holes.

By removing the black rubber tape from inside the cups of the HD558, your improving surround sound, mids and treble.

So the HD558 should sound almost as good as the HD598.

I think the HD558 makes a good jack of all trades

The HD558 are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.

The HD558 sound is a little subdued, so not as much a "Fiesta" sound,

not a big bass, but just enough to be called decent bass.

So the kind of headphones you can wear for long periods of time and not have your feel "bothered".

 

I was about to take your advice and just pick up the 558's when I noticed the Beyer dt 990 250hm Pro versions are down to 153 now. About 30 bucks more than the 558's, but considerably lower than the rest of the versions available. Do you think I should stick with the 558 for my usage, or go for the 990's?

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I was about to take your advice and just pick up the 558's when I noticed the Beyer dt 990 250hm Pro versions are down to 153 now. About 30 bucks more than the 558's, but considerably lower than the rest of the versions available. Do you think I should stick with the 558 for my usage, or go for the 990's?

 

Your motherboard's on-board audio may or may not be able to drive 250-Ohm headphones.

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Your motherboard's on-board audio may or may not be able to drive 250-Ohm headphones.

Assuming that it can?  I'm in the process of upgrading my rig and a motherboard I'm looking at seems to be able to do so.

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