Hey, I'm relatively new to the intensive subject of headphones, and I'm trying to decide between the Sennheiser HD598 and the Beyerdynamic DT880s. I've heard that the 880s have better base but a lower soundstage and can be painful in the high frequencies, but the 598s are about 100 dollars cheaper. I'm also completely uneducated in the subject of amplifiers, DACs and sound cards, I currently use the pre-included motherboard soundcard for my desktop but I'm open to investing in a decent soundcard. My preferred price range would be not over $500, but I'm able to compensate if it's over.
The kind of audio I'm listening to is mainly electronic and instrumental, but I also listen to a bit of hip hop and rock, so whichever is more well-balanced would probably be preferable. I'll be dabbling in audio production with them a bit, I'm not sure at all which is better for that but that's one of my main concerns.
Basically, with my price range, would the DT880s or the HD598s be a better investment, and which soundcards/amplifiers/DACs should I also invest in?
Thanks for replying!