Ok, so I've been wanting to listen to something better than my iPod earbuds for a while now. I've done a ridiculous amount of reading on this website and a few others. I'm a college student so I just wanted to get the best bang for my buck for now, and one day when I have real money go all out. I was thinking about either Sennheiser HD 558, 598, 600 or Fischer Audio FA-003 (which are all out of stock). After reading several VERY good reviews, I had settled on the HD 558's because they are so close in comparison to the others, I listen to all types of music, they're black which make them more durable than the 598's and they're super cheap, relatively speaking. Of course, I knew reviews only go so far and every ear is different so I had to check them out in person. So I went to the local Guitar Center because that's the only place I can find that lets you test out the equipment first. They didn't sell any upper end Sennheiser's but they did have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 880's. I tested them out with a really nice amp because I wanted to see just how loud the music would be to people around me. Being my first open back headphone experience, I was surprised to see they would be very disruptive to use around people. Furthermore, I wasn't really that impressed at all with the sound. It was better than my iPod earbuds for sure but not by much for the price. Then, just out of curiosity, I looked up reviews on here about the Beyerdynamic DT 880's only to see that most people rated them very close to all of the Sennheiser HD models that I was considering shelling out big bucks for. From my experience, they were nothing special, so if they're anything like the Sennheiser's, then those won't be anything fancy either. Now...shift gears a little... When I worked at Nike, I did have the chance to listen to a kid's Monster Beat's (Studio or Pro I'm not sure). They sounded awesome to me because of their ability to make me feel like I'm secluded in a sound proof room with total surround sound being beamed into my head. I'm not a bass head at all. I enjoy acoustic, instrumental, classical, jazz, and I just don't like bass much. It seems to drown out the clarity and perfection in Mids and Highs. Almost EVERYONE on here always hates on the Beats & says people who buy them are hipsters, just following the crowd, will outgrow them, will regret it, is buying because of a celebrity name, etc. etc. Well I'm sorry but that's complete BS. If the same self proclaimed experts that review and constantly post on these forums, say that the Beyerdynamic's are close to the Sennheisers and that Beats suck, but I listened to the Beyer's and the Beats and know the Beats are way better, then what gives? I understand difference in tastes and ears are different but my experience was totally 180...I don't like bass, but I like Beats, which people say are too much bass. I don't like Beyer's, which people say are like Senn's, which people say are better than Beats...but I like Beats! It makes no sense if what you guys say on here is accurate. My impression is that it seems people on this website hate to be cliche so they hate on the popular Beats...which make you cliche since you're all doing it. OR.... Most of you guys are just going with what you've heard others say rather than actually picking them both up and listening. All I'm saying is...something doesn't add up because there's no way my ears are just that extremely different. Someone, please elaborate without wasting my time with sarcasm, jokes, ridicule, or scorn. Btw...I think I like the Beats so much because they really seam to seclude your ears from the outside environment (through noise cancellation on some models I guess) and by doing so you're ears are subjected to a much more immersive music experience. Much like the difference of a Bose car system vs factory standard or a Movie Theater vs a Home TV with Mono.