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New guy in need of some help

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by byoung80, Dec 28, 2012.
  1. byoung80
    I've been lurking here for the past couple of days, kinda new to high end headphones and need some advise. I have been looking at 3 different headphones. 1. Sennheiser HD 598, 2. Grado SR 225i, and the Audio Technica ATH M50S/LE.

    I don't have an amp yet but will be getting one very soon, I use an iPad, iPhone, and the new iPod nano for music. I listen to mainly alternative like Imagine Dragon, Mumford and sons, I also listen to Kings of Leon. I also listen to hip/hop and R&B.

    Just looking for some advise on these 3, I'm leaning towards the Sennheisers.
  2. MalVeauX
    Well, none of them need an amp. So maybe put that amp money towards better headphones.
    The HD598 is nice, good sound stage, but pretty shy on bass (barely neutral to me really). The SR225i is fantastic sounding in all ways, but is uncomfortable to wear (on-ear). The M50 is an over-priced toy in all respects except durability (weak small sound stage, sounds average in general, but has great build quality, I consider it over priced and way over hyped).
    Do you need isolation/privacy?
    Maybe consider:
    AudioTechnica A900X
    AKG K167
    Beyer Custom One Pro
    Very best,
  3. byoung80
    I mainly listen to them in my room, so isolation/privacy isn't an issue. Thanks for you fast response. I've read that the 598s lack in bass. So the grados may the better choice.

    I will look into the Beyerdynamics, how about the AKG 240 MK II?
  4. Poetic
    Alot of people think the grados of your choice also lack bass. I own the HD598's, and to my ears the bass is perfect for me. Then i heard the Hifiman he-400... my  god lovely sound :)
    EDIT ^
  5. Poetic
    The 598's i think would be the safest choice. The 598's and AKG Q701's were my first headphones [​IMG]
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Sometimes you can get used HD558s for just over $100.
    The Fiio E11 head amp. sells for $60.
  7. byoung80
    Thanks for your responses, I just went ahead and ordered the 598s. They have to be a big improvement over my gifted to me Beats Studios.
  8. Poetic
    I am 100% positive you will enjoy your 598's over your studio's. The sound signature should come to you as a Smooth Delight :)

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