Sennheiser & NAD impressions, searching for bass
Jan 15, 2014 at 6:58 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 1


New Head-Fier
Jan 15, 2014
Hi, headfiers.
All we know that it's quite hard to compare headphones. Different music, different tastes. So here goes my short story of headphones and question afterwards.
I started with Sennheiser EH250. Really liked it. Lightweight, easy to wear, a very strong bass. Then I switched to HD449. Obviously less bass, but overall quality like staging and so on is quite good. EH250 kinda ruin everything except from bass. HD449 have only a few problems: they are heavy and I feel pain in the upper part of ears after sometime (even after a few songs/tracks). I think that the problem is cans' size. It's bigger than EH250, but not big enough.
Sometime ago I tried HD598. This is my 1st open headphones experience. Cans' size is excellent, but bass is kinda lost... So I moved to NAD HP50. The 1st impression was very good. Very lightweight, and the "roomfeeling" really works. But after sometime I got disappointed. The problem with pain in ears is still here though it's less than with 449. And I feel lack of bass comparing to HD449. I could say that bass in 449 is more powerful. Overall sound of NAD is a bit unpleasantly piercing and strident to me. Probably this is because turn volume up too high seeking for bass...
So, what do you recommend me to search for? Usually I listen to such bands like Marilyn Manson, Prodigy, Rammstein, Nirvana, some little known rock bands and piano or organ based classic, but not that much. All in all I value good bass and volumetric sound combined with ear comfort. Probably it should be something like HD449 with bigger cans.
And one more question about amplifier. I bought Arcam rPac and experience the problem described here: , so I hope to change it to something else. Which portable amplifier you would recommend to? Salesman suggested some small cylindrical-looking amplifier (I didn't remember the name, but it's something quite famous), but I am not sure...

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