What headphones would /mu/ recommend for listening to music? I'm torn between the Sennheiser HD 598 and the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 right now but I'm not sure what's best.
Listen man, trust me on this. Just shell out the extra money for the 650 HDs because they drastically outperform the 598s.
Also do you know what amp you're getting?
Are you fucking serious dude. The HD650 costs twice as much and requires extra (also costly) hardware to run properly. That's like someone asked you for advice in buying a used Toyota and you told them to buy a new Ferrari instead. And 598's do not require an amp.
audio technica have no bass but great soundstage mid tier lows and highs...
senn has no bass great mids decent highs
I have LCD-2F and focal spirit professional with the objective 2 amp/dac
i have had hifiman he-400 shure se215 and se425
The LCD-2f are just amazing I have let my friends use them and they are blown away. They are even more amazed at how much I spent on them...
Well I have actually own both of those headphones for at a while now. Definitely the Senns, no question. The AD700s get uncomfortable after using them for over 6 months while the hd598s stay comfy. They also have a much more neutral sound with a bit warmth added.
The biggest problem with AD700 is NO FUCKING BASS. I don't say that often, but they really have no bass. They also are bright and are really fatiguing, which is the opposite of the Senns. The only good thing about the AD700 is comfy for a few months and a really good soundstage. Also keep in mind its cord is not detachable.
I sound retarded when I'm falling asleep, but I really could not recommend against AD700 enough. They are pretty shitty.
Also people don't know what they are talking about when they say the Senns don't have bass. It's just a parroted opinion on g, the bass can be a little weak but it still is almost neutral. The bass of the two headphones aren't even comparable.
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looking at the freq response it doesn't look neutral at all. it looks like it just isn't there at all.
It's there. I usually don't listen to bass heavy music, and while it is a tad weak I don't think many people would be bothered by it too much. If anything I would say a mildly weak bass, not no bass. The AD700 really deserves being called no bass though. After a year of them putting on the Senns felt like the most bass heavy shit ever for a few days.
I should also have noted that while I have tested many different headphones the only two I have had for extended periods are the ones in OP's. I'm definitely not an expert on headphones but picking between the two I would either go for the senn HD598 or modded HD558. Check out what other people are saying OP and for the love of god don't fall for the m50s like a lot of people do here. They are uncomfortable and are actually pretty shit.
They're more for monitoring than listening. They are good but usually won't bring the most enjoyable listening experience. Check /g/, maybe the archive too, and try to sort through the shitposting on the /g/ threads.
I have 558's, I wear them pretty much all day and they feel so nice. Literally the nicest pair of headphones I've worn.
They also sound amazing, the sound leak isn't really noticeable unless you're listening to music at a fairly loud level. Can't speak on the AD700s but I really like 558s, which are pretty much 598s minus a few tweaks last time I checked
I am amazed how little /mu/ cares about audio equipment. I am beginning to think that no one here actually listens to music
what do you guys think of the superlux 668B's? I need some good listening headphones to replace some beats i got a while back. I heard they have a pretty big soundstage, and have balanced bass and highs.
Is there anything better for less than 100 bucks?
The ad700s are only good for general use minus music listening IMO. I had A700s I gave to my sister. I thought they sounded very 'thin' for lack of a better term. Not interesting at all but very accurate! And they are seriously the most comfy headphones of all time, like really nothing compares. I would go with dt770s its seriously worth it. If you cant do that go with ATH-M50s on sale when they're like $100 (but the cups suck and eventually will crack).
So i have got 200 bucks to spend on some headphones. I want to use them outside. Recommendations?
The dt770 are not great to listen outside though, right? I was looking at the custom one pros. Are they any good? Alternatively i read a little about Sennheiser Momentums. Any ideas?
Why wouldnt they be? They're closed headphones, they just need a mobile amp unless you go with the 80ohm. Not really sure about the custom ones since i've never owned them and don't really pay attention to the new headphones anymore.
I've had the HD 598s for years now and I still love them. Would definitely recommend.
However, you might also want to consider AKG K702. Price dropped after they started manufacturing them in China instead of Austria.
Ah alright. I am going to consider that one then. Seems like the cop and the dt770 are pretty much on pair, sound wise.
Yeah, as i said, i was thinking about the momentums. They seem great to be great to use outside, but they seems to me a little bit style over substance
>hated them for a solid week
>hated the coiled cord
>thought they sounded like shit, way to neutral to what I was previously used to
>2 weeks pass
>suddenly they sound perfect
>became even more comfortable to boot
best 75$ ever
Okay, well to me it was worth the money for the added comfort. I've owned enough shit headphones in my life for it to be worth it to me to just pony up once and get something decent.
I am a noob when it comes to HQ headphones, but I bought the ATH-M50 last year based on good reviews. I can say, the reviews are right. Best headphones I've ever tried.
There obviously are a lot of better/more expensive headphones, but in my current price range ($200) I'll stick with the M50s.
Definitely the 598s. Trust me, comfort is so much more important than you think I'd make it a priority.
When I was looking for headphones I figured, 'nah I'll sacrifice anything for quality sound, they don't have to be comfy.' So I bought ATH-M50s and they made my fucking ears burn like the fires of hell after just ten mins. Even thought they did sound bloody brilliant.
Bought 598s recently and yeah the sound quality is not quite as nice but it's still great and I can wear them for days on end without discomfort. If anything they feel nice to wear. So much more happy with them.
TL;DR please don't disregard comfort, it seems such an underrated factor in the headphone market.
i own the 598s as well as the ATH-m50s, let me tell you, the m50s are absolute shit. the sound is muffled, constantly gets trebble spikes and it's bass heavy. the only thing I use them for is traveling because they are compact
Really? I forget they are on my head half the time and the cups are large enough to go around my ears comfortably. Each their own I guess but I would say the k240 is one of the more comfortable sets.
projecting much? pretty pathetic dude.
w-what? not him but what does talent have to do with headphones?
I own both the HD598s and HD650s
The HD598s have an impedance spike (so they actually aren't easy to drive without an amp) and are open, so they aren't really good for portable headphones. They also sound half as good as the HD650s in my opinion
Do you plan to listen on campus, in an office? Does sound leak matter? What genres do you prefer? We need more information.
Dude I hate when people consider senhisers for listening headphones... lmao if you want to waste 500$ go ahead. THERE MUSIC RECORDING HEADPHONES ya dingus. I personally wear the cheapest decent pair of bose.