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Sennheiser HD580's sound like someone put a sock over them. Very hard to get lost in. But very easy to listen to for long periods. Comfortable. I personally do not know how these compare to 598/600/650, but they all have a reputation for a "veil" being present. With a Little Dot Mach III Tube Amp, the 580's came alive more than with a PIMETA custom or Altoid amp, but I still prefer to hear the details. $200+ & amp needed.

Grado SR325i's have a smaller soundstage and tend to throw everything at you. @ $300, theyr'e a little pricey, but don't require an amp to be exciting. They do sit on the ear, so comfort might be an issue. These don't "hide" the details like the Senn's do.

AKG Q701's w/ bass port sticker mod have a HUGE soundstage, but things don't feel connected, or cohesive. Comfortable, but headband can be an issue. These have FANTASTIC positional audio for gaming...just other worldly. Not sure if the mass drop KXX has the stickers, but it's worth investigating for the low end potential. I've seen these for $150ish on Amazon, but you'll definitely want an amp.

Bose QuietComfort 35's are ALL bass, loose, unrefined bass with no highs. ANC has a white noise always present in the background that cannot be turned off that I found particularly distracting when listening to podcasts or Headspace. Not as much of an issue if in a noisy environment. Known firmware issues as well, but comfortable if headband is stretched, lol! I think a bass head would love these, lol! But $350...lol!

Sony V6's are super cheap, but if you replace the pads with Beyerdynamic's 250-80's for $20, you have very easy to drive, very comfortable, and accurate headphone for $80 (when on sale). No amp needed, very portable, but definitely more of a "budget" sound.

I recently owned some Westone UM Pro 30's. They're billed as "studio monitors" and I thought, well, I've heard some Rockit RP6 "studio monitors" before and they had LOTS of detail! I could not have been more wrong. Despite a lot of folks on head-if and internet reviews that favor the UM Pro series, Westone advertises them for musicians. Here's why:

1. VERY dark, meaning, there's an actual cutoff at the high end. These do not sparkle.
2. VERY close sound stage.

It's perfect for a musician on stage looking to block out noise and hear their voice and the beat, but not so much the treble to ease fatigue. A Westone rep read my thoughts and offered to replace with the W40. These are billed as "audiophile, or listening" in ear monitors. I avoided them at first because I read thoughts about them being "colored" and a preference for the UM Pro line. For me...the W40's...

1. On the warm side, but I don't feel like I'm missing the top end of a Demi Lovato or instruments that hit higher notes.
2. Sounds aren't on top of each other and I can hear space in the instruments.
3. Low end feels a little more detailed or maybe faster?

Beyer 880...finally, my HOLY GRAIL! I bought these with the FiiO A5 portable amp and use them with an iPhone 6S Plus. DETAILS!!! No sock like the Senns. The soundstage is perfect IMO, not too large like the AKG's, but not too small like the Grados. Bass can go low, but it's not exaggerated in anyway. These sound more like an upgraded V6. But I would definitely recommend an amp with the 250 Ohm. Another thing, they are FAST, trance music sounds incredibly on point.

I avoided these for years because I read things like, "Too BRIGHT, hurts my ears!" Well, everyone is different. I'm just trying to relay my experience with what I've owned to save others time in their pursuit. Big Grin

Lastly, the special edition chromes or blacks vs the original have different ear cushions, that although a little firmer, don't allow my ear to touch the inner foam like the original's. After a bit of light stretching, these things have incredible comfort. I use them for movies and music over all other headphones. The W40's are for when I go in public, but I will go for the 880's over all of the above headphones for every genre, classical, electronic, rock, worship, etc. The only exception would be gaming. The AKG Q701's simply can't be beat when it comes to positioning and soundstage.

Cheers!
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Have these, love them.

Sennheiser HD580's sound like someone put a sock over them. Very hard to get lost in. But very easy to listen to for long periods. Comfortable. I personally do not know how these compare to 598/600/650, but they all have a reputation for a "veil" being present. With a Little Dot Mach III Tube Amp, the 580's came alive more than with a PIMETA custom or Altoid amp, but I still prefer to hear the details. $200+ & amp needed.

Grado SR325i's have a smaller soundstage and tend to throw everything at you. @ $300, theyr'e a little pricey, but don't require an amp to be exciting. They do sit on the ear, so comfort might be an issue. These don't "hide" the details like the Senn's do.

AKG Q701's w/ bass port sticker mod have a HUGE soundstage, but things don't feel connected, or cohesive. Comfortable, but headband can be an issue. These have FANTASTIC positional audio for gaming...just other worldly. Not sure if the mass drop KXX has the stickers, but it's worth investigating for the low end potential. I've seen these for $150ish on Amazon, but you'll definitely want an amp.

Bose QuietComfort 35's are ALL bass, loose, unrefined bass with no highs. ANC has a white noise always present in the background that cannot be turned off that I found particularly distracting when listening to podcasts or Headspace. Not as much of an issue if in a noisy environment. Known firmware issues as well, but comfortable if headband is stretched, lol! I think a bass head would love these, lol! But $350...lol!

Sony V6's are super cheap, but if you replace the pads with Beyerdynamic's 250-80's for $20, you have very easy to drive, very comfortable, and accurate headphone for $80 (when on sale). No amp needed, very portable, but definitely more of a "budget" sound.

I recently owned some Westone UM Pro 30's. They're billed as "studio monitors" and I thought, well, I've heard some Rockit RP6 "studio monitors" before and they had LOTS of detail! I could not have been more wrong. Despite a lot of folks on head-if and internet reviews that favor the UM Pro series, Westone advertises them for musicians. Here's why:

1. VERY dark, meaning, there's an actual cutoff at the high end. These do not sparkle.
2. VERY close sound stage.

It's perfect for a musician on stage looking to block out noise and hear their voice and the beat, but not so much the treble to ease fatigue. A Westone rep read my thoughts and offered to replace with the W40. These are billed as "audiophile, or listening" in ear monitors. I avoided them at first because I read thoughts about them being "colored" and a preference for the UM Pro line. For me...the W40's...

1. On the warm side, but I don't feel like I'm missing the top end of a Demi Lovato or instruments that hit higher notes.
2. Sounds aren't on top of each other and I can hear space in the instruments.
3. Low end feels a little more detailed or maybe faster?

Beyer 880...finally, my HOLY GRAIL! I bought these with the FiiO A5 portable amp and use them with an iPhone 6S Plus. DETAILS!!! No sock like the Senns. The soundstage is perfect IMO, not too large like the AKG's, but not too small like the Grados. Bass can go low, but it's not exaggerated in anyway. These sound more like an upgraded V6. But I would definitely recommend an amp with the 250 Ohm. Another thing, they are FAST, trance music sounds incredibly on point.

I avoided these for years because I read things like, "Too BRIGHT, hurts my ears!" Well, everyone is different. I'm just trying to relay my experience with what I've owned to save others time in their pursuit. Big Grin

Lastly, the special edition chromes or blacks vs the original have different ear cushions, that although a little firmer, don't allow my ear to touch the inner foam like the original's. After a bit of light stretching, these things have incredible comfort. I use them for movies and music over all other headphones. The W40's are for when I go in public, but I will go for the 880's over all of the above headphones for every genre, classical, electronic, rock, worship, etc. The only exception would be gaming. The AKG Q701's simply can't be beat when it comes to positioning and soundstage.

Cheers!
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Have these, love them.

Sennheiser HD580's sound like someone put a sock over them. Very hard to get lost in. But very easy to listen to for long periods. Comfortable. I personally do not know how these compare to 598/600/650, but they all have a reputation for a "veil" being present. With a Little Dot Mach III Tube Amp, the 580's came alive more than with a PIMETA custom or Altoid amp, but I still prefer to hear the details. $200+ & amp needed.

Grado SR325i's have a smaller soundstage and tend to throw everything at you. @ $300, theyr'e a little pricey, but don't require an amp to be exciting. They do sit on the ear, so comfort might be an issue. These don't "hide" the details like the Senn's do.

AKG Q701's w/ bass port sticker mod have a HUGE soundstage, but things don't feel connected, or cohesive. Comfortable, but headband can be an issue. These have FANTASTIC positional audio for gaming...just other worldly. Not sure if the mass drop KXX has the stickers, but it's worth investigating for the low end potential. I've seen these for $150ish on Amazon, but you'll definitely want an amp.

Bose QuietComfort 35's are ALL bass, loose, unrefined bass with no highs. ANC has a white noise always present in the background that cannot be turned off that I found particularly distracting when listening to podcasts or Headspace. Not as much of an issue if in a noisy environment. Known firmware issues as well, but comfortable if headband is stretched, lol! I think a bass head would love these, lol! But $350...lol!

Sony V6's are super cheap, but if you replace the pads with Beyerdynamic's 250-80's for $20, you have very easy to drive, very comfortable, and accurate headphone for $80 (when on sale). No amp needed, very portable, but definitely more of a "budget" sound.

I recently owned some Westone UM Pro 30's. They're billed as "studio monitors" and I thought, well, I've heard some Rockit RP6 "studio monitors" before and they had LOTS of detail! I could not have been more wrong. Despite a lot of folks on head-if and internet reviews that favor the UM Pro series, Westone advertises them for musicians. Here's why:

1. VERY dark, meaning, there's an actual cutoff at the high end. These do not sparkle.
2. VERY close sound stage.

It's perfect for a musician on stage looking to block out noise and hear their voice and the beat, but not so much the treble to ease fatigue. A Westone rep read my thoughts and offered to replace with the W40. These are billed as "audiophile, or listening" in ear monitors. I avoided them at first because I read thoughts about them being "colored" and a preference for the UM Pro line. For me...the W40's...

1. On the warm side, but I don't feel like I'm missing the top end of a Demi Lovato or instruments that hit higher notes.
2. Sounds aren't on top of each other and I can hear space in the instruments.
3. Low end feels a little more detailed or maybe faster?

Beyer 880...finally, my HOLY GRAIL! I bought these with the FiiO A5 portable amp and use them with an iPhone 6S Plus. DETAILS!!! No sock like the Senns. The soundstage is perfect IMO, not too large like the AKG's, but not too small like the Grados. Bass can go low, but it's not exaggerated in anyway. These sound more like an upgraded V6. But I would definitely recommend an amp with the 250 Ohm. Another thing, they are FAST, trance music sounds incredibly on point.

I avoided these for years because I read things like, "Too BRIGHT, hurts my ears!" Well, everyone is different. I'm just trying to relay my experience with what I've owned to save others time in their pursuit. Big Grin

Lastly, the special edition chromes or blacks vs the original have different ear cushions, that although a little firmer, don't allow my ear to touch the inner foam like the original's. After a bit of light stretching, these things have incredible comfort. I use them for movies and music over all other headphones. The W40's are for when I go in public, but I will go for the 880's over all of the above headphones for every genre, classical, electronic, rock, worship, etc. The only exception would be gaming. The AKG Q701's simply can't be beat when it comes to positioning and soundstage.

Cheers!
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omg might need these. I absolutely love the sound of dt880 250ohm. I daresay the best sounding cans under $400-500. Extreme detail and uncolored sound (very flat signature so you can amp it however you want)

A very popular IEM sounds just like these in my opinion... The ultimate ears triplefi 10.... Pretty much indistinguishable from these headphones with the headphones being 100x more comfortable.
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I currently have a pair of ATH M50xs how much of an upgrade would this be compared to the M50xs?
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Sennheiser HD580's sound like someone put a sock over them. Very hard to get lost in. But very easy to listen to for long periods. Comfortable. I personally do not know how these compare to 598/600/650, but they all have a reputation for a "veil" being present.
I'd say the 880 is veiled before saying the HD580 is veiled. And a sock over them is kind of how I'd describe it, in part because there's literally a sock (extra foam) over them.

HD580 has been modified a few times over the years though, and they're all old now, so maybe the ones you've listened to are different.

And while DT880 has a bigger soundstage, 580 has more air.

HD598 is pretty good but in my opinion is no comparison to any of the above in sound quality, except it has a wider soundstage and has a detachable cable (unlike the 880).
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I'd say the 880 is veiled before saying the HD580 is veiled. And a sock over them is kind of how I'd describe it, in part because there's literally a sock (extra foam) over them.

HD580 has been modified a few times over the years though, and they're all old now, so maybe the ones you've listened to are different.

And while DT880 has a bigger soundstage, 580 has more air.

HD598 is pretty good but in my opinion is no comparison to any of the above in sound quality, except it has a wider soundstage and has a detachable cable (unlike the 880).
I've never heard the senn HD800s, which I'm sure are fantastic, but every other set of sennheiser headphones I've heard or owned has been majorly lacking in high end detail including the 580. I can't understand why they're so popular. While they have a decent midbass and stage presentation I find them all to be boring and lackluster, especially at the bloated price.
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So I should cancel the fostex tx0 right? This is a more established brand and more refined dynamic vs the budget planar from massdrop. I can't decide!!! I have too many headphones as it is and really don't want both

Also any recs on a budget amp?
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how do these compare to Beyer T90?
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So I should cancel the fostex tx0 right? This is a more established brand and more refined dynamic vs the budget planar from massdrop. I can't decide!!! I have too many headphones as it is and really don't want both

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Yes. As for amp look into fiio. I personally love my e17
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To reiterate what Jodiuh said, these are great cans. They are my mid-fi endgame over Sennheiser HD6x0, over Fostex & Hifiman planar options (at least anything under the HE-560), over anything from Grado or AKG, these cans deliver.

They have a flat frequency response, reproduce tones with speed, accurately from 5Hz-well above human hearing. My own ears falter around 18700Hz, so I can't say past that.

I have not heard the 250Ohm version, but the 600Ohm version is easy to drive from a Schiit stack or Monoprice's desktop DAC/Amp at 1/2 to 3/4 volume.

These are great for all types of playback, instrumental and vocal recording (if solo, closed cans are better for group recordings), for gaming and movies. I have a pair for home and a pair at the office, they're that good.

Great for glasses wearers too.

At this price I almost want to bite and scoop up another pair, ha ha.
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Just a PSA to those interested that aren't super knowledgeable about headphones, these will not work very well with mobile devices or portable players unless you have an amp attached. If you are looking for 'phones that will work well in a portable setting look elsewhere, or know that you will need a portable amp. Second issue, no detachable cable from the headset. Enjoy.

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I have a Grado SR80e I'm perfectly happy with. I'd only be willing to buy these if they were in another class. How do these compare to the Grados?

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Just a PSA to those interested that aren't super knowledgeable about headphones, these will not work very well with mobile devices or portable players unless you have an amp attached. If you are looking for 'phones that will work well in a portable setting look elsewhere, or know that you will need a portable amp. Second issue, no detachable cable from the headset. Enjoy.

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Nuh uh! I betcha these work perfectly fine with tablets and phones. Sorry, I just get tired when in headphone threads people come in and say so and so headphone needs to be amped to sound right. 600 ohm Sennheiser headphones work perfectly fine on very old iPads and phones. I even plugged it in a Gameboy Advance (circa 2000) and the sound was crystal clear.
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I own HD650 w/ Schiit Valhalla2/ Modi2U and had compared it with 880 premium 600ohms w/ A20 or my Schiit. The obvious difference that my noob ear can tell is 650 got better bass whereas 880 is a bit more detailed. Most comparisons/descriptions among same tier headphones and amp/DACs are subjective. Try them in person and pick the one you like. Also, find youself a good output and source. Portable device(ipod/iphone) and amp/DAC combos are not able to unlock headphones' potential, and I guarantee those who are happy with portables will cry when they hear the sound out of a decent amp.
$139 for a 880 premium is sweet by the way. TU
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