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audioluvr
audioluvr Posts: 5,479
So I was given a pair of Monster headphones a couple years ago for Christmas and have used them occasionally for driving because they have a built in mic and they have great noise cancelling. Long story short, the other day I thought I'd use them after the fam went to bed and the first thing I noticed is for music they SUCK. I never would have noticed this before but since I've been on this journey of audio nirvana... Well you know what I mean. Anyways I happened across a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's on ebag for $85. Any thoughts on these? Not wanting to spend a ton of money on cans since I rarely use them.

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,479
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    Thanks Skip.
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 8,007
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    I had a similar pair and yes, comfy and very easy listening. Warm smooth sound. Bass isn’t over pronounced like so many cans and the treble doesn’t fell like ice-picks. At that price that’s about all you can ask for...
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  • codycatalist
    codycatalist Posts: 2,662
    edited April 2019
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    Senns are comfortable for sure! You might find a pair of Philips L2s for a decent price, I bought mine new and have had them for maybe 2 years now. I absolutely LOVE the sound, haven't found another pair within my budget that compares. Plus easy to drive with a phone or other like devices.


    EDIT - A little more scratch but worth it IMO.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-L2BO-Fidelio-Headphones-with-mic-40mm-drivers-back-Over-ear/303125512211?hash=item4693b04013:g:uwsAAOSws3dcsg~7
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  • rooftop59
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    Senns are comfortable for sure! You might find a pair of Philips L2s for a decent price, I bought mine new and have had them for maybe 2 years now. I absolutely LOVE the sound, haven't found another pair within my budget that compares. Plus easy to drive with a phone or other like devices.


    EDIT - A little more scratch but worth it IMO.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-L2BO-Fidelio-Headphones-with-mic-40mm-drivers-back-Over-ear/303125512211?hash=item4693b04013:g:uwsAAOSws3dcsg~7

    Those are also my current daily drivers and excellent for that price. Pretty big step up from the senns sound wise. Driven by an ifi nano iDSD streaming tidal, I honestly can’t imagine actually appreciating anything more while at work...
    Living Room 2.2: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Dayton SPA-250 amps; Arcam SA30; Musical Fidelity A308; Sony UBP-x1000es; Squeezebox Touch with Bolder Power Supply
    Game Room 5.1.4:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology Power Monitor 900 mains, CLR-3000 center, StudioMonitor 350 surrounds, ProMonitor 800 atmos x4; Sub - Monoprice Monolith 15in THX Ultra

    Bedroom 2.1
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Polk RT25i; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • gudnoyez
    gudnoyez Posts: 8,079
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    I'm fond of mine, got a few pair of Sennheisers I listen to the 598's more only because my Wife hijacked the 600's $85 is a very good price you should get them.
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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,640
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    I have a pair of HD558s that are my go to for travel. They are light, comfortable, and sound really good for what I paid. And they work fine with my phone or laptop for source.

    For critical listening, I have a pair of AKG K240 Studios (The original Austrian built model not the modern Chinese made variant) and a pair of HiFiMan HE-400i that I run from the headphone amp/output on my North Star Designs Incanto.
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