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audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,379
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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Home System:
SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
Denon DVD 2900

Barn system:
SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
Carver C-1 pre
Carver M1.5t
BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC

Comments

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,221
    Love mine. Not the last word on sound but they’re extremely comfortable and light and sound damn good. They’re worth every penny.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,379
    Thanks Skip.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,976
    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...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,557
    edited April 19
    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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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,976
    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...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,048
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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.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,115
    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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