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Update: So I decided on just purchasing the 595's for the time being (needed a new set of 4 tires on the car so the STX is going to be put off a month or so).

Recieved them today, initial thoughts (not too technical really as I am no audiophile): extremely comfortable. I wear contacts during the day and throw on glasses to give my eyes a break at night. These headphones have the padding needed to give me complete comfort while wearing glasses, most I've had don't fit snug and cause discomfort.

Straight out of the box they obviously sound no where near what they will after some use. I am currently getting ready to set it up with a burn in track from around midnight until I get home from work tomorrow.

They go plenty loud enough for me at this point in the little time I've listened to them, although I will be using the amp on the stx when I get it. I've heard it tightens up the bass a bit, but I will be able to listen for a difference in a few weeks.

Love the fact that it only has one cable coming down , just wish it was on the right side as thats where my tower is situated. Looking forward to the next week to hear the difference as I burn them in. Also makes waiting for my soundcard a lot tougher...

So overall they are meeting my expectations 100%.



Looking at getting the 595's for general gaming and music/movies. I listen to a really wide range of music and these seem like the consensus pick around the 100-125 range. Also looking to upgrade from my onboard to something including a headphone amp.

Currently without headphones due to my 202's breaking, and using swan m10's as my desktop speaker setup.

Willing to spend up to ~325, looking for anything beneath that range, willing to use a seperate amp if needed, but must fit within that budget. Just checking in to see if theres a better/more cost effective setup out there around that price/quality.
Edited by CRosko42 - 5/3/11 at 8:04pm
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I personally love my STX. It drove my A700's without an issue. Now, the A700's are very low impedance, so this comes without question. The STX will have no issue driving the 595's as they too are a low impedance can.

I know some people will tell you to get a DAC with a built in amp. I however, love my STX.

As for the headphones, I may be able to recommend something different. What types of music do you like to listen to?
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At that price range, your not going to find anything better in terms of a source that can drive low/mid impedance cans.

The best part of the STX is that is supports 24/192 right out of the box as a source and can actually do a relatively decent job at driving mid-impedance cans. (It did okay with my K701s, but the Matrix M-Stage Amp I have showed me alot more of what these headphones were capable of.) It will have no problems with 595s.

Also, in terms of DAC quality, I have heard many people say that the STX as a souce is comparable to many of the $250-400 standalone DACs that are sort of an entrance into mid level gear. When you feel you need more power, you just run the Amp-Pre Outs from the back of the card into a Desktop Headphone Amp like myself or Moltar (I assume he has it set up that way with his WA3) and you have a really good setup for a budget price.

Alot of people wont give PCs/Internal Sound Cards a chance as a Audiophile source, but the STX does a heck of a job for what it costs and can do.

Heck, even if down the road you get a stand alone DAC and a high quality desktop amp, you can just run toslink spdif out of it to you DAC and know you have a quality source set up.

If your trying to get started I like the choices. Also, keep in mind the only real difference from what I have heard between the 555s and the 595s that that the 595s have a foam pad built into the driver enclosure which results in a brighter sound and less of the typical laid back relaxed typical sennheiser sound (dont quote me, this is not from personal experience), so it might be fun to get the 555s, get used to them , and them mod them w/ the foam and possibly a new cable and hear the changes at each stage of the mod. Just my two cents.

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At that price range, your not going to find anything better in terms of a source that can drive low/mid impedance cans.

The best part of the STX is that is supports 24/192 right out of the box as a source and can actually do a relatively decent job at driving mid-impedance cans. (It did okay with my K701s, but the Matrix M-Stage Amp I have showed me alot more of what these headphones were capable of.) It will have no problems with 595s.

Also, in terms of DAC quality, I have heard many people say that the STX as a souce is comparable to many of the $250-400 standalone DACs that are sort of an entrance into mid level gear. When you feel you need more power, you just run the Amp-Pre Outs from the back of the card into a Desktop Headphone Amp like myself or Moltar (I assume he has it set up that way with his WA3) and you have a really good setup for a budget price.

Alot of people wont give PCs/Internal Sound Cards a chance as a Audiophile source, but the STX does a heck of a job for what it costs and can do.

Heck, even if down the road you get a stand alone DAC and a high quality desktop amp, you can just run toslink spdif out of it to you DAC and know you have a quality source set up.

If your trying to get started I like the choices. Also, keep in mind the only real difference from what I have heard between the 555s and the 595s that that the 595s have a foam pad built into the driver enclosure which results in a brighter sound and less of the typical laid back relaxed typical sennheiser sound (dont quote me, this is not from personal experience), so it might be fun to get the 555s, get used to them , and them mod them w/ the foam and possibly a new cable and hear the changes at each stage of the mod. Just my two cents.

GL
Couldn't agree more and yes, I have them bypassing the STX's built in amp. I have a couple of firends that have modded the 555's with great success. Honestly, you can't tell the difference between the modded 555's and the 595's.
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Thanks for the informative posts Moltar & rmp459, +rep. I will look into the 555's as a cheaper alternative to the 595's (seems to be about $40-$50 difference atm). Thanks for giving me a lot of information regarding a future upgrade path as well when it comes to a stand alone DAC and amp.
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I'm guessing 'general gaming' means all sorts of game types?

Also, rmp459, 24/192 is nothing more than marketing. The only reason it was ever implemented was marketers demanded it. It serves no real purpose.
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Hello guys, sorry to hijack this thread, but can someone please tell me what gain level to use for my HD595s? i'm affraid i can damage my HPs if i set maximum?

Normal Gain (0dB for <64 ohms)
High Gain (+12dB for 64~300 ohms)
Extra High Gain (+18dB for 300~600 ohms)

What to use?, what give best sound quallity? thanks!
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Set it on normal gain. I really feel like the STX's amplifier doesn't do anything other than make things really loud. I'm comparing it against my tube amplifier which is a Little Dot MKII using the Sennheiser HD600.
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Set it on normal gain. I really feel like the STX's amplifier doesn't do anything other than make things really loud. I'm comparing it against my tube amplifier which is a Little Dot MKII using the Sennheiser HD600.
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Hope you enjoy your HD595s! I love them, and they certainly get better after burn-in.
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