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558 are the updated, newer model 555.
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Ok cool thanks! Wow just found out the cost for the 558 where I come from! At the current exchange rate it's at US$194. Would it be worth paying almost $200 dollars for these? Would stepping down to a HD515 (only costs $82 brand new around here) be advisable and do they sound worlds apart? I also found the HD485 @ $113, do they sound better than the HD515?

Apologies if I'm asking too many quesitons, but just want to make sure I make the best choice before I spend my hard earned moolah!

EDIT: Err...can you modify these cans as well?
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 7/17/11 at 12:56am
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Ok cool thanks! Wow just found out the cost for the 558 where I come from! At the current exchange rate it's at US$194. Would it be worth paying almost $200 dollars for these? Would stepping down to a HD515 (only costs $82 brand new around here) be advisable and do they sound worlds apart? I also found the HD485 @ $113, do they sound better than the HD515?

Apologies if I'm asking too many quesitons, but just want to make sure I make the best choice before I spend my hard earned moolah!

EDIT: Err...can you modify these cans as well?
That makes things difficult. The 555s are great cans, but I don't know if they're worth $200. From what I've gathered, the 485s are better than the 515s, but that's just based on hearsay.

Have you looked up Beyerdynamic DT770s where you live? Honestly, I think the best option might still be the HD555s.


EDIT: There's a simple modification on the 555s that involves removing a piece of foam (no soldering or anything like that), that apparently makes it absolutely identical to the 595 in terms of sound.
post #134 of 5049
HD558 can also be modded to ~HD598 territory. There does seem to be quite a few changes from HD555->HD558 as Senn has fixed some criticism of the former.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...-hd-558-review
 
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Thanks for the input everyone! I'll end up buying the 555 since it just got a big price drop because the 558 just came out here!

I do have another question though, if I just stick to my audigy sound card and buy a fiio e7 or e11 (portable amp) and plug my sound card there and my speakers or headphones would I get good sound as well with the HD555/558? I was thinking since I do want an amp that I could also lug along for my ipod maybe I can set it up this way instead of buying a Titanium HD and just a headset... at least I cover my music needs when travelling daily and also be able to use them for my PC when I'm at home gaming...

Thoughts?
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 7/19/11 at 6:28pm
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I need suggestions on what do to do, I want a 2.1 setup for my PC. I have around $500 to spend on the setup, I have a sound card already that I don't think is too terrible... I listen to Dubstep/Rock/Rap mostly. I'm looking for good sounding music, games probably will sound fine as I listen to more music then I do play games... and I live in Wisconsin. In a thread I made earlier because I didn't see this people told me some passive book shelf speakers, an amp, and a powered sub seemed smart for my budget.
Edited by RCXDerp - 7/20/11 at 6:54pm
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Hey all, I need a little help picking a good sound card.
I've already planned on ordering a Sennheiser PC 360 for it's good combination of a "mic" and headphones, I know there's better choices for sound quality and mic but I'm used to having a headset, and so I heard they're really comfortable so why not.

Currently I'm using the Asus P6Z68's stock Realtek HD and it truly annoys me compared to the other Creative stock I had on my old MSI board. The problems were really impossible. It ranged from having background noises, my friend has been constantly telling me "You sound like you're stuck in a bubble." and from time to time the recording just becomes so loud that I have to breath in it.
So I decided to upgrade the sound.

I'm not REALLY into music, around 10% of the time on my computer you'll see me playing songs but that's it. I want to communicate with my headset with no background noise with a good trustworthy company.

To make it more simple, I prefer communication (recording), and then gaming sound, and then music playing.
Thanks.
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Hey all, I need a little help picking a good sound card.
I've already planned on ordering a Sennheiser PC 360 for it's good combination of a "mic" and headphones, I know there's better choices for sound quality and mic but I'm used to having a headset, and so I heard they're really comfortable so why not.

Currently I'm using the Asus P6Z68's stock Realtek HD and it truly annoys me compared to the other Creative stock I had on my old MSI board. The problems were really impossible. It ranged from having background noises, my friend has been constantly telling me "You sound like you're stuck in a bubble." and from time to time the recording just becomes so loud that I have to breath in it.
So I decided to upgrade the sound.

I'm not REALLY into music, around 10% of the time on my computer you'll see me playing songs but that's it. I want to communicate with my headset with no background noise with a good trustworthy company.

To make it more simple, I prefer communication (recording), and then gaming sound, and then music playing.
Thanks.
Uhm, do you have a budget?
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Uhm, do you have a budget?
I guess $150-$200, I don't really want the best of the best, something average and well known and decent recording would do.
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Excellent post, although looking at your headphones recommandations, i'm a bit bummed : The AT M50s were right in my price range, but you dont seem to recommend them too highly - with no other good alternative in sight.

What are some good headphones for bassy music (non-bassy music also!) around the 100$ price tag?
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