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well i got senn hd555 mod to a hd595. i like senn ease to drive them but i need a better quality. looking for a large sound-stage with good base.
also like i said before i want them easy to drive them.

i tried the hd650 kind of dard sounding. i was thinking of grado's? are they easy to drive with good sound-stage?
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I highly (and I mean it!) suggest going to a local proaudio shop, and testing the phones they have before buying anything. I had a pair of modded hd555's like yours and I was underwhelmed. I went to a Ted Brown near where I live and tested all of the big names I heard on forums; the clerk was helpful too.

Personal likes: Sony V6's, Shure 840s, and dt770's
Personal dislikes: M50's, Hated AKG 240's, Grados Sr 80's (not because of SQ, just build quality)

The best were the dt 770's by far, but they take a bit to drive, and are a little pricey. I ended up with the V6's.
    
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I heard the beyerdynamic dt990s have good bass and a large soundstage
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budget? music tastes? All the ones you mentioned OP won't suit your needs.
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beyerdynamic dt990 are 600 ohms they would need a good amp, not sure my hifiman ef2 amp/dac could drive them.
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dt 770 250 ohms they make a 80 ohms ones had them till i ordered 250ohms. Really to have large sound stage the headphone needs to be open. for great bass needs to be closed. My 770 are closed Great for bass and gaming rock/folk . sound stage would be nice for foot steeps or mid range , now the dt770 are not the best for mid range but i love them no expert in the matter. but i do love them more then any others i tested. Took about 100+ hours to brake in still getting better.
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HD800s?
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I'd probably suggest looking at DT880s (which impedance you choose is up to you). As someone indicated before, your two parameters of interest, bass and soundstage, are hard to get in the same package. I feel that the semi-open back design of the 880s is a fair jack of all trades type headphone.
The other one I tend to throw in for that role is the HD650s from Sennheiser, although I don't have as much experience with them.

I personally am not a Grado fan, as much as I'd like to be. I've never really heard them on a system that I preferred their sound to almost any other similar price range offering from another high end brand, and this included hearing most of their product range including their top offerings. I'd recommend trying to demo a pair somewhere prior to taking the dive with them.

And to the HD800 recommendation... those take some serious amping and tend to be very picky about their setup, as well as being vastly more expensive than the other suggestions thus far.
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I'm happy with my Logitech G35. And it's supported for The Witcher 2 at long last.
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Originally Posted by Victorious25 View Post

I personally am not a Grado fan, as much as I'd like to be. I've never really heard them on a system that I preferred their sound to almost any other similar price range offering from another high end brand, and this included hearing most of their product range including their top offerings. I'd recommend trying to demo a pair somewhere prior to taking the dive with them.
The question is have you tried Alessandro ?

It's pretty much the more neutral Grado . Still has the Grado punch to it though .

As for Beyer's i haven't enjoyed any of the ones ive listened to .

Problem with headphones aswell as you spend more money the sound becomes more clinical but not always more enjoyable.
Edited by Benny99 - 6/21/11 at 1:33am
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