The v1 beats the v2 in terms of comfort and soundstage ... also , If u intend on gaming for prolonged periods, open cans are a LOT better than closed ones.. less strain on your eardrums!
The only thing lacking in the v1 is this : it takes forever to break in .. I 'm talking a good fortnight or so.. they sound more horrid before truly loosening up.
The V2s offer better sound isolation , better audio .. a choice of earpads, an inline mic, and a bigger body ( I think so )
The V2s are simply not worth it if you're into gaming .. buy an HD558 .. it'll suffice for you gaming AND music needs !
What Shredicus had to say , yes, they're amazing , comfort wise..
The velour and the suspension , coupled with the hollow frame - win !!!
Durablitity ?? MY sidewinder x6 barely fits my backpack ( it's a a thin rollable nylon bag)
After I've forced the edges of the bag around my KB , my mousepads go in ( 2 440mm pads) and the mouse , AND the headphones..
AT WORSE < you'll bend the metal frame ( not happened with me thus far) ,, bend it back!
THe mic is a PITA .. but it IS clip on if you;'re looking for that.
The Roccat Kova is a MUCH better option!
Go for it .EDIT
: Just read the last 2 posts.. if you're sold on the 598's go right ahead..
May I offer another option ? Check out the 350s .. they're the best for gaming . period.. THey're 340$ here.. So I'm waiting for someone to buy me a pair
Am stuck with the pxc 300s till then