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Dissapointed in my new Sennheiser HD 595's :(

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I just bought some new Sennheiser HD 595's and I have to say that in my personal opinion I should not have bought in to the hype.

Maybe I'm missing something I don't know, but on my life the 20 dollar set of full ear Koss headphones I got from Wallmart honestly sound just as good. The Sennheiser headphones beat the Koss in comfort and I will give them that they are louder but that's seriously it.

I guess I can say I have some better geek cred owning these but seriously what am I missing here? I fully expected to be blown away when I listened to these things but so far they sound like any other set of headphones.

The sound stage everyone talks about, where is it?

I've also been doing some "burn in" with them as well playing pink noise for awhile and various scales or whatever. I do not own a headphone amp but even w/o one a $150 set of headphones shouldn't be so close to a $20 set.

Any suggestions you guys have? Maybe some EQ settings or something I don't know.
post #2 of 46
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Originally Posted by Hexa View Post
I do not own a headphone amp but even w/o one a $150 set of headphones shouldn't be so close to a $20 set.
The old adage "Garbage in, garbage out" comes to mind. A good amp and good sound card make a huge difference. Also, what quality of audio are you listening to? If you are listening to low quality audio then see the adage above.
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I was listening to various audio formats. Some mp3's but I also listened to straight cd's as well. I also game on them a ton to and just think they shouldn't sound the same as my Koss headphones.

My soundcard isn't the greatest or anything but the platinum x-fi's aren't complete crap either. Also from the reviews I read the HD 595's don't really require a headphone amp.

n/m the last part.
Edited by Hexa - 10/24/11 at 6:09am
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How long of a burn in have you done?
post #5 of 46
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Well so far including just letting it go and gaming or actually listening to them it's probably been around 20 hours or so. I know that's still well short of the time most people say so I'm still holding out some hope things will change..
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Are you using them wiuth your computer? My $200 set of Senn's sounded like *crap* for lack of a better term using the on-board sound card. I spent $20 on an Asus Xonar DG, set it to headphone mode to enable the built-in amp and set the headset properties to 32 ohm. WOW huge difference in performance, the sound card even makes low quality mp3's sound better, even on regular ear buds.

EDIT: Just noticed the sound card in your SIG. Does that card have a headphone amp or headphone resistance setting?
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It may have to do with a lack of amp on your soundcard. However they should sound much better than your Koss headphones.

Have you tried any 320kbps mp3s or even FLAC audio formats?
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Gonna try to grab a flac ripper now and see if it makes a difference.
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I think there is an unwritten rule that the speakers/headphones cannot cost more than the sound card or amp. Pick up a cheap Xtreme music like I did and you will probably notice a difference...I know I did.
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I have a fairly decent sound card imo. How is a Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum not a good sound card?
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