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I just got a Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Open Studio Headphones 250 Ohms from djdeals.com for $165.99 + free shipping to pair with the Xonar Essence STX I am about to get.
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Totally agree that the DT 990 is pretty much in a league of it's own. Especially the Pro version. Not because it's the best or anything, but because their sound signature is pretty unique and tends to have it's bases covered - good bass response, good highs response, great clarity, wide open sound. And you'll struggle to find a better built & better sounding headphone from a competing manufacturer for the money that the DT 990 Pro sells for. I'm not even sure an equal exists at the same price point from different manufacturers, which makes them something of a bargain in my book.

Personally I think in order to better these from a competing manufacturer both in terms of build quality and audio quality you'd be looking at double the price.

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Yeah, there's a decent difference between the 518s and the 558s. The 558s are more neutral sounding than the 518s. The 518s definitely have more bass presence than the 558s. Also, I know for a fact that the 518s benefit from an amp. The 558s are better than the 555's. In fact the 558s have a very very similar frequency response graph to the HD600s.

The cable on the 558s isn't the best though and actually with a better cable the HD558s should clear up a bit. I think it's actually a pretty decent improvement over the 555's, but some people don't want to accept that and would rather believe the 555's and 558s are one and the same. I also think it's justifiably worth more than the 555's.

I'm pretty sure the 515s shared a similar driver to the 555, but I'm not sure the same can be said of the 518s and the 558s. Either way, same driver or not, the enclosure will make the headphones sound different (and they do sound different).

Also, in regards to the DT990... The headphones priced at 167 dollars are..imo, a bargain. I wouldn't agree that they're amazing headphones though. While they seem to have a lot of ups (sound stage, bass) they also have a lot of down sides and the frequency chart is awful looking. I would take the DT880s over the DT990s, but at the same time, they're more expensive than the DT990s.

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Yeah, there's a decent difference between the 518s and the 558s. The 558s are more neutral sounding than the 518s. The 518s definitely have more bass presence than the 558s. Also, I know for a fact that the 518s benefit from an amp. The 558s are better than the 555's. In fact the 558s have a very very similar frequency response graph to the HD600s.
The cable on the 558s isn't the best though and actually with a better cable the HD558s should clear up a bit. I think it's actually a pretty decent improvement over the 555's, but some people don't want to accept that and would rather believe the 555's and 558s are one and the same. I also think it's justifiably worth more than the 555's.
I'm pretty sure the 515s shared a similar driver to the 555, but I'm not sure the same can be said of the 518s and the 558s. Either way, same driver or not, the enclosure will make the headphones sound different (and they do sound different).
Also, in regards to the DT990... The headphones priced at 167 dollars are..imo, a bargain. I wouldn't agree that they're amazing headphones though. While they seem to have a lot of ups (sound stage, bass) they also have a lot of down sides and the frequency chart is awful looking. I would take the DT880s over the DT990s, but at the same time, they're more expensive than the DT990s.
For a reason.

Ahh right thanks for the info +rep.

I've have a look around and the DT880s are out of the price range unfortunately pricing at £200. Although found the DT990 PRO at £120.
Is there much difference between the 990s or the 990 PRO?
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In fact I might order the headphones tonight so I can get them by at least Tuesday.
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