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Time to upgrade my Sennheiser 515's.

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Well, tax money will be here soon, and my wife is letting me upgrade my headphones, so long as I give her my Sennheiser HD 515's.

I've been looking at two headphones, but I want the best sound quality possible for under $300, so any recommendations are welcome:

UltraSone HFI-580

Sennheiser HD 598

Like I said, my limit is $300 for the headphones. I am rather new to the high quality audio stuff, but my 515's have given me a glimpse of what I have been missing, so I am eager to start getting really into the higher grade equipment.
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I only heard that Ultrasone years ago and very briefly so I won't comment on it (I barely remember it, to be honest) but I had the HD598s for a few weeks and really liked them.

Those two headphones are very different, the 580 is closed and will therefore be far superior when it comes to deep bass. Comparatively, the HD598 will sound like it has no bass if you're into electronic music, hip hop, etc. but if you listen to rock or even metal and almost any other genre, the HD598 will have more than enough bass. The quality of its bass is great, it just doesn't go low enough to capture the energy of extremely low synthesized bass notes. So I guess that's my recommendation, out of those two if you listen to rap or house or anything else with pounding bass, you'll be happier with the UltraSone's, otherwise if you really like your HD515s and want the expansive sound stage of open headphones get the HD598s. Both are really great headphones.
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