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I could care less about other people hearing the sound, not my problem. They do look very comfortable, but they seem to be priced arrounf $180 currently. I may consider it but the extra price better be well worth it.
Could you please explain the mod you are talking about? Why would I want to mod such expensive headphones?

There is a mod where you just remove two pieces of foam sticker from the grill. this basically makes it 99% the same as it's bigger brother - the HD598. The only difference is the housing and the grill holes.
There was this same mod for the last generation HD555 to HD595 mod, except that mod was 100% the same (with the exception of the leather headband). It's an extremely easy mod that takes a few minutes and can always be redone if you have any warranty issues.

As for the price, I paid $130 shipped bnib for mine. That was from headfi but I'm sure there are often sales and such.

In terms of comfort, I've had mine for ever a year now and I still keep trying to walk away from my computer with them still on. Other headphones I've owned in the past (like the m50) have been uncomfortable in the summer due to the pleather pads. The HD558 have super nice velour pads and I have no issues with them.

There are many other good headphones that will meet your needs so I'll let others chime in on those. Simca has a great guide on OCN that I would check out.
 
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After some extensive research of the HD558/HD598 I think either of them look like a good choice.

One thing I had questions about was is an AMP needes with a Titanium HD? I know they have replacable OP-Amps, though I wouldent even know where to begin with that let alone what they are. I know I could easily replace them but I wouldent know what to replace them with.
Edited by Shaded War - 12/12/12 at 2:34am
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I find that the HD 558's are too thin sounding, the soundstage and mids are alright, it also seems to lack detail compared to my DT990 but bear in mind that the DT 990 is ver sibilant, you could try getting the DT990 pro which goes for about the 150ish mark I find it to be a more fun phone to listen to than the HD558.
P.s I have removed the foam on my HD558, they do sound more open than the DT990 pro but the DT990 pro is pretty open and airy as well but where the DT990 is alot better is at the bass, It does not extend very low but its plentiful, some find it to be a bit boomy but I kind of like it.

Also you might want to give the Hifiman He-300 I heard that it has a very warm sound, I haven't heard it so I can't vouch for it but I'd go for it just for that sexy box.
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After some extensive research of the HD558/HD598 I think either of them look like a good choice.
One thing I had questions about was is an AMP needes with a Titanium HD? I know they have replacable OP-Amps, though I wouldent even know where to begin with that let alone what they are. I know I could easily replace them but I wouldent know what to replace them with.

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I don't really know much about Gaming Head phones (My Plantronics Headphones are CRAP!), but i know about regular good bass headphones. And i would recommend the SONY XB-800's I have the XB-600 and they are the best things that i ever bought, I work at fry's electronics so my discount was 40$ off the 100$ headphones, so it was well worth it (for the price)... The XB-800's go for about 159$ retail price and the reviews on them have been outstanding. If you can get an external MIC. Then they would be the right choice IMO... I use my webcam's mic while i am playing games with my friends online.. my Xb-600 out-puts very good sound and Awesome bass too smile.gif
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I don't really know much about Gaming Head phones (My Plantronics Headphones are CRAP!), but i know about regular good bass headphones. And i would recommend the SONY XB-800's I have the XB-600 and they are the best things that i ever bought, I work at fry's electronics so my discount was 40$ off the 100$ headphones, so it was well worth it (for the price)... The XB-800's go for about 159$ retail price and the reviews on them have been outstanding. If you can get an external MIC. Then they would be the right choice IMO... I use my webcam's mic while i am playing games with my friends online.. my Xb-600 out-puts very good sound and Awesome bass too smile.gif

I wasnt really looking for the Xtra Base models. I did consider them a while back but decided against it. Also, I am currently using a Plantronics set because my Pro 550's didnt work out. I know what you mean.
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Consider the Audio Technica A900s.

Consider re-ordering another pair of Ultrasone Pro 550s. Did you order them new or used? If used would be hilarious if someone put fakes in there or took out the driver.

For 200 and being very lucky the Denon D2000 (used)

For 250 consider the HE-300s.

I wouldn't say the HD558s are enjoyably bassy by any means.

Also, I wouldn't say the HD558s can be modded to HD598s. Treble will always be better on the 598s. The mod also doesn't make the soundstage pleasurable on the 558s. I don't like modded 558s as far as foam mod goes.
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Consider the Audio Technica A900s.
Consider re-ordering another pair of Ultrasone Pro 550s. Did you order them new or used? If used would be hilarious if someone put fakes in there or took out the driver.
For 200 and being very lucky the Denon D2000 (used)
For 250 consider the HE-300s.
I wouldn't say the HD558s are enjoyably bassy by any means.
Also, I wouldn't say the HD558s can be modded to HD598s. Treble will always be better on the 598s. The mod also doesn't make the soundstage pleasurable on the 558s. I don't like modded 558s as far as foam mod goes.

I bought them new directly from Amazon. I did notice there was no seals or tape that would show weather or not the product was tampered with. When I opened the shipping box, the top of the headphone box was slightly opened. I think that was from being tossed arround during shipping, but I have no real way of knowing. All I know for sure is the sound was terrible and I dont think you would have recomended them if you tried that specific pair. I would compare the quality to $5 walmart earbuds, possibly worse.

I may consider reordering them, but as of now I am quite dissappointed with Ultrasone.
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ATH-M50 for $120 once prices go back to normal value on Amazon, $124 on BH. Wouldn't touch Sony XB-xxx for your purposes, handled the XB-800s at Bestbuy recently, didn't enjoy the craftsmanship, didn't test for hygiene and purely the source that they put with their display stuff.

ATH-A700X is another consideration, lighter than the A900s and relative (loosely used) similar performance for longer sessions, 900Xs aren't a bad choice in it of themselves. All these can be driven alright without an amp.

Would spring for the HD558 over HD598 if they were in your consideration.
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After recieving a bad pair of headphones (the Ultrasone Pro 550), I am looking for a different set.
Budget is $150 USD. Seems like I would have to increase my budget so $200 is really the max I want to go, however anything is pissible if I could justify the price.
Use for 90% gaming, the rest movies, youtube, and music. Primarily FPS games but some RPGs such as Fallout, Skyrim, ect..
I already have a Creative Sound Blaster x-fi Titanium HD.
I prefer headphones that do not require an amp.
Also, prefer closed headset unlike the Audio Technica 700.

Are you looking for a gaming headset, or a headphone? Either way i would go with the sennheiser, the build quality is superior to almost any other brand, and they have a fantastic warranty. No matter what stay away from astro, i have had 2 pairs break, and the support is horrid! Also i personal prefer open headphones, because pressure does not build inside of the cups, and i have not experienced and disruption because they exert noise/vibrations form the cup blocking any noise entering. The only time i would not go with open headphones is if i want hot ears, and don't want to disturb the 0 other people in the room with me when i game. I hope this helps, and i hope you go with sennheiser tongue.gif
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