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Took back the shure 840's that I got for $90 used, they were like a vice grip of death with two bricks attached to the ear pieces. They are the heaviest headphones/headsets, I have ever had the displeasure of wearing.

Though reading around this is not news to anyone, and they are meant for studio wear, not extended periods of home listening. So I am out for comfort, which is what brought me to these two choices.

Priorities:
1 - comfort
2 - gaming
3 - music mostly metal, iron maiden/insomnium/dark tranquility/in flames/disarmonia mundi/tool etc(melodic and heavy metal)
4- movies

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1379211296&sr=8-2&keywords=hd598
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1379211364&sr=8-2&keywords=grado+sr80i

So they are basically the same price, the sennheiesers are $10 cheaper. Also open vs closed, I have no preference now. After using both closed and open within the same week I like both styles, so what ever has the better sound quality in this case I obviously want.
post #2 of 8
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http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-AMS-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/dp/B0011UB9CQ/ref=pd_cp_e_1

Those look comfortable aswell, or are the vice grip style?
post #3 of 8
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Come on ocn, don't hold out on me. Sound quality of the hd558's vs ath-m50's, GO.
post #4 of 8
Beyer are the most comfortable, so I'd say get those. Or you could try modding the Senn 558 to 598.

There are plenty of sound comparisons you can read for yourself
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I have 558's. They're awesome. Very light, comfortable padding, flat/open sound. I use them for music and gaming. I listen to the same kind of stuff. These headphones really shine if you have more acoustical music (if that makes sense). Country, classical, and jazz are more pronounced with these headphones. Not saying metal sounds bad on them by any means on them. I listen to a lot of Tool on them too (Ticks & Leech's, Parabola, Eulogy, Jambi all sound good tongue.gif)

That being said, I haven't tried those M50's. So I can't give you a comparison.
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I ordered the sennheiser 558's a few hours ago with two day shipping, looking forward to trying them. I know they probably wont sound as good as the shures for metal, but at this point I really don't care about the sound to much as long as they sound better than your run of the mill gaming head sets. All I want is comfort, and those sens look amazing.
post #7 of 8
Nice.

Gotta say, I love these headphones. I'm beyond addicted to them and yes, I use them on the go too.

People complain about sound leeks and open design for mobile use...

W.e. Just crank the tunes and force your superb taste in music into their ears. They'll appreciate it tongue.gif
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If comfort has been your most important thing all along, you should have gone for a http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRMA900-Over-Style-Headphones/dp/B007DCCK60/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379504774&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+ma900.

The MA900 has a very similar sound signature to the HD650 (less intimate mids though, as expected since the 650's mids are just heavenly), but with a soundstage that is close to the AKG Q701. So in terms of comparing to the HD558, what you get is a bump in ALL the ranges... even in the bass.

The comfort? I will gurantee you that no matter the headsize you have... the MA900 will dissapear after putting them on for 15 minutes. This has been something I've witnessed to everyone that I have recommended the MA900 to, as well as many other owners in head-fi can attest to the comfort on the MA900.

But since you already did order the HD558, I don't know if you'd want to replace it. If you can, go for it.
If not then the HD558 is no slouch either, a similar jack of all trades that doesn't excel much in anything but doesn't do anything bad either — that goes without saying, the comfort is sublime on the HD558 too.
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