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My sennheiser 555s finally cracked on the headband and its time for a new pair. I really enjoyed them and have used them for several years. I'm open to just getting a new pair of the 558s but before I take the leap i wanted to see if OCN had other suggestions for me first.

I use them for gaming and thats it. I like open style since i game for hours at a time and closed cans make my ears sweaty.

Although i game only i prefer hi-fi headphones as the gaming headphones never carry the same soundstage in my experiences.

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Ignoring the Sennheiser headset department momentarily, 598's have taken a big tumble on Amazon down to the same price as 558's. I am a big Sennheiser fan, but you may want to at least look at the Beyerdynamic 990DT-Pro 250 if gaming is your only concern. The Beyer 990's have a reputation for being shrill, and it is deserved. However, I found it to be a non-issue during gaming and completely controllable if you have an equalizer at your disposal. I have far superior headphones down the hall in the living room, but I still enjoy the 990's for gaming. They are revealing, very comfortable to wear, and reasonable to drive. If you play a lot of games with were the soundtrack is the key point of emphasis, I would stay with the Sennheiser family.

The AKG family is out there as well, but it may stretch the budget slightly. I am not a fan of the collapsible headband system, so that one is a no go for me.

If you do like Sennheiser, it might be worth a look at the G4ME headsets if the microphone is an asset to you. For game purposes, they will be very similar in sound to the 558/598's. My PC 360's are still the best soundstage headphones for gaming I have used. Everything always blends so well. No unnatural sounds or out of place effects that I've encountered while trying to use elite level headphones for gaming.
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Shame you missed the black friday sales, 598's were going for $99 on Amazon.

I personally love my Superlux HD 681 EVO, only cost $45 and they sound just as good as my 598's imo.
    
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