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Well I've been reading reviews and these seem to be excellent. I can get them for $180 on Amazon brand new.

Now keep in mind I have a pair of Bose TriPorts and LOVE them. The reason why I figure I'll get another pair of cans is due to the fact I want to use my TriPorts with my cell phone. I just ordered a replacement pair of cushions since one of mine ripped on the Bose so I figure while I do that I'll get another pair of somthing.

I listen to Classical/Metal/Pop/Rock. Everything from extremely high pop to very low bass basically. My TriPorts never have let me down on that.

People keep telling me I should try a pair of Senn's so I figure why not. I know for a fact I want atleast the HD 595's. If I'm going to make the move I'm going to step up not down.

Does anyone have these? I'd like some opinions.

I was also looking at the HD 600's are those really worth the extra $120 or so?

Any reviews, tips, hints, etc is appreciated. This is the time you people can convince me to try somthing other than Bose .

Edit: From what I've read the HD 595's don't need an AMP. And that is a big plus. What ever I choose will be directly hooked up to the sound card which is an X-Fi plat.
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Originally Posted by MrSpock2002 View Post
Well I've been reading reviews and these seem to be excellent. I can get them for $180 on Amazon brand new.

Now keep in mind I have a pair of Bose TriPorts and LOVE them. The reason why I figure I'll get another pair of cans is due to the fact I want to use my TriPorts with my cell phone. I just ordered a replacement pair of cushions since one of mine ripped on the Bose so I figure while I do that I'll get another pair of somthing.

I listen to Classical/Metal/Pop/Rock. Everything from extremely high pop to very low bass basically. My TriPorts never have let me down on that.

People keep telling me I should try a pair of Senn's so I figure why not. I know for a fact I want atleast the HD 595's. If I'm going to make the move I'm going to step up not down.

Does anyone have these? I'd like some opinions.

I was also looking at the HD 600's are those really worth the extra $120 or so?

Any reviews, tips, hints, etc is appreciated. This is the time you people can convince me to try somthing other than Bose .

Edit: From what I've read the HD 595's don't need an AMP. And that is a big plus. What ever I choose will be directly hooked up to the sound card which is an X-Fi plat.
I'd look around and try to nab a pair of HD580s. They're functionally close to identical to the HD600s, which was more of a cosmetic update than anything, and sound a lot better than the HD595s imo. They really deserve an amp, and will sound a lot better with one, but I don't think you'll be let down straight from the X-Fi either.

I got mine for $150, you can find them for about $150-175 pretty easily. Not new, though, they're discontinued.

Grado SR225s are another alternative, probably not as good as the Senns for the classical, but probably a better match for the rock. They're more aggressive and punchy, while the Senns are typically more laid back and smooth.
Edited by Namrac - 6/21/08 at 5:44pm
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I'd look around and try to nab a pair of HD580s. They're functionally close to identical to the HD600s, which was more of a cosmetic update than anything, and sound a lot better than the HD595s imo. They really deserve an amp, and will sound a lot better with one, but I don't think you'll be let down straight from the X-Fi either.

I got mine for $150, you can find them for about $150-175 pretty easily. Not new, though, they're discontinued.

Grado SR225s are another alternative, probably not as good as the Senns for the classical, but probably a better match for the rock. They're more aggressive and punchy, while the Senns are typically more laid back and smooth.
Thanks for the info!

Is this a good amp to drive them?


or

http://cgi.ebay.com/Portable-Headpho...QQcmdZViewItem

or

http://cgi.ebay.com/HI-FI-Stereo-Hea...QQcmdZViewItem

or... lol

http://cgi.ebay.com/Biosciencegeek-H...QQcmdZViewItem
Edited by MrSpock2002 - 6/21/08 at 6:51pm
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I am not particularly informed as to what headphones and amps perform the best for a person's particular needs but I can vouch that the Senn HD580s are really nice cans. I bought a pair of them about six months ago and I love them. However if you don't have an amp you will be missing out. I do not have an amp yet and I can tell while listening to the HD580s that one is needed. The bass is weak and muddy at low volumes and even the mid ranges and highs would benefit from an amp. With that said I will leave this thread to the headphone pros.
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OK... after much reading, and pm's (thanks )

I think I've narrowed things down to:

Headphones:


Amp:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Biosciencegeek-H...QQcmdZViewItem

Cable (is a 25 dollar cable really better than this?):
http://cgi.ebay.com/18-Cable-for-Hea...QQcmdZViewItem
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You do have options beyond Sennheiser. Grado, as mentioned by Nammy, is very solid (for more than just rock as well) and does not require an amp to be driven properly or to see the true benefits of the headphone. An amp will help, but not in the sense that an unamped Grado is severely lacking in any particular area. SR225 is the true sweet spot for both value and performance in Grado's current lineup.

That being said, Sennheiser is still very good. I too would recommend HD580's, and for an amp selection take a look at the line of amps in the Little Dot family (II, II+, II++, MKII-IV). All of these will work very well with HD595's, 580's, or 600's, the only choice you would need to make is how much you're willing to spend.

I might also mention a source upgrade, but that depends on just how far you are willing to go for sound.
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You do have options beyond Sennheiser. Grado, as mentioned by Nammy, is very solid (for more than just rock as well) and does not require an amp to be driven properly or to see the true benefits of the headphone. An amp will help, but not in the sense that an unamped Grado is severely lacking in any particular area. SR225 is the true sweet spot for both value and performance in Grado's current lineup.

That being said, Sennheiser is still very good. I too would recommend HD580's, and for an amp selection take a look at the line of amps in the Little Dot family (II, II+, II++, MKII-IV). All of these will work very well with HD595's, 580's, or 600's, the only choice you would need to make is how much you're willing to spend.

I might also mention a source upgrade, but that depends on just how far you are willing to go for sound.
The only Little Dot I see that's not a tube amp is this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Portable-Headpho...QQcmdZViewItem

Would that be better than the cMoy amp? I enjoy quality music and am pretty happy with my TriPorts but want to try somthing different.

I'm pretty set on the HD's that I have picked out. I dont have expensive stereo equipment, and don't want it. My X Fi is fine for me. But even with my TriPorts (I max out the volume totally) I'd like more volume.

+ Rep to you all btw.
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for an entry I'd get HD595's. They do not need an amp (although will sound better with a good amp) Hd580/HD600's will need an amp to really sound good. One positive though is that they will scale with your system as it gets better.
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for an entry I'd get HD595's. They do not need an amp (although will sound better with a good amp) Hd580/HD600's will need an amp to really sound good. One positive though is that they will scale with your system as it gets better.
THe HD 580's are really THAT MUCH better?

For now I was going to get a cmoy amp. I know there are better, almost wanted the Little Dot MK1 but just can't swing it.
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If it were me doing the buying, I would spring for the HD580s now and save up for a better amp and forgo the cMoy. Although, initially they won't sound as good as the HD595s while unamped, you'll save yourself the headache of having to buy/sell headphones/amps down the road by doing it right the first time.

You might not think you'll want to upgrade, but once you hear how good they sound it is only the tip of the iceberg for most people.

What is your budget for an amp? I'll be going with tubes shortly and probably will part ways with my mini^3. I could let it go for a reasonable price.
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