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Ok so I am looking at getting my first high-quality can setup.

I was thinking the new 558's from Senn and a decent amp. I am a complete noob when it somes to audio equipment, all I use now are my 5.1 logitech speakers. Looking for some suggestions. Not sure about how much the amp is but I was thinking $250-$300 price range for everything total, though that number is open to change since I don't know much about amps.

Or

Do I not need an amp with the 558's? Are they good enough straight out the box?
Edited by Shrimpykins - 12/28/10 at 1:06pm
 
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music tastes? how do you intend to use them?
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music tastes? how do you intend to use them?
This. We can't give you a proper headphone suggestion unless you tell us the type of music you listen to. The Sennheiser HD555/595 and maybe even the HD558/598 are bass-light headphones catered towards acoustic and classical music. Most other genres need not apply.
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music tastes? how do you intend to use them?
That's a tough question.

I typically use a headset when I play online games with other people so I can communicate better with them.

I suppose these would be used for single player gaming as well as listening to music, of which, I listen to a variety of things. House/techno, Hip-hop, rock...

For instance: Deadmau5, Tiesto, Daft Punk, Zepp, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Bowie, Rolling Stones, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, etc...
 
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what's your current sound setup / soundcard?
What country are you in?
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what's your current sound setup / soundcard?
What country are you in?
US, no sound card, just onboard, using some Senn HD205's, was looking at getting a soundcard with the headphone purchase though.
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As stated above, Sennheiser are made more for light, acoustic, or classical music. They are monitoring headphones which are helpful when you want accurately produced sounds mainly used in recording studios/DJ'ing. I honestly don't know what everybody's love for them are (unless you do music editing or love classical music/jazz).

I would suggest going down to your local best buy and trying them out for yourself (they will let you demo them from the box).

We have the same taste in music and from the extensive research I've done, I'm going to be purchasing the Denon AH-D2000s. I've also heard great things about Beyerdynamic DT770/880, and Grado.
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post #8 of 8
What about Sennheiser HD600? I'm not sure if they fit in your budget though.
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