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AD700's vs HD555's -- how do they fare for gaming?
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AD700 have better sound stage and are more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by thiru View Post
AD700 have better sound stage and are more comfortable.
These series cans lack seriously in bass impact departement.

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For gaming I would go with a semi-closed design like DT880's...
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The HD 595s are not just the same as the 555s they include a revision to the magnet angle that was implemented by sennheiser maybe 1 or 2 years ago. Regardless, as you have finally realized that you require some higher quality headphones, i suspect you are probably of a discerning type.

I own the HD595s and i can tell you that the sound staging and the slightly higher-than-normal impedance offered really make them stand out. While they will work on ipods, an ipod is unfortunately not enough to drive them to their fullest. They have an impedance of about 50Ω, this is higher than other low-quality main-stream headphones that cater to the needs of people planning on using them on ipods only. The components in these cheaper headphones are therefore of a low build quality, since logically they do not require much power to drive them(the resistance offered by an ipod is 32Ω).

The manufacturers considered that those who would be buying these headphones would most probably run them off an externally powered amp of some kind(sound card etc). It is when this is achieved that the headphones really come alive. Do not fall prey to those who judge headphones based off ipod usage, it is an injustice to the manufacturers and the readers.

it therefore becomes important that you understand how these headphones will benefit from your sound card(i see that you are equipped with one).



As for the sound, perhaps you will recognize the importance of a reference sound when dealing with such headphones. Too many times will one see headphone manufacturers boosting the bass or tweaking the mids to produce a "bouncy", "elated" tone, something to be avoided at all costs. Why? you ask, maybe you want your bass to resonate louder? Unfortunately, since your output and input frequencies will not match(not including the ipods and the plethora of headphones that are produced to match that output frequency) your bass will be thrown into some kind of a hellish booming.
Consequently, you will find that as headphones increase in quality, the sound produced is closer and closer to a reference one. I believe that for the price, Sennheiser has delivered a pair of headphones that strive for this ideal appropriately. Very rarely can one argue with German engineering.


Hope this has helped in some way.
Edited by Razultull - 1/19/11 at 11:31am
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post #26 of 26
I've owned the 595's before, they are comfortable but don't sound much better than 555's. Both do not benefit from amping. I'd side with the ppl telling you go for the AD700, the 555/595 are clear but they lack soundstage.
    
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