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Hey, so I'm planning to buy a pair of headphones in the $150 range, primarily for gaming and music, and was wondering what some pairs you guys would recommend. I've mainly been looking at the Sennheiser HD555's and Ultrasone HFI-580's, but I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
Edited by SUBZERO-08 - 4/14/11 at 4:12pm
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what kind of music do you mainly listen to? are you a basshead?
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Yeah, I guess most of the stuff I listen to has a fair bit of bass. Hip hop, techno, and indie stuff. I also want them to be comfortable and not too heavy for extended use.
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If you can get them for $150 the HD 595's are very hard to beat. I love mine to death, and the fact you don't need an amp for them is even better. The X-Fi drives them flawlessly. I have used an amp for mine and there is a difference, but not enough of one to justify the need for an amp.

Also The HD 380 Pro's are very good if you need a closed back set of cans, but I prefer open. Though you might not be able to find these for $150.

If you must, the HD 555's are excellent as well, but not as good as the 595's.

Sennheisers are by fare my favorite. I used to own the HD 600's and HD 650's but I always fall back to my 595's for my style of music (Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, etc.) as they are just freaking awesome blasting Nightwish, or Tristania. Not many can afford them, but the HD 800's are the "true" step above the 595's, to me they are dark, with excellent bass, something that the 600's and 650's lacked to me.

Anyways back on topic, if you can swing it get the 595's, I've seen them on Amazon for around $160 at times. I spent a fortune on mine when they first came out -near MSRP which is $300+ if I remember right.
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If you can get them for $150 the HD 595's are very hard to beat. I love mine to death, and the fact you don't need an amp for them is even better. The X-Fi drives them flawlessly. I have used an amp for mine and there is a difference, but not enough of one to justify the need for an amp.

Also The HD 380 Pro's are very good if you need a closed back set of cans, but I prefer open. Though you might not be able to find these for $150.

If you must, the HD 555's are excellent as well, but not as good as the 595's.

Sennheisers are by fare my favorite. I used to own the HD 600's and HD 650's but I always fall back to my 595's for my style of music (Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, etc.) as they are just freaking awesome blasting Nightwish, or Tristania. Not many can afford them, but the HD 800's are the "true" step above the 595's, to me they are dark, with excellent bass, something that the 600's and 650's lacked to me.

Anyways back on topic, if you can swing it get the 595's, I've seen them on Amazon for around $160 at times. I spent a fortune on mine when they first came out -near MSRP which is $300+ if I remember right.
Have you heard anything about the 555 to 595 mod? Is it anything like the actual 595's?
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Have you heard anything about the 555 to 595 mod? Is it anything like the actual 595's?
Yeah I have. And it's been proven the drivers are different. I was at a headphone/amp "fan club" meeting about a year ago (a bunch of sound geeks prettty much with too much money to blow on audio gear..) and I listened to a pair of "modded" 555's and I noticed the difference right away. Especially when both pairs are burned in. Out of the box it's harder to tell, but you still will notice the difference (again maybe some can't, I just have an extreme sensitivity to hearing - I can hear things that most people can't - we think it's due to a genetic disorder I have but were not sure.) but once burned in the difference is noticeable.
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Yeah I have. And it's been proven the drivers are different. I was at a headphone/amp "fan club" meeting about a year ago (a bunch of sound geeks prettty much with too much money to blow on audio gear..) and I listened to a pair of "modded" 555's and I noticed the difference right away. Especially when both pairs are burned in. Out of the box it's harder to tell, but you still will notice the difference (again maybe some can't, I just have an extreme sensitivity to hearing - I can hear things that most people can't - we think it's due to a genetic disorder I have but were not sure.) but once burned in the difference is noticeable.
Ah, I see. Thanks for the help.
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Ah, I see. Thanks for the help.
Oh if you can get them, get the 120ohm version of the 595's. An amp is recommended however.
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For those music genres, I find it very hard to recommend the HD555/595 because of the obvious lack of bass (I have owned an HD595). The Ultrasone HFI-580/DJ1 (non-Pro) and the PRO 550/DJ1 Pro are much better suited and actually are very good headphones. However, the Ultrasones' output effects can be different depending on the shape of your head, your ear but most importantly where you place the headphones. the Ultrasone S-Logic does work wonders for me though and makes music extremely enjoyable.
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