Originally Posted by Ant Del Priore
Well I've actually downloaded an app to play them since I did not want to convert to ALAC files. I'm using an app ironically named "FLAC Player".
And from reading the 2 links you left I certainly would have gone for the HD650 but if I were to spend that much on headphones the nagging from my gf would be louder than I could ever get any pair of headphones lol.
That's how I wound up at the HD598's. Just at my budget and I haven't read anything bad about them.
But here's a checklist of what I'm looking for and maybe it will be more helpful
1) I need to be able to commute with them. My commute isn't loud for most of my trip except the 10 minutes I'm on a train so I don't need noise canceling.
2) I want them to be good for home use as well (why spend so much if I can't use them everywhere?)
3) i'm not concerned with other people hearing my music. I live in NYC so if I'm not listening to mine chances are I can hear somebody else's.
4) I don't mind buying a portable amp. I've been looking at the Fiio ones and they have caught my eye.
5) I want to be able to listen to a variety of types of music
6) I would LOVE some bass as long as it doesn't overpower everything.
7) I want them to be comfy. My commute is about 3 hours (both ways)
I appreciate all the feedback you guys are giving, thanks
And I cannot stress the merits of closed-back headphones enough here; trust me on this, open-back headphones are no good if you're going outside. This is not the same thing as noise-canceling (I feel like we're talking in circles! If you really just want the HD 598, buy them; don't bother asking for advice).
Regarding the other points:
- The HD 595 and 598 (or many other open-backed headphones) do not have very much in the way of "bass impact."
- Using headphones to "block" external noise is a sure-fire way to damage your hearing.
- You do not need any sort of fancy audiophile gadgets to use a pair of headphones; nor are headphones restricted to a single "type" of music. There are, however, headphones designed for home or studio use, and headphones designed for mobile use. The HD 598 are not in the mobile category. They are not designed nor suitable for such an application. Examples of Sennheiser headphones that would be suitable for mobile use would be the HD 280 and 380, or the IE8.
As I've said a few times now - you're looking at the wrong part to satisfy your requirements; if you don't care and just want to buy it, then buy it.
Other products that I would legitimately consider will almost universally be labeled "Studio Monitor" or something along those lines, and will be closed-back headphones designed to stand-up to traveling abuse and constant wear and tear. Such as the Beyerdyanmic DT770, Sony MDR-V6, or Koss DJ100.
None of this requires any sort of "magic box" to work; just like your speakers at home do not require a "magic box" to work - they just require a suitable amplifier. The advantage here is, your iPhone, or iPod, or Walkman, or whatever, happens to have an amplifier inside it. So unless you've picked up a very high impedance set of Beyerdynamic or Sennheiser headphones (like the DT990-600 or HD 650) you won't have any problems; and I'm not suggesting you go pick up one of those sets, neither are the manufacturers (as those products target users who have access to mains AC and are plugging into things like mixing boards or AVRs).