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[–] A6-EGO 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I was a speaker guy but I've been using headphones 90% of the time since I got my 598s a year ago. I do still like using speakers sometimes though since there are no comfort issues with them.

edit: I should add that when travelling my Etymotic HF5s are an absolute saviour (they are IEM) due to their noise isolation.

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[–] Atk0 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Have heard many good things about the 598s, would you say they need to be amped, and how is their base?

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[–] A6-EGO 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've been using them for a year just connected to my desktop, no need for an amp. The frequency response of the 598s is in general very flat with the bass being a bit subdued. Now this is something I love because it makes vocals significantly clearer, also in games and movies with a lot of explosions it makes them very comfortable to listen to as I find that when I use more bass heavy headphones my ears get uncomfortable very quickly.

If you want a lot of bass though or listen to a lot of rap for example where bass is a key part, they are probably not for you.

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[–] SolidBrowser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

In a car, there is something about tradition. My father, uncle, aunt, etc used to blast there music in their car and the bass aerated to the my back seat as it radiated the car.

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[–] Grind_Goddess 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I used to have an absolutely beautiful pair of Sennheiser headphones that I would listen to music on everyday but they broke about a year ago and I've been too broke to get a replacement. I've been listening on my Bluetooth speaker for the time being and it's not bad at all. I usually use FLAC but also have a decent collection of mp3@320.

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[–] Atk0 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

have a bluetooth speaker as well and am surprised by its quality. Sennheiser does seem to be both a popular brand here and on reddit headphones, have you looked into fixing your headphones? Supposedly they sell spare parts and can be quite reparable, though I have no experience with them myself

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[–] DrBunsen 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have a home cinema set I use for playback, but I will use my desktop speakers(some 20 euros logitech) just as often.

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[–] go1dfish 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No single solution.

Recently picked up a pair of AirPods and they are the most convenient and reliable bluetooth headset I've used. Before that I mostly ran with a Plantronics Backbeat Pro set that has great battery life and noise cancellation but sucks for device hopping.

For fidelity I generally go to sennheisers, I have a 7-8 year old pair of open-ear sennheisers that still sound amazing (with absolutely no noise muffling at all either way which can be good/bad) and another cheaper pair that have passive isolation as good as most active noise cancelling sets for when I'm recording with mics and need to listen to something in the process.

For speakers, well Klipsch was my go-to brand but It's time for me to get a good set and not sure what I will go with. I picked up an Amazon Echo recently and it's pretty impressive sound quality for how small and convenient it is.

So yeah, no one solution.

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[–] Atk0 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Are your open ear Sennheisers of the 580/600/650 variant by any chance? What sort of amp and/or dac if any do you use with them?

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[–] go1dfish 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

HD595

For the most part I plug them into a Shure USB mic preamp I have plugged into my desktop. But I plug them into various music gear at times as well. They get much louder than I'd ever want to put on my head, they double as crappy speakers in a pinch.

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[–] Crashmarik 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Back in the day I loved a Yamaha Amp connected to a pair of DAK 6 element 250 watt speakers, but time flies and things change. Now I get great sound out the midrange equipment you can hook up to any digital output.

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[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have a PA system in my house, there is no noise ordinance

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[–] Atk0 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Lucky neighbours! :P

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[–] DickHertz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

IEM rocks.

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[–] Atk0 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree, though I dislike cord noise when walking. Favourite model of iem?

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[–] DickHertz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Westone UM Pro 50. Cord noise is definitely a thing with cord bouncing around maybe due to the need for a perfect seal. Shure 535's sound good too but lack deep bass.

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