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Ordered from Belgium. Will let people know if I get some kind of lovely expensive customs treatment. Also going to be comparing this to my HD558, not that I know what the hell I should be listening to (aka not an "audiophile").
Don't know about the customs issue, but you're going to need an amplifier to drive these K7XXs. I'd recommend a cheap amp/dac combo such as the fiio E7/E10 or the DACPort slim. If you're looking to spend a bit more a Schiit stack (Modi and Magni) or Objective DAC/amp combo will do great.
I've owned the HD598's (somewhat comparable to the 558's) and they're definitely very nice, comfy headphones. I'd say that the HD598's are less analytical than the AKG K701's which are somewhat comparable to the AKG K7XXs. The HD558 is a closed back which means you'll be in for a treat when you experience the sound stage of an open design. Even though the K7XXs are open, the bass boost should help with the lack of bass containment.
As far as musical genre goes, the 558's/598's are pretty good for all genres. The K701's absolutely excel for detail-listening, classical/orchestras, jazz, acoustic, but don't shine on processed music, such as electronic, pop. Additionally, analytical headphones such as these are ruthless with the recording quality of music. You hear everything: which is a double edged sword when it comes to listening for pleasure.
The HD558's will be great for a daily commute pair, and the AKGs can be your at home pair. I'm sure you'll enjoy the K7XX's with a proper set up!
HD558s are open back. Everything else you said was spot on.
Whoops. Guess the 598s and 558s aren't* much different!
Hehe, thanks! Don't worry, I've got everything I need for the K7xx incoming. And yes, as someone else said, HD558 is open-back, something I've grown to love. I mostly do gaming so I try to go for immersion and a big soundstage helps a lot with that. Closed back isolates better though (obviously).
I've heard mixed things about what 'they shine' in. I love all sorts of styles though, mainly EDM (no dubstep though) but also orchestral (especially videogame OSTs like Fallout).
I'm fine with the bass. I got used to it and bass usually drowns out itherparts of the song anyway so meh. Can't wait to get them though.
I hooked them to my E5 via SPDIF, then in SPDIF options I found a great Bass preset. That and some tweaking in E5 software makes it sound amazingly balanced.
Will the 32-bit DAC/Amp in my LG V10 be able to run this?
SABRE 9018 DAC (digital to analog converter)
SABRE 9602 Headphone Amplifier
From press release:
"dynamic range of up to 127dB and THD+N (total harmonic distortion plus noise) of -120dB."
not sure if any of was meaningful to you.
any smartphone can power it but you will have to crank up the volume and there will be distortion, it will definitely be a bottleneck. Doesn't have to be a crazy expensive amp but get something