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Just another buyer dropping in to react at how I can't believe these headphones were priced at $150. They've got my DT990s beat in clarity across all frequencies. For anyone who enjoys a V-shaped sound signature (which are great for listening to EDM and for gaming), this pair of headphones is an incredible outperformer at the $100-$200 price range.
thank you, needed to hear they are better than th dt990. How does the imaging and soundstage compare? Do you game? If so which are better for it.
I compared the HD 58X and the DT 990 on my Fiio e10k olympus 2 which additionally provides a warmer sound signature. I've owned my pair of HD 58Xs for 2 days and my DT 990s for almost 2 years, so the DT 990s have been much more worn in than the HD 58Xs.
The HD 58X has that signature Sennheiser 600 series sound to it which I would describe as precise and balanced. The DT 990 is brighter on the trebles and has more recessed mids in comparison. The warmer bass of the DT 990 is where it differentiates itself from the HD 58X; it gives the bass in any bass-heavy song or soundtrack more presence. I'd say that because I value clarity and comfort throughout a long listening period, the HD 58X has the DT 990 beat in imaging. Their soundstages are roughly similar. The DT 990 also has less clamping than the HD 58X and I feel like the DT 990 has a slight edge in the comfort department.
I play a variety of games including mobas, dungeon crawlers, brawlers, first person shooters, and 2d platformers. If you want precision and clarity from your headphones (i.e. for first person shooters and mobas where that precision can let you react slightly quicker to audio cues) and like a more balanced listening experience, go with the HD 58X. However, if bass is a very important part of your listening experience, the DT 990 has a much fuller (albeit less refined) sound (i.e. for single player adventure games like Hollow Knight and Destiny 2 where the bass-heavy soundtrack sets the ambience of the world).
If you aren't able to demo these two headphones on your own, you may be interested in checking out Z Review's sound demos on YouTube. He's done a sound demo for both of these headphones, so you can compare the diferences between the two headphones relative to your current pair of cans.
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For singleplayer games im actually using the m40x, dunno why i kinda enjoy them more than the dt990. But i play a lot of CSGO, so you know all i care is soundstage and imaging, which the dt990 are amazing at (yeah ive een called a cheater and been reported cause i hear way better). Im just curious if the hd58x are better at that than the 990, cause if yes i might even sell the 990. Only use i have from them now is to play csgo and maybe comfort over the m40x (hm5 pads but still), even music is more enjoyable on the m40x.
I'd say that the HD 58X is better than the DT 990 specifically for CS GO, but not by that much. I don't own a pair of M40Xs but I'd also say that the HD 58X is significantly better than the M50X (which I used previously) in clarity, sound signature, imaging, and sound stage. That might not be a fair comparison since that's comparing open back headphones to closed back headphones, but that's my opinion.
the m40x and m50x are quite a different set. The m40x are very neutral and natural sounding. Lately i noticed I prefeer closed back headphones for music sometimes. Anyway thanks for all the help
dt 990, hd 58x, and destiny 2 - this was the review I was looking for.