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First posted this as a review but then realized it wasn't necessarily "fair" as a review. Looking for feedback. Thanks!
These sounded great right away and the comfort was amazing. While it probably looked a little weird, I couldn't not take these to work and enjoy them (thankfully my office is a little secluded). Almost everything I threw at these sounded great. I have a simple Fiio amp and found that these don't need any EQ at all. If I added some bass it was a bit muddy. Without it, just right. Perfect is probably the word.
My other headphones are the Bose QC 25. I primarily use those for watching movies on flights. I wanted to compare how much better the Senneheisers were to the Bose, as it had been some time since I had used them just for music (and not on a plane). I wanted to hear the difference. I used several hi-resolution sources.
I didn't hear a difference.
The Bose might have been a tiny bit better, even (with noise cancelling on, of course). Maybe that's blasphemous here. Maybe it's my aging ears. Don't know. I would never have said this about the QC 15, but Bose did advance the sound quality with the 25, for my ears at least. What I hear on the HD 58X does sound great, but I didn't spend $150 for headphones that sound no better than a pair I already have.
Can it be better? I'm new to Sennheiser, but I understand these can be modded. And I am a believer in burn-in (a friend of mine who does audio mastering in Hollywood says his company burns in their cans, so that's good enough for me). Maybe they need a little more time? Or just maybe the sound quality of the QC 25 are better than I realized.
Before I post them on eBay, I'm happy to tweak...or wait. I don't think a good headphone amp is the answer, because if un-amped Bose sounds good too, then with an amp would be just as improved and once again I'm not trying to find parity with what I already have. I could go for the HD 6XX, which OUGHT to be noticeably better, but then I would definitely need an amp and then I'm in $300 or more instead of a modest $150.
Take the QC25s, put them in your closet for 2 weeks. Use the 58x as your dedicated headphones during the entire time. Go back to the QC25s. If you don't feel compelled to keep the 58x, then sell them. Audio is subjective. Don't feel bad for not hearing the difference. It's all a matter of personal taste. It's worth mentioning that the QC25s were originally a $300 pair of headphones, so of course they're not going to sound bad when referenced against another leading class pair.
Good perspective. Thanks!
I agree with putting your QCs away for 2 weeks. I didn’t like my Jubilee the first day but three weeks later and its hard to listen to other headphones.
Might help if I mention the Jubilees have been my sole headphones since receiving them on Sept. 18th. But I'll certainly dedicate more time and music to them.
I also can’t tell you how much an amp makes a difference. I found a cheap one on eBay
Any and all recommendations welcome. I would love to try a tube amp, but those are obviously not as portable. Whatever you got...
If you’re going for portable it would be the FiiO Q1 Mark II. I need to get me one those too
I was going to order one of these but found that it was designed for Apple products and that android users found it to drain battery. Do you have any other recommendations?