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04-29-06, 05:31 AM
Hello everyone.
I know, there is milion threads about hs for gamers, but i want to concentrate only on those models.
I hear Sennheiser's in the market - 555 are ok, but 595 are great! Price is higher and i'm not shure if its worh it.
I can buy BD 770Pro or 990Pro almost in the same price as 555's but i have no chance to find them in the local market.
I'm not shure that should be open or closed system headphons. I'm a gamer, i have got family, and when they sleep in other room, or my wife watching tv in the same room that i'm playing - i don't want to disturb them.
What do you think about it ?
Sennheisers are VERY comfortable... what about Beyerdynamics ? I got pretty big ears so i need comfortable headsets.

My previous was some wireless Senheisers (poor quality - broken all the time), Plantronics Audio 90, Medusa 5.1, Koss UR20, Steelsound 5H (too small!!!).

I really need experts advice (i mean users who using those headphones )

thank you,


04-29-06, 12:29 PM
I've got a pair of Sennheiser HD555's and they are awesome. Highly recommended. They are super comfortable and the sound is amazing. Best headphones I've ever used. As for the noise level to others...I'm not sure. They are an open design so other people can definately hear them when you're using them. I don't know. I guess it depends too on how loud you crank the volume when playing.

04-29-06, 08:24 PM
I own a pair of Sennheiser HD 590's I love them. I also highly recommend the Sennheiser brand. The make excellent products.

05-02-06, 03:08 PM
I use the HD 600's with a headphone amp. I tried a few other brands before buying this setup and I couldn't be happier. If you get the higher end model, you may want to look into a headphone amp. It'll really make them come alive. Good luck!

05-02-06, 06:37 PM
Well, he's using them with his computer so he shouldn't need an amp...I would think...especially with an X-Fi Fatal1ty. Maybe I'm wrong though...

05-02-06, 07:16 PM
Sure he doesn't need an amp, but it does add quite a bit to the experience. A good analogy I read somewhere was ..its like driving a corvette with a civic's engine. If you got about $200 to burn, just get one from a store with a return policy and give it a try.

05-02-06, 07:17 PM
yes, i'll be using them with x-fi fatality (front panel or not ?) and i will not be able to buy any external amp.
Beyerdynamics 770/990Pro are only 250ohm version, Sennheiser595 are 50 ohm version.
Hmmm... i have to decide before weekend ;)

greetings, and thanks for your advices


edit :

just both of my hdd's are broken... i lost all data... damn... brand new Samsungs... i think it time for Hitachi this time....

05-02-06, 07:55 PM
the 770pro are bass monsters, possibly the most bass u can get out of a can. Not saying that thats all they have, but they do sound good, just extend low and they need an amp. Not sure on the 990pros. I myself use sennheiser HD580's and Beyerdynamic DT258-80's for my main setup running off a pimeta amp hooked to my x-fi. I get good results with that on both phones. Not sure how far your willing to stretch your budget but I would say go with the HD595's, more refined than the HD555 sound and pretty easy to drive straight out of a soundcard. But Either way you can't go wrong. As for comfort the 595 should fit the bill, when i tried them they seem to float on my head, beyerdynamics are known to be vicegrips when you first get them, but they loosen over time to a more comfortable setting.

05-02-06, 08:05 PM
Sennheiser's HD series are extremely comfortable and surprisingly light. Some people are put off by the sound leakage that an open style headphone produces but the payoff is a more nature sound. If you are not going to use a headphone amp then the Sennheiser's with their lower impedence will be driven easier by your X-Fi soundcard.

05-02-06, 08:56 PM
Go with the senns 595. I have the 555's and they are fantastic.

05-02-06, 10:58 PM
Sure he doesn't need an amp, but it does add quite a bit to the experience. A good analogy I read somewhere was ..its like driving a corvette with a civic's engine. If you got about $200 to burn, just get one from a store with a return policy and give it a try.
I find it hard to believe that an amp would make any difference when being driven from the sound card. Sure if it was being used with a mp3 player it would make a HUGE difference...but from the sound card?... My HD555's are stunning from my X-Fi. It's unbelievable really. I guess I'm just sceptical. Maybe I should find an amp to try...

yes, i'll be using them with x-fi fatality (front panel or not ?) and i will not be able to buy any external amp.
Beyerdynamics 770/990Pro are only 250ohm version, Sennheiser595 are 50 ohm version.
Hmmm... i have to decide before weekend

greetings, and thanks for your advices


I would definately run them from the front panel of your X-Fi. You can set it so that as soon as you plug them into it, it automatically switches off the speakers. Also the volume knob is super handy. Oh and the plug on the HD555's (and I'd assume the 595's) is 1/4" which is the same as the headphone jack on the front panel. No adaptors needed.

05-07-06, 02:59 PM
OK! First - thank you for all yours advices .
I decide to buy Sennheiser HD 555's becouse i found one with sooo sweet price - half of regular HD 595 price!
They sould arrive on two days. (nana2)

thank you so much!



05-07-06, 03:43 PM
Sweet!! :thumbsup: You'll love them. Prepare to be blown away :D

05-08-06, 03:49 AM
I've got a pair of HD595's myself, well worth the money imo :)

05-09-06, 01:45 PM
I drive my 595s from my X-Fi, with a PocketAmp2 V2 ($50-60). There is a difference. Bass is a little punchier (but still a way off the 770s), and the mids/highs sound more pronounced. It's a subtle effect, but it's there. I wouldn't say that an amp is essential coming out of an X-Fi, but it's a nice little upgrade when you're ready to do so.

As for the 770s in games. I can't do it. Sure, they're closed, but that's the problem. Bass just booms with these cans. Great for bass-heavy music, but I find them a bit overpowering in games; maybe the compression of in-game sounds and music are to blame. I find that the 595s are more sound-effect friendly. A game like Dreamfall couldn't sound better with the 595s. OK... maybe with the 650s. :)


05-09-06, 02:51 PM
i need only 20 hours to get them in my hands :) i will verify it :) damn... hours of waiting..... (DHL is on the way lol!)



05-11-06, 04:28 AM
You will fall in love w/them. I got my HD555s for Christmas and gaming and watching dvds on the pc late at night has been ownage ever since.

07-19-06, 07:16 AM
Hah this is funny. I have done the most intensive and extensive research on headset/headphones for my pc (for gaming, music and films) the past 24 hours, reading through an enormous amount of material on the net. Reviews, user reviews, forum threads, everything. I have been considering many, many differnent headsets (Icemat Siberia, SteelSound 5H and a coupel of surround headsets), and ended up buying a surround headset that had got A LOT of good reviewers and users reactions. Biggest mistake ever. I don't wanna spend much more time on this but let's just say that surround headsets are just not ready, yet at least. Crappy quality with surround enabled and annoying hissing/noise on the line.

Anyway you can probably sense where I'm going and yes I have ended up with these two headsets as well. The Sennhesier HD 555 or HD 595. Actually the choice for me is right now between one of these two and the Sennheiser PC160 because it has the mic, but as for right now and leaning towards these highend and I'll just have to figure out a microphone solution later on.

Anyway questions is now: How loud is the sound coming out from the open headphones?

Also have anyone actually heard the quality difference between PC150 or PC160 and HD 555 or HD 595?

EDIT: Oh yeah and a suggestion for a mic would be nice too :)

07-19-06, 09:26 AM
It's really no comparison, the HD blows the 150, 160 out of the water. That being said, it's my PC 150 that is always hooked up to my PC. I would much prefer using the 150 with the built in mic then use the 580 and a stand alone mic. Only when I pop in a DVD so I plug in the 580.

07-19-06, 10:24 AM
Nah I also meant how much better the HD 595 is than the PC160 :)
Anyway I have already just decided.
Just ordered a Sennheiser HD 595 and a Logitech USB Desktop Microphone. I too was very sceptical about having an external mic initially, but I'm very convinced now. Try reading user reactions on that mic:


I'm pretty sure I made the right choice :D
It is certainly not be the best choice for everyone, but I have a sensitive ear for sound quality and I think I'll need that extra quality from the HD 595 compared to the PC160. Cheers :)

07-19-06, 11:52 AM
Yep, I was going to recommend that. I'm using my HD Senn's with a logitech desktop mic, because the compromise to go with a PC 160 set is HUGE. Listening to music on the 160's is tiresome and constricted. The 595's are an excellent set. I have tried the 555 set, and while I dont like the new look they also sound less natural.

07-19-06, 05:33 PM
Yeah it's gonna be sweet. It's actually the first piece of real highend audio periphiral I had ever bought! Sure my Audigy 2 ZS counts is creating the conditions for true quality audio playback, but I have always used cheap headsets or midrange surround speakers. Can't wait and I'm excited to see how well the mic works :D

07-21-06, 08:23 AM
gj. the sound coming out of open headphones is pretty loud but not disturbing to people in another room. not really "disturbing" at all but someone near you will be able to tell what your listening to on them. just make sure you don't start watching any porn with them on and think you're safe lol. :)

07-24-06, 12:13 PM

I have never heard such good sound in my entire life. Suddenly new nuances and details of otherwise familiar songs emerges and the bass i superb. God damnit, I can't believe I have spend my entire life being satisfied with anything less than this. My 150$ 7.1 surround speaker system from Creative can't touch these headphones. And to think I've bought hardware and graphicscard-upgrades for thousands of dollars the past 5 years and it never occured to me that 150$ high definition headphones from Sennheiser could improve my overall PC experience so much. I haven't even tried the surround capabilities out in games and films but the music alone is all worth it, and I've heard great things about the gaming capabilities of these headphones as well. Can't wait to try them out in all my games, especially the THX certified ones. To everyone out there that doesn't own Sennheiser HD headphones and have never tried one either, don't hesitate to make this your next purchase of any kind (food and clothing excused). I had heard very good things about the HD 595 but they totally blows my mind and exceed my expectations anyway!

Man am I happy right now (nana2) :jumping: (nana2)

07-24-06, 12:48 PM
I just upgraded from the 555's :D I have the 595's and I say it was worth it :)