- Oct 25, 2017
I'm confused by your post. You started off saying that the bass of the 598 is too uncontrolled and too much, even though to my ears it's pretty close to neutral in the bass department. Moreover, you'd like to buy the 58X which definitely is a bit bassier even though you complained about the bass being too much on the 598. You're also stepping down in Soundstage, as the 58X is a bit narrower sounding than the 598. With that being said if you truly desire a more visceral bass response you'll usually have to trade off either Soundstage, or mid-range accuracy due to mid bass bleed, or both.Trying to decide between the HD 58X or another headphone. Its cheap on Massdrop and I'm having a tough time not pulling the trigger.
I currently own a pair of AKG Q701s and HD 598s.
Overall, I prefer my AKG Q701s, largely for the bigger sound stage, clearer sound, and all around more detail. I feel the bass on the HD 598 is a bit uncontrolled, even if its more present than on the Q701s.
I originally bought my Q701s for gaming, but fell in love with them for orchestrated film scores, jazz, classical, classic rock, and anything vocal heavy. However, I'm starting to branch out a bit more and have started to listen to some EDM and hip hop and found them leaving much to be desired in these genres. Mostly the lack of bass and impact. Would the HD 58X be a good choice for this genre? I've read they've got plenty more bass and impact over the HD 598s and people have recommended them.