questionsare the sennheiser hd555 professional headphones…

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I have a friend that is a tru audiophile, and he swears by their headphones. He owns 3 different sets, from a $99 in ear set to a $500 pro style set, and he loves them dearly.

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@woothulhu: does he say anything about the fit of the headset?

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YES, I love my HD555s!

Edit: Super comfy, I haven't tried on another headset that was as comfy as the HD555's

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The HD555 are great headphones, but they do have a narrower fit. I've know some people with larger heads have clamping issues. Sometimes they loosen up/become comfortable over time, sometimes not (though it's possible people have just given up too early). Great headphones overall though.

Honestly, if this is for your gaming setup, I think I'd recommend the AD700. Also a great product, they seem to be designed for a larger head (I've heard people with smaller heads complain they are too large), and an excellent product especially for gaming purposes where positional audio is important.

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Yes, they truly are outstanding quality. The bass is a little lacking, but it's not like you need every song to hit in your ear when you're sitting at your computer. One other thing people neglect to mention is the band is super stretchy, it fits over my hat with ease and I wear a size 7 3/8 hat, and the ear pieces can actually rotate 20-30 degrees due to the pliable construction which is nice if you have an off-kilter head (not saying I do) or if you accidentally step on them...

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The 555s are Sennheisers, so they have the senn death grip. They're also cheap plastic and will crack or shatter after a while.
For a pair that are actually built well I'd suggest the ATH-M50.

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I often swear by Sennheiser. I ended up getting a HD428S set as it was really cheap, but if I ever need a replacement I wouldn't hesitate for a second to get the 555s. Performance/price ratio is huge.

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Honestly, regardless of whether you need a microphone or not, the best gaming head sets are those built for gaming. I'd highly recommend these. I can only describe them as incredible for all games, but especially for FPS's. You'll have to look for yourself, but it's defiantly worth your time. http://www.psykoaudio.com/

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The Sennheissers 555 are really good, not their best, but very good. I used to write for an audio magazine as a reviewer in the UK and have listened to their top-of-the-line headphones as well (The Orpheus, with a matching tube amp for $50k-ish). Phenomenal. They know what they are doing.