Cons:Fragile construction, a bit bulky, and slight bleed from headphone to microphone in broadcast applications
The Bottom Line: The best headphones around for the audiophile on a budget
If it sounds better than these headphones, then it's live! I've been in broadcasting for 10 years, and you can't beat Sennheiser quality and comfort. These can be worn for hours on end with no fatigue or soreness. My previous cans were some old Sony's I bought when I started college radio. They were cheap, and I didn't know better.
Nine years later, the Sony's finally died. Durable, but mediocre sound, and uncomfortable. I had experienced some superlightweight Sennheisers working at NPR, but they had been discontinued.
I purchased my first set of 590's as a display unit at a Good Guys store in Las Vegas. Big mistake. They blew out, but mercifully I got a refund towards a new set when I found that all the headphones on the rack had subsequently blown.
$279 was what I paid for these, until I did some hunting on eBay. I returned the second pair after finding them for only $146 + shipping on eBay. What a deal!
This series does take a while to break in, but it's easy to get around this. Just plug your pair into an FM tuner and set to medium volume. I broke mine in this way for 12 hours.
Two drawbacks: Fragile! You can break these easily. And there's a bit of bleed from the earphone that can transfer to a mic. But if you're not doing radio or club DJ'ing, you shouldn't have a problem with this. Get them!