I've been a long time lurker and connoisseur of low-mid ranged closed supra aural headphones (think ~$300 or less). I'm finally interested in taking the plunge into the open around-ear headphone arena, and I'm looking for a good starting point. Here's what I'm looking for:
- Budget - $400 or less
- High detail, expansive soundstage
- Warm sounding, well-presented bass/sub-bass.
- Amplifier if necessary (haven't needed one yet). They will be used exclusively on my desktop PC.
The Sennheiser HD650 sounds perfect for what I'm looking for, but unfortunately it's slightly out of my grasp price-wise, and from what I've been reading it sounds like I'd probably also need to spend money on an amp to power it. My question is this: Are there any open cans out there that sound similar to the HD650s that would fit the budget? Would it be recommended to give the HE-400s a shot?
A second, slightly-related question: Does anyone know of any nice audio stores that I could go to to audition some of the higher-end headphones out there? I live in the Milwaukee area and haven't had any luck here (but I could be missing something). I'd be willing to drive down to Chicago if necessary.
Thanks in advance!
If you're willing to compromise on the bass, the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 is great choice for just over $200. It does not require an amp, which you will need to get the most out of the HD 650 or HE 400. It has a bigger sound stage than both the Senn & HifiMan.
You might want to check this out (which discusses all three cans):
Edited by KG Jag - 1/16/13 at 11:14pm