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The HE 400 is clearer than the Senn siblings, the HD 600 & 650, but it also messes with the mids where vocals live.  You may or may not like that coloration.

 

The more expensive HE 500 enhances the clarity of the HE 400 and loses the coloration.

Do planar magnetic headphones need a special amplifier like electrostatics do?

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The HE 400 is clearer than the Senn siblings, the HD 600 & 650, but it also messes with the mids where vocals live.  You may or may not like that coloration.

 

The more expensive HE 500 enhances the clarity of the HE 400 and loses the coloration.

Do planar magnetic headphones need a special amplifier like electrostatics do?


No--and the HE 400 is not that difficult to drive well.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The HE 400 is clearer than the Senn siblings, the HD 600 & 650, but it also messes with the mids where vocals live.  You may or may not like that coloration.

 

The more expensive HE 500 enhances the clarity of the HE 400 and loses the coloration.

Do planar magnetic headphones need a special amplifier like electrostatics do?


No--and the HE 400 is not that difficult to drive well.

Ah okay, cool, that's good to know then. If someone brings an HE-500 to the next local Head-Fi meet, I'll give them a good listen and try to scale it down if I were to get an HE-400.

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Ah okay, cool, that's good to know then. If someone brings an HE-500 to the next local Head-Fi meet, I'll give them a good listen and try to scale it down if I were to get an HE-400.

 

Yes like KG said, no special amp needed to drive orthodynamic headphones, it can be driven by any amps that can deliver more current

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Ah okay, cool, that's good to know then. If someone brings an HE-500 to the next local Head-Fi meet, I'll give them a good listen and try to scale it down if I were to get an HE-400.

 

Yes like KG said, no special amp needed to drive orthodynamic headphones, it can be driven by any amps that can deliver more current

I have an O2, and from initial readings, that seems to be fine with the HE-400, yay.

 

I actually did get the chance to try the HE-400's at a Head-Fi meet last year, back when the HE-400 was relatively new...but that was before I started to critically listen to headphones. *sigh*

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I have an O2, and from initial readings, that seems to be fine with the HE-400, yay.

 

I actually did get the chance to try the HE-400's at a Head-Fi meet last year, back when the HE-400 was relatively new...but that was before I started to critically listen to headphones. *sigh*

 

The O2 will sufficient for HE-500 especially for the HE-400, it comes down to you own preferences because both HE-400 and HE-500 is quite different in terms of soundsign yet both is in the same area which is a warm headphones. redface.gif

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Hi, first post.

 

I have a choice of Sennheiser HD449, PX360, HD518 and HD558 headphones. Which one is best? I'll be using it through a techincs amp and iphone. My main listening use would be for hard rock, thrash metal, grunge etc. with some little use for hip-hop, gaming, techno/electronic, movies etc. I would also like them to be comfortable for extended periods (maybe 2-3 hours or longer). I have fairly small ears and my old sony mdr-cd100 make my ears (the actual ear on my head, not eardrum) uncomfortable and a little sore after a while.

post #25568 of 29491
Hello,

I am Seeking your help and advice about buying headphones using the following parameters:

Budget -200-250 $
ON EAR headphones
Comfortable headset for continuous use (I have a big head, not heating up fast)
Mainly for domestic use - Music / Movies from my PC, TV
Without the need for an amplifier.
Emphasis on sound quality

What do you recommend buying ?


Up till now was using Sennheiser HD 590 headphones which recently broke down

Thanks in advance for your help

Blix
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Hello,

I am Seeking your help and advice about buying headphones using the following parameters:

Budget -200-250 $
ON EAR headphones
Comfortable headset for continuous use (I have a big head, not heating up fast)
Mainly for domestic use - Music / Movies from my PC, TV
Without the need for an amplifier.
Emphasis on sound quality

What do you recommend buying ?


Up till now was using Sennheiser HD 590 headphones which recently broke down

Thanks in advance for your help

Blix

 

 

Thanks for the details, but the list is still too broad. Could we get what sort of genres you listen to? Can they be open? What is your source?

post #25570 of 29491
Music - Rock , Pop
It can be open.
Mostly the one requirement is that they won't need an amplifier. I connect them to my pc or phone
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Music - Rock , Pop
It can be open.
Mostly the one requirement is that they won't need an amplifier. I connect them to my pc or phone


What sound signature are you seeking?  As we see everyday on this thread "sound quality" means very different things to different people.

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Hi, first post.

 

I have a choice of Sennheiser HD449, PX360, HD518 and HD558 headphones. Which one is best? I'll be using it through a techincs amp and iphone. My main listening use would be for hard rock, thrash metal, grunge etc. with some little use for hip-hop, gaming, techno/electronic, movies etc. I would also like them to be comfortable for extended periods (maybe 2-3 hours or longer). I have fairly small ears and my old sony mdr-cd100 make my ears (the actual ear on my head, not eardrum) uncomfortable and a little sore after a while.

 

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post #25573 of 29491
Roguegeek - the HD280's I had were obvioulsy closed, but I don't have a massive preference either way.
post #25574 of 29491

Looking for an alternative to the HE-400 that sounds similar or better to the HE-400. (Due to the HE-400 issues of channel imbalance, broken drivers, etc.)

Spending at max 600$

 

Considering an AKG K701 65th, HE-500 (Haven't heard if these have any issues as well)


Edited by wredj10 - 3/3/13 at 8:37am
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please help me.

I want new headphones for less than $ 150.
I listen to mostly rock, classic rock, post-punk, shugeyz, sometimes jazz and metal. I would like to clean and balanced sound. I will listen only to the PC, I have no amplifiersor sound card, but I think to buy them later. also please write a few models, because maybe I will not find a model

 

 

I Think  Best sub $150 Headphones  is Audio-Technica ATH-M50S  . It will cater all of your Requirements most Perfectly

Wouldn't a Grado SR125i be a better choice for rock music over the rather bassy M50's?

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