Originally Posted by William007
The most neutral dynamic headphone? What would you suggest then?
Honestly, from my experience with a wide range of headphones; the HD600's are probably a must-have for anyone looking for a good-priced reference can. It is, to me, the best blend of neutrality and natural sound for any headphone until the HE-500's. It may not be the most resolving compared to phones these days, but considering the HD600's are about 15 years old; it stood the test of time with a breeze. I liked my HD600's more than the HD650's by the way.
I mean you can get a Q701 if you really want linearity-neutral; but they just sound dull and "fake".
Originally Posted by yokken
Nah, the HE-500 is regarded as really not that much better than the HE-400, with the bass being better on the 400. The thing is, the HD600 is a little too close to the HE-400. I want something liquid smooth. Many have said the Lyr+HD650 is a winning combo, and I know the HD650 is hard to drive properly. Like I said, I think I'll try to audition them first.
The HE-500 is quite a bit better than the HE-400 imo; but some people really like to color the music they listen to, to get more musicality. That's fine if that's what you enjoy. I still think the HE-400 is a basshead's can which would be optimal with electronic music, hip hop and poorer recordings.
I prefer the HE-400 over the HD650 but not the HD600's. HD650's are too syrupy and slow for me; the HE400's have a dark and heavy sound with sparkly highs, and have great speed. The HD600's has the best tonal balance and freq response, but it does lack a bit of resolution. It's not the smoothest headphone out there, but the tone is just right for many usages + there are never any uncomfortable peaks in the highs. They would ideally need to be recabled though.