Originally Posted by BigCabDaddy
Highly subjective terms and concepts. I can counter that the HE400 is the LEAST realistic headphone I've owned to date. Fun? Yes. Intoxicating? Yes. Realistic? Nope.
Look, my post wasn't meant as an HE400 bashing one. I've largely made my peace with them and if I consider my present headphone collection as a whole, they have their place. But what I find curious is that certain models, with the HE400 near the top of the list receive an inordinate amount of attention from people trying to make them be what they want. With headphones like the JVC or Somic or Fostex, I kind of get it. It's folks trying to do aural alchemy... Trying to create a silk purse out of a sow's ear as it were. But the HE400 is up at a price point where I would expect something of a finished product not unlike the AKG 701 series or the Beyer 880 or the HD600/650... All headphones with acknowledged shortcomings but ones that I don't read about as being modded nearly so much... Especially with the intent of changing the inherent sound signature.
Least realistic? Wow.
I had a look at your set of hps and none of them look better than the HE-400 when it comes to transparency/realism.
Even David Mahler mentioned in his massive review thread that despite the obvious coloring in the HE-400, it fares well when it comes to transparency and I personally agree.
I had a chance to compare a T1- headphone described quite often as realistic- and a HE400 before and although everything is subjective, apart from the presentation of treble where the T1 was superior by quite a lot, the difference was not that massive.