Originally Posted by xylolz
Hi folks. my SE 400 has just shipped from your side of the pond. Although i've read many reviews, details of sound stage and imaging is lacking for me, so i'd like to know,
what to expect from these phones, soundstage and imaging wise compared to AKG k702 or Senns 650. Can I also ask you for your interpretation of sound stage, as i tend to hear vocals in above phones as coming from just behind and above my head, which i don't thing is the norm from what i've read. Anyway I'd be interested in peoples experiences with these phones with regard soundstage and imaging
Happy new year to all of you
IMO and compared to the Q701:
First, my interpretation of the term is that soundstage refers to the location of sounds in space. This includes how far away they seem to be from the listener and from each other, and their relative positions up, down, left, right, front and back. Front and back meaning in front of me and behind me -- some people use these terms to refer to the front or rear of an imaginary stage that is in front of the listener. To me, these are different distances in the front direction. To me, imaging is a component of soundstage that refers to how clear and specific the location of sounds appears to be.
I think the HE-400 soundstage is smaller than the Q701 soundstage. The HE-400 almost makes the music sound like it's inside my head, whereas the Q701 gave me the impression of listening to music through speakers that are a few feet away from me. However, I find the imaging of the HE-400 to be much more precise. The depth dimension in particular is more defined, and the HE-400 separates different layers of sounds more clearly. The HE-400 also has a more solid sense of center where the left and right channels merge. I got the feeling that the Q701 was a little fuzzy in the center.
The Q701 has a circular ring of sound a few feet away from your head. It is wide and has a sense of distance from you, but most of the sound appears to be about the same distance from you. There isn't much sense of depth, as the ring is hollow and its "band" is not very thick.
The HE-400 has a solid sphere of sound centered a bit forward of the center of your head. Some of the sound is outside your head and some is inside your head. The sound is closer and more intimate, but also more 3-D.