So guys, I ordered my HE-400s and Schiit M/M stack last year (lol) and I got them around the 3rd... I've been meaning to post up my opinion since then but i've been preoccupied listening to all of my music again!!!
To introduce myself, my names Dan. I play football at Michigan and just finished my freshman season and I am a total music addict. Both my dad and I are big into audio, though my dad is more into speakers than headphones.
I am coming from my Denon D2000s which I absolutely love.
Now, enough with the boring stuff, and on to the HE-400s. The Schiit M/M stack didn't arrive until the day after I got the headphones, so I was faced with a bit of a quandary - do I listen to them unamped, or wait an ENTIRE DAY to listen to them? I decided to try them out right out of my iPhone 5, and it drove them ok. More on the sound later. I tried driving them out of my brother's Droid Razr Maxx, and it didn't seem to have the juice necessary to drive them. sounded weak and was pretty quiet.
So, after listening on my iPhone for a while, I ventured into my dad's office and plugged them into his NAD Monitor Series 5000 CD Transport and NAD 1600 preamp and loaded up Return to Forever's "Romantic Warrior".
In my estimation, this track is a great track to audition headphones with - if you haven't heard it, check it out. What struck me first was the sharpness and imaging - the attack on these headphones is unlike anything I've ever heard. Next is the fantastic instrument separation. It's just so easy to follow one of a instruments in a song. The bass, though! Even coming from the Denons, I just cant see how anyone could possibly be disappointed with the bass on these cans. It goes down looooowwww, not quite as low as the Denons, but it gets down there. The impact isn't *quite* as much but I'll be damned if anyone is disappointed with it! It just replicates the acoustic bass in this song with such clarity and detailing - it's amazing. You can hear the bow sliding over the strings, every last little detail. Then the more"funky" electric bass later in the song comes in and it is replicated wonderfully once again. The mids are smooth and forward in a very pleasant manner, much better than the denons. The highs are great - they have a great "zing" to them, gives the music an edge, a liveliness.
Couldn't be happier at this point. Then my M/M stack came, and I couldn't be happier with those either. They really sound good and have plenty of power to drive the headphones. Usually hang around 1/3 way up on the volume knob, or slightly more. I couldn't comment more on the amp, cause I don't really have anything top compare it to, but I LOVE it and would definitely recommend it.
Overall, just so happy!
My little family:
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Edited by DJBunyan - 1/7/13 at 6:50pm