I have a quick question
My HE-400's atm sound pretty bad for rock due to the sole reason that I tend to hear all the different instruments (Guitars, Drums, Cymbals, etc) coming from 1 location and not spread out.
If I listen to pretty much any other genre the sound seperation is fantastic for me. But when I turn on rock songs... It just doesn't work and ruins the songs for me. It sounds as if the instruments are trying to play over each other and not with each other.
Is it my FiiO E10?
Is it the fact that HE-400's don't do a good job with rock?
Or finally, is it the fact the songs I have are poorly mastered (.Flac files ripped from the CD's)? The songs in question are from bands like 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Green Day, etc.
Edit: Using velour pads now. I remember rock songs sounding better on my pleather pads but I could be wrong :)
I have tried Nickelback. Most rock, and hard rock, is recorded like s***. It is compressed to the point of clipping, and your HE-400s will reveal the shortcomings and recording choices. No, the headphones are not perfect, but I have been exploring my collection and realized that many of the recordings I tend not to like also tend to be badly recorded! Its too bad, as a rock CDs can sound amazing when they are done well.