Hi everyone! This is my first post here on the forums. I've been reading here for the past 4-5 months but never really thought to make an account since the search function almost always gave me the answer I was looking for. I was wondering if I could get some opinions on what would best compliment the HE-400. I mainly listen to 50% EDM and 50% Jazz (Diana Krall, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nora Jones etc.) with some classical/piano sprinkled in.
I purchased both the Sennheiser HD600 & HD650 to compare and choose from as my first mid level headphone (will return/sell one back). These are my opinions on them and I would really appreciate if someone could give some input on which would be a better compliment to the HE-400 I've been eyeing for a while.
Overall I found the HD600 to be the better performer. Everything I had sounded excellent although a tad bit thin sounding at times. They are definitely what I'd consider as the jack of all trades. Although I also do enjoy their higher, more energetic sound signature a lot. At times though, I do feel myself wanting a bit more body in the sound while at other times they sound perfectly fine.
The HD650 in contrast sounded great with everything but the Jazz songs sounded so full and amazing. The sound really felt like a warm blanket that your mom would tuck over you as a child, bundled right up to your neck and under your body on a cold winter night whereas the HD600 felt like she put it up just past your chest. The trade off is that IMO the HD650's falter in some genres. They sound great with EDM and other genres but I can definitely hear parts that just seem quite slow or off due to the full bodied sound. Sometimes it is just too smooth that the details get choked by the overall signature. So my dilemma currently falls under picking a headphone that has no faults but does not master any genre (HD600) or a headphone that has some faults but is a master at my jazz side (HD650).
This is where I would like some input. Do people who own the HE-400 feel that the HD650 are more of the same? I realize they are both colored headphones and I am not looking to get the HE-400 in the future only to have my HD650's sitting to the side neglected :P I have heard they are amazing at EDM which is why I have been eyeing these to buy in the relatively near future. Does it make sense to have the HD600 compliment the HE-400 instead since one is bright and one is on the darker tone? There have been quite a few conflicting descriptions of the HE-400's sound signature. Some say its quite neutral while others say its quite dark which has me scratching my head. I would just like to evaluate if it makes more sense to have an amazing all purpose HD600 with an HE-400 (neutral and dark headphones) or are the HE-400 and HD650 really different enough to own them as complimentary to each other?
Thanks so much for your help everyone! It is a long write so I apologize but I did not want to start a new thread as a newbie, only to take upon the wrath of the entire forum D: I figure this thread was the most impartial since if I tried asking this in either the HD650 or HD600 appreciation thread, I am sure they'd be incredibly bias haha.