Originally Posted by Marleybob217
Seems like the HE400 hype is slowly being replaced by the HE500.
The HE400 is great, but it does have some flaws (the treble D:), but I think earpads and a bit of equalizing really helps the headphone.
In retrospect it might have been wiser of me to save money for an extra month and buy the HE500 instead.
Well, the HE-500 has been around longer and it's always been about twice the price, while the HE-400 is one of the first 'efficient' open planars to come under $500. I personally don't mind applying EQ to fine tune for my own unique preferences...it's almost expected. The HE-400 is a great headphone for it's target audience and one of the best in it's price range, no doubt. It's flaws to some may be benefits to others - it's all in the tuning, and it was purposefully made that way. Had it not been for their more accessible price, I would probably not know the joys that planar technology has to offer. Like anything, you will always wonder about the alternatives. Think of it as a quest for what is best sounding to you. For now, the HE-400 makes me very happy, but I am also very eager to try out the HE-500, LCD-2, Mad Dogs and a bunch more that have caught my attention. Who knows, maybe I'll prefer one of their sound signatures more, but only until I try them will I know for sure. This is why I can't wait for the local meetup here in May...I think I'll know what I'm really after once I've had the chance to demo some other options. Still, the HE-400 deserves all the praise it has gotten thus far and it does stand above most cans for several reasons...which is why I originally upped my budget and chose them! If my budget has to change again, so be it...this hobby, like most others, is about finding what works best for you and sharing your opinion with the community.
Edited by modulor - 3/27/13 at 11:17am