Hi everyone, I'm new to these forums and to the world of headphones in general so I'm sorry if I may seem a bit noobish.
After browsing the forums and searching various reviews I only found one post that related to my question:
If you are dead set on the Hd448 or 438, your best option is to get the HD448 and buy the replacement HD438 velor earpads direct from sennheiser.
The 438 is not as good as the 448 despite what people say, its simply untrue. Unless my hd 438 was broken? Which it wasnt :\ I compared side by side and almost immediately sold my 438.
Its noticeably less clear and the sound stage is not as large. Bass and ohmage ratings are a flat out lie. Both the HD485 and the HD438 are said to be 32ohm or something, identical specs. Using a sansa fuze fully charged and without changing any settings, the HD 438 is much harder to drive and less loud.
I initially purchased the HD 205 but then I found them, even after 3 nights of stretching, too tight for me to use. I decided on trying to buy the HD 438, but when I tried it at the store I found it's volume significantly lower than the HD 205's. You'll notice that the quoted post above mentions that the HD 438's Ohmage rating on the box is questionable. I'm going to use these headphones for casual listening to Vocaloid music, Techno and Rock.
Here are the specs I think significant to this question:
|Frequency Response:||14 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Frequency Response:||17 Hz - 22,500 kHz|
Edited by SabreFury - 8/25/12 at 11:14am