Hopefully i will get to everyones questions in the past few days:)...
I probably won't be adding this to the evaluation, but i would consider it. At this point I would probably need to sell off gear to fit new gear. I am out space and close to out of $ :)
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response.
I am potentially moving from a very easy set of headphones to listen to so I have some reservations.
The Momentums are a great pair of headphones but I don't know, they leave me wanting more.
I feel like the highs are almost dulled and the bass seems to 'thud', though it is no slouch in the bass department.
I also find the cups slightly small on the senns.
Hope I am making the right choice
The Momentums and HE400 are such different headphones. The Momentums are a travel partner and sound great (IMO) for casual smart phone listening. When I was sent a demo pair from Sennheiser I was really impressed with the overall build for the type of application it was designed for. I also thought it resembled the AH-D1100 sonically, which is a headphone I enjoy.
The HE-400 is portable compatible, but not really a similar type of portable.
Yes the warranty is transferable, and I feel that the recent versions alleviated the issue (even if not quite eliminated) because they use metal connectors rather than wood. That was typically the achilles heal of the wood. The Bamboo may have a higher success rate with regard to cracking, but it may also be that the bamboo has only been made with the metal connectors as opposed to the rosewood which has a bit more design history.
I used to own the DT990 250 ohm, and a coworker of mine uses a DT990 32 ohm at his desk. I think the headphone has a lot of good qualities. It is a very exciting balance, even if its not quite entirely natural to my ears. But overall, I still think the overall resolution is very good. Haven't used the M-100.
I would say so, for the most part.
If anyone has a spare $22K laying around - a Sennheiser Orpheus HE90/HEV 90 set just listed over at Audiogon.
It's amazing how often they come up considering theres less than 300 systems in existence.
I keep meaning to code this. The HE60 really adds some perspective I think because its very very good.
I've had some recent work and commissions that have stopped me from having any free time.
Here is a can of worms...
HE-400 or Grado rs2i.
I know they are completely different phones.
However both are within my price range and I have never heard either in person.
Where I live you can probably look around and find demo's for Beats (or stab yourself in the ears if preferred) and MAYBE some other rappers brand.
I am looking to replace my Sennheiser Momentums as discussed in previous posts (I think).
In any case I listen to a broad range of music. Primarily Metal/Rock, but to throw a potential spanner in the grado works, electronic including 90's trance, Happy Hardcore etc etc.
I also listen to classical and acoustic from time to time, however I am not going to complain if my classical is ever so slightly off if the above is somewhat satisfied.
Generally speaking I like a bass capable headphone. By that I don't mean a muddy horrible sound (enter Beats), but I like it to be strong enough.
I believe both of the headphones above a capable in that regard.
Other than that, I basically want a phone that is fairly balanced sound.
I was going to get the HE-400's hands down days ago, however I want to make sure I cover all bases before I go outlay up to $500 on a set of headphones.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer :).
I say HE-400, but it will depend on your listening pref. Both are in the review so I won't comment on the sonic differences here, but I obviously like the HE-400 more:)
Thanks! But wait.... not everything in the review is $$$, some very good values in there. And those models are very important.
I heard the DX1000 at a meet recently and I may not have given it a fair shake, but I wasn't taken quite so much. The owner really loved them though. It's extremely difficult for me to judge a headphone at a meet. A little easier when the headphone is closed, but still hard. Some headphones grow on me over the course of several listens.
I know a lot of people wish for this to be on the list. If I continue to add into next year, I will probably add this, but I don't think I'm going to add much more.
From the sonic perspective, Electrostatics have a clean/fast sound and generally sound more transparent to me.
I like the way R10's drivers sound and they are probably the closest non-electrostatic to sound closest to electrostatic. The dynamic transducers have more weight in their sound and often have a more visceral bass impact. The planar magnetics seem have a lot of the characteristics on both sides of the fence, impact and speed, but I think there are obviously some dynamic and some electrostatic which trump the best planar magnetics that i've heard. I would have written more on this matter but i need to give my hands a rest for now lol