I'm about to go return the Ultrasone Pro 900's and get the Hifiman HE-400's but Id like to make sure they will still satisfy my needs.
If anyone here owned these both, can you compare the two?
PRO900 cliff note summary:
Tons of mid-bass, very recessed mid range, very very spiky treble. Comfortable, nice sound stage, beautiful build, built like a tank. Great accessories and cable options and case.
HE-400 cliff note summary:
Flat bass from mids to the end of sub-bass, excellent ortho mids, good treble. Good sound stage, relatively comfortable, build quality is ok, it's metal, plastic and leather. No accessories really or cases or anything fancy. Just the headphone.
The big difference is that the HE-400 sounds balanced with everything it does, it's not overly bassy, yet it can dig deep enough with enough volume to sound bassy so it satisfies even basshead folk; the mids are excellent, great separation, right up with you, not distant and cloudy. Treble is not overly bright, but it's not outright dark and missing either, has a nice sparkle to it. The HE-400 is less fatiguing to listen to and it presents music a lot more like how hi-fi attempts to do, the PRO900 presents an extremely colored picture by contrast.
On which genres you dislike the ultrasones? they do benefit from burn in (200+ hours) it helps taming down the treble.
Bboy500, the Pro 900 is great at a few things, but in my opinion seriously limited to specific genres. I think you'll get much more mileage out of HiFiMAN.
Sums up my experiences with the Pro 750 really, terrible for rock, sibilant with some recordings, poor midrange ruining the experience.
I love them for Dance/Trance though.
Although the Pro 550/DJ1 Pro didn't "wow" me at all as the bass just does not go down deep enough for my liking in a basshead can (next to the Pro 750 at least), so I gave them to my father who now enjoys them.
Oh boy, the Pro versions aren't that terrible, they are just source dependant. Poor source = bad SQ. The mids can be annoying at first, but once you use them on a regular basis they settle down.
To the op, whats your source? (associated headphone gear also)
I've got both pro900's and he-400s.
Very different cans for different purposes IMO.
I use the he400s at home and the 900s at work. TBH I prefer the 900s for some things like deep dub and DnB sometimes, but as all round cans the he400s are AMAZING.
I don't think I could do better unless I spent twice as much money (LCD-2 probably, but they they're bloody heavy and finicky anyway from what I've read)
I just ordered a pair of Beyer DT1350's too because I miss having a pair of Beyers, and I think they will be an awesome pair of portable headphones and have a different signature yet again.
More subbass extension but flatter response overall, hopefully great for monitoring, DJing but also hopefully Bass music (dub & DnB as mentioned above)
Its good to have a range of cans for different things if you can afford it, to compliment eachother, and some headphones do certain genres better.
Certainly for anything that isn't electronic the Pro900s are lacking IMO; not great for real instruments and vocals as the mids are so recessed and metallic.