Originally Posted by cableman5
Thanks for that link Doc-holliday, that's a very interesting read. So it appears that the HE400 is better than the dt990, which is better than the m50 (for what I need).
I also get what flatmap is saying. I don't necessarily hate the sound of the m50, I want something that preserves the qualities of the m50, but gives me a better soundstage, which is lacking there. In that sense that would be a clear update - similar bass and sense of fun, plus better separation and soundstage...I will keep the m50 for portable use, but want something more "spacious" when listening at home.
So far the dt990 and the he400 seem like great options. I think open headphones will be a great addition for me.
+1 on the HE-400. Having tried the dt 990s, I can say without a doubt that the HE-400 is the better headphone overall. The dt 990 is good in its own regard, but it doesn't have the same versatility as the HE-400, nor does it give you the mids that integrate so well into the highs. I would say the dt 990 is very one-dimensional..meaning it can excel at playing certain genres and/or songs, but once you deviate to other genres like classical, jazz, and even some rock & hip-hop, you may start to notice subtle (and sometimes blatant) abrasivness in the sonic presentation...namely piercing highs. Some may say the soundstage on the dt990 is slightly larger, but I think they are pretty much the same. It's just presented differently...the hollowness of the dt 990 mids give the illusion of a bigger soundstage (the treble helps a little as well). The HE-400 mids are pushed back a bit, but are very clear and detailed. The mids scale very nicely with the treble, giving it a holographic effect.
If you decide to go with the HE-400, send me a message and I can give you a good deal since I'm planning to sell mine soon.
Edited by MartyMcFly - 12/4/12 at 10:42pm