Originally Posted by ghostchili
I have narrowed down my next pair of cans to the following 3
HiFiMan HE-500V-MODA M-100
Being a noob to the headphone scene (I have a dedicated theater/listening room) I need some help.
I currently have the Audio Technica ATHM50, I just got them from Amazon on sale at $104.41. I am also waiting on my
FiiO E17 to arrive. I listen to (in order) Hip Hop, Alternative, Techno, Rock, and Classical. I'm not a bass head, although I was the kid in high school with a camero with two MTX 15" Terminators in the back seat:) 20 years ago. I love strong tight bass but not to the point where it bleeds over into the mids. I will probably use the ATHM50's around the house with the E17 but the cans in looking at will stay in the theater room with possibly the E17 and a FiiO E9K. The sorce is an Oppo Blu Ray SACD DVD-Audio player. Most listening will be with SACD's and DVD-A's.
What do you recommend. I am open to other suggestions as well.
he500 is the most balanced phone of the ones u mention..no question about it..it plays everything well..(i have an original classical track from the movie:the good the bad and the ugly...it sounds so wonderfull!!) no need to eq anything like u have to do with the he400.. Just be sure u get a strong amp..like a lyr or emotiva (small speakeramp) if ur on a strict budget..or go a bit higher and get urself a 337/339
If u wanna use the fiio i have a feeling it wouldnt provide with the juice the he500 needs..in that case a he400 would be ur best bet..and then check the he400 thread for equaliser instructions..as i understand that does wonders to the he400..
By the way.. There are rumors that soon there will be at least 12x second-hand he500's going on sale before end of this year on headfi, because the owners jumped on a very special headphone wagon..called the code-x.
So u could grab a excellent he500 for a good price and so have enough budget for a better/stronger amp for it?
Another tip someone else also mentioned..get urself good source...such as lossless tracks...flac/wav
files..my experience with better equipment u hear a very big difference compared to mp3, even 320kbs..especially if u love classical stuff with lots of dynamic in it....u will hear MORE..more details...especially the quieter ones in the back or on the extreme sides... With mp3 the sound is narrower..more 2d.. In my experience ofcourse...but if u get a good phone..u also need to have good source..or else it wont make sense to get a good phone..imho ofcourse..
Good luck with ur search;)Edited by hifimanrookie - 10/29/13 at 8:39pm