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HE-400 or Pro 900 or other? I'm at the biggest crossroad of my life

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Ok, probably 300th time the question has been asked, regarding at least two of these (third being d2000 if I can find it). I know I'm overthinking from reading reviews from people who probably have much more experience than me so try to sink to my level.

 

My experience: HD280's. Love them, people say they aren't too sure about them, but for the price, I was amazed. Upgraded, got the DT880's a little while back, they are flat and bright as some say. I thought i would get more of a punch from the DT880's being half closed/open, but their studio sound is what I know now as something I need to avoid. I'm in this for metal/rap/dubstep mostly, with lots of other genres. I know a lot of headphones wont compliment metal and bass heavy music at the same time, but I like more bass in my music, as long as the mids and highs are still present, they dont need to be prominent.

 

My first big question, can anyone compare the highs on the DT880's to the Pro 900? I can handle the DT880 with an EQ but a better idea of what I'd be hearing would be nice. 

 

Which of these do you think I can get hte best deal on vs their performance? It's either the bass heavy Pro 900 (how well can the bass be reduced with an EQ for certain times?) the possibly flat but maybe only when comparing HE400s, or the highly liked D2000s

 

recap and other preferences:

 

-detachable cable wanted

-portability and durability issues arent my worries, I stay inside with them

-Getting a Fiios 10 amp, not trying to go overboard, got mostly for DT880

-HE 400 vs Pro 900 on metal music? keeping in mind bass is OK in my metal as long as an EQ can tone it down (If its like the xb500's it might be too much, although these 900s I know have MUCH more quality down there)

-worried about flatness from HE-400, compare this to the 280's? (not in quality but presence of frequencies)

-Anyone have experience with ANY of the mentioned headphones on a fiios 10?

-Should I just make a F******* decision based more on price/look/comfort since any will be a huge upgrade?

-Slightly worried about pro 900s reputation for the need to constantly be adjusting on your head to get good balanced sound

 

Thanks a bunch, would love any input, persuade me someone on a set... please

 

P.S. what are these V-moda M-100's I'm just hearing about?


Edited by Fedelesk - 12/27/12 at 1:37am
post #2 of 6

Sounds like a perfect question for me:) Almost.

 

I owned the Pro 900's for around 3 weeks (Using the FiiO E10 as my Amp/Dac) before returning them to get my current HE-400's (Using with FiiO E10 as well).

 

First thing off the bat, Pro 900's are sibilant and it is the reason I decided to look for a better pair of headphones. If the high's were a problem for you, I wouldn't go with the pro 900's. I am also not a big fan of EQ but that is a personal thing.

Second thing, the bass on the Pro 900's did seem overpowering to me. I consider myself a bass-head (I love the little bass boost FiiO E10 offers <3) and still thought there was too much bass at times in the Pro 900's. I did enjoy the bass and thought it was the best I ever heard in terms of quantity and quality, but I did not feel like the rest of the headphones were to par.

 

I actually did a post before comparing the two (Here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/569107/ultrasone-fan-club-roll-call/1530#post_8962182) and still think HE-400's are the clear winner.

 

I don't think the Ultrasones would be a good choice for metal, so I say go with the HE-400's. They do almost everything better besides a certain few genre's (EDM/Hip-Hop(Debatable)/Electronic/Dubstep)

 

The HE-400's will have enough bass for most people's needs so you shouldn't worry about that.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the response, very true in terms of bass, I should know the HE400s will be sufficient in that area, considering the pros are known as bass kings. I actually was reading through your post before too haha. 

 

Anyway, like I said though I wouldn't mind all that much to have some heavy bass in my headphone for metal (i'd be willing to sacrifice since I do listen to a good amount of dubstep/bass heavy in general), and I was also saying the highs were just fine on the DT880s after EQ so I feel I can do the same with the pro 900s. I must say I am leaning to the HE 400s, as long as I can be promised it wont be a repeat of the DT880 (I know it won't be, different class headphones, HiFi vs studio) so I'm wayy too paranoid. 

 

I'm sure an EQ can also make the HE 400 rattle, thats what I need still is some rattling, haha.

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Thread Starter 

Ok, its over, I have committed to the HE 400's. They will have enough bass and these chunks from reviews were for some reason what I needed.

 

"The HE-400 has those planar mids, wonderful pounding bass and a gentle sparkle in the treble. I found the HE-400 to be comfortable enough to wear, not that heavy."

 

"You are in for a SHOCK when you listen for the first time. Planar magnetic headphones are a next-level experience. I was skeptical of the hype - can they be this good? YES! You will not be disappointed."                                     

 

Also someone recommended for non absolute critical listening, the E10 should suffice. Thanks for the input, I think I will be ordering the HE 400's and the E10 in the next day or two. 

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You made a wise decision, you certainly won't have the same experience as you did with the Beyers. I also wanted to mention, the HE-400s are awesome with dubstep and electronic in general. A few of Skrillex's songs sound magical with them.

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You made a wise decision, you certainly won't have the same experience as you did with the Beyers. I also wanted to mention, the HE-400s are awesome with dubstep and electronic in general. A few of Skrillex's songs sound magical with them.

Second that.

 

Yeah, I'm still amazed by the sound quality of the HE-400. Coming from the HD650(and fiio e9) I wasn't expecting such a big improvement.


Edited by Marleybob217 - 1/12/13 at 3:17am
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