Originally Posted by theHof
What's the sound stage, seperation and bass like with the he-400/modi/magni combo?
Sound Separation is very good, if you haven't tried planar magnetic headphones before, i strongly recommend it. It's a love it or hate it situation. (more towards the love)
Only problem you'll ever experience from them is their weight. However after a week or two, it's no longer an issue.
Out of all the headphones i've tried (in my signature), the HE-500 has the best separation, HE-400 being 2nd, and Q701 being 3rd but more distant sounding.
Sound stage is not too wide, but it has more depth which is a nice attribute to it's bass (it's a heavy hitter). It's bass and treble is more surprising than the HE-500.
HE-500 has a larger sound stage, better separation, transparency, neutrality, and overall presentation. (Lower extensions)
HE-400, with a better headphone cable than the stock (at least $50), it will come very close to the HE-500,
For $300 less, IMO, it's only 5% less of a package than the HE-500, it also has a more "fun" sound than the HE-500's "organized" sound signature.
They sound great on my Schiit Modi/Magni Combo, lots of gain and power, sounds better than the NuForce Icon HDP i had because it's more neutral on the Magni which is what i prefer more. The neutrality mixes well with the fun headphones (400). It's a little more grainy, little less detailed, little bit smaller sound stage than my ASUS Essence One Muses Edition, but then again, that cost $1000, with over $50 in capacitor upgrades.
So for a $220+ Combo, it's really good.
That's unless you want want an O2DAC and O2 Amp Combo instead, which is also nice.
Originally Posted by xenochimera
O2 dac+amp (~$300 assembled, under $200 DIY)
Senn HD 650 (~400 MSRP, ~$300 sale price)
probably one of the best combos out there.
YES! Definitely. Like my previous comment, O2 is very good, especially if you make one yourself. However, not many can do that.
As for the HD-650, it isn't for everyone, it wasn't for me, however after putting it on for 5 seconds (hate period), anything later is delightful to listen.
Just doesn't have the planar sound and enough separation as the HiFi-Mans.
Detail it has, but may sound too "Full" for some people.
Edited by cssarrow - 1/9/13 at 11:52am