I currently own the HE-400 I like them very much. I enjoy their open sound, mids, detail, instrument separation, imaging, and speed. I listen to a lot of EDM, house, vocal trance, melodic dubstep, rap/hip hop... although their bass is very good when called for, I sometimes crave for a harder hitting bass. I guess that means I'm a basshead? This is not to be confused for bloated bass. I heard some closed back ultrasones and they sounded bloated and messy to me. Is the HE-400 the best open back headphone with deep clean hard hitting bass under $500?
I can wear the HE-400 with velour pads for many hours without discomfort. The only thing that bothers me is that I listen to them in my living room at a very high volume and they can leak sound like crazy. I guess this is the trade off for a more natural open sound? I was wondering if I should go with one open headphone and one closed one? My concern is that the two headphones will be of lower quality and will I lose the detail, instrument separation, imaging, and speed that I already have with the HE-400? In other words, would I be 'downgrading' from the HE-400? What would you guys recommend? Keep the HE-400 or look into buying a pair of open and closed headphone? My budget is $400-$500 and I would have to sell the HE-400 if I got two new headphones.
I currently have an Objective 2 amp and I was interested in the DT 880 600ohm as the open headphone and maybe the DT 770 LE Anniversary Edition or Mr. Speaker Mad dog as the closed headphone. Please suggest any headphones that can match the HE-400 in bass, open sound, mids, clarity/detail, instrument separation, imaging, and speed. Thanks!
Edited by cheuh - 1/11/13 at 4:27pm