So, so far I'm seeing a lot of posts for the grado SR325is. I will probably go the route, as that's the headphone I see recommended the most.
Here's the deal. I started off with a 500 dollar budget to do whatever I wanted with that budget. I'm about to either go 100 dollars over my budget so I can get a schiit amplifier for these headphones, so I can hope to hear more of a difference, or I can switch to these grados, which are supposedly different than these he400s. If I go for the grados, and just return the he400s for a full refund, would I be downgrading? Does the headphone have tonal imbalance?
There is always secret option C. which is that maybe high end headphones just aren't for me. One of the biggest reasons I decided to order these is in the first place was because I listen to a lot of music, except I learned that low quality produced music doesn't necessarily sound better on headphones that produce more revealing sound. Who uses high end headphones anyways? What is the purpose of high end headphones? Am I just completely on the wrong course here, or what? What do people usually use their headphones for, and what are some common things people expect to get out of spending hundreds of dollars on headphones, because I find it hard to tell the difference. That's what I want to know before I go ahead and keep going through the process of returning and then re-buying.
Back to the grados. Would they sound good with any music, or let's say, just any sound that comes through them, and not just metal? Supposedly these he400s are just a good jack of all trades kind of headphone. I will say I do kind of recognize that the production of very loud songs does sound more clear, like I am hearing all of the instruments instead of a cacophony of noise.
Edited by Hifi Man - 1/18/13 at 8:04pm