Hey guys, looking for a closed headphone to compliment my HE400s. I would've already bought the D5000/7000 if they were still made (do not want to buy used at the moment). I'm also anxiously awaiting the release of the Fostex TH600, but those are supposed to be around $1250. I love U/V shaped sound signatures, with lots of sub bass.
What do you guys like in the sub $1k price range and why?
Of the closed headphones I've heard, the most enjoyable were D5000, D7000 and Ultrasone Edition 8. As much as I enjoyed the Denons, their v-shaped signature didn't suite my tastes for a more neutral sound. D7000's bass was impressive and with some sorts of music, very satisfying. D7000's treble was a little hard to take and I did prefer D5000's more tempered (but still intense) treble. The sharp treble and relatively recessed mids of the Denons drove me into the arms ear pads of the Edition 8, which has a much better presentation of mids and treble imo. That being said, I think the D7000 would be the best headphone for you since you do like a v-shaped signature and good, deep bass. I haven't heard the maddogs but will in a couple of weeks and can report back if you'd like.
I would be very pleased to give you a clear comparison but first of all, I'm french it's hard for me to find good words so you should take what i'll say with a big grain os salt ;)
SP gives more bass than he-400 and quality is IMO equal but not identical. he-400 bass are slightly cleaner and tighter and surely flatter but SP bass are more visceral ( is it a real english word ? ) . Both cans have extended low bass ( first notes of "aslo spracht Zarthustra" or Angel for example) . IMO SP' bas sound better for genre like Funk , Jazz-Funk , reggae , Dub and even in some jazz or rock , depending of the way it was produced/mixed. In Jazz, cans are equal but gives a different way to provide music . With SP , I'm more focuses on rythm section , with he-400 I listen more to horns/voices.
Sometimes he6400 gives me more intimacy with and sometimes it's the SP .
Other exemple : That track from Infected Mushroom:
with SP : when bass come , you're instantly immersed in a party ! you live physically the music . Sound stay detailed and precisely listenable , bass don't overwhelm the music but stay very forward in your face. Near live experience.
With he400 , what impress me is all details in soundstage like if i were in a 3D 1080p experience on a giant TV in my living room .
Equal but different way to live the music IMO . Here I answer you for bass but it's the same thing for overall sound. for voices or guitars or anything , I listen to my music with the he-400 and suddenly need to switch to the Sig pro because I know it will sound better or more accurately with the music I listen to. Sometimes I do the opposite.
I oftent think that SP is more accurate in that it sound very differently according to the music while he-400 tend to give its color to every music I listen to. my opinin is not finalised about this point .
Not impressed by the ~$1000 pricetag and a cheap plastic looking construction.
I personnaly tend to hate luxurious aspect so i much prefer the sobriety of the Sig pro . That said I think SP is buit according to military standards . it's a a tough tool built with certainly not luxurious( except ethiopoan goat leather for headband and pads ) but solid materials.
on the side it's certainly not the headphone to shine in the street but .. you know .. it doesn't matter. i mainly listen to music at home.