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Which open back Headphone has the best Bass?

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As a reference, my current fave is the Ultrasone 900. Great Bass (almost too much), decent soundstage, good separation.

 

I'm wanting to try an open backed Headphone to see what all the fuss is about, but I don't want to give up the great Bass I get from the HD 900s. What open backed Headphone has the best Bass and greatest ability to show the awesome soundstage that open backed Headphones are known for? 

 

 

Qualifiers:

 

1. iPod and E11 Amp

2. Rock, R & B, Electronic, Dubstep, Metal 


Edited by bareyb - 2/9/13 at 2:38pm
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Any thoughts? This place moves too fast.... biggrin.gif

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Budget? Music preferences?

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Budget? Music preferences?

I can go up to about $400.00 or so... 

 

 

 

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Qualifiers:

 

1. iPod and E11 Amp

2. Rock, R & B, Electronic, Dubstep, Metal 

post #5 of 46

Oh, sorry didn't see that:P. Hifiman HE-400.

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Oh, sorry didn't see that:P. Hifiman HE-400.

That's what I thought... The HE 500 is supposedly no slouch in that regard either. I've never listened to an "Ortho" are they really as impressive as they say? I hear the highs are amazing.

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Oh, sorry didn't see that:P. Hifiman HE-400.

That's what I thought... The HE 500 is supposedly no slouch in that regard either. I've never listened to an "Ortho" are they really as impressive as they say? I hear the highs are amazing.

The mid's are even better. Ortho mids are the bomb.

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Think I can drive 'em with an E11 amp and an iPod? That's what I'll mostly be using on the go. 

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That's what I thought... The HE 500 is supposedly no slouch in that regard either. I've never listened to an "Ortho" are they really as impressive as they say? I hear the highs are amazing.

 

they are really good

not as v-shaped as the pro900 but i prefer the hifimans more for EDM

the bass texture, extension, and speed really shines

appreantly the he400 have "better" bass than the he500

ask in the he400/500 threads as i only did a short demo

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Think I can drive 'em with an E11 amp and an iPod? That's what I'll mostly be using on the go. 

Yes, the HE-400 is pretty easy to drive. 

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they are really good

not as v-shaped as the pro900 but i prefer the hifimans more for EDM

the bass texture, extension, and speed really shines

appreantly the he400 have "better" bass than the he500

ask in the he400/500 threads as i only did a short demo

To be honest, I could stand to lose a little "quantity" if it was for better quality. The 900s are almost TOO bass heavy at times. I don't EQ them at all and the bass can sometimes intrude a bit on the vocals. It's rare but it happens. I'm getting the itch for some Hi-fi man phones... 


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To be honest, I could stand to lose a little "quantity" if it was for better quality. The 900s are almost TOO bass heavy at times. I don't EQ them at all and the bass can sometimes intrude a bit on the vocals. 

you can also check out this set of reviews comparing them to other headphones

he400/500 are easy to drive with an amp

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To be honest, I could stand to lose a little "quantity" if it was for better quality. The 900s are almost TOO bass heavy at times. I don't EQ them at all and the bass can sometimes intrude a bit on the vocals. 

you can also check out this set of reviews comparing them to other headphones

he400/500 are easy to drive with an amp

500 is not. Also, the 500 is very neutral, not fitting for his preferences.

post #14 of 46

The most bassy open-end heaphones I know are the DT990 250ohm version. HE-400 has bass, but not in the same league as the DT990. It's also quite comparable to PRO900, although it has more controlled bass, softer treble and wider soundstage, overall it's very airy - they are probably the most comfortable to wear as well.

 

HE-400 is no slouch either, but I felt its strength lied in instrument separation. It's also a tad darker in character.

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The most bassy open-end heaphones I know are the DT990 250ohm version. HE-400 has bass, but not in the same league as the DT990. It's also quite comparable to PRO900, although it has more controlled bass, softer treble and wider soundstage, overall it's very airy - they are probably the most comfortable to wear as well.

 

HE-400 is no slouch either, but I felt its strength lied in instrument separation. It's also a tad darker in character.

Interesting. I will add those to my short list. Do you know if they have better Bass than the DT770? I've auditioned those (have them here now in fact) and wasn't happy with the Bass compared to the 900s. 

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