EDIT: See second post as this one is not relevant since I have changed the title of this thread.
To start off I would just like to let people know that I am new to this forum, so sorry if I am not posting in the right section or have broken some sort of rule.
I am aware that many He-400 vs He-500 threads exist already, however I have a slightly different situation so I figured that it would be okay to start a new thread. I have a budget of around $900-$1000 and need to decide between the He-400 and the He-500 and then depending on which one I go for an amp and dac that works well with it. Since the He-400 are only $400 I would be able to afford a slightly nicer setup such as a Schiit Asgard 2 and HRT MSII which may be overkill but would allow me to drive other headphones in the future. On the other hand, if I purchased the He-500 I would be forced to go with the more affordable Schiit Stack (magni + modi) for around $200. My dilema is choosing between the two headphones and finding an amp and dac that would drive the given headphone well and produce a nice sound for my budget.
I am relatively new to the high-end audio scene, so any advise would be appreciated. I would also be interested in other headphone recommendations. I have considered the hd650, but I would like something that is a little bit more engaging to listen to.
As for my musical tastes, I mainly listen to jazz and female vocalists, however I occasionally listen to pop.
Edited by cangle - 4/15/13 at 12:13pm