The reason that I might sell or return these headphones is because I am a male vocal recording artist that has a voice that sits somewhere close to dead middle of the midrange notes and the lower midrange. So naturally this is where I am hold my gripes or praises with sound listening and what has become the most important to me. I am surprising myself because I love bass heavy music but Im growing out of it and now mids are my favorite part of the spectrum.
here is a video with the musical taste I have.
I got this headphone because I was expecting the mids to be a little forward. However, though I find the mids to be there and even though the words recessed don't quite accurately describe my listening experience, I would not call them forward. I wanted a high fidelity sound with good bass and forward midrange with some openess in my price range (cans <500) so I bought these.
The sound to me, though I think it is pretty awesome, is a little bit to strong to me and it hurts my ears. It has some great muscle to it and I know its an awesome headphone but it doesn't sound that natural to me. Maybe i need a better amp and also the headphones dont have a forward midrange. But i do not want sennheiser sound sig eithe, though i heard the 598 is different from most senns. I like the sound signature of the l1 but would prefer more air, seperation and for them to be a little brighter but not bright by definition (just for percieved clarity though not that important for this purpose. The Beyerdynamic Custom One pro hurt my ears but sucked compared to the he-400. The he-400 hurts but not because of the high notes. Neither did my Pioneer hdj-2000's hurt or sony v6's (which has recessed mids compared to the he-400), or the l1.
Fidelio x1 seems like its the answer to all of my problems. I am a little bit hesitant to loose the he-400 granted that once my aune t1 and tubes come in it might be able to help out the mids and make them sound natural on male voices as well as other instruments.
People complain about the he-400 comfort but to me they are just fine. I actually like they way they are built a lot.
I really would love a comparison of the midranges of particulary the he-400 and the x1. I know im not the only one that would like this. Headfonia says they have the same clarity and detail but someone here says the he-400 bests the x1 in detail. I love the midrange forwardness of the l1 but i need an open can to zone out with while writing music in my home studio.
Any ideas. I sing and listen to reggae, hip hop, soul, neo soul. Kinda like lauryn hill meets damien marley and nas with some queen harmonies in there, organic pianos and analog synths.
Open and airy, clear detail, bass and forward mids is the key, not sibilant (haven't researched a can in my price range like it yet). Good pace, not slow, but highs arent as important for this purpose to me. So nooo beyers.
wait for amp
fidelio x1 (can't find a clear review of the mids)
PLUS! I am so close to willing to sell the he-400 shipping and handling with velour pads and box and accessories it comes with. PM me or let me know and i might (most likely) do it depending on what kind of response i get about the x1.
I have used them for not even a month now. I received them from Headamp audio electronics in the mail on 4/20/2013 a day before or after so they are in great condition and the latest revision.(heard the revisions don't really mean much with the he-400). Come to think of it I might be able to return it to them.
5/13/2013 RETURNED SO I CANT SELL THEM.
still insterested in comparison.
refer to page 8 for initial impressions and short comparison of the fidelio x1.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 7/10/13 at 9:52pm