Originally Posted by Blaalad12
Interesting, I read the headband is uncomfortable and the clamp is very tight and also the ear pads, I know i can buy velour pads and a head band cover but id rather not have to!! Are they ok for long usage? Is the bass 'too much' or just fine considering iam not a bass heavy person (for example i cant stand the bass on any of the beats range ha)
I can wear the HE400s for hours without it feeling uncomfortable. Hmmmm hard to answer your second question, but I'll try by telling you my headphone journey. Again, it's all relative. I came from the Grado SR60 (purchased in the early 2000s), which are known to be very bright. Then I had the Sennheiser PX 100-II, which are very bass heavy. At first I liked the PX 100-II a lot better, but after going back and forth, I preferred the Grados. I bought the PX 100-II based on one site's reviewers stating that they all preferred them to the SR-60; that was probably a bad move on my part. I found the PX 100-II to be very muddy.
Next I got the Hifiman RE0 (IEM) and the Sennheiser PC350 with bass mod. The RE0s have virtually no bass but are extremely detailed in the mids and highs. The PC 350s are the bastardized version of the Sennheiser 595. Although they were better than anything I had ever owned, the PC 350s just didn't do it for me. I then heard the Audio Technica W1000X (very good closed headphone) in the summer of 2011 and was pretty blown away.
I went to Korea in May of 2012 and just for kicks went to one of their high-end headphone stores because I had heard about them from this site. I listened to the Sennheiser HD600, Audio Technica AD700, Denon D2000, and a few other headphones. Surprisingly, I was not impressed with the Sennheiser or the Denons. I liked the AD700s the best, and they're known for lacking bass. Several months passed, and then I started to read these forums more carefully. The HE400 was on my radar based on my reading. Fortunately, I became aware of the Austin head-fi meet (happened in March '13) soon after I started researching more seriously.
While at the meet, I listened to the Denon D2000 again, and it didn't sound like anything that I had remembered from my trip to Korea 10 months earlier. The HE400s were the first headphone that I listened to at the meet, and maybe that biased me for the rest of the meet. I remember not being impressed with the Sennheiser 800 or the HD650. The only headphone that was obviously better than the HE400 was the LCD2.
I ended up pulling the trigger on the HE400 and got an O2/ODAC. I've never considered myself a basshead at all, especially if you look at my past headphones. The HE400s just do bass so well though that I was a convert. I then bought the DT880 600 ohm (my second favorite headphone from my listening at the Austin meet) for my cousin and had a chance to compare extensively. My conclusion was that I preferred the DT880 for certain songs and the HE400 for others. I couldn't even say that I preferred one for certain genres over the other--really it just came down to the particular recording. The HE400s do seem to overemphasize bass on certain songs, but on others, it really provides a nice undercurrent that adds a lot to the listening experience. The beauty of the HE400's bass is that it doesn't bleed into the mids like Beats or other, lower quality headphones.
My next purchase was the DT770 LE. It just didn't compare to the DT880 and the HE400 overall except for maybe the mids: I probably do agree with headphonia's review with regards to the mids being a little smoother than the DT880's.
Next I bought the AKG K702 65th Annies mainly based on Mad Lust Envy's comparisons to the HE400. I've only owned the 65th Annies for a little over a week. At first I didn't like them as much as the HE400, but upon further listening, I'm liking them more. I still don't know if I'd say they're better than the HE400 and DT880. I'll have to A/B them again, which I plan to do next weekend since I don't have access to the DT880 currently.
Finally, I just bought the HE500 NIB for $560. I've only had them for 2 days, but they're everything that people on head-fi have been saying: bad ass. They are a major step up from the HE400s, and I'm not even listening to them on an ideal amp (O2), nor have I tried the velour ear pads yet. I know this is a long post but wanted to provide some context for my opinions. I'm relatively new to this world, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
HE400's bass is very textured and deep. Until you've heard it or bass of equal quality (LCD2), it's really hard to draw a conclusion. Moreover, you need to listen to a more neutral-sounding headphone of similar quality to the HE400, e.g. HD600, DT880 or AKG K702 65th Annie, to determine what you prefer.
Edited by Limniscate - 5/10/13 at 7:39pm