Originally Posted by Fegefeuer
How is the soundstage compared to the AKGs, Hifimans?
The AD is an improvement on the MD in terms of soundstage. The MD was already very decent with regard to sound stage for a closed can. I was very impressed with the width an depth, sense of over space, with the AD. FWIW, the staging is good enough that I don't feel the need to listen to material recorded with a good sense of openness, on hp's other than the AD. I hope that I communicated this properly. What I mean to say is that some material that I listen to sounds very open and atmospheric. Usually, I'd pick up a very open hp, ie HFM, to get the most from the effect. When I tested that AD the sense of space and staging was good enough that I wasn't putting them down and picking up some other hp to make the most of that effect. They were that good.
Originally Posted by uelover
I am confused by your statement.
First, you said that AD >> HE400
Then, you said MD = HE500
So, what is the relative ranking between these 4 headphones?
To be more clear, in my estimation the AD is clearly better than the Annie and he400, by an appreciable margin. It competes incredibly well with the he500. If I could have only one, AD or he500, I'd take the AD. Comfort plays a role in this for me and the MD is much more comfy than the he500 which crosses the line in terms of it's overall weight. Isolation is also important to me sometimes and being able to block out the extraneous noise at my house with the MD/AD and just listen to music is a big bonus. Lastly, the emotional response that I get from the AD just does it for me. If I'm listening to music and the goose bumps move like a wave through me, then my gear has done it's job.
At the end of the day, with the AD I get a hp that is wonderful adept at reproducing that music that I like to listen to. More than anything else that I've owned.