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Hello everyone,

 

Okay so here's the little pickle I'm in. I'm looking for new headphones, and I'm having trouble deciding. So here's some stuff I think you'd need to know. (Kind of a newbie so if I'm forgetting something please just tell me) I listen to mainly bassier types of music (dubstep, rock, metal, etc) And I have 2 headphones in mind after going through forums and such. The hifiman he400 and the beyerdynamic dt990. These headphones will be used only at home, which is typically a very quiet place which is why I picked open back. I most likely will buy an amp for the headphones asap. (2-6 months?). I have a heavier leaning toward the hifimans' however I would like to take other headphones in mind in case there are tremendous ones which I haven't seen. So if anyone would like to recommend me any different ones, or maybe give me advice that'd be greatly appreciated.

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Heya,

 

Total budget?


And do you want a headphone setup that has emphasized bass? Or do you just want it to perform the bass that the track has recorded (ie, neutral, true to the recording)? And if you want emphasized bass, how much? Gobs? Can't get enough bass? Or just a wee bit more than something neutral?

 

Depending on your answer(s), I would suggest a few phones (disregarding budget until you specify):

 

Hifiman HE-400 - Relatively warm neutral, not super bassy, but performs bass when the track calls for it, so it digs nice and deep for an open headphone.

 

Beyer DT990 PRO - Bassy and bright, one of the more bassy open air headphones. Go this route if you want more bass than neutral/flat.

 

Ultrasone PRO 2900 - Bassy. Probably one of the bassiest open headphones you can get that are higher quality at this time without equalization effects added. Go here if you want gobs of bass for your wub wub.

 

You don't need an expensive or fancy amplifier. Just get something that will drive your headphone of choice enough to enjoy it with some overhead. These are not difficult to drive headphones. Something as simple as the Fiio E10 can often satisfy all your needs (and provide some extra bass if you want it with the flip of a switch).

 

Very best,

post #3 of 7
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My budget is any pair that is less than 500 usd. I prefer an emphasis on the bass, but definitely not super bassy if you know what I mean. Id a like strong emphasis on the bass, but I don't want my head being vibrated with it biggrin.gif by the way I heard that neither are uncomfortable but they've never mentioned whether or not they wear glasses so I was wondering for both the he400 and the 990 do they ever get tight around the ear area? My ath m50s do get tight after longer wearing (6+ hours)
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Both DT990 and HE-400 have a metal bar in the headband that can be easily bent to suit your needs. Out of the box, though, DT990 probably have more clamp.

I definitely recommend the HE-400 over the DT-990. I've had both, and there is literally no area where the DT990 wins. Both have a similar overall sound (bass and treble emphasis). The HE-400 has stronger bass when the music calls for it, whereas the DT990 exaggerates the bass more when the music doesn't call for it.
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Originally Posted by omqalex View Post

My budget is any pair that is less than 500 usd. I prefer an emphasis on the bass, but definitely not super bassy if you know what I mean. Id a like strong emphasis on the bass, but I don't want my head being vibrated with it biggrin.gif by the way I heard that neither are uncomfortable but they've never mentioned whether or not they wear glasses so I was wondering for both the he400 and the 990 do they ever get tight around the ear area? My ath m50s do get tight after longer wearing (6+ hours)


If your glasses extend far or have a very broad/thick frame, the he400 might give you problems with comfort. I'd tend to think it is the same with the 990, as the pads might be a bit shallow/not soft enough for thick framed glasses.

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Both DT990 and HE-400 have a metal bar in the headband that can be easily bent to suit your needs. Out of the box, though, DT990 probably have more clamp.

I definitely recommend the HE-400 over the DT-990. I've had both, and there is literally no area where the DT990 wins. Both have a similar overall sound (bass and treble emphasis). The HE-400 has stronger bass when the music calls for it, whereas the DT990 exaggerates the bass more when the music doesn't call for it.

Indeed, 

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Originally Posted by manbear View Post

Both DT990 and HE-400 have a metal bar in the headband that can be easily bent to suit your needs. Out of the box, though, DT990 probably have more clamp.

I definitely recommend the HE-400 over the DT-990. I've had both, and there is literally no area where the DT990 wins. Both have a similar overall sound (bass and treble emphasis). The HE-400 has stronger bass when the music calls for it, whereas the DT990 exaggerates the bass more when the music doesn't call for it.


I would suggest HE 400 along with E17 or E10. I have had many WoW moments, while listening HE 400. I am not able to describe in audiophile terms.

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