My plan was to get the Sennheiser HD598's and the PSB M4U1's, but the thought occurred to me that one pair of HiFi Man HE-400's would be less expensive overall.
Please note that the PSB M4U1's are $300 and the Sennheiser HD598's are currently on sale for $150 at Fry's. That's $450 for both. I believe the HE-400's run around $400. So I could go either way and be within the price limit of what can spend.
I'm currently using HD600's as my main phones and I love the way they sound. I hear the HD598's are as equally satisfying but different, and I'm intrigued by the PSB M4U1 - I've heard a tremendous amount of good things about them and would love to try them out.
So I'm wondering, given my liking of the HD600, whether the HiFiMan HE-400's would represent a big enough jump in sound quality to justify just getting them. I hear they are very resolving, but probably not as warm as the HD600. Maybe the HE-400's are more satisfying in a hi-rez, see-through kind of way, but maybe the HD600's are warmer, more supple, and more forgiving? That's what I glean from reading the reviews.
Now, I have had a chance to hear the HE-400's once for about two minutes. It was when I was purchasing a used FiiO E0k9 amp. The fellow selling it let me hear the pairing to demonstrate the amp. He played some FLAC files off of his mac laptop through the rig, and for whatever reason, I thought the pairing of HE-400 and E09k was WAY to bright and harsh sounding. I wasn't impressed at all. But there's a lot of talk on the forum that indicates the HE-400 can be exceptional if put in the right system.
Incidentally, the Sennheiser HD600's sound phenomenal with the FiiO E09k. I was not expecting the pairing to sound nearly as good as it does.
So what do you think? Should I go with HiFiMan, or get one pair each of the HD598's and M4U1's? I do love the sound of my HD600's!
Edited by K.T. - 11/6/13 at 3:22pm