Been looking at hifiman he 400 and beyer 880/990.
Also ultrasone 780 or 900 ( I know these are closed)
Hiya, HE 400. I have heard that there would be discount of 100 US$ for HE 400 on black friday.
You need an amp to get full benefits of HE 400.
I have the HE-400 and I listen to some metal. It does pretty well with the genre -- it gives a lot of crunch and aggression to the guitars, and it has no trouble sorting out fast drums.
Purely IMO, a big soundstage is bad for metal. Metal wants to be an in your face wall of sound, and a big soundstage just spreads it thin and makes the aggression sound kind of off. For certain types of metal anyway. More instrumental or experimental types are fine with a big soundstage. I digress though, as the HE-400 soundstage is fine for most metal.
Based on owning a Denon, the recommendation of the HE-400 is great. What kinds of metal do you typically listen to? I love how symphonic and progressive sound on my HE-400, but I feel that they are a little revealing for poorly mastered material and will put it to shame. The Beyerdynamic's would probably be good for metal too and from what I've read the DT880 is the sweet spot. The mid-range is a bit recessed on the HE-400, but certainly better than on a Denon. It also has that effortless attack and decay in the mids that planar magnetic transducers produce. The Beyer will probably have a better mid-range, but the HE-400 has amazing clarity in the highs and flat bass similar to the LCD-2.
2 months ago, I was in market for a headphone which gives better sound stage, ample amount of bass than K240 mkii and with detachable cable.
I was breaking my head to choose from these options
Philips Fidelo X1
AKG Q701 / K702
I chose HE 400 and I am happy about my choice.
Make sure that you get HE 400 rev 2, if you buy used ones.
I am using the Emotiva Mini-X A-100, but that's not necessary by any means. It's a speaker amp. I just got it for fun. Any reasonably powerful SS amp like the Schiit Magni or JDS O2 would be fine. Tubes are fine too, just make sure the amp has at least 200-300 mw. I used the Little Dot MKIII with my HE-400s for a while and it didn't have enough power IMO. It clipped at high volumes.
I am using E17. I am waiting for an upgrade to Audio gd 15.32/11.32
I'm currently using a FiiO E17, no plans to upgrade for the time being. I'm satisfied with the sound and am focusing on improving portable rig and speaker system. It doesn't sound bad, but I imagine it could be more refined, detailed, and more textured in the bass region. It is certainly fine for listening, but the HE-400 has more potential to unlock given better amplification quality. If I were getting a new amp I would probably go with an Asgard 2, O2, or something equivalent. I think the HE-400's sound great with Opeth, great dynamics for the drums and imaging for ambiance. The acoustic guitars sound nice, despite the recession in the upper mid-range. These observations were on Blackwater Park, Damnation, and Ghost Reveries, by the way. Remember to purchase the velour pads if you go with the HE-400 though, it smooths the treble and mid-range.