I have spent the last 5-6 years listening to headphones every day for hours on end. I have owned quite a few
different ones but all being dynamic drivers. My most recent purchase the hifiman he-400 has me drooling
over the advantages of the planar design. For the first time i have been able to understand speed like attack and decay.
I've even auditioned hundreds of speakers most being high end and never found this much detail. I'm in love for the most part
I don't mind spending money on a higher end headphone and the he-500 and 6 sound like they would be to my liking but
i spend the day with my kids and they are loud. I can't seem to get my brain to get surrounded by the sound when the kids are being loud.
Something i didn't always have a problem with when using dynamic drivers and i believe it's due to the angled drivers i usually have. They give off an initial naturalness to the soundstage. When i first put the hifiman's on the sound seams like it's coming out of speaker instead of natural soundstage/image but once i have time to focus on just the music at night, with no noise, they open up. So i'm wondering two things
1st: are higher end dynamic drivers capable of producing the amount of detail and speed that my planars are producing. I don't think i could compromise less detail. Maybe a little speed but prefer not to. Because i'm considering the Th-900's
2nd: what i'm trying to accomplish is not having to wait till the kids go to bed and turn off all the lights before i can enjoy my music. So do you think an audeze open headphone has a natural enough soundstage/image that i could use it during the day or would i have to go with the closed back version?
i would prefer someone that understands what i'm saying. if you don't then you don't. There might not be anyone that thinks like me so it could be a lost cause and i might have to spend money i don't have to go to can jam next year to audition and then have to wait another two years before i can afford to buy the headphone.
Im not that worried about frequency response, i can respect most and relate to it but i'm not using this for reference more to enjoy music. i listen to everything but a lot of live music, electronic, acoustic. What gives me goosebumps the most are detailed airy female vocals and cello's/violins and some pianos. Another thing is i would definitely love for these headphones to dig deeper than the 20hz my he's go
Edited by DoctaCosmos - 12/10/13 at 7:42pm