Originally Posted by Claritas
HE400 is the newest member of a longstanding and much argued about set of very good mid-priced open models that includes K70x, DT880, and HD6x0. *Trumpets to officially welcome HE400!* (Originally, it was K501, DT880-250, and HD580/600.)
I am not persuaded that most of the more expensive headphones are better than very good, and I consider most of them to be very good high-priced open models.
And you're right, most people don't use very good headphones. But sometimes a good headphone is enough.
lol at $400, I imagine they are actually considered LOW-priced open models in the audiophile marketplace that goes up to $1,500+ to 2k+. The HE-500, Fostex TH600, HD700 would be like the mid-priced models over-$400 but sub-$1000. The Audeze, HD800, HE-6, TH900, etc are the high-end luxury models.
good summary tho. the akg k0x & beyer dt-xxx (880/990) are definitely currently cheaper open options at the $200-300 price range.
yea, mostly price does not correlate to performance directly. the $400 he400 easily beats the $400 p7 in terms of performance, and the HE500 does not sound twice as good as the HE400s even though the price tag is almost twice as much. I don't think that the HE400 is twice as good as the akg k701, but i personally found the he400 to perform much better for my tastes. you can easily find stellar headphones at $100-300 price tag, just depends what you are looking for. note: i got my he400s at $300, so i can't complain. they definitely punch above their weight class tho