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Poll Results: Reccomend a headphone

 
  • 37% (6)
    Fidelio X1
  • 18% (3)
    V-Moda M-100
  • 25% (4)
    HE-400
  • 18% (3)
    HE-500
16 Total Votes  
post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

So I currently own the m-50s which are great but now I'm looking for an upgrade

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I listen to mostly hip hop and rap.  Don't need them to be portable.  They will be driven from a fiio e17 or just an iphone/laptop.  My sources aren't that great (128KB mp3 or even youtube)

 

I like bass, open vs closed doesn't matter just searching for the best sound quality.  Budget is $500.

 

I've heard good things about the m-100 and the fidleio x1. 

 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

 

Edit: Added a poll


Edited by neodenjin - 12/19/13 at 10:41am
post #2 of 34

HE 400

post #3 of 34

X1 is probably easier to drive than the HE-400, but I second the HE-400 recommendation. 

post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by rubinstein View Post
 

HE 400

 

 

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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

X1 is probably easier to drive than the HE-400, but I second the HE-400 recommendation. 

He 400 will not respond well to 128 kbps lossy. It is a brighter headphone to it will bring out the High frequancy cut off shelf that comes with lossy

 

I would recommend that if you get the HE 400 you try to upgrad your music source to at least mp3 V0 or 320kbs mp3. Other wise I do recommend the X1 as it's much more forgiving of lossy music. 

post #5 of 34

Also, don't get an HE-500. You won't be able to drive it from a phone/ laptop or an e17. 

post #6 of 34

if you go for HE 500, then you may need modi/magni or audio gd 15.32

post #7 of 34

I really think with your current E17 you would enjoy the X1 the most.

 

The hifimans also come with potential Comfort issues. The head fi member that I got my HE 400 from found the HE 400 to heavy so it was sold to me. Again I think the X1 is a very good choice for you! The HE 400 and 500 would b a good upgrade for when you where able to get a more powerful amp and higher quality Dac, along with at least 320kbs mp3s or a Lossless Music source 

post #8 of 34

I think HE400 is amazinggg!!! not portable though :(

 

...I haven't left my places in days because I've been too addicted to the sound =P

post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

I think HE400 is amazinggg!!! not portable though :(

 

...I haven't left my places in days because I've been too addicted to the sound =P


haha..... that is very true. If I need motivation to work in pc (at home), I listen music through HE 400 and work. So I do not keep track of time :)

post #10 of 34

I think OP's instincts for M100 and X1 are definitely better choices for his musical preferences than HE400. HE400 is very good, but that doesn't make it right for him.

post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

I think OP's instincts for M100 and X1 are definitely better choices for his musical preferences than HE400. HE400 is very good, but that doesn't make it right for him.

mmm... the m100 is pretty solid at rap & anything else w/ a heavy bassline. haven't heard the x1.

 

hahaha... the he400 recommendations are flowing in b/c his budget goes up to $500 & he doesn't need closed/portable. if he was limited to $300, then of course, m100 vs x1. just when the budget is higher, it's fun to point to the best you can get in that budget =P

 

if you end up going m100, i would recommend also purchasing the XL memory cushion pads from vmoda. makes the headphones a ton more comfyyy :)

post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

mmm... the m100 is pretty solid at rap & anything else w/ a heavy bassline. haven't heard the x1.

 

hahaha... the he400 recommendations are flowing in b/c his budget goes up to $500 & he doesn't need closed/portable. if he was limited to $300, then of course, m100 vs x1. just when the budget is higher, it's fun to point to the best you can get in that budget =P

 

if you end up going m100, i would recommend also purchasing the XL memory cushion pads from vmoda. makes the headphones a ton more comfyyy :)

 

I just doubt OP will be happy with HE400. Yes, it's possible not to be happy with HE400! It's very good, only not so much with his music. (For jazz, HE400 all the way and no lookin' back.) I expect it to be over-recommended for a little while because of last month's sales.

post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

I just doubt OP will be happy with HE400. Yes, it's possible not to be happy with HE400! It's very good, only not so much with his music. (For jazz, HE400 all the way and no lookin' back.) I expect it to be over-recommended for a little while because of last month's sales.

hahaah that is true, but I listen to a lot of rap & the HE400 performs very well for the genre. I would say its bass quality & vocals are much better than the m100. the only genre that I personally find that the HE400 might be lacking is w/ female vocals (but that may be more of a problem w/ my source files than the headphones).

 

I think OP would be happy w/ the HE400 :)

post #14 of 34
Thread Starter 

Lots of good discussion here and looks like the fidelio x1 is slightly ahead on the polls.  I might have to try out both the x1 and the he-400.  Either way it sounds like either headphone would be a great choice

post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by neodenjin View Post
 

Lots of good discussion here and looks like the fidelio x1 is slightly ahead on the polls.  I might have to try out both the x1 and the he-400.  Either way it sounds like either headphone would be a great choice


both are great phones. you need an amp for HE 400.

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