Looking at headphones in the $300 range, the HE-400 looks good but I don't have anywhere local to listen. Any other contenders?
first audiophile headphone, thinking HE-400, any other contenders?
Also, what do you plan to run the headphones with? You really need a headphone amp to get the best out of the HE-400s.
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Some other options: AKG K702, Beyer DT880 and the HD600 (the usual suspects).
Edited by elvergun - 3/17/14 at 9:06pm
HE400 is my favorite for jazz. It plays rock fine, but I prefer SR225i or 80i. I wasn't impressed with it for classical, but it wasn't bad.
Still, I would look at a dynamic model too such as HD600, which can be found here used from $250. You might even like one of the Grados, but not if you like bass.
Thanks for the recommendations guys, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a pair of HE-400's. I got a little tube head amp "Little Bear" p-1 off ebay and the combo is great. It helps with the dark sound, bringing out the upper mids and softening the upper treble. I'm relistening to all my music, rediscovering how great the immersive experience is with decent gear.
I'd also like to say that all the help I received here from purchasing the headphones to reading the amazing reviews, played a big part in my decision and was extremely helpful. This site plays a vital role in sharing important information. Too all of you who make this site happen, Thank you!