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first audiophile headphone, thinking HE-400, any other contenders?

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Thread Starter 

Looking at headphones in the $300 range, the HE-400 looks good but I don't have anywhere local to listen.  Any other contenders?

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What kind of headphones do you have experience with? What kind of sound signature are you looking for?

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.
post #3 of 12
What genres do you listen to most often?
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I dont have a headphone amp, how anout a receiver?I listen to pop, rock, jazz, mostly...some acoustic jazz ot classical too. All my music is lossless, mostly wma losless from cd.
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Originally Posted by nolossaudioguy View Post

I dont have a headphone amp, how anout a receiver?I listen to pop, rock, jazz, mostly...some acoustic jazz ot classical too. All my music is lossless, mostly wma losless from cd.

 

Some other options:  AKG K702, Beyer DT880 and the HD600 (the usual suspects).


Edited by elvergun - 3/17/14 at 9:06pm
post #6 of 12

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.

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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

Some other options:  AKG K702, Beyer DT88 and the HD600 (the usual suspects).

Good choices to consider, too! smily_headphones1.gif
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

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.

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Congrats! That's gotta sound great smily_headphones1.gif
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Happy listening! :beerchug:

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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!

post #12 of 12

Sounds like a great rockin' little setup... run far far away now and enjoy the music!!

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