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Best Detail, soundstage and Imaging under 600$ ?

post #1 of 12
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Can extend budget a little if needed .... 

post #2 of 12

I'd say take a look at Senn HD600/HD650, Hifiman HE 400/500

post #3 of 12

Hi,

 

AKG K701 and K702 have probably the biggest soundstage (behind Sennheiser HD800) but it is often not as precise as Beyerdynamic's soundstage. DT990 has bigger soundstage in comparison with DT880 but their sound signatures are very different. Beyerdynamic T90 should have similar soundstage with Beyerdynamic DT990, and in terms of sound signature they should be something like a less 'fun' DT990 but a bit more precise, but not as neutral as DT880. You should also consider Hifiman HE-4 which are often called super-DT880 (this are really hard to drive)

 

All this headphones are detailed in their own way. The right pick is down to preference. All of them need a good amplifier and high quality recordings to shine.

 

Best Luck!

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mosabexo View Post
 

I'd say take a look at Senn HD600/HD650, Hifiman HE 400/500

I considered buying both K702 and He-400, but now I want to buy one headphone with the cost of K702+HE-400...

 

So I think I would go with Either HE500 or the HD650 ... do you know which one has better imaging ?

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

Hi,

 

AKG K701 and K702 have probably the biggest soundstage (behind Sennheiser HD800) but it is often not as precise as Beyerdynamic's soundstage. DT990 has bigger soundstage in comparison with DT880 but their sound signatures are very different. Beyerdynamic T90 should have similar soundstage with Beyerdynamic DT990, and in terms of sound signature they should be something like a less 'fun' DT990 but a bit more precise, but not as neutral as DT880. You should also consider Hifiman HE-4 which are often called super-DT880 (this are really hard to drive)

 

All this headphones are detailed in their own way. The right pick is down to preference. All of them need a good amplifier and high quality recordings to shine.

 

Best Luck!

I have the DT990 , It is the best headphone that I have....I want a step up from the DT990 ...

 

My amps are O2 and E09K will they b ok for HE-6's ?

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I also own HD598 and A700x ... 

post #7 of 12

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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post
 

I considered buying both K702 and He-400, but now I want to buy one headphone with the cost of K702+HE-400...

 

So I think I would go with Either HE500 or the HD650 ... do you know which one has better imaging ?

 

Price means nothing between this headphones. Some people enjoy T90 over T1, and some enjoy DT990 over T90.

 

So (IMO) it's wiser to look for that special pair of headphones that give you something you want that your DT990s can't give you.

 

Buying the more expensive pair doesn't mean getting the one that you will enjoy the most, neither getting the best in terms of sound quality.

 

This all depends on the shape of your body, your ears, your listening habits, your brain, the sorts of music that you like, and what you expect from your new headphones.

 

What things do you like about your DT990 and what things you don't like about them?

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

I like all of my headphones, I am just obsessed with imaging , I want better imaging, I am not only looking for a wide soundstage in my ideal headphone but also a superb imaging...Everything (Vocal/Instrument) Separated and placed in the soundstage in a manner that you can exactly pinpoint it..Even locating the keystrokes of a piano in a song... 

post #9 of 12
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So I think I would go with Either HE500 or the HD650 ... do you know which one has better imaging ?

I haven't tried the HE500 yet. Well, I don't know where you live, but even if you travel to go a place where you can audition them yourself would be significantly important, coz it's all about YOU.

 

I, myself, tried a lot of the famous upper end cans from great brands such as Grado, Sunns, and Audeze. I didn't like many of them despite the price tag that goes up to more than a thousand on some of them.

 

I'd say the HD650 is very relaxing, extremely smooth, airy, and engaging. It's the most romantic headphone that I heard, and if you love you're HD598, I'd say definitely give the 650 a try. To my ear, I got exactly what you described when I heard the HD650, and I felt in love with it!

 

Again, try to test them yourself.

post #10 of 12
Well, DT990 handles soundstage and imagine pretty well (at least my 250 Ohm version).

K702 has bigger soundstage and handles most orchestral music really well. This are definitely more neutral than DT990s, voices sound louder and bigger, bass is fast and precise (not boosted) and highs are softer. When paired with poorly recorded material K702 can sound lifeless and fake. (Great for Jazz, not that good for pop/rock)

Some people like plannars soundstage, some don't. If you can try any of them that would be great, if not you should consider K7xx or wait until you can get some mint condition
HD800.

Despite having a very good sounstage and imagine you could find K702 and HD800 sound singnatures a bit boring. So if you can't try them, reading about them should give you an idea of how they sound.

HD650 could be quite dark sounding specially coming from DT990s.
post #11 of 12

Within this price range, K70x. The logical upgrade is HD800 (new or used).

 

tl;dr what Me x3 said.

post #12 of 12

Shure SRH 1840. It has great detail, soundstage, imaging and is $500 at most places.

 

edit: Just stretch your budget and go for the HD800 imo if these 3 area's are important to you.


Edited by ubs28 - 5/9/14 at 12:00pm
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