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Best Orthodynamic for Gaming/Music under $1000

Poll Results: Best Orthodynamic for Gaming/Music?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Thunderpants
  • 14% of voters (1)
    Alpha Dog
  • 0% of voters (0)
    ZmF Vibro
  • 14% of voters (1)
    LCD-2
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HE-4
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HE-400i
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HE-5
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HE-5LE
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HE-500
  • 42% of voters (3)
    HE-560
  • 28% of voters (2)
    Any Other
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

I prefer a linear, neutral, reference headphone except with emphasis on the bass. Needs oomph, meaning great extension as well as quality and quantity (nothing like rattling my head, but certainly not lacking like a AKG Q701). Soundstage is quite important as well as imaging so I can benefit from that in gaming. My previous AKG Annies were great for this, but ultimately, left me wanting in the bass department. I also just want to try out the planars.

 


Edited by SoAmusing777 - 7/11/14 at 11:26pm
post #2 of 35
No to HE-400. I'd tend to think HE-560 might do nicely. Still I think it's a toss up between 5LE/4/500. They all have pros and cons, really. I'd say 500 is the most coherent and natural sounding, but 5LE has a brighter and more diffused sound with bigger sound stage but not as coherent and natural.
post #3 of 35

Wait for he-400i

post #4 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

No to HE-400. I'd tend to think HE-560 might do nicely. Still I think it's a toss up between 5LE/4/500. They all have pros and cons, really. I'd say 500 is the most coherent and natural sounding, but 5LE has a brighter and more diffused sound with bigger sound stage but not as coherent and natural.


Well yeah, HE-400 isn't really even in my list. Good suggestions.

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Wait for he-400i


What's it suppose to sound like?


Edited by SoAmusing777 - 7/4/14 at 11:54pm
post #5 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoAmusing777 View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Wait for he-400i


What's it suppose to sound like?

Like a replacement for HE-500 or something along those lines (think silghtly warm-ish laid back).

 

Why not have HE-5LE on your short list?

post #6 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Like a replacement for HE-500 or something along those lines (think silghtly warm-ish laid back).

 

Why not have HE-5LE on your short list?

What's a short list? Something for the interim? What's it sound like?

post #7 of 35

I don't quite follow.. Regardless, HE-5LE is often quoted as a more refined HE-4. How come it be that we haven't discussed amping yet? So, what do you plan to use for amping, some of these require a lot of juice?

post #8 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

I don't quite follow.. Regardless, HE-5LE is often quoted as a more refined HE-4. How come it be that we haven't discussed amping yet? So, what do you plan to use for amping, some of these require a lot of juice?


More refined... What does that mean? How's the bass? Soundstage/imaging? I don't know. I could have sworn I answered that. Harman Kardon AVR 254 then later a X-FI Titanium HD.

post #9 of 35
I did say a thing or two earlier in the thread. Haven't heard the he-4 extensively, though.
You'll have to use the speaker outputs on the avr to drive those headphones. Or get a suitable amp.
post #10 of 35
Thread Starter 

bumppp.

post #11 of 35
Thread Starter 

Bump! Thinking 400i at this point.

post #12 of 35

HE-400i and 560 is 20% off at headphone.com if signing up for some email thingy, or so I have heard. Check out the 560 thread, it's an extremely good deal.

post #13 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

HE-400i and 560 is 20% off at headphone.com if signing up for some email thingy, or so I have heard. Check out the 560 thread, it's an extremely good deal.


Yup, 1 of the big reasons I'm considering it. Have to call to preorder the 400i tho, so hopefully can still use the code.

post #14 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Wait for he-400i

Overall a great suggestion. I edited my initial post and title (to include $500 more doll hairs), lol. Still would like it to at least be under $750 though. Also added more to the votes. Any other suggestions (make sure to read what I edited :P).

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

How come it be that we haven't discussed amping yet? So, what do you plan to use for amping, some of these require a lot of juice?

Just got the amp in yesterday (the 10th). Schiit Asgard 2 :D DAC's are in the sig.

post #15 of 35
Spent some hours with he-560. It's superb
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