I have been looking for new headphones and recently got HD598 and HE-400.
HD598 arrived first, and I had about a week to solely listen to it. Then, HE-400 came after I was somewhat used to the sound of HD598.
My setup is PC/Android -> Centrance Hifi-M8 -> headphones.
The first impression on HE-400 was that it sounds very "distant" compared to HD598. It could be that I was already used to the sound of HD598, but HE-400 sounds like I am listening to music from far back row or something. On the other hands, HD598 sounds alot closer and "engaging". I prefer sound of HD598 alot more. This makes me want to crank up the volume when I listen to HE-400, which is probably not very good for my ears.
I searched for "distant" in HE-400 thread, and there's alot of impression like mine. Some people say velour pads help, but even with velour pads, the difference is significant.
My question is: is "distant sound" what people describe as "airy" and having "wide soundstage"? If they are the same, then I guess I don't like "wide soundstage" and probably should stick to closed phone...?
Also, is "sennheiser veil" similar to what I am experiencing from HE-400 (distant sound)? If so, I should stay away from HD650? (according to review by innerfidelity, HD600 doesn't suffer from the veil so much).
Thanks in advance for your help!