Originally Posted by hiphophead07
I am a new member to the head-fi forums and am deciding to upgrade my stock Samsung headphones. I usually listen to hip-hop, rap, r&b, rock, pop, dubstep and house music. I am looking for a high-end choice at $300 or less. After reading several threads My choices have come down to these four:
Sennheiser HD 650
I'm looking for great quality sound, comfort, good bass nothing Too muddy is fine with me, and a price at least around 300 or less. The Denons are my first choice however they are very costly so I am looking for an alternative to them unless someone can recommend me a place/person I can find them for my specified price range.
I've read the Hifiman he-400 are great at price for the quality of rich sound and balance and would like to know how they compare with the following headphones list above.
Which of the following in list above come close to the D5000? Are there any recent models 2014 that offer same or even better quality, comfort, and sound which I should be looking at?
I currently have the HE-400 and they are pretty amazing. Open non-portable headphones. Amazing bass extension, tightness, and clarity. Sound quality is amazing and it is an absolute joy to listen too. I would say that for $300, you cannot get anything with better sound quality. You would probably want to invest in an amp for the HE-400. Don't need anything fancy to make it shine. Velour pads is something else a lot of people like with the HE-400. It would really blow your mind if you are coming from normal consumer-grade headphones. The sound signature is not technically 100% audiophile neutral, but at this price range nothing really is. I'm thinking like HD800-level audiophile neutral. It's sound signature is absolutely stunning for dubstep, edm, house, rap, and hip-hop!! Note, these are heavier than your average headphones, so it might take a bit of time to adjust to, but they have wide headband that evenly distributes weight and deep comfy earpads.
I have also owned the Sennheiser On-ear Momentum. Sound quality and build quality is stunning. Sound signature is great for a portable pair of closed headphones. However, note the earpad's diameter is really small and this model is more of on-ear pair of headphones. They do have nice leather earpads so your actual comfort level just depends on how long you wear your headphones for and how sensitive your ears are to pressure.
The Momentum is a very nice choice if you need portability. If not, I would definitely go He-400 all the way. For your dollar, you simply can't get anything better in terms of sound quality. It's sound signature also matches your musical preferences, so I think you will be really happy with that purchase.