Originally Posted by Invocation
Thanks Mr. Viola:) It seems the price of HE400S is quite acceptable. The problem is that I cannot find a hi-fi store nearby so I cannot try it in person, which is actually crucial... Have you compared HE400S with 400i or 560? And how does 400S compared to 650 considering orchestral music like Mahler or Bruckner? I tried 650 a few times and I think it fits better then my 600 on orchestral music, but I just do not want to get another Senn at the similar price range...
Unfortunately, I only managed to try the HE400S and HE1000 but not the 400i or 560. However, a quick search for reviews (Youtube videos or forums etc.) on the internet mostly seem to suggest that the 400S is one of the best options in the market at the moment, many even recommending it over the HD600/650 due to the relatively low budget required in order to bring out the max potential of the headphones (the latter two typically requiring significant amping). My own impressions suggest that the 400S seems to have a slightly better resolution/clarity than my 650 (might be due to the infamous Sennheiser veil ) but at the same time I also had the feeling that the 400S might become slightly fatiguing over longer listening periods due to the relatively more brilliant mid & higher frequencies. And the so called 'veil' is usually only noticeable when you've listened to brighter sounding headphones. Also, I must admit, and some have also kindly suggested, that while my equipment is technically driving my HD650 perfectly fine, it is not pushing the 650 to its max potential (mainly due to inconvenience of owning desktop gear as an international student), so perhaps the 650 are as capable as if not more than the 400S if it were driven to its limit.
Anyways, back to the music - Mahler & Bruckner! I think in general recording the works of these two composers is such a challenging task due to the complexity of the musical texture, that even modern recordings occasionally manage to sound only mediocre at best. So these days, although music is primarily about its expression and interpretation. I tend to be quite picky about the sound quality, because honestly and sadly, it's difficult for the poor quality of a recording to not get in the way of appreciating the music. But anyways, I think it'll be a good idea for classical fans here to share with each other particular recordings which they feel were well recorded. And last but not least, there's always Spotify or other similar services which allow you to sample the sound quality of the music first!