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Mikewannabees
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Nov 9, 2018
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Someone be real with me here. I like sub bass in headphones. I hear these have lots of low end. I also hear I can mod the pads on the he4xx to get more low end. Would these or the he4xx be a better overall purchase for light music listening but mostly gaming?
Nov 9, 2018
mattris
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Nov 10, 2018
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I own the HE4XX and all of six (6) Brainwavz XL pads, all of which present a different sound signature. I found that the best-overall pads for most music - with the best bass quality and quantity - are the standard solid pleather model. Though for gaming, I would recommend the perforated pleather model, which sacrifices a bit of bass for a bigger soundstage (for better localization of footsteps in FPS games). With an abundance of mid-bass (not sub-bass) and a large mid-treble peak, many consider the Beyerdynamic DT990 a fatiguing headphone. Personally, I would not recommend it. So the HE4XX with pleather (or perforated) Brainwavz XL pads would be my recommendation for you. To use any aftermarket pads, you will need to acquire the official HIFIMan Velour pads and use their removable pad-attachment rings (https://www.ebay.com/itm/HIFIMAN-Velour-Earpads-Headphone-replacement-Ear-pads-for-HIFIMAN-HE-Series/253238435364) Before you buy anything, though... May I ask, what DAC and amplifier do you own?
Nov 10, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Nov 11, 2018
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The 4XX is the better bet. It's low end is flat and extends well to 30hz. The DT990 lacks sub bass but they do have a mid bass hump and are quite bassy overral for an open back can. I've used the 4XX with gaming and they offer a dynamic punchy signature that worked well for shooters and open world games. Used them a bit with RDR2 and they do well with a spacious world such as that. Just be weary, they like a good deal of power but as long as you have a good amp to drive them you should come away rather pleased.
Nov 11, 2018
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