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Yeah, these are expensive. D2K's float around for $200 used so if you want to buy D2000's, get them used. When they were still being produced they retailed for $200 shipped, so this is a lot more. For the same price, one should really consider the Mad Dog T50rp or Hifiman HE-400, both with similar (Most people will argue better even) sound signatures.
I'm still waiting for the day a Hifiman product drops on MD.<br /><br />MD should seriously just skip the voting process and contact Hifiman directly. I am SURE people would buy them regardless of having voted or not.
@del316 I'm fairly sure the Massdrop folks have. While I'd also like this, Hifiman is on record saying they will not do discounts. Period. No exceptions. So... probably not worth the wait.
Interesting, I never knew Hifiman said no. I know for sure that Schiit won't do it either no matter what. So anyone who puts up Schiit products or polls is wasting their time.<br /><br />So good for companies like Beyerdynamic for actually stepping up...
I am quite positive that the HE-400 will never be dropped. This is because the pricing is already very reasonable, for almost a year now sellers have been required to sell them new for $400, no loopholes AFAIK. The cheapest they've been were $350 but that was a while ago...If you want to try them you might as well get them now.
True. <br /><br />How long has the HE-400 been running now?<br />And how much sonic difference is there between the HE-400 and HE-4?
I believe it's been nearly two years. I would recommend taking a look at the HE-400 discussion thread on head-fi if you just want to read about all the background info. The HE-4 became a bit overlooked after the release of the fabulous HE-400, which is nearly as good as the much more expensive LCD-2's, but owners of the HE-4 and HE-400 concluded that the HE-4 is still a very good headphone, but it needs lots of power for the phone to shine. HE-400 sounds decent on almost anything but also scales very well with pricey amps. If you're looking for a D2K-like signature, you should probably try the Mad Dog T50rp first and then move on to the HE-400 if you don't like the closed signature. As much respect as the old Denon line deserves, at this price the D2000 just doesn't have that bang for the buck anymore. Mad Dogs are $300 now with lambskin angled earpads, and the HE-400 is $395 shipped with free velour earpads from headamp.<br /><br />I really don't mean to deface this drop but $380 is just too much for a headphone that used to cost $200, there are simply better alternatives for the price.
I actually already own the Mad Dogs, with both dog pads and Alpha pads. I just find them heavy and uncomfortable and they can get quite hot, especially with the new alpha pads. I have Q701 and HD598, which I love, but I'm looking for something closed (I know the isolations sukcs on the D2000 but it doesn't bother me) , I'm more interested the closed back sound not the isolation, and comfort.
D2k-like signature = Mr Speakers Mad Dog's with Alpha Pads? Hmm, I haven't heard that one before.<br /><br />I love my Mad Dogs, very comfortable, not heavy and not hot. I have heard such characteristics apply to the HE-400 (particularly them being heavy) but I have no issues with my mad dog's. <br /><br />Just my opinion.