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How would these compare to say the AKG K7XX or Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (250 Ohm)? Or even the HiFiMan HE-400s? Or dare I say Fostex TH-X00? I own the AKG & Beyerdynamic's I mentioned just now and am looking for a headphone with a little more low end but retains most of the soundstage the K7XX & DT990's provide. I would be willing to forgo some high end detail if I had to... I know the prices vary pretty dramatically between the headphones Im mentioning here but these were once a $300 pair of cans. Audioquest Nighthawk's are attractive but $$$.
It's hard to say without hearing the HE-350s, but from what I've read,
K7XX, not as wide or and less bass extension. Should be easier to drive, but not as comfortable due to cheaper pads. If you are after low end in an open can, it's really hard to go past the K7XX IMHO.
DT990, highs not as sharp, perhaps a little less detail but a more neutral sound easier to drive.
TH-X00, Way wider sound stage, about it. The TH-X00 would likely eclipse it everywhere else. The X00s are very intimate.
HE-400s This entry level planar might be the cans you are after. Depending on the purpose, also keep the Philips Fidelio X2s in mind.
Maybe check out Zeos reviews.
Thanks for the post crainger. Checked out that video review too. I had the Sennheiser HD598's that he compares them to in the video and they were definitely a good headphone, extremely neutral, maybe too neutral for my liking. I think the HiFiMan HE-400s might be the headphone Im looking for in my price range. Ill be sure and check out those Philips Fidelio X2s as well. Thanks again for the reply, appreciate it.
Honestly, with some mods to the Fostex TH-X00 they are some of the best headphones I have ever heard. They come VERY close to my Alpha Prime's, and considering the TH-X00 cost me $440 total with mods Id say that is incredible to compare so closely to my $1,000 Alpha Prime's.
As for how these compare, I dont think anyone really knows except Will from Massdrop since these are a new product. I would say they are not super high end headphones because you just cant make that ultra high end segment for $99. But I would bet these sound very nice for their price. Probably one of the best on the market for sub-$100.
If you want more low end, you could always do some mods with a little bit of TP and maybe a small bit of foam to shape the way the sound moves through the headphone to your ears.
Good to hear about the Fostex TH-X00's. If you dont mind me asking, what are the mods you did to them?
the usual, drilling holes and stuffing toliet paper probably lol
lol I don't think th-x00s sound anywhere near 1000 dollars. They sound about as good as like 300-500 dollar cans.
The he-400i's when you can grab them for 300 blow them out of the water (from an objective standpoint). Extends deeper but it doesn't slam or hit hard (bass is audible in ranges lower than any dynamic though, and pure sounding). Extends higher without fatigue. Midrange is liquid smooth and a bit forward. They trade a bit of naturalness for insane sound though. More resolving than HD600 and of course so much more worth it.
Still I own a couple Fostex pairs ;-) because the low end has nice punch. I would recommend X00s to anyone unless you like classical/acoustic music . For modern genres they are a king at the price point.
Comparing th-x00 and he-400i.......... you know that you are comparing closed dynamic cans to open planar magnetic ones?
and???? doesn't have to be a fair fight it's value for money. headphones are headphones smh.
Ur joking right???? Comparing a toyota to a BMW, sure they both to the same thing but one is way more enjoyable. Give your head a shake.
Dunno. Depends on what is enjoyable to what person. Different flicks for different chicks I suppose. I found the he-400i among several leagues more enjoyable to listen to than the th-x00. Adios.