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View Full Discussion These headphones sound great. They have remarkable detail across the audio spectrum, excellent stage, very visual, airy and open. As expected, bass performance is modest. But what I've discovered is that they don't perform well out in the world. I tried them in an office situation, and the sound falls apart with any ambient noise. Worse on the street. My suggestion is get comfy, pull out your audiophile recordings [https://www.stuff.tv/features/44-essential-albums-audiophiles], light a fatty, and get your groove on.
True that. All open hps are meant for low ambient noise use. Getting comfy- whatever that entails for you- is the way to enjoy a quality hp lol. I use an hq DAP to drive my 4XX and I wouldn't describe them as having modest bass response. I've played bass guitar for decades and I think 4XX LF is tight, textured, realistic, w/o boomy or sub-emphasis. E and B strings sound right to me thru 4XX. And If one is used to a bass-heavy presentation (not saying you), moving to hq hps will require brain recalibration. Generalizing and again, not speaking to your setup which you didn't mention, planars require adequate, clean amplification to perform well across their frequency response so no section range will sound modest or lacking, and everything more balanced. Colorado tested, lol!