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Cross posted over on the HE4XX drop page:
I'm looking to get my feet wet in entry level headphones, but I'm not ready to buy a headphone amp. I'll plug directly into a pc and stereo receiver. Mobility isn't a concern. What do you think is the most practical pick? What do you think is the most interesting sounding choice?
Both are advertised as "audiophile" grade headphones that don't necessarily need a headphone amp to be enjoyed.
I'm not looking for the be-all end-all, just a place to start.
I havent listened to 660s 150ohm driver to confirm, but at best these are going to be "listenable" with mobile and non-amped sources. The HE4XXs are a good option, and planar's are quite exciting, but still require an amp to sound impressive even with their low impedance. honestly i am hard pressed to pick either one. When the HE400s came out they were widely considered the best bargain in mid-fi, if the 58Xs ship as impressively as i expect after they tune up the bass roll-off then they will be a rediculous steal at $150. Both will not be available for 6 months at the earliest i imagine...i would jump on a 6XX drop before waiting for either of these to drop again.