Considering upgrading my headphones, help appreciated!

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by geddy402, May 24, 2018.

  1. olderroust

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    I had the original HiFiman HE400 (no I or L) which had a push-pull balanced driver like the higher end models. The HE400i is a single ended design which I expect to be lighter. Because of its weight, the HiFiman headband uses tighter clamping pressure than the Sennheiser HD-598. If the tighter clamping pressure does not bother you, the HE400i sound is more open and transparent with a raising treble.

    The Sennheiser HD-598 is one of the best value phone. At under $100 at time at Amazon, it is hard to beat. I have both the Sennheiser HD-598 and Sennheiser HD-600. I like both, but prefer the HD-600.
     
  3. Silentnet

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    I've got a pair of these coming to me early next month (damn if Massdrop doesn't require patience) and am seriously considering buying the Monoprice Monolith 1060s after borrowing a friend's pair for a week or so recently. I've already got AKG Q701s though and rarely use them, preferring speakers for most things... So probably best to hold off.

    I'd take the Reddit guy with a grain of salt -- he has admittedly little to no experience with higher end gear, but makes regular reference to the sound signature of LCD-2s, etc. They're also being driven directly from a laptop soundcard. The review makes no sense. He's also comparing the 1060 to the HE400i, which is a single ended design (as mentioned above) vs the 1060 and original HE400's double sided design.
     
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    What is your current main listening phone for reference before you get the HiFiman HE4XX? How do you feel about the clamping pressure and comfort level of the Monoprice Monolith 1060? I am interested in trying out the Monoprice Monolith 1060 too. But I worry about its resale value if I do not like it.
     
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    I've got Audio Technica M50s, Martin Logan Mikros 90s, and the AKG Q701s. Much prefer the AKGs, really only use the ATs when I need closed back, and the Mikros sound nice but I really don't like on-ears.

    Clamping force on the Monoliths was greater than I'd like but not skull-crushing. I'd probably try to stretch them somewhat if I end up with a pair.
     
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