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Hey guys! first of all i would like to say that i stumpled upon this forum a few days ago and you seem well informed and polite! so cheers for that biggrin.gif

Now i am looking to buy some headphones and i dont have much experience with this.

1. My budget is around 400-500 dollars for the headphones itself.
2. I listen to all sorts of music but if i had to describe some it would be a mixture of hiphop/rap and electronical/trance/drum and bass. I dont think i am what you would call a basshead but i dont mind some bass tho wink.gif
3. Umm perks. Well i am mostly purchasing these headphones to listen to music, but i do play FPS games sometimes, so if they are just a little bit good at this, it would be a perk. But mainly music for sure! And comfort level is very relevant aswell as i do use headphones through longer sessions of time.
4. My headphones atm is some old Steelseries 5h and they are terrible to have on for longer periods of time. And i actually dont have any amp or soundcard at the moment and i am gonna purchase this aswell. If you could tell me a good combination with the headphone you suggest, it would be great. Probably around 200 dollars for this, but could be more or less depending on what you suggest!
5. I am gonna use it at my pc primarily. Would be cool tho, if i just once in a while could take them with me while i was travelling with train, but really isnt that important.
6. I live in denmark. Amazon i have used before and is a good place to purchase. Havent really used ebay before, and not sure of their shipping policies with regards to Denmark.

I prefer "over-ear" headphones.
I have been looking at the Beyerdynamics 990 600 ohm (found out they are really bassy, so prob not good for me?) and the Hifiman He-400 and Sennheiser HD650. Can find the HD650 for 435 dollars on amazon so allmost same price as the HE400. Not sure of the differences and if there is something better for my situation.

I greatly appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Statsminizzle - 12/5/12 at 11:04pm
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hey there welcome to OCN thumb.gif

i scrutinized between the HD650 & HE-400 when i bought my HD650's. for my needs the HD650 seemed like the better choice. i listen to mostly laid back vocal-focused music. your music preference is 'faster' and the HE-400's and planar magnetics in general excel in that area. so in your case between these two headphones the HE-400 would probably be the better choice. they also extend extremely low in the frequency range so they should sound great for electronica/trance/drum and bass. for gaming both the HE-400 and DT990's are considered better than the HD650's. that said, i game with mine and they work pretty damn well. no complaints whatsoever. keep in mind that i've never actually listened to the HE-400 or the DT990's, i'm just regurgitating what i've read online. a better source would be someone who's actually listened to all of them.

none of the three pairs you listed will be ideal for public use on the train. they're all open design and will not isolate ambient noise. i wouldn't use a full-sized open headphone of this value out in public just due to the elements (dust, rain, etc.). a pair of IEM's would be better in that situation.

what is your source? are you running a sound card or external DAC? onboard? just something else to consider, you'll want a decent source as well.
Edited by Porter_ - 12/6/12 at 8:26am
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I would think you would want bass heavy speakers based on the types of music you listen to actually. Or do you just not like headphones that are heavy in the bass?

In that price range I think Beyerdynamic, Senheiser, Ultrasone, and AKG are going to be some of your best bets.
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HE-400s for sure. The bass on them is great. Only headphone with better bass I've heard than them are the LCD-3s. I've heard different types of bass, harder hitting bass...but extension and all..HE-400s are fantastic.
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i had the hd650 they were nice, but now i have the hifiman he-4 with the ef-5 tube amp and a musicstream II+ dac. the highfiman set -up is so much better. i here the 400 are very good, but i never heard them.
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Nuff said.

Nah I'm just kidding. You'd be better off with a Sennheiser HD 650 or a Denon AH-D5000.
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