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so i am pretty new to good audio headphones. and im wanting to get a good pair. been perusing these forums for a few months. ive taken a look at a lot of headphones and saw a lot of pictures to get a taste in what i like. ive gotten a taste for pretty basic non flashy headphones but big on audio. the beyerdynamic t70 and he 400 are a couple that have peaked my interest.

now i know these are 2 completly diferent headphones. one being a planar and the other just regular but still amazing pair.

i was going through ebay and saw both of them can be had at around 400$. now i just gotta decide what one i should get. i am leaning a bit more towards the he 400 just because i love the look of the drivers and just overall feel of them. the t 70s are nice too because of the basic look of them.

what are some pros and cons to both headphones. im usually playing video games and listening to a lot of rock, metal, and symphonic classical esque music.
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From experience, the HE400s are a very fatiguing past initial impressions because the sound is so colored ... they also have pretty bright treble due to V-curve sound signature. I really don't recommend these for rock or metal. However, they're great for trance/electronic/jazz. They're also HEAVY, which is hit or miss for some.

As for the T70, don't have experience with these but as a closed back headphones, they won't give you the sound stage/instrument separation as much as an open backed pair... Just rule of thumb when making a comparison.

I've been through a few headphones, and say my vote goes for the HD650 if you're looking for a metal/rock and gaming scenarios.

Good luck.
 
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so i am pretty new to good audio headphones. and im wanting to get a good pair. been perusing these forums for a few months. ive taken a look at a lot of headphones and saw a lot of pictures to get a taste in what i like. ive gotten a taste for pretty basic non flashy headphones but big on audio. the beyerdynamic t70 and he 400 are a couple that have peaked my interest.

now i know these are 2 completly diferent headphones. one being a planar and the other just regular but still amazing pair.

i was going through ebay and saw both of them can be had at around 400$. now i just gotta decide what one i should get. i am leaning a bit more towards the he 400 just because i love the look of the drivers and just overall feel of them. the t 70s are nice too because of the basic look of them.

what are some pros and cons to both headphones. im usually playing video games and listening to a lot of rock, metal, and symphonic classical esque music.

I haven't tried any of those but I believe that the beyers are not so good based on a couple of reviews (rather get a DT 770 pro and up). This one is quite complete:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/627197/beyer-dynamic-t70-barely-a-beyer-review

Regarding the hifiman HE400 it seems they have better sound quality compared to the beyer t70.

Still, I think (IMHO) that there are few "mid range" headphones worth 400 usd... There are greater cheaper cans, but after those, the difference in price/performance becomes larger and it is only ok to spend such amount of money if you go for even higher end equipment.
I'd rather get a Sennheiser HD 598 - 650 and enjoy.
Also make sure you got a good soundcard/DAC to drive them smile.gif
Edited by pokerapar88 - 11/15/13 at 4:17am
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so i am pretty new to good audio headphones. and im wanting to get a good pair. been perusing these forums for a few months. ive taken a look at a lot of headphones and saw a lot of pictures to get a taste in what i like. ive gotten a taste for pretty basic non flashy headphones but big on audio. the beyerdynamic t70 and he 400 are a couple that have peaked my interest.

now i know these are 2 completly diferent headphones. one being a planar and the other just regular but still amazing pair.

i was going through ebay and saw both of them can be had at around 400$. now i just gotta decide what one i should get. i am leaning a bit more towards the he 400 just because i love the look of the drivers and just overall feel of them. the t 70s are nice too because of the basic look of them.

what are some pros and cons to both headphones. im usually playing video games and listening to a lot of rock, metal, and symphonic classical esque music.

If you're going to be spending $400+ on headphones, your choice should not be based on how the they look, but how they sound. If you can, go to an audio store and try them out. You can read forums until the cows come home trying to figure how a particular set of cans sounds, but there is no substitute for testing them for yourself.
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For 400 bucks, get yourself some HD600s and a small desktop amp and never look back thumb.gif
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I vote for the HE-400s, there's just something about the orthodynamic drivers... I'll admit I don't own or listen to $200+ headphones, but even when I messed up the frequency response of my t50rps with a bad mod, they sounded so much... clearer than other headphones I've listened to. Crackles in someones voice, plucking a guitar, clarity during busy parts... meh, it's probably just a placebo. Since my favorite headphones and IEMs don't use dynamic drivers, I'm probably biased, but I have heard the HE-400s are great all-around headphones.
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