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As always, just because something is more expensive, is liked by other people, looks like such-and-such compared to such-and-such on a graph, etc. doesn't mean you'll like it more. Moreover, people have different ideas about what an upgrade really means. Those planars you're looking at are heavier. Aside from that, you'll never know for sure unless you try them. I mean, it's very likely you will like them more, but don't go in without a return policy or at least a willingness to resell.

You'll probably like the mids on most of these options more, though.
Edited by mikeaj - 2/16/13 at 10:14pm
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the HiFiMAN HE-400 is a nice upgrade over the Beyerdynamic DT770. just return to Amazon if you don't like them. Denon headphones are all jacked up. everything else is just a sidestep.
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Meridian Explorer got a glowing review.

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/505-meridian-explorer-usb-dac-review/

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Comparing the $250 AudioQuest DragonFly to the $299 Meridian Explorer reveals real differences readers can use to make purchasing decision. Nearly twice as long and twice as wide the Explorer is much larger than the DragonFly. Both products are still pocket-sized but if size is most important (large or small) the decision should be easy. The Explorer features optical digital output, reprogrammable feature sets, and support for 176.4 and 192 kHz. The DragonFly offers none of the aforementioned features. The Explorer has a detachable USB cable while the DragonFly has a captive USB type A connector. The Explorer requires drivers on Windows because it supports 4x sample rates. The DragonFly is plug and play. The sonic differences between the two devices are not factual like the specifications. In my listening sessions the Explorer has a larger sound stage, more control, and an overall better sound. The DragonFly is the 2012 Computer Audiophile Product of the Year. If the Explorer would have been released in 2012 I would have very likely given the award to Meridian. The pace at which digital components improve and change can be frightening for some and exciting for others. I’ve never been more excited about being an audiophile than I am now. $299 for a great product from a great company was unheard of a few years ago. Nearly everyone can afford high resolution playback at high quality with the Meridian Explorer.

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Honestly, it's hard to recommend HIFIMAN to girls or most headphones with wooden cups. I've pretty much trained myself to wear these headphones and if I wear them for a really long period of time they can still give me a sore neck.

HIFIMAN headphones are pretty heavy..they'll really work out your neck muscles if you're coming from light headphones that "don't feel like you have anything on your head" (AKA, Audio Technica, Beyer, Senns etc).

It's not so much that they're heavy to hold like a weight..it's just that when you're wearing them for hours..that extra weight gets noticeable.
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One you're forgetting to that list : sony xb1000 - they are huge granted, but their soundstage is unmatched. More so they work wonders with electronic music
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I forgot nothing. I'll skip over sony's.
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Why?

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Because they suck.
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post

Because they suck.

That's your opinion Simca, a non-backed up, one line comment.
I was faithful to my XB700's for over 2years, and still deem them great headphones for the price.
The XB1k's are absolutely brilliant and share some of the similar qualities of the XB700's - but are a supped up version.

For electronic + soundstage, nothing comes close to the XB1k's
Unless you go open back for soundstage and rip open a pro900
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XB1K's are all sub-bass. That's great if that's what you're looking for, but most people looking for "bassy" cans think of those with slam/mid bass presence..so..they'll be better suited with Pro 900s...

And still, both of these headphones are fatiguing..really DT990s would probably be a better choice in the long run. Also with the price you're paying for the XB1ks you may as well go with a lower version of the XB series. XB1K's don't hold their value.

To get the slam on XB1k's you'll need to strong EQ them and even then, you'll be fatiguing yourself to death is it worth spending 250+ on a headphone that only does electronica well? I wouldn't.
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