Most detailed and clean headphones around $400-$500 USD

Hey guys,

so as the title suggests, I’m on the search for the most detailed and cleanest sounding headphones around the $400 - $500 USD mark.

I’m currently rocking a pair of beyer Amiron Homes with a AAA 789 AMP + Enog 2 DAC. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the Amiron Homes, on a few tracks (all lossless), sound almost a bit muffled, as if there’s a subtle veil over the vocals (especially female voices). I tested them balanced with my friend’s Jotunheim to the same result.

So now I’m on the search for the cleanest and most detailed pair of cans available on the market around my given price point which would pair well with my setup. What would you guys recommend me to buy?

Thanks a lot in advance!

So long

HD 600/660’s…for more detail but slightly higher high end the DT1990 Pro…Bass?

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Thanks for the reply. Already had the 660s in mind. I listened to the 1990 Pro’s and they had the same kind of veil sound to me for female vocals. Perhaps it’s my ears being extra when it comes to beyer’s Tesla drivers (or I just had a lot of bad luck with the drivers in the headphones I tried).

Grado RS2e seems like a good option.

Grados unfortunately come out around 600$ USD total from where I am from, not an option at this price point :frowning_face:

The ATH-AD2000X could be a good option. They are bright, but extremely detailed. Also, if you don’t like a veiled sound, know that Sennheisers are known for that.

Did you try them with both sets of pads? There is quite the difference between the analytical & the balanced.

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@Sherm137 Thanks for the suggestion, but they run for roughly 1000$ USD where I am from, unfortunately way out of my league :smile:

@formerviking I’ve only tried the balanced pads, as they were the only ones available at the event. Even if they were to be a tad more detailed, it’d still not justify “upgrading” from Amiron Homes to 1990 Pros. They are almost identical minus the warmth in the low frequencies.

Check the ollo audio options

I’ve the closed back and I like them.

Well heard! Here’s a measurement plot of the Amirons that agrees with you:

Ignore everything but two things: the black line – which is the Amiron’s raw frequency response from bass to treble – and the blue line which is one version of what a flat frequency response should be. (Everything else cluttering things up is related to EQ.)

Notice how the black line dips down in the middle of the graph (from left to right) just where the blue line is rising. The human voice lives in this middle area. So the Amiron is unnaturally quiet/recessed in just the area in which female vocals are sounding. This is a common problem and almost unavoidable when dealing with headphones that have a significant built-in bass boost.

So what about the Senn HD 660 S?

It’s indeed much better in the female vocal portion of the mids. But the deeper, basso and baritone male vocal portion of the mids is still a bit bloated. However, like all the HD 6** series it’s primary weakness is roll-off in the sub-bass and to some extent in the treble. Many find these easy omissions to live with.

Given your sensitivity to this area, you might want to do a reality check on the actual measurements of any headphone you consider buying if you can’t hear it in person.

Those graphs are terrible, they have a lot of wide lines and are confusing.

Amen to that! Only Amiron Home graph I’m aware of. And at least the measurements are not compensated using some obscure compensation curve. Plus the Harman curve acts as a useful comparator in the mids.

As has been mentioned, the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro and Sennheiser HD 660 S are good choices here. The DT 1990 Pro goes for $600 MSRP, but you should be able to find it for $500-ish.

Thanks to all of you guys, it’s really highly appreciated!!

I guess I’ll order both the 1990 Pro’s and the 660s and give them a test listen at home and send one of them (or both) back if I don’t like them.

One more question: How’s the Hifiman Sundara doing in terms of detail and clearness?

Thanks again! :v:t2:

Apparently, Sendy Aivas and Hifiman Sundaras are detail monsters. :slight_smile:
(And basically everything at 1000$+)

@Riya where are you located? They are $500 on Amazon.

I recently got the Sundara, and they are very detailed for the $350 price. Do you own the HE-4XX? They sound pretty similar.

Within Europe right now. Can’t seem to find them new (seem to be discontinued). Only a few resellers on Amazon selling them for 899€ (1k$ USD+)

Senheisser 660S are a great option at that price point

Ahhh dang that stinks.