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these are SE. They also come with a 3.5mm adapter + 1/4" adapter.
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Looked around a little yesterday on Drop after my son said I should get into some higher end audio. So I bit on these without much research. Looking forward to what others have to say at the $349 price point. Now it's time to look for an amp. Thx OP
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I would choose Senheiser.
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I have owned hd650, he400i, and now m1060

The hd650 were really nice for analytical listening, but didn't have much bass. Very detailed, great soundstage, and I could wear them through 10 hour gaming sessions with 0 discomfort

The he400i were great sounding. Slightly less detail when paying very close attention compared to hd650, much better, fuller bass. Horrendous build quality. I got two headphones for $260 ish new, one broke within 2 weeks and the other broke in the same spot in less than a year. The plastic yoke is where they break each time, don't trust anyone saying it's a manufacturing defect, it's actually a design flaw and places a ton of force on one point of plastic

The m1060 sound great, at the same tier as both hd650 and he400i. M1060 has the best overall build quality, they are well built and have durable metal at most parts, replaceable cable (though it's hard to find), better bass than hd650 but probably not as good as he400i. Overall very enjoyable listeners, if I had to put a negative I would say they are the heaviest out of the 3 and least comfortable, though still decent
Seems like it would take an amp to fully appreciate the HD650.
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I have used an amp the entire time I owned all 3 of these headphones. The first was a Project Ember, then eventually I moved to a Schiit Magni Uber 2

edit: amp recommended for all 3 to get any semblance of "punchy" bass

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Seems like it would take an amp to fully appreciate the HD650.
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/heavysigh I just bit in March at $449. Frown

The HE5se are nice and I certainly use them more than my HD6XX, but that may be the novelty of a new pair. They are my first planars. I pair them with a Schiit Magni/Modi (amp/dac). They REALLY livened up after around 80 hours of burn-in. They also sound surprisingly good on my Plenue D without an external amp.

At $349 these are a no-brainer.
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which one is better? HE5SE vs Sundara?
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In for one, I need another headphone like I need a root canal without novocaine. These are the current headphones I currently own. Sennheiser (HD 25, HD 25sp, HD 59x Jubilees) Hifiman HE 400i, 2X Mod House Argons, Fostex T60RP, and finally Acoustic Research AR-E10 IEM.

Out of them all I use my Fostex T60RP and the HE400i the most. I found the 400i for $120 was a steal of the century. I had Monoprice m1060c for 2 weeks, but I returned them. the 10K peak bothers me. I use my HD25 when I DJ and the HD25sp @ my office as they are closed back and wont bother others. I wear my AR-E10 with my mobile phone in the GYM.

with that said my HD58x stays at my bed side powered by my Tablet when I watch movies in bed. I run it off a fiio K1 dongle and its plenty.

The Argons are being build as I type this, they will be my gaming headset due to its crazy Sound Stage, We shall see what I am going to sell off once the HE5SE is received and gone thru its pace. I have a feeling the 400i and one ModHouse Argon have to go.
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which one is better? HE5SE vs Sundara?
there is a comparison review on YOUTUBE, search HiFiman HE5SE.
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The 560 does blow away 400i. It all depends what you value in the sound. I value tonal purity (transparency), lush/full midrange (not V curve), wide soundstage, and a deep defined bass.
Research has shown that the vast majority of people prefer a v-shaped curve, which you tend to lose in favor of neutrality once you venture into audiophile $$$ territory. Neither of us can call one objectively better. Have you heard LCD 2's? Somehow the best of both worlds... one day i'll have the disposable income.
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Research has shown that the vast majority of people prefer a v-shaped curve, which you tend to lose in favor of neutrality once you venture into audiophile $$$ territory. Neither of us can call one objectively better. Have you heard LCD 2's? Somehow the best of both worlds... one day i'll have the disposable income.
I suspect that is because a vast majority of people have some degree of hearing loss at higher frequencies, and bass needs to be at higher volume in order for it to be audible. The V-shape curve compensates for this handicap and what you end up hearing is effectively a flat frequency response.

I bet people who prefer V-shaped curve headphones listen to them at loud volume levels, and these same people hate Bose with a passion because the cliche "no highs, no lows must be Bose" is literally true for them. A headphone with an actual flat frequency would sound dull to someone with partial high frequency hearing loss.
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these. are. perfect.

i love them
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In for one, I need another headphone like I need a root canal without novocaine. These are the current headphones I currently own. Sennheiser (HD 25, HD 25sp, HD 59x Jubilees) Hifiman HE 400i, 2X Mod House Argons, Fostex T60RP, and finally Acoustic Research AR-E10 IEM.

Out of them all I use my Fostex T60RP and the HE400i the most. I found the 400i for $120 was a steal of the century. I had Monoprice m1060c for 2 weeks, but I returned them. the 10K peak bothers me. I use my HD25 when I DJ and the HD25sp @ my office as they are closed back and wont bother others. I wear my AR-E10 with my mobile phone in the GYM.

with that said my HD58x stays at my bed side powered by my Tablet when I watch movies in bed. I run it off a fiio K1 dongle and its plenty.

The Argons are being build as I type this, they will be my gaming headset due to its crazy Sound Stage, We shall see what I am going to sell off once the HE5SE is received and gone thru its pace. I have a feeling the 400i and one ModHouse Argon have to go.
Large pressing headphones can really suck when you need a molar root extraction. I have experience this a few times.
Have you modded your HD58x yet?
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The 560 does blow away 400i. It all depends what you value in the sound. I value tonal purity (transparency), lush/full midrange (not V curve), wide soundstage, and a deep defined bass.
I felt this way about 560v2 versus HE400S and 400i.
To me, 560 is the multi-million-dollar pro studio producing music while the 400 headphones are the amateur bedroom studios, though 400S did have an edge in one small aspect, subbass, but that's all.


Also, V-curve sound is quite advantageous for low-volume listening if done right.
The times I've impressed people when demonstrating/tweaking speakers are when I've equalized them into having a much more balanced frequency response (as close to flat as I can get) so that every element in a mix can be better appreciated, often causing people to rediscover the music they listen to.

And I think the non-ANC Bose sets are overpriced for the quality they present in both build and sound. =p
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My BeyerDynamic DT-990 Pros (250 ohm) broke after 2 years of abuse. I've been looking for the next thing and ordered a pair of these since the reviews seem to be good. Do you think these are comparable to what I had?
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which one is better? HE5SE vs Sundara?
Researching headphones is the most perplexing thing I've ever set out to do. At best you'll get technical details like sound stage which can be subjectively measured, but most "reviews" use terms that to the average person mean absolutely nothing at all. Even phrases like "bright" and "neutral" mean absolutely nothing without a good reference point, something most people don't have.

I ended up getting the Sundara's a cpl months ago for $500 and they're definitely the best headphones I've ever heard. They sound noticeably better than, though I won't dare describe why or how, and they are definitely more comfortable than my HD6XX's by a long shot, and the sound stage is much better for gaming.
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