Have you heard the Sennheiser HD 820? I don't own them but love their sound. Also....I think the amp driving any earphone contributes mightily to the ultimate performance.
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Stringreen, I have not considered the HD 820, however have looked into the HD 800. I do agree that the wide disparity between headphone input/amplifier output impedance and headphone sensitivity/amplifier gain in addition to ones own subjective bias towards what is 'best' certainly begs one to exercise due diligence in matching both components. Given this, I think I need to purchase an amplifier that has a reasonable amount of gain and <3 ohm impedance.
Raymona, what headphone amplifier have you used with these headphones? Do you happen to recall the sensitivity and impedance for the 400? II have looked into the 400s as a possible entry into the realm of planers at very reasonable price. I need to find how the 400 and 400s differ.
I have recently purchased the HiFiMan 400s headphones to serve as an introduction to Planer Magnetics. Soundstaging, imaging and resolution has improved over the AKG 701Qs. I will likely upgrade beyond these at some point.
Now I am looking for a headphone amplifier what will drive the low impedance loads found in many (most) planer magnetic headphones. Sensitivity is not much of an issue as many can be found that are greater than 95dB sensitive. I would like to hear from those using planer magnetic headphones what amp/planer headphone combination they are using.