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- Great for those who want a more balanced sound
- Ear pads are comfortable and have good noise isolation
- Headphones are lightweight and easy to carry around with you
- Sound is well balanced
- Product is well made
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Lost my gamble with Hifiman QC twice in a row, alternatives to Sundara?
In terms of technical performance they're some of the best under $1000. If you don't want to EQ I'd take a look at the Focal Elex they have good technical performance, a pretty nice frequency response, and are built pretty well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the clear sound of the Sundara, but I returned mine due to the very poor build quality. I'm chasing that really clear sound signature on another headphone, would I enjoy the DT1990 Pro?
Try Sennheiser HD560S or Focal Elex. DT1990 has problematic treble, way out of line for its asking price. Sundara truly is an anomaly, regarding sound quality for the price it is unmatched. In your place, I'd still go for another pair of Sundara.
Upgrade from Hifiman he400i 2020?
I think you might be interested in taking a look at the Focal Elex (700€) on drop.com or even the Focal Clear on headphones.com (990€ if the discount is still valid).
Other than that, maybe take a look at Dan Clark Audios offerings.
What's a headphone you used to hate and now you love?
I didn't have a great tube in the CTH and I could hear the flaws of the included electro harmonix better with the Elex, 5k peak was too prominent and vocals sounded edgy. Dynamic nature was over-emphasized.
What headphones (under $1000) are you dying to listen to but can’t because of money?
Hifiman Ananda, Focal Elex, Goldplanar GL2000, anything of the Sennheiser HD600 series (and also the 58x, and HD800/800s/820), and maybe the Audeze LCD-2C. In terms of IEMs, I think maybe the Thieaudio Monarch and Clairvoyance, and the Kinera Nanna.