No the amp is plenty powerful and can even driver something like the HE-500 or HE-6.
The DT 990s have an ok sound stage but it isn't as wide as say the Q701s.
Lastly, I did not say the AD900s I said the AD900x. There is a fairly large difference IMO.
I will have to trust you on the differences between the AD900 and AD900x because I haven't tried them both nor have I seen enough people comparing the differences between the two. Why you threw them into the conversation to begin with baffles me since the whole A900 line and the whole AD900 line is notorious for weak bass which is the OP requested. Also the soundstage on the AD900 line is indeed larger but many find it to be not as fleshed out as other headphones in that price range. So larger doesn't always equal better. But you do bring up a good point - IMO - sound is subjective and headphones will sound different to everyone. That is why I have to trust you on the differences between the AD900 and AD900x because even though I have seen comparisons, I have not seen enough to form any speculation on them especially since the ones I saw were about half and half.
I personally want to get some AKG Q701s and even the HE-400/500 but again, not appropriate for this thread since they are all $300 and more and need an amp. All are great headphones and good suggestions for people buying in that price range ...and plan on getting a dedicated amp. If I had the money I would own all 3 because all 3 are on my watch list. But discussion on these headphones should be in a different thread because the OP isn't in this price/enthusiast realm. Granted the OP did say $400-500 but these headphones typically require an amp to get full use of them so total budget should be more.
Far as your other post goes, the DTs really sing with tube amps too and don't forget even just changing the tubes can mean the world of differnce. One headphone will prefer one set of tubes and another headphone will love a different set of tubes.
Thanks guys, as you can tell, I'm pretty new to this so thank you for your help. I'll look at each of the suggested headphones and see the price, and see some reviews on them. Thanks again for the help!
And to answer the "Vengeance Shall Be mine" dude, I don't like the open headphones, and I can't tell you the type of sounds I like because I'm a newbie, so please don't judge. I can tell you that I listen to hip-hop often, but I still like clear vocals. I hope this helps people who want to suggest things!
Also I want them to be portable and I don't have an amp to drive higher ohm headphones.
So you want the following, yes?
- No amp requirement
- $400 - $500
- Good vocals
I see you having two options:
- Go a lot cheaper and get a pair of headphones that work well (may not blow you away) and don't need an amp, or
- Get a nicer quality headphone and a cheap portable amp like a Fiio E11 or E17
For the first option your best is probably the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. I say best because it is a really good bang for your buck headphone. It won't need to be driven by amp, has the bass, is a closed headphone, great for portability and most definitely meets your budget. A lot of people buy these headphones before they buy the more expensive headphones to see if they want to get into the headphone/audio quality hobby.
For the second option you have a lot of options though I will in your price range your are going to have to decide which you want more - great bass or mind blowing vocals and mids. To be honest I'm more of an open headphone kind of guy so I don't research closed pairs and it seems like most audiophiles make the $$$ leap to the Denon AH-D2000.
For Rap/Hip Hop I would see if I could score a deal on the Ultrasones Pro 900. That would be my top pick in the closed headphone in that price category. I hear nothing but praise in the bass category though. Supposedly I missed the lightning deal on Amazon a couple days ago where they were selling for $200 - I most definitely would have purchased them at that price.