Anybody had any success stretching out the headband? I'm quite sensitive to clamp, so I'll need to stretch them out a bit, but they seem a little stiffer than the HE-400 was. I'm a little scared it will snap.
Precisely. The HE-400 measures ruler flat sure, but it doesn't sound so at least to my ears. Hence my original comment that the HE-400's bass isn't more "real" than the 400i. The HE-400i's bass is more in line with the rest of the frequency spectrum. Don't get me wrong though, I'd take the 400's bass over the 400i any day of the week.
Boy was I wrong about these not responding to bass EQ very well. I gave a 6db boost to anything below 50Hz by EQing down, and I'm still picking my jaw (and ears) off the ground.
But it's not something I will keep though. One of the main reasons I bought this can is so I can change to sources without EQ available and still get the same listening experience, something I could not do with the HE-400.
You're EQing down right? Otherwise there might be clipping. I tried EQing the bass about a month ago when I first got them, but wasn't so impressed. I'll try it again tonight though as I've grown more accustomed to the sound since then. But like others have mentioned, on a bass heavy track these things can wobble your ears.
I sold my HE-400 a couple days ago and bought my loaner HE-400i. The HE-400i is on a different level than the HE-400 in my opinion, despite it's lesser bass.
Besides, with HifiMan's huge discount on their loaner pairs I just couldn't miss the opportunity.