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I have but I'm at the peak of a cold so impressions are off for now. Initially they're stiff and uncomfortable but after 4hrs or so they feel an improvement over hf velour and pleather.

Initial impressions seem to be better bass impact, with a slight boost in the lower frequencies. On first install there seem to be a slight bleed of mid bass to the mids but after awhile that has disappeared. Maybe the pads breaking in and being more conforming?

The presentation is more natural in a sense of depth and soundstage. You can get a sense of this by holding your hp at an angle to your ear with the back of the pad away from your head.

The mids and treble doesn't change with the pads. Just bass and presentation. I wouldn't say it's not worth the $40 in a sense of sound but there's quite a mark up on these pads from a material stand point imo. Maybe wait for hf it'll probably be in the $25 range but that's pure speculation. Fwiw, it took 10 days from date of order to me (West coast).

 

Intriguing... Warmer and more impact. I may have to get me a pair to try out! Thanks for the quick (whilst sick) impressions. :)

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I'm going to try stuffing cotton between the pad and hf mount ring to get more angle. Might also try a back-vent mod like Jergpads which should add even more angle. Compared to Audeze pads the angle of these are at half the amount of degrees.
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And no problem. Better than laying here, watching movies, eating chicken soup all day popping supplements. (Thats the good side of sick days)
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Intriguing... Warmer and more impact. I may have to get me a pair to try out! Thanks for the quick (whilst sick) impressions. smily_headphones1.gif
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Glad to see this thread picking up steam and more people enjoying the he4. I wish that I still had mine and could try a couple of the mods that I've learned about. But alas, now I must wait and must own the he400i. 

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Glad to see this thread picking up steam and more people enjoying the he4. I wish that I still had mine and could try a couple of the mods that I've learned about. But alas, now I must wait and must own the he400i. 

What headphone(s) you working with at the moment, Matt?

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I've sold most everything to accomplish two things. 

 

1. Buy a BHC w/sb for my hd650. This will be my dedicated setup for the hd650. I just don't seem to want to sell this hp under any circumstances.

 

2. Bankroll a bit of cash for the he400i. 

 

I only have the one hp right now. Poor MattTCG...:(

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I only have the one hp right now. Poor MattTCG...:(

 

:eek:

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It gets worse. I also have no hp amp either. :eek: I do have my trusty 70's Pioneer sx1280 recently back from restoration. God that old receiver would make the he4 sing beautifully. But the Pioneer is somewhat noisy with the hd650. 

 

The BHC is probably two months from being at my doorstep. On a positive note, I do have a Vali that will be here tomorrow. :D

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I am thinking that it would be incredibly difficult for an amp to be noisy with the HE-4 lol. I am working on getting a Lyr myself. I think I am going to try to wait until I can get one cheap used on either here or ebay though. 

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Matt, didn't you already buy and sell a Vali??

 

Rinx7, my Emotiva was noisy with the HE-4 before I added resistors. Oh, and you should get Project Ember instead of the Lyr :tongue_smile:

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Matt, didn't you already buy and sell a Vali??

 

Rinx7, my Emotiva was noisy with the HE-4 before I added resistors. Oh, and you should get Project Ember instead of the Lyr :tongue_smile:

I am a bit skeptical of the Ember, it isn't technically a true hybrid as far as I can tell from looking at the circuit. The tube is only running on low voltage while the Lyr runs its tube at full voltage of about 200V


Edited by Rinx7 - 1/23/14 at 5:29pm
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Did the emotiva make the bass on the he4 a little bloated sounding to anyone else? At first it sounded more controlled but I think its because the quantity and quality changed so much from my pioneer. Its not terrible, but I'm almost tempted to eq it, something is just off with the bass and into the mid bass region. I'm terrible at describing sound...
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Did the emotiva make the bass on the he4 a little bloated sounding to anyone else? At first it sounded more controlled but I think its because the quantity and quality changed so much from my pioneer. Its not terrible, but I'm almost tempted to eq it, something is just off with the bass and into the mid bass region. I'm terrible at describing sound...

Definitely. Lot's of bass quantity.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

I've sold most everything to accomplish two things. 

 

1. Buy a BHC w/sb for my hd650. This will be my dedicated setup for the hd650. I just don't seem to want to sell this hp under any circumstances.

 

............

 

I know my wallet will get leaner after I get an answer but, Matt, what is a BHC ? I just got the 650 two weeks ago and am not satisfied with either the Lyr or the Mojo.

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I know my wallet will get leaner after I get an answer but, Matt, what is a BHC ? I just got the 650 two weeks ago and am not satisfied with either the Lyr or the Mojo.

 

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