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post #2311 of 3128
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Originally Posted by Ron12 View Post
 

After spending quite some time with my modded HE-4, I have to say that I am only slightly undecided between between using a felt circle inside each pad, or using nothing. If I remove the circle from each pad, sound becomes effortlessly open but in expense of very slightly less natural tonality and significantly harsher treble which makes me want to apply some EQing. If I use the circles, sound becomes less open but I have no need for EQing as treble is fine. Note that DAC and amp can make a significant difference here as well - as with HD800, the better gear upstream, the better results ( = less annoying treble, more smooth and even experience).

 

 

A complete list of modifications with links and short descriptions of their effect on the sound:

 

 - removed star felt: makes treble somewhat smoother + improves on a sense of openness, imaging and separation

 - removed grill, replaced with DIY dust cover: makes HE-4 sound effortlessly open + improves slightly on imaging and soundstage width

 - exchanged pads to Hifiman pleathers: makes HE-4 more full in mids and decreases emphasis in lower treble => more neutral

 - felt circles inserted directly inside pads (not under them!): slightly corrects HE-4's tonality and helps to mitigate harshness in treble

 - using felt inside pads to make them tougher+angled: helps to make HE-4 sound as open and wide as with velour pads + improves slightly on imaging

 

 

 

 

I am not saying HE-4s are perfect... But I would gladly recommend anyone to mod them similarly like I did because each modification has its purpose and really helps to make the experience complete. As I feel that my job is done in terms of modifying the HE-4, I wanted to sum up what I did and how I feel about it after spending some time with the headphone in an unchanged configuration.

 

Maybe HE-400i will change my minds... But for now, I haven't heard anything better up to 1000USD and see HE-4 as a spectacular value/performance headphone.

Yup, I've got the LCD 2 Fazor on my head now, and at 65bs it's a step above the HE 4 [and 65 db is a smidge loud for me] how ever if you like to listen at near 50-60 dbs the HE 4 is A KILLER, and even volume matched, for the money the HE 4 gives the LCD 2 Fazor a run for it's money, it should be noted at volume levels below 62-65db the LCD 2 sounds pretty wonky

post #2312 of 3128

lcd 3 pads in f/s section, fathers day gift?

post #2313 of 3128
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post
 

lcd 3 pads in f/s section, fathers day gift?

ooooh I wonder how they sound on the HE 4, the Vegan pads are super comfy on the LCD 2

post #2314 of 3128
Hi there. I just bought a pair of this go but they came in a travel hifiman case. Look brand new though but I always thought it was a hard box. Is this normal?


They also came with two pleather pads.
The cabling is the same as I read here
Edited by escobar090 - 6/17/14 at 9:26am
post #2315 of 3128
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Originally Posted by escobar090 View Post

Hi there. I just bought a pair of this go but they came in a travel hifiman case. Look brand new though but I always thought it was a hard box. Is this normal?

As far as I know, they should come in a hard box like this one:

post #2316 of 3128

Has anyone ever compared the HE-4 with the HE-560 btw?

post #2317 of 3128
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Originally Posted by rodweb View Post

As far as I know, they should come in a hard box like this one:


This is the case they came in





It all seems normal except the case. And they also came with both pads

This is quite good actually but I was not expecting it
Edited by escobar090 - 6/17/14 at 9:36am
post #2318 of 3128

Nobody is going to be making fake HE-4s I wouldn't sweat it.

post #2319 of 3128
They first shipped HE-4/HE-500 in hard box later they switched to travel case.
post #2320 of 3128
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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post
 

Nobody is going to be making fake HE-4s I wouldn't sweat it.


I would find it hard to believe any Ortho fakes floating around out there. FWIW Mine came in a travel case as well.

post #2321 of 3128

ill trade you that case for my hard case!

post #2322 of 3128
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post
 

ill trade you that case for my hard case!

SOLLD SOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

 

I have a soft case and I'd love a Hard CASE :D 

post #2323 of 3128
Is the hard case still available?
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

SOLLD SOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

I have a soft case and I'd love a Hard CASE biggrin.gif 
post #2324 of 3128
Cool, tjeres a scratch on mine that was on there when shipped, ill take a pic later
post #2325 of 3128
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post

Cool, tjeres a scratch on mine that was on there when shipped, ill take a pic later

ya I'd like a pic of that scratch as well 

 

also... the winner...

 

HE 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I find the LCD 2 Fazor to dark for Jazz, too much body on the low mids for brass instruments, I've become a little snobbish with my Jazz Music, and have started to HIGHLY prefer Vinyl Masters for me 40-60s jazz over the Original CD masters and the new "re-masters" that said, I've found that in general the Vinyls are mastered a little more warmly, 

 

that aside, CD or Vinyl rip, the LCD 2 Fazor are too dark 

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