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post #601 of 3128
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I wonder if it will be worth it to try my HE-4 with my old stereo receiver. It's a Kenwood 3090 from like 1978-1980, serves 27wpc. Nothing special, but right now it's just laying around not doing anything.



Try the headphone out first. It should be similar to its speaker outs and see if you like it.

post #602 of 3128

The headphone out is busted.  :/

post #603 of 3128

then get it fixed!

post #604 of 3128

Got the new earpads.

 

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Overall I guess they're okay. The most improved aspect is the securing mechanism. Say goodbye to the poor, clear plastic tabs.

The mechanics are the same (you have 4 tabs), you just get better build quality/materials.

As you can see from the photos they are shallower than the stock pads. This is actually in a con for me. I think the stock pad thickness is perfect.

Shallower pads mean the driver is closer. Music becomes more forward and I believe I could hear a bit more bass detail. I prefer the tamer sound the stock pads give.

Also, the shallow pads close in soundstage a bit, a little congested in contrast to stock, but not bad at all by any means.

The new pads are softer, a bit more plush. Stock pads are similar to the K701/2, more on the firm side. I definitely prefer the softness of the new pads since stock can create pressure points after long sessions.

 

The new pads won't improve or degrade the overall sound quality, they just change presentation a bit. Some will like the more intimate, forward sound, some won't. 

 

I won't say the new pads are a definitive upgrade to stock, so it's up to you if it looks like they are what you are looking for. 

 


Edited by Voohoo - 9/12/11 at 10:40pm
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Looks a bit more "professional" to me.  Tempting...

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Originally Posted by Voohoo View Post

Got the new earpads.

 

_DSC3468.jpg_DSC3469.jpg_DSC3470.jpg_DSC3471.jpg_DSC3474.jpg

 

 

Overall I guess they're okay. The most improved aspect is the securing mechanism. Say goodbye to the poor, clear plastic tabs.

The mechanics are the same (you have 4 tabs), you just get better build quality/materials.

As you can see from the photos they are shallower than the stock pads. This is actually in a con for me. I think the stock pad thickness is perfect.

Shallower pads mean the driver is closer. Music becomes more forward and I believe I could hear a bit more bass detail. I prefer the tamer sound the stock pads give.

Also, the shallow pads close in soundstage a bit, a little congested in contrast to stock, but not bad at all by any means.

The new pads are softer, a bit more plush. Stock pads are similar to the K701/2, more on the firm side. I definitely prefer the softness of the new pads since stock can create pressure points after long sessions.

 

The new pads won't improve or degrade the overall sound quality, they just change presentation a bit. Some will like the more intimate, forward sound, some won't. 

 

I won't say the new pads are a definitive upgrade to stock, so it's up to you if it looks like they are what you are looking for. 

 



 

post #606 of 3128
Funny how the pads on the different models have different thicknes because the new leather pads are slightly deeper than the HE-500 pads
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Try the headphone out first. It should be similar to its speaker outs and see if you like it.



just a little fyi..

 

I was thinking about buying the he-4 and running them off a receiver with an adapter ...

 

I found that you cannot use the stock cable with a female 3.5mm-->dual rca and then a dual rca-->speaker leads out.

 

Having a common ground will cause problems...

 

You need to have a balanced cable into i think the xlr plug and then into speaker outs.

 

It took me a couple of days to figure this out, cause im a little slow..lol

 

You are looking at roughly $100 for the balanced cable and the adapter i think.. 

post #608 of 3128
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just a little fyi..

 

I was thinking about buying the he-4 and running them off a receiver with an adapter ...

 

I found that you cannot use the stock cable with a female 3.5mm-->dual rca and then a dual rca-->speaker leads out.

 

Having a common ground will cause problems...

 

You need to have a balanced cable into i think the xlr plug and then into speaker outs.

 

It took me a couple of days to figure this out, cause im a little slow..lol

 

You are looking at roughly $100 for the balanced cable and the adapter i think.. 



Thanks. Yea, I figured you're going to need 4 wires. But is an adapter even necessary? Can't you take the four wires of the cable and directly connect them to the speaker outs? No XLR needed? 

post #609 of 3128

I guess you could use a balanced cable and then you still need to get the raw speaker out wires.. you could just use a wire stripper or use an adapter.


Edited by greenrolaids - 9/13/11 at 12:27am
post #610 of 3128
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Originally Posted by greenrolaids View Post





just a little fyi..

 

I was thinking about buying the he-4 and running them off a receiver with an adapter ...

 

I found that you cannot use the stock cable with a female 3.5mm-->dual rca and then a dual rca-->speaker leads out.

 

Having a common ground will cause problems...

 

You need to have a balanced cable into i think the xlr plug and then into speaker outs.

 

It took me a couple of days to figure this out, cause im a little slow..lol

 

You are looking at roughly $100 for the balanced cable and the adapter i think.. 


All you have to do is cut off the plug and you have 4 wires.

 

post #611 of 3128
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Originally Posted by .Sup View Post




All you have to do is cut off the plug and you have 4 wires.

 


That's the easiest (and cheapist) thing to do. Then if you still want a 1/4", re'wire the plug with a connectior that will mate up with your speaker taps. If spades, use a nut/bolt. Banana plugs might take some imagination. Just tie the common grounds together and your set.
post #612 of 3128

Thanks for the photos Voohoo!

post #613 of 3128

You're welcome.

 

For now I am reverting back to the stock pads. I'll probably try to give the pleather pads another go in the near future. 

 

I've actually been thinking about just making my own pads from scratch. I have an old pillow made of memory foam (or something similar). So I just need to find some leather or velour (or both!) and figure out how to shape it correctly around the foam. I'll probably end up sacrificing the pleather pads for their securing frame. Or maybe I can email Fang and see if he's willing to sell me frames by themselves? 

post #614 of 3128
It will be a non destructive sacrifice as far as I can see as the pad can be removed from the frame and put back easily
post #615 of 3128

You sir, are right! Now the only thing holding me back from making these pads is finding the time.

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