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post #3226 of 18029

Just got these today after returning my LCD-2s.  Wow... actually pretty speechless.  Definitely have the wow factor that I couldn't find in the LCD-2s.  Definitely owe the guy whose recommendation for these I turned down a few months back an apology.  I still don't like the he-400s though.  These, on the other hand are simply amazing.  Their detail retrieval/sound stage topped with an ortho sound my LCD-2s got me hooked to is priceless.  Looking forward to upgrading to a HE-6 / EF-6 combo 2 or 3 years down the road.

post #3227 of 18029
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Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

Just got these today after returning my LCD-2s.  Wow... actually pretty speechless.  Definitely have the wow factor that I couldn't find in the LCD-2s.  Definitely owe the guy whose recommendation for these I turned down a few months back an apology.  I still don't like the he-400s though.  These, on the other hand are simply amazing.  Their detail retrieval/sound stage topped with an ortho sound my LCD-2s got me hooked to is priceless.  Looking forward to upgrading to a HE-6 / EF-6 combo 2 or 3 years down the road.

Oh you definitely should :D

post #3228 of 18029
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Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

Just got these today after returning my LCD-2s.  Wow... actually pretty speechless.  Definitely have the wow factor that I couldn't find in the LCD-2s.  Definitely owe the guy whose recommendation for these I turned down a few months back an apology.  I still don't like the he-400s though.  These, on the other hand are simply amazing.  Their detail retrieval/sound stage topped with an ortho sound my LCD-2s got me hooked to is priceless.  Looking forward to upgrading to a HE-6 / EF-6 combo 2 or 3 years down the road.

Meanwhile, try some modding. It's a nice and cheap way to tune the sound a bit

post #3229 of 18029

I'm awful at removing the pads. It takes me like 15-20 minutes to take a set off and then put another set on. Any tips?

post #3230 of 18029
Honestly at the moment im pretty content with these. Any upgrades to their sound right now would probably come from an amp dac or source upgrade. The only thing that I could see these improving on is a little more bass presence, but honestly these are so good at multi tasking atm that I couldnt see them being capable of having much more going on at once haha.
post #3231 of 18029
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I'm awful at removing the pads. It takes me like 15-20 minutes to take a set off and then put another set on. Any tips?


i am bad like that myself... the first time it looked impossible to me but i got the technique down after a few times... it still sometimes takes a while, more than i would care to admit...

post #3232 of 18029
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I'm awful at removing the pads. It takes me like 15-20 minutes to take a set off and then put another set on. Any tips?

 

LMAOOO yes it used to take me a while as well before. Taking the pads is the easy part, putting it back on is the hard part. Even when taking it off, when I am pulling it off, I tend to somewhat spin them centrifugal all while pulling them out. This has helped relieved the pressure off the pads and increased their longevity. Before I used to just snap them off, but after a while one set of my pads started to get ruined, and hence the new method.

 

For putting the pads back on, pick one of the hooks on the back of the pad and try to get them insert into the rim of the driver housing. You should hear a snap. Next pick the opposite clip and try to get that to snap on. If this is hard to do, try to just give them a little spin while clipping them on. After you have two of them clipped on, just spin them while pressing down and they usually get the other sides snapped on.

 

Also once the pads are resting on the driver, push them from the side and this will help insert them. Also try not to force them in there too much, if damaged, it can really make the changing process a pain in the future.

post #3233 of 18029
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Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

Honestly at the moment im pretty content with these. Any upgrades to their sound right now would probably come from an amp dac or source upgrade. The only thing that I could see these improving on is a little more bass presence, but honestly these are so good at multi tasking atm that I couldnt see them being capable of having much more going on at once haha.

 

That's exactly how I felt for the first two months. Although after that I started to really want more bass presence than the O2 could offer. Perhaps a headphone amp with more current or a cheap speaker amp to use them with should help. The Emotiva mini does a good job. I'm sure they'll keep you busy for quite some before that comes up.   

post #3234 of 18029
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Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

Just got these today after returning my LCD-2s.  Wow... actually pretty speechless.  Definitely have the wow factor that I couldn't find in the LCD-2s.  Definitely owe the guy whose recommendation for these I turned down a few months back an apology.  I still don't like the he-400s though.  These, on the other hand are simply amazing.  Their detail retrieval/sound stage topped with an ortho sound my LCD-2s got me hooked to is priceless.  Looking forward to upgrading to a HE-6 / EF-6 combo 2 or 3 years down the road.


from what I understand, the HE-6 isn't necessarily an upgrade as much as a side step.  (despite pricetag)

post #3235 of 18029
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Originally Posted by 28980 View Post

I'm awful at removing the pads. It takes me like 15-20 minutes to take a set off and then put another set on. Any tips?


Don't baby them.  make sure your putting the force on the plastic ring and push one side in until the plastic lip comes out.  then stop and gently pull the remaining lips out. 

 

I used to be very careful and gentle, but now I just say screw it and push in hard on one side that has a lip and once its out the rest are easy.  your not going to just the pads as long as you put the force on the plastic ring

post #3236 of 18029

Use a credit card for popping the tabs on the bottom; there, all earpad installation/removal takes 5 seconds. Honestly Hifiman earpads are a non-issue.

post #3237 of 18029
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Use a credit card for popping the tabs on the bottom; there, all earpad installation/removal takes 5 seconds. Honestly Hifiman earpads are a non-issue.

 

Yet, not ideal.

 

I think it would be cool if they had a mounting system similar to Ultrasone.

post #3238 of 18029
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from what I understand, the HE-6 isn't necessarily an upgrade as much as a side step.  (despite pricetag)

 

 

I think you have the wrong understanding.

post #3239 of 18029
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Use a credit card for popping the tabs on the bottom; there, all earpad installation/removal takes 5 seconds. Honestly Hifiman earpads are a non-issue.

 

Credit card works like a charm, thanks for that! Probably give your jergpad mods a go whenever I decide to order a travel case + some spare pads.

post #3240 of 18029
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Originally Posted by Katun View Post

 

Yet, not ideal.

 

I think it would be cool if they had a mounting system similar to Ultrasone.

Well if it ain't broke, there's no need to fix it. I have no qualms with the Hifiman pad-mounting mechanism, they just need to include a note in their headphone manual for the users to use a credit card for taking off / putting on earpads.

 

Manhandling the earpads is like trying to screw/unscrew a screw with your bare hands lol, doable but very messy and inefficient.


Edited by jerg - 2/19/13 at 3:27pm
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