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You will love thee 500
post #5177 of 18174
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

I'm joining the club real soon. It better be worth the $300 plus to the HE-400.

What do you listen to, I seem to remember that you listen to a lot of EDM?

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

What do you listen to, I seem to remember that you listen to a lot of EDM?


Not really. Jazzman here. Really like the HE-400 with this genre, btw. I hope HE-500 doesn't disappoint either.

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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post


Not really. Jazzman here. Really like the HE-400 with this genre, btw. I hope HE-500 doesn't disappoint either.

You will not be disappointed, just give them plenty of time to catch your ear. When i first got mine I gave them an hour or so and thought i liked the HE-400 much more, after a couple of days I appreciated the HE-500 and found it vastly superior.

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

You will not be disappointed, just give them plenty of time to catch your ear. When i first got mine I gave them an hour or so and thought i liked the HE-400 much more, after a couple of days I appreciated the HE-500 and found it vastly superior.

I'm essentially doing the same here.  I plan to have both for a small period so I can A-B compare them, but having heard the HE-500 on a few select tracks recently I think they will come out on top overall.

post #5181 of 18174
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

I'm joining the club real soon. It better be worth the $300 plus to the HE-400.

I don't know if I'd say they're $300 better than the HE400, but I got my HE500 for $560 NIB.  I still don't know if I'd say they're $200 better, but they definitely are better. ;)

post #5182 of 18174
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

You will not be disappointed, just give them plenty of time to catch your ear. When i first got mine I gave them an hour or so and thought i liked the HE-400 much more, after a couple of days I appreciated the HE-500 and found it vastly superior.

Same here. For me it took some 3-4 hours before I actually felt I formed a proper opinion on the 400 vs. 500.

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Ok so here is the 1st prototype.

 

 

It is WAY better looking than I thought (Those pop-fasteners are just perfect) but I'm concerned about a few design choices I made.

I think the 3 rivets (on top of the headband) put too much strain on the elastic - I will probably have to sew the elastic to some fabric, and rivet the fabric instead. 

The two big pop-fasteners (snaps), also seem to put some stress on the elastic.

 

Also the top part of the headband would be perfect for someone with a VERY small head - the elastic does stretch, but the further it stretches the TIGHTER it gets - which is a design flaw for a 'one size fit's all' solution.

This means that for me, who has a fairly average head size, the headband has a sort of 'upwards' pull and puts some extra pressure on my skull above my ears - which is rather weird.
It's not awfully uncomfortable, but irritating as there is no pressure balance - which means my universe (which always seems to be on a knife-edge) would implode after about 10 minutes of head time biggrin.gif

 

Also I can't really feel the 6 headband rivets, but if you didn't have hair it would be fairly obvious. 
Clearly it needs some work, but any wild ideas are still welcome.

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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

The box is a bit flaky, I mean its a fancy box not a travel case, but the cans themselves are tanks.

I got the sturdy carying case with my he500 instead of the flashy unusable box biggrin.gif
post #5185 of 18174
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

Ok so here is the 1st prototype.

 

 

It is WAY better looking than I thought (Those pop-fasteners are just perfect) but I'm concerned about a few design choices I made.

I think the 3 rivets (on top of the headband) put too much strain on the elastic - I will probably have to sew the elastic to some fabric, and rivet the fabric instead. 

The two big pop-fasteners (snaps), also seem to put some stress on the elastic.

 

Also the top part of the headband would be perfect for someone with a VERY small head - the elastic does stretch, but the further it stretches the TIGHTER it gets - which is a design flaw for a 'one size fit's all' solution.

This means that for me, who has a fairly average head size, the headband has a sort of 'upwards' pull and puts some extra pressure on my skull above my ears - which is rather weird.
It's not awfully uncomfortable, but irritating as there is no pressure balance - which means my universe (which always seems to be on a knife-edge) would implode after about 10 minutes of head time biggrin.gif

 

Also I can't really feel the 6 headband rivets, but if you didn't have hair it would be fairly obvious. 
Clearly it needs some work, but any wild ideas are still welcome.

This looks really good - even better than I envisioned haha!  You're definitely on the right track, the snaps and rivets are a very tasteful, yet functional, touch that complements the design.  For the elastic, I would suggest stitching it to the leather for better stability.  Good elastic ribbon (which it looks like you used) is pretty durable, and going a bit thinner may not be a bad thing, and would likely put less pressure on the head.  I'll mull it over the next few days - unfortunately I can't sit down and start working out some prototypes until later this weekend, schedule is packed through Saturday frown.gif

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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

This looks really good - even better than I envisioned haha!  You're definitely on the right track, the snaps and rivets are a very tasteful, yet functional, touch that complements the design.  For the elastic, I would suggest stitching it to the leather for better stability.  Good elastic ribbon (which it looks like you used) is pretty durable, and going a bit thinner may not be a bad thing, and would likely put less pressure on the head.  I'll mull it over the next few days - unfortunately I can't sit down and start working out some prototypes until later this weekend, schedule is packed through Saturday frown.gif

I've been experimenting with cutting the elastic thinner, and even at 1/4 the original diameter it still feels too strong. I wanted to use this size elastic for aesthetic reasons, as it's the same diameter as the leather, but it doesn't function as intended. 

And cutting it just ruins it's appearance, as I have to burn the edges with a lighter to seal it to prevent fraying. 

It's back to the drawing board tomorrow. 

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Im back on the pleather pads, well just trying them out.....man they give out such a different sound. 

 

Having not listened to them with the pleathers since the day I got them, I am really enjoying the comfort and kind of enjoying the sound this time round, though are not as clear as the velour pads. too me, bass goes up and treble quality goes down!

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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

Im back on the pleather pads, well just trying them out.....man they give out such a different sound. 

 

Having not listened to them with the pleathers since the day I got them, I am really enjoying the comfort and kind of enjoying the sound this time round, though are not as clear as the velour pads. too me, bass goes up and treble quality goes down!


You know the Jergpads? ph34r.gif

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Nope? Aware me? Im no good at modding if it involves alot of that

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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

Nope? Aware me? Im no good at modding if it involves alot of that

 

Then Denon, Lawton or Alpha pads are your best friends (but more expensive)

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