Personally, I think your impressions have been valuable and you are by no means hyping the HE-400. It's not like you said it was the greatest headphone ever and that the heavens with part and angels sing the moment one puts in on their head. It's not surprising that a ortho created in 2011/2012 will out perform dynamic headphones created four to six years ago. Owning/loving the HE-500 makes it easier to understand what you're saying
Just out of curiousity are you using the new velour pads with the HE-500? I found the new velour to increase bass body and also mid-body, a nice improvement that makes the HE-500 even more lush/warm and just damn beautiful to listen to. The mids are to die for now and that bass is just about perfect. Have you tried that HE-400 with the HE-500 pads at all? Just curious.
Do you find the treble too bright for the HE-400? Like what people experienced with the HE-5 or is it still pretty tame/non-shrill and just brighter compared to the HE-500? Also, would you describe the mids as recessed or thin at all? Or are they still pretty full, but just a bit thinner compared to the HE-500. I guess I'm asking if you think the frequencey response is "V" shaped or would be described more as flat from top to bottom. Can you also confirm WARP08's impression that it has a faster transient response compared to the HE-500? This would be a big plus for me if that was true.
The million dollar question is, will you be purchasing the HE-400? I'm wondering because I want to know if there is room for it in my collection as well.
Originally Posted by blankdisc
HE-400 has more bass, slightly rough and less lush mids, and brighter treble.