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post #2446 of 6020

Boot up some songs with really low bass and put that planar magnetic extension through its paces.  Hopefully your amps can keep up!

post #2447 of 6020
Yeah, my amp is definitely enough. My bassiest tracks sound oh so lovely off the HE400.

edit: My bad, maybe it was the first song I played, but low gain works at about 1 o clock for my volume level taste. Still, that's far more than any other headphone I've used on my NFB5 so far.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/25/12 at 4:50pm
post #2448 of 6020

I hate to say that I told you so about the he400...well, not really "I TOLD YOU SO." biggrin.gif

 

Just wait till you've burned them in for about 20 hours. They will sound even better. I haven't put my pleathers back on since I got my velours btw. And I take complete credit for being the first to bring the velours and unveil just how much better they sound over the pleather. ME ME ME. It was all MEEEEEEEEEEE...

post #2449 of 6020
Lol. Yeah, I have no desire to go back to pleather, even if I was someone that liked pleather over velour. The sound really did take a boost in quality. I'm more surprised that the bass remained unaffected, in fact may have become ever so slightly more present.
post #2450 of 6020

After one week on this day I can chime in a bit on wearing comfort. I agree to what has been said, but feel the need to add that if you want to you can wear them for pretty much as long as you like.

 

I have had one or two sessions wearing them for 7-8 hours straight with no noticeable discomfort. This is something I have only managed with DT770s before. I find this pretty impressive given their weight and the fact that I am still on the pleathers. I will switch to velours any day now though, just going to familiarize myself with the pad-changing technique..

post #2451 of 6020
Those velours are gonna impress you. biggrin.gif
post #2452 of 6020

Does anyone find that the HE400 velour pads pick up a lot of dust or airborne stuff?  Never seemed to notice with my HD600, HD650 or HD700 pads. I do vacuum my office at least weekly (pretty anal about that with 2 cats).  The HD700 pads still look like they just came out of the box.

post #2453 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Lol. Yeah, I have no desire to go back to pleather, even if I was someone that liked pleather over velour. The sound really did take a boost in quality. I'm more surprised that the bass remained unaffected, in fact may have become ever so slightly more present.

 

 

I found that interesting as well.  I didn't really find the volume of bass to increase with the velours per say, but I did vaguely think their more rigid material caused the bass vibrations to transfer to your face better.  Might just be me.

post #2454 of 6020
Yeah, that sounds more akin to what i mean. I don't think the decibel level was raised, more than the bass reaching the ears in a more impactful manner.
post #2455 of 6020
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I found that interesting as well.  I didn't really find the volume of bass to increase with the velours per say, but I did vaguely think their more rigid material caused the bass vibrations to transfer to your face better.  Might just be me.

 

Here is something funny I found. If you happen to hold the cups out a little distance (ca .1-2cm) from your head the bass does something weird. It deepens and becomes somewhat subwoofer-like to the point where you can almost feel air being moved by the drivers. If the velours put more distance between the drivers and your head, that might a more desirable amount of this effect.

post #2456 of 6020

When I first got the he400, I didn't think it was all that comfy compared to my d5k. After a week, adding the velours and stretching the headband just a bit, they are every bit as comfy as the d5k. 

 

Which reminds me, you may need to stretch the headband a bit if the clamp is too tight.

post #2457 of 6020

Just recieved my 400's...

700

post #2458 of 6020
So I went to the Pro 900s shortly. Very different sound. I am quite happy that the Pro 900s are different enough to warrant keeping them, though they are absolutely inferior in all aspects other than bass quantity.

I have to say, I find the HE400 more in the neutral tone area than warm or cold, though very slight tilt towards warm. Needless to say... they should cater to a variety of people, from those that like warmth, or those that like bright headphones.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/25/12 at 5:58pm
post #2459 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

So I went to the Pro 900s shortly. Very different sound. I am quite happy that the Pro 900s are different enough to warrant keeping them, though they are absolutely inferior in all aspects other than bass quantity.
I have to say, I find the HE400 more in the neutral tone area than warm or cold, though very slight tilt towards warm. Needless to say... they should cater to a variety of people, from those that like warmth, or those that like bright headphones.

Are the mids recessed on Pro900 or HE400?

post #2460 of 6020
The Pro 900's mids are notably recessed vs the HE400. No comparison. The HE400 has lovely mids. They are very different sounding headphones. I find them to compliment each other nicely, though the HE400 may be just on a whole other level in quality, making the Pro 900 seem a bit weak overall.

The D7000 with HE400 would make a godly combo.

The song on my sig.... the vocals on it give me straight goosebumps with the HE400. Wow.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/25/12 at 6:33pm
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