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That's all quite alright.  I had my own rant just a page or two ago.

post #4322 of 6020

I recently ordered a pair of HE-400. They'll arrive Wednesday, and I'll try to post some brief impressions in this thread when I have a couple hours on 'em!

I have my suspicions as to whether I'll like the HE-400 though, seeing as I'm a Grado fan. I love the immediacy, forward mids, and energetic highs of Grados. From what I've read, the HE-400 may be quite the deviation from that type of sound.

 

Any other Grado lovers enjoying the HE-400?

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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

I recently ordered a pair of HE-400. They'll arrive Wednesday, and I'll try to post some brief impressions in this thread when I have a couple hours on 'em!

I have my suspicions as to whether I'll like the HE-400 though, seeing as I'm a Grado fan. I love the immediacy, forward mids, and energetic highs of Grados. From what I've read, the HE-400 may be quite the deviation from that type of sound.

 

Any other Grado lovers enjoying the HE-400?

Long time sr80i owner here. The HE-400s are much more laid back than any of the Grados I've tried. Grados get the energy from that upper-midrange to lower-treble bump, something the HiFiMANs lack completely. Sub-bass is much more present, while my sr80i, and the sr325is just don't extend that far. In terms of sheer sound quality, they pretty much best everything in the Grado line up to the PS500s. I won't say much about the PS500s, as I've heard them various times, and each time was pretty disappointing. Just don't like the tonal balance. Otherwise it should be competitive with the HE400s? I'm too biased to comment here. 

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I've heard the PS500, and I didn't like it much, myself. I found the mid-bass hump to sound unnaturally accentuated, and it turned me off. I dig most of the Prestige Series, but am quite content with the SR60i with L-Cush pads as I find only small differences in sound as you progress up the Prestige Series (I honestly like SR60i with L-Cush better than SR325i...)

 

I thought I'd try the HE-400, since about half my music selection is Electronica, and I've heard they do great with that. But the other half is energetic rock and metal which I love with the Grados, and I am concerned I'll find lackluster with HE-400. It's because of the latter genres I'm suspicious I may not like the HE-400... we'll see ;)

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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

I've heard the PS500, and I didn't like it much, myself. I found the mid-bass hump to sound unnaturally accentuated, and it turned me off. I dig most of the Prestige Series, but am quite content with the SR60i with L-Cush pads as I find only small differences in sound as you progress up the Prestige Series (I honestly like SR60i with L-Cush better than SR325i...)

 

I thought I'd try the HE-400, since about half my music selection is Electronica, and I've heard they do great with that. But the other half is energetic rock and metal which I love with the Grados, and I am concerned I'll find lackluster with HE-400. It's because of the latter genres I'm suspicious I may not like the HE-400... we'll see ;)

It's not just the voicing that concerns how good rock / metal music sound, but also factors like instrument separation, extension, resolution etc (just like with all other music), and with regards to those factors HE400s beat low/mid-range Grados to a pulp.

 

Even with the voicing, it is all subjective. Excessively forward upper-midrange actually makes the overall presence more low-fi and "headphone-sounding" rather than real; HE400s are laid-back in that frequency range but still within the narrow acceptable level that makes its timbre extremely realistic.

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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

I've heard the PS500, and I didn't like it much, myself. I found the mid-bass hump to sound unnaturally accentuated, and it turned me off. I dig most of the Prestige Series, but am quite content with the SR60i with L-Cush pads as I find only small differences in sound as you progress up the Prestige Series (I honestly like SR60i with L-Cush better than SR325i...)

 

I thought I'd try the HE-400, since about half my music selection is Electronica, and I've heard they do great with that. But the other half is energetic rock and metal which I love with the Grados, and I am concerned I'll find lackluster with HE-400. It's because of the latter genres I'm suspicious I may not like the HE-400... we'll see ;)

Half of my library is filled with rock and the likes - I posted some examples earlier in the thread on what kinds of rock I felt sounded nice with the HE400s. Other sub-genres I find they excel at were prog, Alternative, smoother, male-vocal oriented stuff. For female vocals, I need to EQ bump the upper-midrange until they start sounded more on the level of other genres. The HE400s are generally a decent all-around, but with the genres they excel at, it's immediately a wow effect.

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Half of my library is filled with rock and the likes - I posted some examples earlier in the thread on what kinds of rock I felt sounded nice with the HE400s. Other sub-genres I find they excel at were prog, Alternative, smoother, male-vocal oriented stuff. For female vocals, I need to EQ bump the upper-midrange until they start sounded more on the level of other genres. The HE400s are generally a decent all-around, but with the genres they excel at, it's immediately a wow effect.

Basically a HE400-like response curve but with a couple more dB up in the upper midrange/ lower treble is the ultimate non-neutral all-rounder.

 

I think STAX SR007s, and only those, are just that.

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Can anyone please recommend the most comfortable ear pad for the he-400. I have comfort issue with the he-400 because it squishes my large cheek bones in one area around the area I circled. It is really painful after a couple minutes ><.

 

 

Sorry for using this picture but I cannot find any side way pic of my face and my phone camera sucks!

 

BTW the velour pad are sold out in my country so in wont be a while until they restock. Thinking would lcd's earpad help because it seems to put more pressure behind the back of my head rather than my cheek bone. Would it fit? 

 

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From the picture it seems like the ear pad of the lcds are taller in the back area so maybe would it help relieve the pressure in front of my cheek bone and put more pressure in the back??

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Originally Posted by Chawanwit View Post

 

 

From the picture it seems like the ear pad of the lcds are taller in the back area so maybe would it help relieve the pressure in front of my cheek bone and put more pressure in the back??

You do know that you can swivel the Hifiman cans along the vertical z axis (the junction of the Y-yoke) right? It's fairly tight so you have to put in a bit of gentle force for the pivot to budge.


Edited by jerg - 9/29/12 at 9:56pm
post #4331 of 6020
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You do know that you can swivel the Hifiman cans along the vertical z axis (the junction of the Y-yoke) right? It's fairly tight so you have to put in a bit of gentle force for the pivot to budge.

Thanks a lot Jerg

I cannot believe I did not know this. redface.gif
post #4332 of 6020

It's okay, took me a couple days to figure this out myself lol

 

It really does change the way the headphone sits on your head. 

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Thanks a lot Jerg
I cannot believe I did not know this. redface.gif
post #4333 of 6020
Have been wearing them for almost 2 hours and no more pressure in one area. Much more comfortable. smily_headphones1.gif
post #4334 of 6020
I'd facepalm, but I can see this happening. They are a bit firm.
post #4335 of 6020

Does anyone have any experience with the EF-2A with the HE-400?

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