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post #4516 of 6020

RushN and I both put the hd650 and he400 to the test. He ended up with the he400 and I chose the hd650. It's all about preference and what you personally find musical, engaging and enjoyable. I personally have found that I like a very dark signature and the hd650 delivers this well. I appreciate it's technical abilities and supreme comfort. I also give homage to the hd650's ability to scale up so well with better amps. 

 

I do miss the he400 and regret that I never got to try it with the lyr and bf. I know that I wouldn't like the he400 r3 though. It's hot treble would be too much for me. Maybe there will be an r4 or I'll just buy an r2 when I have a little extra money. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Hey, is there any chance that HFM snuck a new cable on the new r3 version of the he400? This could contribute to the hotter treble..just saying. 

 

Got the rev 3 version by looking at the sandy color of the insides and the cable are still canare ones, not sure if it's exactly the same as previous revisions though....

 

Side note : damn they are heavy! The clamping force made me stretch the headband as per suggestion, hope it will give some flexibility

post #4518 of 6020
Is it ok to order the r3? Thinking of buying the he400 already.

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post #4519 of 6020

Don't worry. Just keep gently stretching that headband to get the desired clamp. It only took me one time!! Then the clamp was perfect. You think they're heavy? You should try the he500 or lcd2!!

post #4520 of 6020

I'm thinking the HE400s will win overall, but the HD600s were to complement my DT880s by providing a warmer sound but still be able to keep up with faster music. I don't do a whole lot of classical/acoustic listening but I can appreciate a rich, romantic sound. The DT880s just sound a bit thin sometimes. I'd like some density to my music at night, to lull me to sleep. :)

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I do miss the he400 and regret that I never got to try it with the lyr and bf. I know that I wouldn't like the he400 r3 though. It's hot treble would be too much for me. Maybe there will be an r4 or I'll just buy an r2 when I have a little extra money. biggrin.gif

I might just try out the Lyr someday, hell I guess I could 15-day it, but it seems like it would take a while to find a cheaper one on FS.

post #4522 of 6020

I'll sooner get an LCD2 or try out an LCD2 then try out a new amp.  :P

post #4523 of 6020
Are there any rev3 reviews?

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Are there any rev3 reviews?
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It's really identical in sound to rev2 except the treble. rev3 has a somewhat brighter treble (something like 3 dB higher than before if I have to guestimate), which allows treble detail in music to really pop, but at the same time is really unforgiving on vocals; any vocals that are poorly recorded/mastered will sound fairly grained. Overall balance is still balanced but no longer the "dark" signature people might come to expect.

 

The issue is that because HE400s naturally have a very tilted treble response, in that lower treble is subdued, mid-treble is moderate, and upper treble is really emphasized, the overall raise in brightness though not drastic is enough to make the upper treble a bit too much, causing the grain in vocals to pop. It's really hard to ignore for those like me who are sensitive to grain in music but others may very well not be able to pick it up.


Edited by jerg - 10/3/12 at 9:16pm
post #4525 of 6020
Thanks for the reply sir. So you mean it's still ok to buy the rev3. Will do I guess. Thanks thanks.

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It's hot treble would be too much for me.

 

Still learning new lingo. How does a "hot" treble sound?

post #4527 of 6020

Anyone else have a problem with sibilance on the HE 400?. I get plenty of it on a few songs with my HE 400, do you think my O2 is responsible. Treble on my HE 400 has more sibilance than my D5ks, it is really beginning to bother me.


Edited by hawk1410 - 10/4/12 at 6:58am
post #4528 of 6020

Which songs are you experiencing sibilance on.  

post #4529 of 6020
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Originally Posted by hawk1410 View Post

Anyone else have a problem with sibilance on the HE 400?. I get plenty of it on a few songs with my HE 400, do you think my O2 is responsible. Treble on my HE 400 has more sibilance than my D5ks, it is really beginning to bother me.

 

Do you have the new rev3 version? If so then yeah, it has treble issues; I already talked with the Hifiman rep over in the customer service thread hoping they could recognize this and do something. Do come and also post about your experience with the treble here so we have more backing:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629253/head-direct-hifiman-customer-service-team/60#post_8747549


Edited by jerg - 10/4/12 at 7:09am
post #4530 of 6020
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Which songs are you experiencing sibilance on.  

Most songs really. I think my O2 might be adding to the sibilance. The E17 is much better, and with the e17 the Denons have more sibilance. Weird. Maybe I am just imagining things.

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Do you have the new rev3 version? If so then yeah, it has treble issues; I already talked with the Hifiman rep over in the customer service thread hoping they could recognize this and do something. Do come and also post about your experience with the treble here so we have more backing:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629253/head-direct-hifiman-customer-service-team/60#post_8747549

I have the rev 2s though, the drivers are white.


Edited by hawk1410 - 10/4/12 at 7:35am
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