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post #5536 of 6020
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Originally Posted by chris3g View Post


It doesn't snap into anything, it's just a bent metal tab which contacts the surface behind it. If you pull off your pads its very easy to see. You're right, it's definitely a bit alarming, but I hate the thought of sending these back and waiting, and they are working perfectly now. So I guess I'll keep using them and hope it doesn't happen again. If it does then they'll have to go back frown.gif

I know the part you are talking about.

 

An idea would be to pop the driver out (just unscrew the securing plate that sits between the earpad and the physical driver, and extract the driver, minding the soldered wires behind it), and carefully use a small wrench or plier and really have a good squeeze on the metal tab, making sure it'll stay nice and tight.

post #5537 of 6020
Is there a roll-call somewhere of all the grill mod owners and their photos? Some other thread I should be monitoring? biggrin.gif
post #5538 of 6020
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Originally Posted by DairyProduce View Post

What are the sound differences between HE-4 and HE-400? I read somewhere here that the HE-400 was considered an upgrade?

No. The HE400 and HE-4 are different, and I still consider the HE-4 superior in most aspects. More air and detail, more balanced, and more refined. The problem with the HE-4 is that it's very hard to drive. The HE400 is considerably darker, and more musical. The HE-4 is bright, but the treble isn't as glaring as the HE400. The HE400 has that mixture of darkness and strong treble, that sticks out a bit. The HE-4 has sparkly treble, but due to the cleaner tone, it's not abrupt and jarring like the HE400 can be.

Keep in mind, I had reacquired the HE-4 recently prior to getting the HE400 again, and it's all fresh in my mind.

The reason I prefer the HE400, is because it has more bass presence, and a more intimate tone.

The HE400 has more in common with the HD650, whereas the HE-4 has more in common with the DT880. Really, the HE-4 = planar DT880.

If you want more balance, more comfort, the HE-4 is better than the HE400. You just have to have a very strong amp to get them to sing, unlike the HE400 which sounds great off anything.

The HE-4 is still more expensive than the HE-400 too. I believe it's for a reason. They are both stellar and different enough to warrant having both if someone wanted to different sounds out of the same hifiman signature. Two sides of the same coin.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 11/24/12 at 6:25pm
post #5539 of 6020
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I know the part you are talking about.

 

An idea would be to pop the driver out (just unscrew the securing plate that sits between the earpad and the physical driver, and extract the driver, minding the soldered wires behind it), and carefully use a small wrench or plier and really have a good squeeze on the metal tab, making sure it'll stay nice and tight.

 

Thanks for the feedback, i am going to do that. 

post #5540 of 6020
Jerg (anyone), how do you remove the grills safely, and put them back on? I wanna hear what it sounds like.
post #5541 of 6020
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Originally Posted by chris3g View Post

 

Thanks for the feedback, i am going to do that. 

Just be very careful lol. I wouldn't want to be the one that ultimately caused you to puncture the diaphragm on that haha. Then again you got nothing to lose, as Head Direct has a 1-year replacement warranty.

post #5542 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The HE-4 is still more expensive than the HE-400 too. I believe it's for a reason.

 

That's because the HE-400 is HiFiMAN's first easily mass produced planar magnetic, no?

post #5543 of 6020
Well, true. Still, the HE-4 is still technically a better headphone, IMHO.
post #5544 of 6020

hi guys.

iam planning to buy a HE400.

 

Using odac+o2

 

is this headphone good for asian pop, kpop, jpop, cpop, ballad, female vocal music ?i listen mainly to those.

or should i search for something else ?

post #5545 of 6020
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Originally Posted by oopeteroo View Post

hi guys.

iam planning to buy a HE400.

 

Using odac+o2

 

is this headphone good for asian pop, kpop, jpop, cpop, ballad, female vocal music ?i listen mainly to those.

or should i search for something else ?

A bit too bright for some JPop (the brighter stuff). Female vocals also sound a bit thin (For example, Shiina Ringo sounds a bit too raspy and thin). KPop and CPop are much better. I love the timbre and airiness these have for stuff like Jae, IU, 3rd Coast, Classiquai. Faye Wong also sounds amazing on these. Generally as a rule of thumb, anything dark and atmospheric would sound good with these. Been listening to some Loveholics the whole day with these on, and it's been a really great experience so far. 

post #5546 of 6020
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

A bit too bright for some JPop (the brighter stuff). Female vocals also sound a bit thin (For example, Shiina Ringo sounds a bit too raspy and thin). KPop and CPop are much better. I love the timbre and airiness these have for stuff like Jae, IU, 3rd Coast, Classiquai. Faye Wong also sounds amazing on these. Generally as a rule of thumb, anything dark and atmospheric would sound good with these. Been listening to some Loveholics the whole day with these on, and it's been a really great experience so far. 

 

should i just take the he400 or should i considering another pair ?

 

i have those on my list

 

AKG Q701

AKG K400/K401

SONY CD900st

SONY MA900

Hifiman HE400

 

how will those compare to He400 ?

post #5547 of 6020
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Originally Posted by oopeteroo View Post

 

should i just take the he400 or should i considering another pair ?

 

i have those on my list

 

AKG Q701

AKG K400/K401

SONY CD900st

SONY MA900

Hifiman HE400

 

how will those compare to He400 ?

I can say that the HE-400s are just simply more technically proficient than the Q701. Not having heard the others though. If you're solely intent on listening to those genres though, you might be better off with the HD600/650.

post #5548 of 6020

I remember a while back jerg posted a EQ treble fix for Electri-Q. I was wondering, could someone also post an upper mid "fix" for female vocals? Preferably for Electri-Q. 

post #5549 of 6020
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

I remember a while back jerg posted a EQ treble fix for Electri-Q. I was wondering, could someone also post an upper mid "fix" for female vocals? Preferably for Electri-Q. 

Just bump 2.5-4.5kHz up 3-4dB, unless you have the grill mods (then it'd be 2-3dB). A more accurate way would be to do some frequency sweeps and the likes to find the offending areas yourself.

post #5550 of 6020
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

I can say that the HE-400s are just simply more technically proficient than the Q701. Not having heard the others though. If you're solely intent on listening to those genres though, you might be better off with the HD600/650.

actually i own the HD650 :P but feel like something is missing, its good but cant put a smile in my face :P

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