Upgrade? The HE-400 is more of a sidegrade to the HD650. Maybe try the HE-500/LCD-2?
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I bumped up the areas you mentioned, honestly i can't hear a difference.
edit: perhaps there is a difference, but it's so subtle and almost unnoticeable, it makes me wonder if there was even a problem with the upper mids in the first place.
upper-mid bump.zip 1k .zip file
Can someone test it and make sure i've done this correctly?
In my experience, there is not a "bad" genre for these hp's. They are a great all rounder...
Yes, but the bass and slam on HE-400 is top notch. The Sen HD650 can't match.
With Kpop, you need the bass to be there. Expect vocals, where Sen HD650 will outperform the HE-400, with the rest of your genes, HE-400 wins.
Ive been messing with the EQ all day trying to see what works best, and honestly I'm sick of it lol. EQing down the highs chokes the sound a little, EQing up the mids doesn't seem to bring forth a noticeable change to female vocals.
I'll just stick to how Hifiman intended these to sound and enjoy the dam music.
Don't think so.. I think the Qs measure better. The Qs are more balanced across spectrum. However, the 400s are much more fun to listen to. IMO.
Each octave of the pink noise gives off very distinct sounds/textures. If you play around with the gain on certain frequencies in your EQ, you can learn what each area of the fr sounds like. Ideally you want as much volume/energy in each octave, and none should mask each other. For example, when first booting up the pink noise with HE-400, it was very apparent the 16khz region was a bit overpowering. With this method, it's very easy to discern peaks in a fr,but hard to discern nulls, which is what the HE-400 has in its upper mids. As with a lot of things, it takes experience.
If anyone has an advanced EQ settings file that has been MEASURED to flatten out the HE-400 frequency response, that would be VERY much appreciated! I use the EQ in Foobar2000 with values I just picked that I subjectively like, but if someone has an Electri-Q file or something along those lines with more advanced techniques used to provide a level mids and treble, it would be fantastic.