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post #5596 of 6017
It may have. I didn't leave it off that long, but the change wasn't too drastic, IMHO, so I decided on just going back to stock. It is improved so, anyone wanting too eek out more out of their HE400 should try it. I just don't wanna leave the drivers exposed like that.
post #5597 of 6017

After exactly one month of waiting (buying it from a fellow member here who had it replaced for the good version), I'm finally going to get it today. I've ordered the HD 600 headband, and I also plan to do the grill mod.

 

I've also ordered the materials to make a custom cable. I think you guys will like what I have planned wink.gif. As a preview, here's what I'm sleeving it in.

 

post #5598 of 6017
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

After exactly one month of waiting (buying it from a fellow member here who had it replaced for the good version), I'm finally going to get it today. I've ordered the HD 600 headband, and I also plan to do the grill mod.

 

I've also ordered the materials to make a custom cable. I think you guys will like what I have planned wink.gif. As a preview, here's what I'm sleeving it in.

 

 

Ooo that looks nice, that would fit nicely. Also looking forward to your impressions on the headband mod, im still on the fence about that one.

post #5599 of 6017
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

Ooo that looks nice, that would fit nicely. Also looking forward to your impressions on the headband mod, im still on the fence about that one.

 

I won't get the headband until Thursday. But that should give me time to have a feel for the stock headband first.

post #5600 of 6017

How do you plan to attach that headband. Very curious as to how it work out for you.

 

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post #5601 of 6017

Something like this i'd imagine.

post #5602 of 6017

I just got my HE-400 in from HeadAmp.

 

Holy crap these headphones sound good, and I'm only running them out of my computer! (Because I don't own a dynamic amp right now to use them with my CD player.) I'm actually impressed, and they seriously might be keepers for me. Will have to wait and see how they sound on the Burson Soloist that I have coming though.

 

They're really inefficient though, which is kinda annoying. A lot less efficient than my usual computer headphone, the Audio-Technica ES7.


Edited by Asr - 11/26/12 at 11:48am
post #5603 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I just got my HE-400 in from HeadAmp.

 

Holy crap these headphones sound good, and I'm only running them out of my computer! (Because I don't own a dynamic amp right now to use them with my CD player.) I'm actually impressed, and they seriously might be keepers for me. Will have to wait and see how they sound on the Burson Soloist that I have coming though.

 

They're really inefficient though, which is kinda annoying. A lot less efficient than my usual computer headphone, the Audio-Technica ES7.

Welcome to the HE400 club Asr. 

 

Yeah, surprisingly it is only moderately more efficient compared to HE500. Then again, it is still orthodynamic and with all things considered it's pretty dang efficient in relative terms.

post #5604 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I just got my HE-400 in from HeadAmp.

 

Holy crap these headphones sound good, and I'm only running them out of my computer! (Because I don't own a dynamic amp right now to use them with my CD player.) I'm actually impressed, and they seriously might be keepers for me. Will have to wait and see how they sound on the Burson Soloist that I have coming though.

 

They're really inefficient though, which is kinda annoying. A lot less efficient than my usual computer headphone, the Audio-Technica ES7.

In your opinion, how does it stack up against more expensive/summit-fi headphones?

post #5605 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post
In your opinion, how does it stack up against more expensive/summit-fi headphones?

 

I'd say it blurs the line between my "average" (K70x, HD6xx, etc) and "above-average" rankings (HD800, T1, LCD-x, etc). Essentially, I think it's better than the mid-level AKGs & Senns, almost as good as the HD800 and Audeze headphones. Will have to withhold final judgment until I hear it proper on my CD player setup and not my computer. Probably shouldn't comment further on it until then. That said, it sounds pretty dang good overall on my computer. Strong bass and good clarity were the immediate standout aspects.

 

I can't say I completely like it though, particularly on Massive Attack's "Inertia Creeps" where the belly drums practically vanish into obscurity.

post #5606 of 6017

I shot Head-Direct customer service an email on why their Silver filled copper cables were 16ft and 25 ft long, and I got an email saying, "We previously had a shorter cable for our headphones after sending our headphones out for reviews using avid electronic enthusiasts they all sent a request for a longer cable this was unanimous, therefore we lengthened our cables." 

 

Can I get some opinions on the length of the cables?

 

And thanks @Asr for the response, I love hearing input from people that have had insanely awesome gear. 

post #5607 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

I shot Head-Direct customer service an email on why their Silver filled copper cables were 16ft and 25 ft long, and I got an email saying, "We previously had a shorter cable for our headphones after sending our headphones out for reviews using avid electronic enthusiasts they all sent a request for a longer cable this was unanimous, therefore we lengthened our cables." 

 

Can I get some opinions on the length of the cables?

 

And thanks @Asr for the response, I love hearing input from people that have had insanely awesome gear. 

i couldn't imagine buying less than 15' for a fancy aftermarket cable, and i definitely have use for a 25' cable.  for really portable set ups it doesn't make much sense of course, but for a really portable set up i don't need a silver fancy cable either.  

i make all my own cables and while i haven't had the energy or absoulte necessity to change my stock HE400 cable yet, i've been thinking about making a 30' so i can listen to computer based music while sitting on my home theatre couch

post #5608 of 6017

What does the silver coating do if it's a copper cable?

post #5609 of 6017

Hello all,

 

So I've been sucked into the black hole that is head-fi and lurking for a while now though the endless threads and spending countless hours on research.  I think I finally have come to the determination that the he-400 is what I'm seeking; however, I am not totally sure what I need to complete my setup.  

 

I will use music from the MOG at 320 kbps as my source from both my Galaxy Nexus and PC.  On my pc I have onboard sound which I don't think too highly of.  I would like some portability, so I'm considering the e17/e09k combo.  That way I could use the e17 as a dac when at my PC and use it as an amp for my phone.  The dac in my Nexus does not seem half bad for when I go portable (waiting for someone to hopefully figure out that micro usb issue so I can output to a dac).

 

The other detail here is my father has an old NAD receiver I'm not sure what model, but it has a headphone jack and plenty of inputs on the back.  Is it 1) possible and 2) advisable to output SPDIF from PC to the e17/e09k combo using the e17's dac and the e09k as a preamp then using the rca outputs on the back of the e09k to the back of the NAD receiver for some extra juice? I apologize if this has been answered before, but my search found nothing.

 

Or can someone envision a better alternative?  As I said I would like some portability, but with that said I don't need to be walking around town and would stay confined to a desk while I listen.  Thus, I would be happy to lug around a manageable dac & amp for when I go out of town or when I'm working from the office on weekends.  Money is an barrier.  I'm not looking to spend much more than 650 and would like to make my purchase through Amazon so I can get the 12 month financing.  I'm a poor social worker so its a must.  The only other thing I would say is that I'm hoping this envisioned setup would provide some future proofing in that I would be able to drive some other headphones which may be more difficult to drive if I am to expand my collection in the future.  I have the head-fi bug so I'm sure it just a matter of time before I get the itch again.

post #5610 of 6017
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

What does the silver coating do if it's a copper cable?

All I know is that it makes it better.

http://www.abccables.com/info-copper.html

My eyes kinda glazed over halfway through the article so I'm just going to assume the silver improves the cable.

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