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post #5611 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

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.

But WHY does it make it better? I can't just take people's word at face value like that.

 

Looks neat though, definitely wins for me aesthetically. 

post #5612 of 6017

I have the 'silver cable' from the HE500 I bought; it doesn't look that silver though...just looks like spun copper strands sleeved in polyethylene. 

post #5613 of 6017
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I have the 'silver cable' from the HE500 I bought; it doesn't look that silver though...just looks like spun copper strands sleeved in polyethylene. 

 

The thing's really unwieldy though. Don't know how people could stand using that. Got it caught on the cupboard in the shop I tried them in. Good thing the store owner didn't find out!

post #5614 of 6017
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

But WHY does it make it better? I can't just take people's word at face value like that.
It doesn't. Silver conducts worse than copper. It's for looks and people with back problems due to heavy wallets only.
post #5615 of 6017

These are an immediate and definite improvement over my HD 558 sonically, particularly in the bass. But the tradeoff is comfort. The HD 558 feels like nothing compared to these. The headband mod should help a bit, but there's no getting around the weight. The clamping is too tight also. I've tried stretching the headband but I'm afraid of it breaking...

post #5616 of 6017

A few users have managed to stretch the headband with no problem, but i can see how it would worry you. I guess im lucky in that the clamp is just perfect for me, i think this is helped by the fact that i'm coming from the Sennheiser HD 280 pros which feels like its trying to crush your skull.

post #5617 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

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.

cables are controversial, there's a lot of threads about them on head fi.

 

my position is that they only matter to a point....my favorite cables i've ever made are twisted pairs of CAT5 cable.  i don't believe that silver or gold or any fancy metal is better than another...what does make a difference is good shielding, and twisting to cancel EM interference.  beyond those (well proven) techniques it's all up to you and your ears.  but my opinion is just one of many out there...

post #5618 of 6017
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Originally Posted by soundstige View Post

It doesn't. Silver conducts worse than copper. It's for looks and people with back problems due to heavy wallets only.

I'm quite sure your joking i'd imagine right?? Lol I'd hope so but just in case your not. Pure silver has the lowest resistivity of electrons in all conductive wires on the planet. Maybe you wanted to say cooper conducts worse than silver??
post #5619 of 6017
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Originally Posted by I95North View Post

I'm quite sure your joking i'd imagine right?? Lol I'd hope so but just in case your not. Pure silver has the lowest resistivity of electrons in all conductive wires on the planet. Maybe you wanted to say cooper conducts worse than silver??
I misspoke and forget my original point. Sorry biggrin.gif
Edited by soundstige - 11/27/12 at 12:10pm
post #5620 of 6017

If you own the HE-400 (or really anyone) listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwzRkjn86w

 

Hooray Halifax!!!
 

post #5621 of 6017
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Originally Posted by olsenn View Post

If you own the HE-400 (or really anyone) listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwzRkjn86w

 

Hooray Halifax!!!
 

If I knew them lyrics I'd be singing along. Hohay, arrr aye laddie. :D (sounds good out of the HD650 too ;) 

post #5622 of 6017

Hi everyone - hope some others owners can help me get some clarity on an issue.

 

My 400s seem to have light distortion on certain pieces. Both on classic music (piano) and on rock albums. I'm using pleather pads and ALO The National amp with the UD100 DAC.

 

First of all I turned off all Amarra EQ settings which weren't having a good impact. Furthermore, It might be that I'm listening too loud... I doubt this since my previous headphones (ATM 50s) didn't distort at the same level.

 

Its only when i'm listening at louder levels, but still... it is bugging.

 

Does the headphone have some natural distortion at higher levels? Any way to counter this?

 

Thank you!

post #5623 of 6017
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Originally Posted by joetjie2000 View Post

Hi everyone - hope some others owners can help me get some clarity on an issue.

 

My 400s seem to have light distortion on certain pieces. Both on classic music (piano) and on rock albums. I'm using pleather pads and ALO The National amp with the UD100 DAC.

 

First of all I turned off all Amarra EQ settings which weren't having a good impact. Furthermore, It might be that I'm listening too loud... I doubt this since my previous headphones (ATM 50s) didn't distort at the same level.

 

Its only when i'm listening at louder levels, but still... it is bugging.

 

Does the headphone have some natural distortion at higher levels? Any way to counter this?

 

Thank you!

 

Doubt it; I had both HE400 and M50 together at one point, and the M50s crapped out at the first sign of busy passages of music (a distorted mess with zero dynamics) while the HE400s handled them with ease (detailed, separated presentation of all the elements of the music).  My guess is either some hidden DSP is messing things up, or you are just hearing distortions that are part of the music.


Edited by jerg - 11/27/12 at 10:47pm
post #5624 of 6017

Thank you jerg! Any way you think i can troubleshoot the "hidden DSP" - issue? 

post #5625 of 6017
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Originally Posted by joetjie2000 View Post

Thank you jerg! Any way you think i can troubleshoot the "hidden DSP" - issue? 

It's not an issue, more of an oversight that some people miss. Basically just check your windows sound options and make sure no DSP is toggled. I doubt it applies to you but never hurts to check.

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