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post #5701 of 6017
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Originally Posted by JSitthi View Post


EDIT: The mylar is punctured. Looks like the previous owner broke them and returned them, then they were resold to me as "like new"...

 

Wow that's B.S.; where did you buy these from again? You should contact Head-Direct about it.

 

Edit: if it's not an authorized retailer though, then you can't really do much more than asking Head-Direct to replace it (you'll need to pay for shipping cost of shipping your broken pair to their factory though).


Edited by jerg - 11/30/12 at 4:03pm
post #5702 of 6017
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Originally Posted by smcgov View Post

hi all, I'm new to this forum, I've spent many years at AK.  I just got some HE400's and they remind me of some vintage speakers I have, my Infinity Kappa 8's.  The highs are what I call liquid, the detail is there but they aren't hurt my teeth highs like metal tweeters tend to do.  I am still not sure what to think of these but I can clearly hear the refinement over the ath-m50's.  I'm a bass player and am into prog rock and music with intense drums and bass so that's what I'll be checking for most.  I don't have a hp amp at the moment, I am playing through a Fisher 500c, sansui au-9500 or sansui au-d11ii.  I think the bass is a tad mushy with the fisher amp, these seem to draw the same amount of current as house speakers.


Welcome to head-fi! You picked a fine headphone with the HE-400 - I think they really are a well rounded do it all can with very few vices. I personally think they have a real "American" JBL kind of sound signature, which is what I like about them.

 

I do have to take issue with your comment about metal tweeters, but no worries. This isn't the forum for it wink.gif

 

Don't worry about getting a head amp. Your receivers will power the HE-400's better than most.

post #5703 of 6017
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Wow that's B.S.; where did you buy these from again? You should contact Head-Direct about it.

Edit: if it's not an authorized retailer though, then you can't really do much more than asking Head-Direct to replace it (you'll need to pay for shipping cost of shipping your broken pair to their factory though).

Yes, I was surprised Kraft Street Audio ("fulfilled by Amazon.com" seller) did not check the headphones when they were returned by the previous owner. I made sure to let them know that these headphones are defective and cannot be resold until repaired or replaced.

As for now, I'm back on the market for new headphones. Full-sized and closed, or IEMs around the same price as HE400s.
post #5704 of 6017
Btw I dont see all the complaints about comfortability.

I haven't even bought the velour pads yet or done any headband mod's but I have been wearing these things for hours and they feel very nice on my head, I don't feel like they are even on my head.

Maybe its because I'm used to wearing a cap all the time and my head is used to having weight on it? Idk.. but they seem fine to me.
post #5705 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Bboy500 View Post

Btw I dont see all the complaints about comfortability.
I haven't even bought the velour pads yet or done any headband mod's but I have been wearing these things for hours and they feel very nice on my head, I don't feel like they are even on my head.
Maybe its because I'm used to wearing a cap all the time and my head is used to having weight on it? Idk.. but they seem fine to me.

Headphone comfort depends on how finicky you are, your head shape, and whether or not you have a strong neck. That means something that disappears on one person's head might feel like a deadweight on another's.

post #5706 of 6017

How do you guys feel these handle pure piano recordings? Something like McCoy Tyner's Soliloquy.

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Got my cable done :D It's 3.5 feet, which is all I ever need. 

 

post #5708 of 6017
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Originally Posted by FuzzyD View Post

How do you guys feel these handle pure piano recordings? Something like McCoy Tyner's Soliloquy.

Very well actually. Piano out of these is spacious, tactile, and extremely clean-sounding.

 

IMO HE400s are exceptional at instruments like piano, drums, cello, etc any instrument that focuses not only on the mids but also on a realistic bass presence and a sense of space. HE400s perform less gloriously with things like guitar (esp. electric guitar, less so with acoustic guitar) and violin, which are more mids-focused instruments with less emphasis on 3-dimensionality and tactility.

post #5709 of 6017

Ok well piano, drums, and cello are my 3 favorite things to listen to so I'm ordering on Monday! :D

 

GTRagnarok, that looks awesome and the blue is perfect. I'm assuming you got the connectors from Head Direct. What cable and plug did you use?


Edited by FuzzyD - 11/30/12 at 10:31pm
post #5710 of 6017
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

Got my cable done biggrin.gif It's 3.5 feet, which is all I ever need. 


Looks great!

I would totally buy a pair if it was for sale lol.
post #5711 of 6017

Do you guys know if the HE-400 works well plugged directly into an AV receiver? Is there a receiver out there that would be a good match for these headphones?

post #5712 of 6017
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Originally Posted by clem84 View Post

Do you guys know if the HE-400 works well plugged directly into an AV receiver? Is there a receiver out there that would be a good match for these headphones?

Straight into the headphone jack of the receiver (if they have one), or through the speaker outs with an adapter? If it's the latter, I've been using the HE-400 with a small speaker amp for a while now, and like it way better than the Lyr pairing. So yeah, works well.

post #5713 of 6017
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Straight into the headphone jack of the receiver (if they have one), or through the speaker outs with an adapter? If it's the latter, I've been using the HE-400 with a small speaker amp for a while now, and like it way better than the Lyr pairing. So yeah, works well.

Well my question was about straight into the headphone jack. I hadn't even thought of doing your solution (through the speaker out). The problem I see with that is that I would lose virtual surround sound.

post #5714 of 6017

.....and the right driver on my HE-400 just stopped working. And only about 2 minutes into my first listening session on my CD player setup. At first I was thinking "dang they sound even better on my CD player compared to my computer!" and then only 2 minutes in, when the right driver died, I thought "Seriously?"

 

Needless to say, I'm very disappointed. Was looking forward to a weekend of critical listening with the HE-400 but now that won't be happening. frown.gif

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Originally Posted by FuzzyD View Post

Ok well piano, drums, and cello are my 3 favorite things to listen to so I'm ordering on Monday! :D

 

GTRagnarok, that looks awesome and the blue is perfect. I'm assuming you got the connectors from Head Direct. What cable and plug did you use?

 

Thanks. Took me way longer than I thought it would, but it's my first one. I used Mogami W2893 miniature quad and an Amphenol 3.5mm plug from redco.com. I really wanted the Via Blue plug, but it's so expensive and I'm glad I decided against it now. The Amphenol is really nice. The sleeving is paracord from eBay (standard type III for the main part and a smaller 3mm one for the two smaller part).


Edited by GTRagnarok - 11/30/12 at 11:40pm
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