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post #5716 of 6020
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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 #5717 of 6020

.....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

post #5718 of 6020
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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
post #5719 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

.....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

 

Have you done some troubleshooting? Could be simple issues with connectors / cable defect / plug, or more driver-related issues such as the metal tab thing someone mentioned a week ago.

 

Regardless, that must indeed be very frustrating. I recall my first HE400s when they first had the imbalance issue and how much I raged about it.


Edited by jerg - 12/1/12 at 12:07am
post #5720 of 6020

Has there been any speculation in these threads, about why HiFiMan used the pleather pads, when everyone agrees that the velour pads sound better ?

post #5721 of 6020
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Has there been any speculation in these threads, about why HiFiMan used the pleather pads, when everyone agrees that the velour pads sound better ?

 

I'd think it would have something to do with pleather pads looking more luxurious. (IMO)

post #5722 of 6020
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Have you done some troubleshooting? Could be simple issues with connectors / cable defect / plug, or more driver-related issues such as the metal tab thing someone mentioned a week ago.

 

Regardless, that must indeed be very frustrating. I recall my first HE400s when they first had the imbalance issue and how much I raged about it.

 

Apparently I spoke too soon. The right driver intermittently comes and goes, so it's not completely kaput yet. It'll happen while I'm doing absolutely nothing, just listening and not even moving my head. There's also an intermittent channel imbalance. It's extremely annoying all around.

 

I guess I'll just "burn in" the headphones overnight to see if the drivers settle down....

post #5723 of 6020

The high number of reports of channels failing is really quite worrisome. I hope I'm not next confused_face.gif

 

@Asr, maybe you should open up the cup and see if there's a problem with wire contacts.

post #5724 of 6020
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The high number of reports of channels failing is really quite worrisome. I hope I'm not next confused_face.gif

 

@Asr, maybe you should open up the cup and see if there's a problem with wire contacts.


I will probably get an email about this, but what jm going to do is set up a rig and do 5 day burn in/test on all the he-400 pairs i have. I know it breaks the magical "seal" on the box (there isn't one) but it seems this is a service that would have value


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post #5725 of 6020

That's a great idea. I actually had similar thoughts before you sent me my HE400 for you to open it up and check to see if all was well with my pair, but forgot to ask lol.

post #5726 of 6020
RE: burn in comments... Ive had the 400s for a few weeks and TO MY EARS they have changed in a great way. If you come from closed cans, it takes getting used to. Tape them to your head and dont take them off before you love them. wink.gif For the rock fans; try The Classic Crime "Phoenix" album. Brilliant on the HE400.
post #5727 of 6020
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

The high number of reports of channels failing is really quite worrisome. I hope I'm not next confused_face.gif

 

@Asr, maybe you should open up the cup and see if there's a problem with wire contacts.

Are these headphones supposed to be unreliable? Or fragile? I was about to purchase them but now I don't know.

post #5728 of 6020

Well, upon the initial release there were lot's of issues. Then with r2 everything seems to be excellent. Then you have the r3 debacle. So HFM went back to the r2 recently and all was well. Now I have seen quite a few people posting with issues in the last month about one of drivers going out from the left or right cup.

 

It may just be a connection issue. It may also be that people are connecting the cables properly to the connectors. Short answer, I think that they're fine. 

post #5729 of 6020

HiFiMan has a really responsive customer service team, so just buy it, and worry about it later, because in most cases, you won't have to worry about it.

post #5730 of 6020

I recently bought the HE-400 headphones and a DACport LX DAC. I need an amp.

 

Eventually I'd like to buy the Schiit Lyr, which is reportedly very good with the HE-400.

 

However, I can't afford that right now, and I'm looking for a cheap amp to act as a temporary solution.

 

Could someone please recommend a less than $100 amp that has good synergy with the HE-400 and Dacport LX?

 

I'm considering the Fiio E11 and JDS labs MCoy. Other suggestions are welcome, but my budget is $100.

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