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post #10366 of 18624

Alright taking votes right now on my HE-400 paint job. If it goes well, I'd offer to paint any of the HiFiMan line for a fee if anybody here was interested.

 

I'm going with either a really deep red (wine-ish), matte black, etc. Looking for final thoughts on this, gonna tackle it in a few days.

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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Alright taking votes right now on my HE-400 paint job. If it goes well, I'd offer to paint any of the HiFiMan line for a fee if anybody here was interested.

 

I'm going with either a really deep red (wine-ish), matte black, etc. Looking for final thoughts on this, gonna tackle it in a few days.

For its sound signature (dark, with sparkly somewhat hot treble) I'd say a black or really dark wine colour, with crimson red speckles, kinda like the Fostex TH900 except maybe darker. Not sure if that is possible with the paint equipment/methods you use though.

post #10368 of 18624
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Alright taking votes right now on my HE-400 paint job. If it goes well, I'd offer to paint any of the HiFiMan line for a fee if anybody here was interested.

 

I'm going with either a really deep red (wine-ish), matte black, etc. Looking for final thoughts on this, gonna tackle it in a few days.

Flat black would be mean looking.......

post #10369 of 18624
I still think a deep shade of crimson or wine color would be UHMAZING.
post #10370 of 18624
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

For its sound signature (dark, with sparkly somewhat hot treble) I'd say a black or really dark wine colour, with crimson red speckles, kinda like the Fostex TH900 except maybe darker. Not sure if that is possible with the paint equipment/methods you use though.

That's definitely possible. It won't pop as much as the TH900 due to the materials, but getting the proper paint for that onto the cups and what not shouldn't be a problem.

post #10371 of 18624

red tiger

post #10372 of 18624
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Anyone try velour recently?

 

Giving it a whirl with eyeglass pad/one clip off mod :D

 

I'm a velour guy.

post #10373 of 18624

the HE-400 is on my radar at this moment....I would really like to hear them with my new Burson Soloist SL

 

I think it would be a great intro to planar headphones, and great match with the Burson

 

my 2channel rig is Magnepan 1.7's....i am a big fan or planar sound...

 

Will my love of Magnepan 1.7's sound going to translate into the same for the HE-400??

 

my other headphones are:  HD650, AKG 701, Beyer T-90 and DT-1350

 

amps:   Decware CSP2,  Burson Soloist SL,  and JDS Labs C421

post #10374 of 18624
By what you have, if you love the T90's treble, the HE-400 shouldn't be a problem.
post #10375 of 18624
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

By what you have, if you love the T90's treble, the HE-400 shouldn't be a problem.


thanks for the help,

Yeah, you went right to the crux...the T90 is the best treble i have in my collection, although its not for everyone

 

However, the Tesla driver is something else, it does so many things well, and the T-90 at the $500 range is a real competitor with some of the good ortho/planar (i am still learning, which is the correct term for these type of phones?) on the market.

 

My guess is the HE-400 will have equal to or better treble, and will have that awesome planar mid-range i crave so much

 

That is my favorite characteristic of my Magnepan 1.7's, the mid-range....so much detail, dimension, etc. etc. etc.

post #10376 of 18624
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I initially modded the pads for my own enjoyment, be thankful that I even bothered to write up a guide for you guys rolleyes.gif


You don't need to go comercial... just make one pair for me and it's cool biggrin.gif


Edited by Okamoto - 5/5/13 at 7:53pm
post #10377 of 18624
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Originally Posted by pebpeb View Post

ortho/planar

These are technically planar magnetic headphones, even though the term "ortho" is really common but honestly, who cares. I just use the one that sounds cooler. biggrin.gif

post #10378 of 18624
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These are technically planar magnetic headphones, even though the term "ortho" is really common but honestly, who cares. I just use the one that sounds cooler. biggrin.gif

 

thanks for the response...so they are the same thing...with electrostat headphones being another category or following into ortho/planar category???

 

sorry, I should just go look this stuff-up myself, use the internets to my benefit, and save other people the timewink_face.gif
 

post #10379 of 18624
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Originally Posted by pebpeb View Post

 

thanks for the response...so they are the same thing...with electrostat headphones being another category or following into ortho/planar category???

 

sorry, I should just go look this stuff-up myself, use the internets to my benefit, and save other people the timewink_face.gif
 

Planar = Ortho

 

Orthodynamic was coined by Yamaha, I believe in the 70s (don't quote me on this). But Planar Magnetic is the more techincally correct term.

Eletrostatic Headphones are different.

post #10380 of 18624
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Originally Posted by pebpeb View Post

 

thanks for the response...so they are the same thing...with electrostat headphones being another category or following into ortho/planar category???

 

sorry, I should just go look this stuff-up myself, use the internets to my benefit, and save other people the timewink_face.gif
 


Don't know what you mean by "category", but electrostatic headphones are called like this because they use electrostatic drivers - a different technology from planar-magnetic headphones. Same goes for dynamic headphones, balanced armature etc...

 

As for the sound, each one has its own characteristics, not necessarily better or worse than the other, just different. Electrostatics are usually more clear sounding, dynamics have more bass capabilities while planars fall in between the two. This is not a rule though.
 

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