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post #11011 of 18156
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

The he-400 works well for classical because of attack, speed, decay and good sound stage. It's better than the hd650 IMO and I do like my 650's. 


I used to use my K702 pretty much exclusively with classical and film scores, but I'm finding the HE-400 just sounds more musical as opposed to the more analytical nature of the AKG's. Soundstage is still king on the K702, but for pure enjoyment the HE-400 is really fantastic.

 

The HD 650 is just too laid back for classical IMO, sounds nice but it puts me to sleep in a few minutes flat!

post #11012 of 18156
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

 

Why aren't you just asking this in the gaming thread? They'd be able to answer your question right away, especially since it's a console question.

It is 100% not a console question, I only plan on using them with my PC.

 

Anyways, thanks for the responses.

post #11013 of 18156

Any opamp rolling gurus subscribed here ?

 

I'm looking to drop a custom opamp in a Matrix DAC M-stage soon.

 

I've been told that OPA2209, OPA1642 and OPA602BP are nice upgrades but not specifically for synergy with the 400's.

Was also told that 627's and 637's not  good drop-in opamps for Matrix hardware even though a lot of ebay sellers offer them as rolling options in their listing....something to do with a mis-match in speed design I believe.

 

My aim if possible is to tame the treble a bit at the amp stage. I may also upgrade to the 500's in future, therefore trying to find an opamp that would be good for the 400's and 500's....and I read bumping the M-stage +10 gain is OK for the 500's so I do like the flexibility of this amp.....(opamp rolling and gain control)

Though given how cheap the dual opamps are, I could buy one more suited for the 500's later.

 

Ideally I would like the emotiva speaker amp but just not practical for me right now, plus seems there are only 2 retail avenues for international shipping on the 5KG Emotiva amp...so that upgrade option is on ice just now !

 

 

 

Total cost inc. opamp upgrade will be 190 pounds or $295 from ebay so I'm also open to diverting the cash into any kind of DAC/amp of this size/price that is better value as well for a 400/500 pair up that I've maybe not managed to dig up on head-fi........(Schitt stuff being out due to voltage.)


Edited by Lohb - 6/22/13 at 8:39am
post #11014 of 18156
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Originally Posted by Fraguh View Post

It is 100% not a console question, I only plan on using them with my PC.

 

Anyways, thanks for the responses.

Why do you have the mix amp then? It has no use in your setup.

 

You should use cmss-3d from your sound card. I even think you can use that even though you are going digital out form the sound card. If so, you should rather have you setup like this: Sound card -> DAC -> Amp.


Edited by davidsh - 6/21/13 at 4:37am
post #11015 of 18156

Coming late, but there it is, my system:

 

*

 

He-400, asgard, e17. Its like a drug, noone can resist the question "one more song?" .

 

Thx to fang and jason for such an amazing expirience.

 

Forza audio works cable, beyer pads.


Edited by catspaw - 6/21/13 at 11:33am
post #11016 of 18156
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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

Coming late, but there it is, my system:

 

*

 

He-400, asgard, e17. Its like a drug, noone can resist the question "one more song?" .

 

Thx to fang and jason for such an amazing expirience

This is how I feel with both the HE-400 and HE-500...they're responsible for many a late night. biggrin.gif  So many songs, so little time...

post #11017 of 18156

Apologies for not reading all 736 pages (yet), but how do HE-400 sound with Burson HA-160 or HA-160D?

 

I am sure there must be someone out there who has heard this combo, but the original HA-160D thread seems to be deleted and I am currently working my way through this thread.

post #11018 of 18156

My poor HE400's :(

Can't find a headband for sale anywhere... Anyone know of a solution? Need these up and running badly!!

post #11019 of 18156
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Originally Posted by scizzro View Post

My poor HE400's :(

Can't find a headband for sale anywhere... Anyone know of a solution? Need these up and running badly!!

Send an email to Zhang Lu via message@head-direct.com (HiFiMan Customer Service) - I was quoted $30 for the entire headband assembly, plus $17.5 Shipping to the US.  It's a bummer, but cheaper than sending the whole thing in for repair/replacement.

post #11020 of 18156
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Send an email to Zhang Lu via message@head-direct.com (HiFiMan Customer Service) - I was quoted $30 for the entire headband assembly, plus $17.5 Shipping to the US.  It's a bummer, but cheaper than sending the whole thing in for repair/replacement.

Great! Sent the message already. Thanks for the help. And yeah that's not cheap but the longer I live without them the more I want them again! 

post #11021 of 18156
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Originally Posted by scizzro View Post

Great! Sent the message already. Thanks for the help. And yeah that's not cheap but the longer I live without them the more I want them again! 

Yeah, I knew it was a known manufacturing issue so I had emailed them a few weeks back out of curiosity.  The other option seems to be sending the whole headphone to them for repair/replacement which is apparently $110.  Now, if these are still under warranty (definitely check to make sure) then you may be able to get it repaired for free, or they may send you the headband assembly for free...worth a try!

post #11022 of 18156
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Originally Posted by scizzro View Post

My poor HE400's :(

Can't find a headband for sale anywhere... Anyone know of a solution? Need these up and running badly!!

Is this a common failure on the HE models? There's also some sort of weak point on all headphones. What are the common ones on these?

post #11023 of 18156
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Is this a common failure on the HE models? There's also some sort of weak point on all headphones. What are the common ones on these?

This is really all I've noticed, but considering the entire assembly is $30, using screws into plastic like it does it makes sense.  If they put an extra $20 into making it with better materials it would most definitely be worth it.  Honestly, even if they invest $2 into using brass screw inserts it would make a big difference in durability.  Having said that, I've never considered my HE-500 (or HE-400) fragile, I think this is more of a QC problem really.  Of course I handle them like a baby, because they are my baby tongue.gif but this is the only weak spot I can think of, everything else is solid.

post #11024 of 18156
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Originally Posted by scizzro View Post

My poor HE400's :(

Can't find a headband for sale anywhere... Anyone know of a solution? Need these up and running badly!!

You could easily glue this together with good two components glue. That seems like more than enough surface area. It's cheap, and you could always order another headband.

post #11025 of 18156
We're these rough handled? I see the leather being ripped off the headband. If mine falls off like that then I know for sure these are fragile as I'm really careful with my headphones. I adjust the headband with the headphone lying on the cloth bag on a flat surface. Man I be torn to see one of my headphone to look like that.
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