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+1 on Amber Rubarth. Impressively recorded and not a bad listen. 

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So it's only been a couple of hours listening to the HE-400 I got in today, but something is just not sitting right with me in the treble. Can't put my finger on it yet. Will hold off giving any impressions for several days, but something is just not feeling good in the highs right now. Time will tell.

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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

So it's only been a couple of hours listening to the HE-400 I got in today, but something is just not sitting right with me in the treble. Can't put my finger on it yet. Will hold off giving any impressions for several days, but something is just not feeling good in the highs right now. Time will tell.

*Looks around for cover*

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*Looks around for cover*

Too early to tell right now. If you've failed me, I'll exact my revenge through the HD 280 on you.

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I just got my HE-400 and I gotta say, these are probably the most sibilant cans I've ever listened to. Ear piercing highs... Every song I've tried (flac/320, various different artists and recordings, etc.) that has a lyric with the letter "s" in it, it's ear piercing. Cymbals aren't quite as bad but still painful. I've tried a lot of EQ in foobar to reduce the highs but I can't seem to get rid of the sibilance without losing the highs all together... and volume definitely isn't the issue 

 

I'm hoping someone has a really really good plan for me?? confused.gif It seems most people have zero issues in this category :(

As you can see, my first impression of the highs wasn't great either. Once I let my brain burn into the sound, and settled at a -3dB at 8kHz and -3dB at 16kHz EQ,  these headphones win my vote by a landslide. In fact, today I shipped off my X1's because the detail and speed of these is unmatched (compared to the headphones I've listened to wink.gif). Even though the X1's have the optimal frequency response for my liking, I can easily achieve a similar FR without losing any detail with the HE-400.

 

Still sad to see the X1's go though...

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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

So it's only been a couple of hours listening to the HE-400 I got in today, but something is just not sitting right with me in the treble. Can't put my finger on it yet. Will hold off giving any impressions for several days, but something is just not feeling good in the highs right now. Time will tell.

I can tell you right now, it is sibilance. But the high pitched version.

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I'm sorry to say I sold my HE-400s a couple of days ago. After getting the wiring back to normal on my mackie studio monitors, I could not get used to the lack of the mids in the HE-400. I also used them way less than I hoped. Did not use them more than a couple of hours in the last month of ownership.

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If anyone is jumping ship from the he400 and has a pair of j$ pads please pm me. 

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If anyone is jumping ship from the he400 and has a pair of j$ pads please pm me. 

Will keep this in mind for the distant future.....

 

When did YGuyG run out of his share of the pads?

Edit: Looks like he hasn't logged in in over a month.....


Edited by Sniping - 6/24/13 at 5:49pm
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Will keep this in mind for the distant future.....

 

When did YGuyG run out of his share of the pads?

Edit: Looks like he hasn't logged in in over a month.....

I bet every night he just rolls around in a pile of sweet, plush j$ pads, giggling maniacally evil_smiley.gif I imagine people are still trying to reach him though about it, hopefully he responds at some point.

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Some preliminary impressions of a friend's friend to whom I loaned my HE-400 to, comparing to his Mad-Dogs that he got 3 days ago. (he uses schiit magni/modi just like me):

 

-HE-400 is fancy with its hard-shell case

 

-HE-400 seems more rigidly built, including ear-pads (mine are taped on)

 

-HE-400 seems more natural and realistic, it's like listening to instruments in the room with me as opposed to more reproduction-like sound of the Mad-Dogs

 

-HE-400 has fuller bass with more impact

 

-It's easier to follow bass tones on the Mad Dogs

 

-HE-400 treble is a little hot

 

-HE-400 is way more efficient

 

-HE-400 layers the music compared to the Mad-Dogs

 

-Do not mind the upper midrange recession

 

-Mad Dogs are more comfortable and don't move around on the head, their leather pads do not heat up as much as the velours on the HE-400

 

-HE-400 isn't as heavy as I thought it would be

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hi guys, know this might be an old topic but heard that planar magnetic causes skin/cancer when prolonged use... I know it seems far fetched but I read some articles a few years ago and just wanted to be safe than sorry... is there any radiation that comes from the magnetic plates or the technology behind orthos? thanks.

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Day 1 impressions of the HE-400 (couldn't help myself) while using a CablePro Earcandy cable and velour pads...
  • The build quality is nicer than I thought it would be, but it's interesting how alignment of certain parts doesn't look as straight as it should be.
  • These are definitely heavier than I thought they would be. Something I'll need to get use to.
  • Larger sized than I thought they would be as well. I have a medium sized head and, most of the time, I size the cans around the middle in the headband adjustment. These are sized as small as can be and they still feel like they fit kinda big.
  • The clamping pressure is very great. It's not HD 280 painful, but it's not far off either. I found myself having to pull them off quite a bit and I wasn't able to rest them around the back of my neck without it feeling like I was being choked after a while. I'm wondering if I can purposely flex the band to alleviate some of that tension.
  • I'm a treblehead who likes bright cans with a large soundstage and lots of detail, but the treble on this thing is pretty untamed. I'm wondering if switching to the pleather pads or stock cable will help any of this.
  • Blue is a stupid color for a headphone.
  • I am really quite surprised how efficient these are. Of course, amping is helping a lot, but they really don't sound half bad when played directly off any iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod).
  • The signature is quite fun, though, and I can imagine this would be a real good can to demo to a friend if you want to impress them.

Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

  • treble on this thing is pretty untamed.

the treble definitely does sound somewhat unnatural.
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roguegeek, I'd say the clamping pressure on the HE-400 compared to the HD 280 is nothing at all. The Senn I can wear it for maybe 10 minutes before I get a headache, with the HE-400 I never get headaches. With that said, I did actually bend the headband very slightly to alleviate some pressure, it doesn't snap.

 

Also some people say how the velour pads seem more bright than than the pleather, maybe you might want to give those a go if velour is too bright for you. But in my experience stock pleather pads, despite being less harsh, sound awful. There was something really off with vocals for me when I tried them coming from velour. But modded pleather is just perfect.

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