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post #11176 of 20015

Im going to try the Jerg Mod this weekend on a pair of beyers and on a pair of pleather from hifiman.

I will give feedback then (assuming something dosent come up as always).

post #11177 of 20015

I currently own a Sennheiser HD598 and have been eyeing the HE-400 for an upgrade for some time right now. I'm really looking forward to the bass on the HE-400 since I listen to a fair amount of electronic music and hip-hop, but am wondering I would lose out on how great live rock music sounds on the HD598. I love the soundstage and natural sound of instruments and vocals on the HD598, and I'm not sure how well they are reproduced on a warmer pair of headphones like the HE-400. I'd appreciate any opinions you guys have on this!

post #11178 of 20015
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Originally Posted by stjj89 View Post

I currently own a Sennheiser HD598 and have been eyeing the HE-400 for an upgrade for some time right now. I'm really looking forward to the bass on the HE-400 since I listen to a fair amount of electronic music and hip-hop, but am wondering I would lose out on how great live rock music sounds on the HD598. I love the soundstage and natural sound of instruments and vocals on the HD598, and I'm not sure how well they are reproduced on a warmer pair of headphones like the HE-400. I'd appreciate any opinions you guys have on this!

The 400 is a dream when it comes to EDM and hip hop. If those two genres were all I listened to it would be an end game headphone for me. It can be hit or miss with other genres. I think it really comes down to the quality of the recording/file. The 400 can be a little bit cutthroat in that it will make a great recording sound absolutely stellar and a mediocre recording sound terrible. In other words it's not a very forgiving headphone. I definitely recommend taking the time to perform the Jergpad mod. It really evens out the tonality of the mids and makes it much more of an all-arounder headphone. I haven't heard the HD598, but I own the HD558, which is a step below the 598 and I agree it is a fairly pleasant headphone for rock music, but the 400 is going to blow away the 598 in soundstage alone which is quintessential for live recordings.  

post #11179 of 20015
I prefer the 558 to the 598. Just saying. The 558 is more musical and enjoyable, though not as immediately detailed. The 598 is a bit too aggressive in the mids for me, bordering on unnatural.
post #11180 of 20015
I own a hd 595 not a 598 but I' ve listened to one and the he 400 is a nice upgrade
The 400's have a better soundstage some nicer trebles (imo) and especially a better low end

Mad dogs could be a nice upgrade also but imo the he 400 is doing better on rock
Edited by TontonJoK - 7/4/13 at 5:22am
post #11181 of 20015
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I prefer the 558 to the 598. Just saying. The 558 is more musical and enjoyable, though not as immediately detailed. The 598 is a bit too aggressive in the mids for me, bordering on unnatural.


558 is a great headphone, especially for its price. I'd say It is the mid-term between 598 and 518 (more treble than 518 and more bass than 598).

 

Unfortunately, since I got my HE-400s, they're being used only for movies and gaming.

post #11182 of 20015

Thanks for the advice! I'll probably try to cop a pair off classifieds and perform the Jergpad mod on them!

post #11183 of 20015
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Originally Posted by Mandala View Post

The 400 is a dream when it comes to EDM and hip hop. If those two genres were all I listened to it would be an end game headphone for me. It can be hit or miss with other genres. I think it really comes down to the quality of the recording/file. The 400 can be a little bit cutthroat in that it will make a great recording sound absolutely stellar and a mediocre recording sound terrible. In other words it's not a very forgiving headphone. I definitely recommend taking the time to perform the Jergpad mod. It really evens out the tonality of the mids and makes it much more of an all-arounder headphone. I haven't heard the HD598, but I own the HD558, which is a step below the 598 and I agree it is a fairly pleasant headphone for rock music, but the 400 is going to blow away the 598 in soundstage alone which is quintessential for live recordings.  

 

+1 on that. EDM and hip hop make up a huge chunk of my library, I couldn't be happier with the HE-400s for those genres.

post #11184 of 20015

Sorry to but in,

 

Could anyone tell me an easy way to find out what rev. my HE400s are?

 

I got them in September.

 

Cheers :)

post #11185 of 20015
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Originally Posted by Mattyhew View Post

Sorry to but in,

 

Could anyone tell me an easy way to find out what rev. my HE400s are?

 

I got them in September.

 

Cheers :)

Best way to tell is by looking at the driver housing's color.  You can see it easiest by taking off one of the pads.  If the plastic is black then it's Rev. 1, if the plastic is white or translucent white, it's Rev. 2 (aka Rev. 4) and if the plastic is a taupe/sand color, that is Rev. 3 (the one you want to avoid and was recalled by HiFiMan).  If you got them new in Sept. that could either be Rev. 2 or 3.  Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

post #11186 of 20015
Thread Starter 

Sounds about right to me. ^^

post #11187 of 20015

Can i see without removing the pads, really don't trust my DIY skills

post #11188 of 20015

Um not really. Taking off the pads are easy as pie, you don't need DIY skills to do it.

post #11189 of 20015
Alternatively, the grills are easier to remove, but probably easier to damage too.
post #11190 of 20015

If the plastic was white (rev.2) or cream (rev.3) under a bright light would i be able to see them without removing the pads :D


Edited by Mattyhew - 7/5/13 at 4:19am
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