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This is my last post on EQ, but I think with these particular headphones, EQ is relevant because they are pretty damn sibilant and harsh with the treble spike but they have good bass and mids.... So people complaining about sibilance or harsh sound... These headphones are a very good candidate for EQ, although still not perfect after EQ... it does make more of a difference than on most headphones... I will not say anything more about EQ.


Edited by nicholars - 7/29/13 at 8:16pm
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That's a pretty serious imbalance though, you should take use of your warranty and replace for a pair that has no channel imbalance.

Okay, I don't wth happened, but I went back to check and the imbalance is gone. I'm so confused as to what happened, but I was so sure that there was a pretty big imbalance the other day. I ran sine sweep and everything over and over for a whole 5 minutes. Ugh... anyways, glad that it's gone now. Would've really sucked if I had to return for repair.

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Cool, maybe I can borrow it from you. I have a decent SACD collection too, maybe we can trade some for a while?

 

i recently acquired the thriller SACD, i find it "bright" but only in the sense that it's bright pop music in general.  it sounds pretty good to me!

 

but don't listen to me...i apparently can't hear any tones above 100Hz because i still don't find my 400's sibilant in the least....like at all.  the only EQ i use is a <80Hz low shelf, and that only when i want a good bass pounding.  if i need more bass than that i turn on my hi-fi  :)

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Serious case of impacted earwax?
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Serious case of impacted earwax?

 

Very good possibility...

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i recently acquired the thriller SACD, i find it "bright" but only in the sense that it's bright pop music in general.  it sounds pretty good to me!

 

but don't listen to me...i apparently can't hear any tones above 100Hz because i still don't find my 400's sibilant in the least....like at all.  the only EQ i use is a <80Hz low shelf, and that only when i want a good bass pounding.  if i need more bass than that i turn on my hi-fi  :)


If you cannot hear anything above 100hz all you would hear is a booming bass noise. You need to go and get hearing aids.

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Serious case of impacted earwax?

That's what I thought at first, but then I cleaned my ears out right after considering it to eliminate the possibility. *shrug* I'll just chalk it up to the god of planar magnetic playing tricks on me.

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Rev 1 drivers?
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That's what I thought at first, but then I cleaned my ears out right after considering it to eliminate the possibility. *shrug* I'll just chalk it up to the god of planar magnetic playing tricks on me.

Impacted earwax can be pretty deep in the ear canal, and you wouldn't be able to use a q-tip or conventional methods to remove it (I highly advise you don't try yourself anyway, as it can make it worse).  If you suspect that it may be an issue, you'd have to see an ENT doctor to further investigate and remedy it.

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If you cannot hear anything above 100hz all you would hear is a booming bass noise. You need to go and get hearing aids.

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We're back on topic.  I started to build a new cable for my HE-400s this evening.  I was just looking to stir things up a bit a try some Mogami for a change as it's been about a year since I last used that cable as opposed to the usual - Canare.

 

If you guys were to get a good look at the he-4 cable, you'd be pretty disappointed that HFM is able to produce such a nice cable yet still continues to include such a poor one with the he400. I realize that there are margins to be met and all that but it's a shame to send out a crappy one regardless of the situation. The he-4 cable is wonderful. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

If you guys were to get a good look at the he-4 cable, you'd be pretty disappointed that HFM is able to produce such a nice cable yet still continues to include such a poor one with the he400. I realize that there are margins to be met and all that but it's a shame to send out a crappy one regardless of the situation. The he-4 cable is wonderful. 

 

Yes, you are correct.  The cable I built has black nylon sleeving over the cable and in many ways, resembles the cable that comes with the HE-4 headphones.

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Yes, you are correct.  The cable I built has black nylon sleeving over the cable and in many ways, resembles the cable that comes with the HE-4 headphones.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

If you guys were to get a good look at the he-4 cable, you'd be pretty disappointed that HFM is able to produce such a nice cable yet still continues to include such a poor one with the he400. I realize that there are margins to be met and all that but it's a shame to send out a crappy one regardless of the situation. The he-4 cable is wonderful. 

Yeah, I don't understand why they didn't just stick with that cable, it looks and probably feels much nicer.  The current stock HE-400 cable is basically Canare Star Quad Microphone cable with molded connectors, which I suspect is more 'cost effective' for HiFiMan.  I recently attempted to mimic the HE-4 cable myself and got decent results, I'm going to try again soon once I figure out what to do for the Y-junction, and I'm picking up some tubing to use post Y-junction for the next one. http://imgur.com/a/cceYq Since then, I added some strain reliefs using clicky pen springs http://i.imgur.com/LhBHCbZ.jpg and also redid the Y-junction with another layer of heatshrink to look more uniform...this is primarily what I use now at my desk.

 

Wayne - I've found using Mogami Neglex W2799 + de-cored 550 paracord works perfectly, that's what I used in the pictures above.  Post Y-junction I used the smaller Type 1 Vest cord like I've been using in my braided cables.  Good stuff biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

If you guys were to get a good look at the he-4 cable, you'd be pretty disappointed that HFM is able to produce such a nice cable yet still continues to include such a poor one with the he400. I realize that there are margins to be met and all that but it's a shame to send out a crappy one regardless of the situation. The he-4 cable is wonderful. 

 

What is bad about the HE400 cable? I thought it was pretty good when I opened the box.... It is a canare cable and looks pretty durable.... What is wrong with it? (except the connections to the cups)

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Don't forget get cables are audiophile jewelry and makes people turn into women. I appreciate any cable that doesn't tangle and is sturdy. tongue.gif
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