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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Awesome!  Yeah, I ended up going from my HE-400 to the HE-500 thanks to trying them at the meet lol.  Did you pick up a pair from Justin?  That MSB Analog DAC looks *really* nice, especially design-wise, but seems like overkill.  I'd be curious to hear how it sounds, and see how close to an analog sound it gets.  I'm weighing my DAC options right now and I've had a few good recommendations already, and now I'm considering attempting a DIY build, Buffalo DAC or DDDAC are options I'm reading up on...we'll see how that goes, but if not I've got a few other in mind.  I have to budget for it, so depending on what I decide on I may have to save up some more. cool.gif

I ordered directly from hifiman. The analog dac probably is too good for the he400, but part of me just wants to get a crazy good end game dac to use for a long time, cure dac upgraditus, and not worry about my source being the component holding everything back. I'm also just really curious as to how high the little he400s can scale biggrin.gif
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All this talk about EQ, someone call me when the HE-400 itself is back on topic.

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A couple days ago, I detected a serious 2-5 dB channel imbalance on my setup from 250Hz down. I used APO Equalizer and corrected the imbalance. Now, these cans seem to hit and rumble harder than ever before. Very nice and welcomed improvement. o2smile.gif

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Originally Posted by tigon_ridge View Post

A couple days ago, I detected a serious 2-5 dB channel imbalance on my setup from 250Hz down. I used APO Equalizer and corrected the imbalance. Now, these cans seem to hit and rumble harder than ever before. Very nice and welcomed improvement. o2smile.gif

That's a pretty serious imbalance though, you should take use of your warranty and replace for a pair that has no channel imbalance.

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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post

All this talk about EQ, someone call me when the HE-400 itself is back on topic.

 

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.

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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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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

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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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

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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Originally Posted by tigon_ridge View Post

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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