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post #12331 of 17995
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

I usually wash mine in a hot spring or under a waterfall near my camp house. Very efficient and pleasant methods.

Sometimes I also take them to the beach with me. The salt water and hot sun clean it very fast.

I prefer fresh water for the pads, salt water for the magnets and diaphragm.

post #12332 of 17995
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

I prefer fresh water for the pads, salt water for the magnets and diaphragm.


Both are fine for the pads, as long as you use fresh water to remove the salt later.

And btw, salt water and hot sun are good for new headphones. Makes them burn in faster.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/20/13 at 6:05am
post #12333 of 17995

I find the best way to wash the HE-400 is to take them apart with a hammer then run a wire brush all over the drivers, then follow this with some washing up liquid and a pressure washer. Hang them up on the washing line in the sun and then you are good to go ;)

post #12334 of 17995

Washing machine (alternatively dishwasher) for the lazies...

post #12335 of 17995
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

I find the best way to wash the HE-400 is to take them apart with a hammer then run a wire brush all over the drivers, then follow this with some washing up liquid and a pressure washer. Hang them up on the washing line in the sun and then you are good to go ;)

I'm gonna have to try this. I recently tried using my washer and drier and let's just say that the headphones were a complete disaster after the dry cycle. Five hours and a complete roll of duct tape later and they sound better than they ever have. The drier really burned in the drivers.

 

Wire brushing should be better so I don't have to reassemble this duct tape mess.

post #12336 of 17995

But if you hit them with a hammer and then run a wire brush over the drivers I find this helps to open up the soundstage and also add more texture to the midrange.

post #12337 of 17995

Call me crazy but the "sub bass adhesion" part of the mod seems to have made the whole sound better, not just the sub bass.... Anyone else noticed that?

post #12338 of 17995
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

I'm gonna have to try this. I recently tried using my washer and drier and let's just say that the headphones were a complete disaster after the dry cycle. Five hours and a complete roll of duct tape later and they sound better than they ever have. The drier really burned in the drivers.

 

Wire brushing should be better so I don't have to reassemble this duct tape mess.

 

Yes, get your HE-400, hit them with a hammer until they break apart, run a wire brush over the drivers, trust me they will sound night and day better afterwards. (don't do this, it is a joke, just incase you have an IQ of <50)


Edited by nicholars - 8/20/13 at 6:33am
post #12339 of 17995

I just noticed yesterday when I used my HE-500 as mini speakers. how the pads really vibrate from the bass, while the other parts of the headphone barely vibrate (grills, housing, etc).

post #12340 of 17995
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I just noticed yesterday when I used my HE-500 as mini speakers. how the pads really vibrate from the bass, while the other parts of the headphone barely vibrate (grills, housing, etc).

Perhaps you need the sub bass mod to reduce pad vibration when used as mini speakers.

post #12341 of 17995

I wonder what these would be like if you completely cut out the pleather leaving just foam on the underside of the pads....

 

On the jerg mod you have holes in the pleather, but if you completely removed the pleather so it was just foam.... Anyone want to try this? :p

post #12342 of 17995
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

I wonder what these would be like if you completely cut out the pleather leaving just foam on the underside of the pads....

 

On the jerg mod you have holes in the pleather, but if you completely removed the pleather so it was just foam.... Anyone want to try this? :p

I don't see how it might work easily. The foam has square edges that are being compressed into a curvature by the fabric/pleather material, if you cut everything out at the bottom there will be no space for the ears to wedge into in the pad opening.

post #12343 of 17995

Is it normal for the ear to sit inside the opening of these headphones?

My ear seems to fit into the opening of the pads...With some adjustment I can have the pads basically pinning my ear against my head but it tends to want to naturally sit inside the opening.

I don't notice much difference in comfort or acoustics so I guess it doesn't matter to much...just wondering about others experience :)

post #12344 of 17995

Muahahha. Juuuuuuust received my HE-400 a couple of hours ago... yea, it's been all smiles. I am so glad this wasn't a bust!

post #12345 of 17995
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Originally Posted by Mani ATH 87 View Post

Is it normal for the ear to sit inside the opening of these headphones?
 

 

Yes, these are Circumaural headphones, not Supra-aural:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headphones#Circumaural

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