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post #12541 of 20394
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Originally Posted by Muzika View Post

Hifi Man Velour pads and apparently the Beyerdynamic DT880 pads.

I find the Hifi Man pads to be on the hard side, if I hadn't already bought the Hifi Man velour pads, I would have gone for the DT880 version.

What is the diameter of the driver housing of the HE-400? Is it closer to 100 mm or 110mm because if it's the latter, then there won't be much choices in the market.
post #12542 of 20394
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post


Do they just fit right on or do you have to mod them?

 

If I'm not mistaken, you just slip the plastic ring from the stock/velour Hifiman pads into the base of the Beyer pads, and they work effectively the same as regular velours thereafter.

post #12543 of 20394

Got wood?  It looks like some wooden cups (Magno wood) are now available for the HifiMan @ $85.00 a pair.  Plus, a link to some stain samples on how they could be finished off.  The question is ... will the wooden cup option bring Matt back to the HE-400 for a custom HifiMan? :p

 

 

Link to F/S posting on the cups: http://www.head-fi.org/t/680521/hifiman-mango-tree-wood-cups-fit-he-300-he-400-he-500-he-4-he-6-and-le-series

post #12544 of 20394
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Got wood?  It looks like some wooden cups (Magno wood) are now available for the HifiMan @ $85.00 a pair.  Plus, a link to some stain samples on how they could be finished off.  The question is ... will the wooden cup option bring Matt back to the HE-400 for a custom HifiMan? tongue.gif




Link to F/S posting on the cups: http://www.head-fi.org/t/680521/hifiman-mango-tree-wood-cups-fit-he-300-he-400-he-500-he-4-he-6-and-le-series
Wje, how do you mod this? Or do you?
post #12545 of 20394
I'm sure those wood cups will look nice, but hardwood can shrink and crack. The seller sounds like he's trying to minimize shrinkage issues, but there's always a chance. The force of the jacks on the wood can be a problem--Audeze redesigned their jacks to deal with this issue. If I were going to install these, I'd find a buddy to split an extra pair, so a backup cup was available.
post #12546 of 20394

I had actually talked to MunkyNutz about this via PM a while back, so it's good to see it came to fruition and looks really good!!  So, so tempting... :p

post #12547 of 20394
I'm very interested. Wonder if its lighter or heavier than the plastic. I also have audeze style (4 pin) connectors so I'd have to drill out the holes a little more
post #12548 of 20394
Thread Starter 

I do love the wooden cups. Wood of course is heavier than plastic but lighter than steel. 

post #12549 of 20394
I have to say these hifiman have a lot of mod options these days from pads, cups, headbands/straps, all the way to paint jobs. A lot of creative folks around here.
post #12550 of 20394
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I do love the wooden cups. Wood of course is heavier than plastic but lighter than steel. 

Do you think the wood will alter the sound even slightly, or just aesthetics?

I would imagine they would change slightly...?
post #12551 of 20394
Thread Starter 

I would say that there would possibly be a very slight variation in the sound but in all likelihood it would not be enough to be appreciable. 

post #12552 of 20394

From what I've read of the woodied hifimans, there is very little change to the sound if none what so ever...or so Martin (http://www.martincustomaudio.com/) has said from the few he's done.

post #12553 of 20394
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post

Do they just fit right on or do you have to mod them?

 

Not sure, sorry. There's a few posts on using the BD pads in this thread - maybe worth a search.

 

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What is the diameter of the driver housing of the HE-400? Is it closer to 100 mm or 110mm because if it's the latter, then there won't be much choices in the market.

 

Again, not sure. I hate removing and re-attaching the pads on the HE-400 so I don't want to measure it, but I'm sure those kind of specs are around if you look.

post #12554 of 20394

Beyer, Denon and Brainwavz HM5 pads are pretty much the only ones that are perfect fits, but alternatively I believe you can use LCD-2 pads, Stax pads, or Alpha pads.  There are more of course, but ultimately you'll need a pair of mounting rings like on the stock HiFiMan pads.

 

Check out this thread for more details: http://www.head-fi.org/t/572327/mission-replace-the-hifiman-ear-pads-with-other-brand-ear-pads

post #12555 of 20394

Well, I got my HE-400's.  It's bittersweet.  For the positive, they are far and away the best sounding anything I've ever heard.  Definitely had that "wow" moment and heard tons of stuff in songs I didn't know existed.  Prior headphones include Alessandro MS-1, Sennheiser HD 555 modded, and AT ATH-A900x.   For the negative, I'm coming from closed headphones and after plugging them their openness disturbs my family in their home office.  So one hour on them and I may have to sell or switch them out for a closed set.  Wish I could just put a big glass bowl on my head and keep them.  How do the Mad Dogs stack up to the HE-400 in terms of sound character and sound leakage?

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