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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 #12557 of 18153

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.

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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 #12559 of 18153

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

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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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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?

Mad Dogs hardly leak at all, if any. When I had mine, I could listen next to someone trying to sleep and not affect them at all. They are super comfortable.

As far as sound goes I made a post a while back to detail my thoughts at the time.

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/666284/mrspeakers-mad-dog-impressions-and-discussion-thread/630#post_9603079

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Originally Posted by Leliana View Post
 

Mad Dogs hardly leak at all, if any. When I had mine, I could listen next to someone trying to sleep and not affect them at all. They are super comfortable.

As far as sound goes I made a post a while back to detail my thoughts at the time.

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/666284/mrspeakers-mad-dog-impressions-and-discussion-thread/630#post_9603079

 

Awesome, thanks!

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W
Wje, how do you mod this? Or do you?

 

 

Koth,  Actually, I don't -- and not affiliated with the seller either.  I saw the cups in the F/S section so I thought I add the link to this thread as the members here are usually curious about wood options, etc.  At $85.00, it is a great price.  I've seen cups in somewhat more exotic woods and finished that go for $350.00, or so.  I don't think I could personally pay an amount for the cups that is near what I would have paid for the headphones.  There is one exception.  If I found a deal on a pair of headphones for $150.00 and they were worth $850, then the pricier wood option might be considered.

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Originally Posted by exiton View Post
 

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?

 

This is some unfortunate news to hear.  Sadly, you might have to return or sell the HE-400.  On the other hand, have you just considered asking your family to leave the house so you can enjoy some music for day?  

:D

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Mad Dogs will probably be closest thing to HE-400 as far as sound characteristics go.

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I agree. The main difference being the much less emphasized treble response. As far as bass and mids though, the MD 3.2 is a lot like the HE400.
post #12567 of 18153

@exiton, I found myself in a similar situation to yourself. In the end I just couldn't give up the he400 sound so I learned to listen to lower volumes. I also don't listen as often as I would like but that just makes my listening sessions all the more enjoyable. 

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Originally Posted by exiton View Post
 

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?

 

I originally had this problem as well, but I just accepted using the HE-400's at appropriate times where they would not interfere with the goings on around me. 

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The mad dog are great and an excellent alternative to the HE400. Sure their are changes, but never the less the performance is just as great just some trade off. Definitely up there with the best of it's price range. More emphasis on the treble with more air with the HE400, but better mids, IMO, with the MD (3.0).


Edited by soundeffect - 9/7/13 at 11:43pm
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Thread Starter 

The answer to the he400 is simple. Keep it and order the MD. Then you have a perfect set of complementary hp's. Enjoy each as appropriate. :biggrin:

 

Oh, but there is the small issue of money. :atsmile:

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