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post #12571 of 17699
I've got a pair of ATH-a900x's too, so I may take everyone's advice and just switch them out if people are around. Thanks!
post #12572 of 17699

Its funny how many people dont like this HP at first and then get used to it after a few days of listen.

 

The coloration here is clearly not the most popular in the world (in fact at start i thought my head was going to blow up like those crystal cups that people break with their voice), but in many cases it grows on you after some time.

 

I do lower the treble a notch for this HP myself, but I still like the clarity it brings.

 

There are actually a LOT of negative features on this HP if you think about it (weight, bad pads, weak cable conectors, requires quite some power to run, headband aint best out there either, open HP so no isolation....), but most of this seems irrelevant once you get realize the quality/price ratio.

 

After all, If you got the cash, I assume a Stax 009 or a Senn HD800 should be the way to go :D.

post #12573 of 17699

I dunno I really can't think of a better headband besides maybe a Sennheiser hd600/650 or audio technica wing system, and I only think the wing system works because of the super light weight of the headphones themselves.

 

Amplification is probably one of HE-400's strong points.  It might require a little juice but it doesn't need x amp to match perfectly with it.  As a planar magnetic it fits well with a lot of different amps.

post #12574 of 17699
Thread Starter 

It wold SOOO easy for HFM to put a nice thick strip of memory foam under the sewn leather for the headband. This would go a long way to making this hp more comfortable IMO. The cost would almost be negligible. It the foam weren't sewn you'd see a long thread here called "jergfoam mod by Modular." :p

post #12575 of 17699
Can't the HD650/600 foams attach to the HE-400?
post #12576 of 17699

Yes it can and I've seen a couple people do it.

post #12577 of 17699
Thread Starter 

Sure. But I'm just thinking in terms of what HFM could do themselves to polish the product during production. The mod community will always step in and improve things that are unacceptable or unfinished. The jergpads being the most prominent example. 

post #12578 of 17699
I think that it's something I should've looked into for the D7000. I wasn't a fan of the headband. I saw some images of the D7000 with 650 padding, and I was like "DAMN...."
post #12579 of 17699
Thread Starter 

I've never had an issue with padding on the he400 or denon dx000. Could be because of my luscious locks.

post #12580 of 17699
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I think that it's something I should've looked into for the D7000. I wasn't a fan of the headband. I saw some images of the D7000 with 650 padding, and I was like "DAMN...."

 

 

That shouldn't matter though because of their pleather earpads.

post #12581 of 17699
Yeah, but IF I were to reacquire it, I'd buy Lawton pads which are at least marginally better in comfort.
post #12582 of 17699

Ah, but you got MA-900 to tide you over for now. ;)

post #12583 of 17699
Yeah, the MA-900 is gonna be a staple, but I'd like to own something a bit higher end as a main. (I'd love it if HFM released a newer HE-400 with less treble and better design/comfort/less weight). Still, I can live with the MA900 alone.
post #12584 of 17699
Thread Starter 

MLE...you need to hear the AD. Then you'll have your staple higher end. 

post #12585 of 17699
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(I'd love it if HFM released a newer HE-400 with less treble and better design/comfort/less weight). Still, I can live with the MA900 alone.

I'm sure they will and I'm quite certain it would cost nearly double what it does now....

I've been putting a lot of (very fun) head time on my sr80i and the he400 does NOT have hot treble wink.gif
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