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post #12631 of 20010

Listening to my new HE-400's now out of the Audio gd 15.32. Amazing is all I can say, the bass is soo nice. Never have I heard as many bass details as this before in my rock. I have no problem with the treble on these. I've brought and have got the velour pads on right now. Velour sounds better to my ears, at least it sounds more balanced. Enjoying the sheer speed, imaging and detail of these for sure. Metal never sounded so quick, but then again I'm coming from a lower Sennheiser which are a bit slow I guess. 

 

I do have some comfort issues with the weight, but I mostly listen while in a large office chair so I've taken to putting my hear on a pillow while I listen. 

 

My parents think I'm insane for spending what I did, but I at least paid for it from money I got at P/T work. 

 

I would have found out about the quality available if it were not for a headfier (well a headfiers brother) I met locally here :regular_smile :

post #12632 of 20010
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Imaging and headphones don't go together.

 

What?

 

Anyway you get my point, tonality is not 75% important because if you have bad sound quality but good tonality you cannot change that whereas if you have good sound quality you can change the tonality with EQ, a good example would be the HE-400 with treble EQ. For example I prefer the tonality of the HD600/HD650 to the HE-400, but they do not have the ability of the HE-400 with speed, detail, sub bass etc. You can EQ tonality but you cannot EQ things like sub bass, details, imaging, soundstage, speed etc.

 

Lets agree at 50/50 ;)


Edited by nicholars - 9/12/13 at 3:16am
post #12633 of 20010
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Originally Posted by Lady Stoneheart View Post
 

Listening to my new HE-400's now out of the Audio gd 15.32. Amazing is all I can say, the bass is soo nice. Never have I heard as many bass details as this before in my rock. I have no problem with the treble on these. I've brought and have got the velour pads on right now. Velour sounds better to my ears, at least it sounds more balanced. Enjoying the sheer speed, imaging and detail of these for sure. Metal never sounded so quick, but then again I'm coming from a lower Sennheiser which are a bit slow I guess. 

 

 

Going from sennheiser to HE400 the speed difference is almost funny.

post #12634 of 20010
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

What?

 

Anyway you get my point, tonality is not 75% important because if you have bad sound quality but good tonality you cannot change that whereas if you have good sound quality you can change the tonality with EQ, a good example would be the HE-400 with treble EQ. For example I prefer the tonality of the HD600/HD650 to the HE-400, but they do not have the ability of the HE-400 with speed, detail, sub bass etc. You can EQ tonality but you cannot EQ things like sub bass, details, imaging, soundstage, speed etc.

 

Lets agree at 50/50 ;)

 

 

If I liked the HD650's tonality over the HE-400 I would have kept the HD650 when I listened to it.  Even though I'm a big proponent of EQ-- especially on the HE-400, I'm only in support of minimal use of it-- nothing drastic.  The big factor in liking the HE-400 so much over the HD650 was its bass, but I'd categorize that as part of its tonality.  


Edited by TMRaven - 9/12/13 at 5:30am
post #12635 of 20010

Yes the bass on the HE400 and the speed are the reasons I do not use the HD650. The HD650 on electronic music makes me want to go to sleep whereas the HE400 sound exciting and the bass is about 10x better. The treble on the HE400 has actually grown on me a bit because when I use darker headphones such as my Shure se215 they sound boring and lacking detail compared to the HE400. If a perfect pair of headphones existed I would not use EQ either, the HE400 seem to like EQ though.


Edited by nicholars - 9/12/13 at 5:59am
post #12636 of 20010

Kinda new to the world of headphones.. My he-400's arrived a few days ago and to be honest they didnt sound as good as I hoped compared to my previous pair of $100 sennheisers. dont get me wrong they do sound alot better but i thought it would be alot more noticeable..

 

Turns out the he-400's needs a good amp to drive them and i want a portable one to use with my iPod Classic, So the FiiO e11 is in my price range but i might want to spend the extra money and get the FiiO e17. Im not sure what amp to get its so confusing, what portable amp do you guys use with your he-400?

post #12637 of 20010
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Originally Posted by exDiddy View Post

Kinda new to the world of headphones.. My he-400's arrived a few days ago and to be honest they didnt sound as good as I hoped compared to my previous pair of $100 sennheisers. dont get me wrong they do sound alot better but i thought it would be alot more noticeable..

Turns out the he-400's needs a good amp to drive them and i want a portable one to use with my iPod Classic, So the FiiO e11 is in my price range but i might want to spend the extra money and get the FiiO e17. Im not sure what amp to get its so confusing, what portable amp do you guys use with your he-400?
E17 is Better. Your choice of portable amps depends on the price. The Ray Samuels line of portable amps, the ALO Rx line etc etc...
post #12638 of 20010

E17 is a great portable DAC/amp but the E12 is a better amp. If you want a DAC, go for the E17.

post #12639 of 20010
I also like the ability to boost / reduce both bass and treble on the E17
post #12640 of 20010
Thread Starter 

The e17 is a good pairing for the he400. 

post #12641 of 20010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lady Stoneheart View Post
 

Listening to my new HE-400's now out of the Audio gd 15.32. Amazing is all I can say, the bass is soo nice. Never have I heard as many bass details as this before in my rock. I have no problem with the treble on these. I've brought and have got the velour pads on right now. Velour sounds better to my ears, at least it sounds more balanced. Enjoying the sheer speed, imaging and detail of these for sure. Metal never sounded so quick, but then again I'm coming from a lower Sennheiser which are a bit slow I guess.

 

I do have some comfort issues with the weight, but I mostly listen while in a large office chair so I've taken to putting my hear on a pillow while I listen.

 

My parents think I'm insane for spending what I did, but I at least paid for it from money I got at P/T work.

 

I would have found out about the quality available if it were not for a headfier (well a headfiers brother) I met locally here :regular_smile :

 

If you can pick up a padded headband like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Leatherette-Universal-Sennheiser-Beyerdynamic/dp/B00862522A/

it will help with the comfort.

post #12642 of 20010
I am very close to buy Meier Corda 2Stepdance for my baby, HE400.
Is it worth to buy. Now, I'm using Fiio E11. Can I get big difference?
post #12643 of 20010
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Originally Posted by Vidmaven View Post
 

 

If you can pick up a padded headband like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Leatherette-Universal-Sennheiser-Beyerdynamic/dp/B00862522A/

it will help with the comfort.

 

That's a neat idea, anyone have experience with this item? I wonder how it compares to using a HD600 headband cushion with the 400.

post #12644 of 20010
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post
 

 

That's a neat idea, anyone have experience with this item? I wonder how it compares to using a HD600 headband cushion with the 400.

FYI, the material on the HE-400 headband will need to be folded into a taco shell shape in order for that headband to fit on.

post #12645 of 20010
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

FYI, the material on the HE-400 headband will need to be folded into a taco shell shape in order for that headband to fit on.
Sorry to refute you but this is simply not true. It fits right over the headband without any adjustment to the headband itself.


Edited by Vidmaven - 9/12/13 at 7:03pm
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