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**Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread** - Page 850
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Whenever Audeze releases their closed LCD I'll just be using that at home and on the go like an extreme hipster. This is all assuming they know how to magically dampen their closed backs to sound like an open back and not sound like a Mad Dog.
Btw I already tried out all the different tips and found the small double-flanged ones to seal and sound best. What do the TS400 tips do to the sound?
Edited by TMRaven - 9/14/13 at 11:40am
No price tag on the audeze yet just more and more pics of its gradually progressing design. The latest ones from the west coast meet look real good. Amazing what adding a metallic accent can do.
I wouldn't worry about the congestion if you're already used to IEMs and other closed headphones. It's par for the course. I'm just so used to the exceptionally layered sound of the HE-400 that even other closed headphones with decent clarity like the Mad Dogs sound badly congested.
Hmm I see, it would be unexpected for an iem to match the HE-400's layering abilities.
Btw raven, can you post a link to those images of the closed back LCD? I remember seeing the really early prototype, but haven't been keeping up with their progress.
My god they're beautiful. Now if they could do something about the headband to improve comfort.
God it's so hard to get used to the closed headphone and IEM sound congestion coming from open headphones. The little bass and more upper mids of the RE-400 compared to the HE-400 don't bother me as much as just the congestion. Plugging it into the magni/modi helps a little, but there's no practical point in doing that.
For 89 dollars though these will suffice for my portable usage. Definitely more warm and inviting of a sound than those ****ty Skullcandy Holua.
IE8 and Yamaha EPH are quite good for that (don't sound congested)
The ts400 is a very comfortable tip. Its isolate smuch better than any of the include tips to ny ears. I was using the stock bi flanges and they sounded best. But it was a pain to get a proper seal. They don't so much change the sound, but they add comfort isolation and let you get a better seal. Which in my case DID change the sound, enough so to warrant the 17 dollar pricetag. But. My diy tips sound near the same, they just aren't as comfy and won't last as long. So If you have foam ear plugs layin around, try that mod first before spending money, that's what I did. Liked them so much I bought the complys.
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I don't think they are congested for IEMs, they are clear and transparent IMO. Despite being quite tiny both the RE-400 and RE-600 give a relatively good sense of airiness and 'out of your head' feeling, better than most I've heard anyway. The RE-600's soundstage is a bit larger overall in direct comparison. IEMs will always feel more intimate and 'in your head' compared to full-sized cans so you'll never truly escape that, but the latest in the RE series performs admirably. Full-sized open headphones are of course going to be superior in most regards so you have to expect it to be a bit jarring switching back and fourth. I just tried it and it's disorienting. On their own they are pretty great performers.