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That does sound like the better option, then you can know for sure how they compare side by side and determine which is best.  I've not heard a Magnum yet but I'm thinking about trying the StratoKOSSter mod out for fun...maybe after my misadventures in T50RP modding. tongue.gif  
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don't know where you're located, but, when I'm done with the build, maybe I'd be willing to loan the magnums to ya, with a baby and 50 hour plus work weeks, I don't get to much headtime anyways...
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Received notification from Justin regarding shipping out the HE $. Cannot wait do to the A/B comparison. Ryan, you are looking at a repeat customer for the Jergpads. Get the factory cranking my friend :biggrin:

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Received notification from Justin regarding shipping out the HE $. Cannot wait do to the A/B comparison. Ryan, you are looking at a repeat customer for the Jergpads. Get the factory cranking my friend :biggrin:

 

I'm very excited to hear your thoughts on HE-400 vs HE-4. Things like how the bass compare, does the HE-4 reach the HE-400s level (texture, thump, extension)? The midrange openness, treble smoothness, soundstage, etc.. And if the HE-4 is able to dethrone the HE-400 at being the king of EDM. 

 
Imo it looks better in terms of color finish, it's 100g lighter, and if it exceeds the HE-400 at most of the above mentioned points, then I see no reason why I should stick with the HE-400... ok maybe amping requirements :/

 

Anybody have any idea how long Justin will have them for sale? 

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Funny enought, after reading all the discussion about the HE4/HE5LE/HE-400/HE-500, i realized why i actually bought the HE-400 in the first place:

I wasent sure if i would be able to afford 2-3 cans of the price like HE-500 so i decided to go for an all rounder (especially since the fiio E17 / E12 can actually power it right, so i could use it on the move or with my laptop with E17 as DAC if needed).

 

I actually had the cash back then for a HE-500, but when i heard you need a bit over 1 watt of pwoer to run it well, i decided that id be better with something i can power properly.

 

Eventually i got the Schiit Asgard and the HE-400 gained a lot of extra respect and love from me, but i can still get the HE-400 for a ride if i want to (wich i do almost everyday).

 

Now i have been thinking of getting something "better" but so far Ive decided to start saving money first, then look at what i want to buy with it.

THe main problem is that there are so many great options nowdays that its hard to even consider any of them:

 

Shure SE816, Senn HD800, LCD-3 (or LCD closed back when they come out), HE-500, and dont get me started on STAX....

 

And ofc, by the time i save up 1.5k dollars, im sure 3 more flagship will come out.

 

And then im still missing a DAC (want the bifrost uber)....

 

So i assume the "sorry" about your wallet is a quite accurate slogan for Head-fi.

 

P.S. in poland you can still get the HE4 or HE5LE but th price is a lot higher than in the US (The HE400 is around 614 dollars at the current exchange rate).

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I have 1 pair of he4 left. I dont know if hifiman still has more available at least to dealers. Id have to ask

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Wow, someone better snag that up quickly... I have a feeling it's gonna be a rare commodity soon enough.
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I have 1 pair of he4 left. I dont know if hifiman still has more available at least to dealers. Id have to ask
Wow Justin, thanks. I lucked out. God, I really want to thank Matt (I think) or the person who gave the heads up on this in this thread.
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Probably Matt or myself. biggrin.gif

I think I was telling him about the HE4 before he got it himself, IIRC. I'm one of the few original HE4 owners. tongue.gif

It saddens me to see how overlooked it was... damn HE6... frown.gif
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

I have 1 pair of he4 left. I dont know if hifiman still has more available at least to dealers. Id have to ask

oh nice... n just after i paid for a used rev 3 he 400 with j moneys... oh well xD
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Wow, so I looked back at an old Headfonia review of the HE4... and they said its easy to drive, and lacks punch... gee, when your pairing it up to non-specialized amps, the HE4 WILL sound thin and lacking.

That's the kind of review that killed kff any chance for the HE4 to be truly put through it's paces. HELL, EVEN HIFIMAN SUGGESTED IT BE USED WITH AN AMP WITH AT LEAST 2 WATTS. WTF.
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The he400 are a great headphone...my impressions have changed little from when I got them.

Although ive never heard the HE4, Someone who merely has the 400 is not missing out on some sort of nirvana, at least I can easily sleep with that in my mind.

It's the darned HE6 that makes me curious now...
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Probably Matt or myself. biggrin.gif

I think I was telling him about the HE4 before he got it himself, IIRC. I'm one of the few original HE4 owners. tongue.gif

It saddens me to see how overlooked it was... damn HE6... frown.gif

 

MLE, I have been remiss in thanking you but you know what my wallet says right ?

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Wow, so I looked back at an old Headfonia review of the HE4... and they said its easy to drive, and lacks punch... gee, when your pairing it up to non-specialized amps, the HE4 WILL sound thin and lacking.

That's the kind of review that killed kff any chance for the HE4 to be truly put through it's paces. HELL, EVEN HIFIMAN SUGGESTED IT BE USED WITH AN AMP WITH AT LEAST 2 WATTS. WTF.

 

Hey, thanks for posting this. This was the Headfonia review of 2011 right ? I was bummed out after reading this but then I went back to Head Direct's writeup and consoled myself with the thought that I have the Mjolinir.

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I'm very excited to hear your thoughts on HE-400 vs HE-4. Things like how the bass compare, does the HE-4 reach the HE-400s level (texture, thump, extension)? The midrange openness, treble smoothness, soundstage, etc.. And if the HE-4 is able to dethrone the HE-400 at being the king of EDM. 

 
Imo it looks better in terms of color finish, it's 100g lighter, and if it exceeds the HE-400 at most of the above mentioned points, then I see no reason why I should stick with the HE-400... ok maybe amping requirements :/

 

Anybody have any idea how long Justin will have them for sale? 

 

Beav,

 
looking forward to it as well. I will post my thoughts for sure.
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Lol. wink.gif

I can't wait to see your impressions.

Though I don't experience the same body of bass in the HE-4 as Matt has stated in comparison to the HE400 (I feel the HE400 has more body and presence in bass personally), the HE-4 has everything else. Better air, soundstage, clarity, and precision/speed. The mids are just sligthly recessed (which is why I say it's like the DT880 in that it's slightly v-shaped), but overall, it's well balanced, energetic, and just pleasing all around. I think if I had the tastes back then as I do now, I may have been even more enamored by the HE-4.

People need to understand that the HE-4 is not like the HE-500. It's quite different. The HE500 specializes in mids and warmth. The HE-4 is more like the HE-6 in that it's clean, fast, and energetic (FWIH of the HE-6's impressions).

So it's a different take, and may not exactly be for those who are so tuned to the HE500's sound.
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