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Anyone have some foobar eq's? :P

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Jerg - do you think a EQ-balanced he-400 comes close to the sound of the he-500? I'm noticing more details and naturalness with my balanced EQ setting on the 400. 

 

If there's still a big difference I'll really consider the 500 because I'm liking this balanced sound more - except for high volume listening - in this case I prefer the he-400's stock FR sound. 

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Jerg - do you think a EQ-balanced he-400 comes close to the sound of the he-500? I'm noticing more details and naturalness with my balanced EQ setting on the 400. 

 

If there's still a big difference I'll really consider the 500 because I'm liking this balanced sound more - except for high volume listening - in this case I prefer the he-400's stock FR sound. 

 

Problem with the HE500 is you need to factor in an amplifier as well. So it will be more like £1000 for both, I am sure the HE500 is better (not heard it) but for value for money the HE400.. I doubt that your Fiio setup will "cut the mustard" with the HE500...


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^^Fit issues are quite possible with all the HFM series. The first he-4 I bought, used, came from a guy that must have a massive melon (hope he's not reading). The cups didn't even touch my face, seriously. I bent and bent that headband but never could get it reshaped so that I got a good clamp. Therefore the hp's never sounded quite right. 

eww, yea thatnkfully mine can from an owner who had a very small head [and that's why they where sold] so they have enough clamp to touch the pads together as well [although the J$money pads are kind huge and oh yea J$money are super comfy] 

 

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Jerg - do you think a EQ-balanced he-400 comes close to the sound of the he-500? I'm noticing more details and naturalness with my balanced EQ setting on the 400. 

 

If there's still a big difference I'll really consider the 500 because I'm liking this balanced sound more - except for high volume listening - in this case I prefer the he-400's stock FR sound. 

High Volume >.> please do not go deaf on us! 

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Problem with the HE500 is you need to factor in an amplifier as well. So it will be more like £1000 for both, I am sure the HE500 is better (not heard it) but for value for money the HE400.. I doubt that your Fiio setup will "cut the mustard" with the HE500...

I don't know about this -- the e9 def has enough power for any headphone. Certainly better amps would sound better, but I'd bet the 500 + e9 would sound better than 400 + e9

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I don't know about this -- the e9 def has enough power for any headphone. Certainly better amps would sound better, but I'd bet the 500 + e9 would sound better than 400 + e9

 

Not sure, all I know is that from looking in the HE500 thread, people seem to think they need a powerful amp.... e9 is not very powerful, just saying.... Maybe it will sound better I have not tried it, but to get the most out of them it seems people are using things such as emotiva minix or other powerful amps....

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I don't know about this -- the e9 def has enough power for any headphone. Certainly better amps would sound better, but I'd bet the 500 + e9 would sound better than 400 + e9


e9 is not strong enough for planars besides the he-400 if you want to hear them driven well.

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^^ I would agree with this. 

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Anyone using HE-400 with Amarra and have some good EQ presets for me? I'm new to Amarra and EQ'ing. I bought Amarar Hifi so I could use it with iTunes EQ but it doesn't work with custom presets. So now I'm going to try out Amarra! I want the HE-400 balanced.

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I think all that amarra does is compress the sounds or something. -- I don't use it anymore because I think it was causing clipping or some kind of distortion that hurt my ears. Plus iTunes is so much more nimble without it. gapless and such

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Anyone using HE-400 with Amarra and have some good EQ presets for me? I'm new to Amarra and EQ'ing. I bought Amarar Hifi so I could use it with iTunes EQ but it doesn't work with custom presets. So now I'm going to try out Amarra! I want the HE-400 balanced.

Look at the curve that jerg posted for the HE-400 measurements on stock pads for reference. Basically, to be "balanced", you need to bring up the recessed region by 10dB.

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Look at the curve that jerg posted for the HE-400 measurements on stock pads for reference. Basically, to be "balanced", you need to bring up the recessed region by 10dB.


The thing is I know a straight line is good and curves are bad, but I don't know how to do it. I'm pretty much an EQ moron. I need it spelled out. :(

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The thing is I know a straight line is good and curves are bad, but I don't know how to do it. I'm pretty much an EQ moron. I need it spelled out. frown.gif

Me too.
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Someone spell it out for us. :tongue: I need my balanced EQ on Amarra. :D

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