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post #14611 of 18127
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

With no EQ or modifications, I get 0 sibilance with that Jet Plane Song.  The bass impact is maybe a 5/10 I guess-- average; not emphasized but not anemic.

 

Excellent, thank you. Your impressions are much appreciated.

 

The news about the sibilance is great, but the bass impact being a 5/10 worries me. It's not a complete overpowering slam in this song, but it's definitely not a mild bassline either.

 

Quoting on this page, for anyone who may have missed it (sorry to do this to you guys):

 

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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Ahh, hmm.

 

Here is an interesting test. 

 

HE400 owners: Tell me if you experience painful sibilance in this track, please. 

 

(Bonus points: Tell me how the bass is, when it kicks in. Noticeable? Distant? Or hard-hitting? You decide)

 

I'm sorry to ask such a huge favour from you, but I really want to buy some, but can't audition any!

 

(Remember to watch/listen in 1080p!)

 


The song is "Big jet plane" by "Angus and Julia Stone":

 

Thanks in advance - also, please remember, there is absolutely no pressure for you guys to do this!

 
post #14612 of 18127

Well also keep in mind that I'm not giving a movie or game rating, but a number that represents quantity, where 5 is halfway between 0 and 10 and is average.  If you wanted every song to have a 10/10 then you might want to buy basshead headphones.

post #14613 of 18127
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Well also keep in mind that I'm not giving a movie or game rating, but a number that represents quantity, where 5 is halfway between 0 and 10 and is average.  If you wanted every song to have a 10/10 then you might want to buy basshead headphones.

 

Ah, My mistake. I assumed it might have been a subjective overall rating. That's much less worrying. I guess between 5-7 is where I would like it to hit, in terms of quantity..

 

To be honest, I am a little bit of a basshead. But of course, that depends on the genre and mood. But anyway, that's besides the point - thank you for taking the time to do this test, and giving me your impressions. 

post #14614 of 18127

I listened to the song. I also get that slight scratchy tone in the vocals but that kind of sounds like it is part of the recording. No sibilants though, and the bass sounds really nice. It doesn't hit too hard but that's because the recording doesn't feature that. 

 

Bonus impressions, with the treble fix eq applied, the scratchy tone is gone, and the vocals sound awesome.

post #14615 of 18127

I am a basshead and I find the HE400 to be probably the best bass I have heard, maybe the Denon Dxxx were better not sure.... I will not mention what I did to get the bass response I want from these headphones but I am sure you can guess.

post #14616 of 18127

:-D

post #14617 of 18127
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

I am a basshead and I find the HE400 to be probably the best bass I have heard, maybe the Denon Dxxx were better not sure.... I will not mention what I did to get the bass response I want from these headphones but I am sure you can guess.

With rainbows and unicorns?!?!

post #14618 of 18127
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

I listened to the song. I also get that slight scratchy tone in the vocals but that kind of sounds like it is part of the recording. No sibilants though, and the bass sounds really nice. It doesn't hit too hard but that's because the recording doesn't feature that. 

 

Bonus impressions, with the treble fix eq applied, the scratchy tone is gone, and the vocals sound awesome.

 

Thanks mate, really appreciate your thoughts.

 

Anyone else?

 

I'm down with modding. I have wood cups ready to go, but I'm still on-the-fence about the actual HE-400 purchase. 

 

Honestly, as I use my cans over an array of systems, I would prefer modding over EQ, as the EQ can't always "tag-along" with the product. 

 

Even if a parametric EQ is infinitely more precise.. So be it. 

post #14619 of 18127
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

With rainbows and unicorns?!?!

 

EQ my friend.... EQ.... Equalisation, key to the success with the HE400 headphones. I think these headphones are better with equalisation.

post #14620 of 18127
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

Yep well in that case brilliant, but for people who like them but find the treble an issue....


Hello to nicholars and all of you,

I have trouble with the high frequency peak of the he 400.... It was very tiring..... i purchase a cheap amp , the ocean bravo amp (120 dollars) and the extraordinary and cheap dac Hifimediy synchronus  usb portable dac, and Surprise! no problem anymore with the tizz in the higher frequency.... no need to equalize now.... My he 400 are no matches now for my ath m50 and for the fostex th-7b... and these two headphones are very good on their own...... The review on the hifimediy dac are raving because the price is ridiculous for the sound quality....... for example i own the Aune tube dac/ amp which is a very good dac but there is no comparison with the tube bravo ocean amp/ and the dac hifimediy, for the same price (under 200 dollars) this combo is marvellous. The synergy with the He 400 is better  i think the synergy is more important than anything in the choice of a amp and  dac, the choice of the headphone is the first choice and the choices of an amp and dac are only in function of the headphone...My next move will be to purchase an excellent tube amp..... and  i wait now for the asynchronus version of the hifimediy dac (50 dollars)....I think i will keep this dac for a long time..... I think that for an higher  upgrade dac  i ought to pay many hundred of dollars and i think that  this money need to go for a better quality tube amp....... The bravo audio for the price give life to the he 400...... and now i am thirsty of the quality of  tube sound........thanks to all for your time


Edited by richard51 - 11/27/13 at 9:26am
post #14621 of 18127

Been a couple months since I've been here.. still loving my HE-400. Still my main headphones. Financial issues caused me to sell off a lot of my headphones, a move threatened to ruin my HE-400, but in the end, all is well. Back to Head-Fi for about five minutes now and I see the Vali for the first time and I want it bad. To pair with my Magni+Modi and to use when I want a warmer sound.

 

FIVE MINUTES DAMNIT. I HATE THIS PLACE.

 

I LOVE THIS PLACE.

post #14622 of 18127
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

With rainbows and unicorns?!?!

 

never underestimate the power of rainbow unicorns

post #14623 of 18127

HE-400's have been popping up on amazon for 299.99 each today!

post #14624 of 18127

I haven't seen any on Amazon for that price yet. I know they will be that price tomorrow or the day after though. Torn between the HE-400 and HD650. I know they sound totally different.

post #14625 of 18127
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Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post
 

I haven't seen any on Amazon for that price yet. I know they will be that price tomorrow or the day after though. Torn between the HE-400 and HD650. I know they sound totally different.

 

Buy them both, test them and return which you do not like... It is the only way you will ever know :p

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