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post #14626 of 18156

Maybe. Or I could buy the second one after I start my job and keep both. :P

post #14627 of 18156

White Lotus and whoever else  -

 

No sibilance bugging me either. But the bass line of that song is not that BIG, just plucky and punchy but to my ears the vocals are being emphasized over the instrumentation. I would try something from Artic Monkeys - similar pace, but a lot of bass to my ears. BTW the HE-400 just LOVE a nice bump at 50hz - lots more weight without distortion.

 

That is another point not oft brought up with these phones - they are very revealing. Or, put another way, not that forgiving. Without question, they will teach you a lot about your music library, and the quality of the recordings in it. The HE-400 are the first pair to really clue me in on what in my library is a very rich and well done recording, and what is not. Some might fault the phones, but I don't in those cases.

 

BTW another point is just that "sibilance' is usually a dirty word - but there is a difference between sibilance that is part of the recording / reality of speech and music, and sibilance that is introduced by an annoying speaker.

 

The HE-400 are totally awesome and if they hook you, there is no going back. :wink_face:

post #14628 of 18156

Thanks mate!

 

Much appreciated. 

post #14629 of 18156

Definitely picking this up within the next couple days with velour pads. Gonna run it through Modi--Vali

post #14630 of 18156

I see you guys are making a lot of jokes about people mentioning mods too much - unfortunately this thread is edging ever-so-close to 1000 pages long.

 

Is there some kind of "mod" that eliminates sibilance? Or is EQ the only answer?

post #14631 of 18156
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

I see you guys are making a lot of jokes about people mentioning mods too much - unfortunately this thread is edging ever-so-close to 1000 pages long.

 

Is there some kind of "mod" that eliminates sibilance? Or is EQ the only answer?

 

Pad mods help it slightly but not really, improve the sound in other areas though, if you want to keep it as close as possible to normal you can keep everything flat with just a bit of EQ above 7khz, another option would be possibly getting some foam and putting it over the drivers like on Beyerdynamics.

post #14632 of 18156

I actually enjoy the Signature of the HE-400 with beyerdynamic pads. But I do find them weird sounding sometimes so i aplied a bit of EQ.

 

Im currently saving up for the HD800 to have a more neutral can for when i wasnt a less "energetic" sound.

post #14633 of 18156
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never underestimate the power of rainbow unicorns

+1

post #14634 of 18156

HE-400 up at 299 @ hifiman store :smile:

post #14635 of 18156
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HE-400 up at 299 @ hifiman store :smile:

Also at Amazon and soon to be at Razordog Audio. 

post #14636 of 18156

Oh my. That is tempting.

post #14637 of 18156

It certainly is, that's probably the best price for the HE-400 since it was first released. 

post #14638 of 18156
Also for sale at headamp. Ordered mine there
post #14639 of 18156
Well, I just bought a pair of these used and didn't get a very good deal as they're only 300 shipped right now...but the advantage I do have? I'm listening to them right now!

I haven't been blown away by headphone equipment since my upgrade from senn hd280s to beyer dt770's. These are monster cans. I've had 650s for almost a year now and I have no desire to keep them around anymore. If you're torn between these and 650's you're getting a great set of cans either way but the 400's are on another level IMO. If 650s run about $450-500 then these should be $600-750.

Your opinion may vary so definitely try if you can. Anyway, happy thanksgiving from a VERY happy new HE-400 owner. I can finally just enjoy music instead of wondering how I could improve the experience.
post #14640 of 18156
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Originally Posted by worldtipper View Post

Well, I just bought a pair of these used and didn't get a very good deal as they're only 300 shipped right now...but the advantage I do have? I'm listening to them right now!

I haven't been blown away by headphone equipment since my upgrade from senn hd280s to beyer dt770's. These are monster cans. I've had 650s for almost a year now and I have no desire to keep them around anymore. If you're torn between these and 650's you're getting a great set of cans either way but the 400's are on another level IMO. If 650s run about $450-500 then these should be $600-750.

Your opinion may vary so definitely try if you can. Anyway, happy thanksgiving from a VERY happy new HE-400 owner. I can finally just enjoy music instead of wondering how I could improve the experience.

 

But there are still ways you can improve the HE-400 experience... maybe Nicholars might have something to say about that ;)

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