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post #14671 of 19975
All right.. I just bought the 400s. Away go my DT990 once I receive the 400s smily_headphones1.gif
post #14672 of 19975

I don't like the stock cable - "V" is way too long, and cable is itself way too long. Also, mine is starting to tear near the L cup terminal. But I will wait to replace the cable when and if it actually fails.

post #14673 of 19975
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 

I don't like the stock cable - "V" is way too long, and cable is itself way too long. Also, mine is starting to tear near the L cup terminal. But I will wait to replace the cable when and if it actually fails.

 

Mine started breaking up at both connectors after a month or two. I wish someone had warned me to not twist them too much, but really, those connectors are a bit ridiculous.

post #14674 of 19975

Will HifiMan send out a replacement cable if the original cable is under warranty?

post #14675 of 19975

Yes, have heard stories from people who bought them directly that hifiman sent them a cable as soon as they got the email and just told them to send the old cable in. When my cable broke I sent an email and they asked me to ship a cable to them and then once they got it they shipped a brand new cable. My he-400 is second hand but original owner sent me a copy of his invoice. Just send them a copy of your invoice to show proof of purchase and give them you're info.

post #14676 of 19975
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Originally Posted by Pippin76 View Post
 

 

Mine started breaking up at both connectors after a month or two. I wish someone had warned me to not twist them too much, but really, those connectors are a bit ridiculous.

Hmm . . . The only cable that I need to re-tighten is usually the one I put into the L Channel. It seems designed for finger-tightening, but I could, with a small enough wrench, possibly tighten the nut without allowing the cable to twist.

 

But seriously, why didn't Fang just use a dang 3.5mm plug one ONE side?

post #14677 of 19975
I'm not a fan of the stock Hifiman connectors, but a 3.5mm or mini XLR on just one side would require the headphones to be disassembled and internally rewired for balanced operation. Not just a matter of buying a new cable, as there are only 3 conductors in a 3.5mm or mini XLR and you need 4 for balanced. Mini XLRs on both sides would be nice though. Or anything that locks instead of screwing on. 
post #14678 of 19975
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 

Hmm . . . The only cable that I need to re-tighten is usually the one I put into the L Channel. It seems designed for finger-tightening, but I could, with a small enough wrench, possibly tighten the nut without allowing the cable to twist.

 

But seriously, why didn't Fang just use a dang 3.5mm plug one ONE side?

 

I would say that he opted for this configuration because it allows you to more easily go to a balanced. I would have GREATLY preferred mini xlr though. 

 

I did go to adapters so that I could use my mini xlr cable for hifiman's hps. 

post #14679 of 19975

Hm, i see other people are having problems with the cable as well. My L connector is dropping too, but only in certain positions. I'm thinking of either just buying a new cable or trying to send mine in, though i don't know how long the warranty is when you get it from headamp. 

post #14680 of 19975

Headamp warranty should be the same as Hifiman. And Hifiman extended the warranty to three years, IIRC.

post #14681 of 19975

Who makes a reasonably priced quality replacement cable for the HE400?

post #14682 of 19975
Thread Starter 

BTG Audio...Steve Eddy at Q Audio...others

post #14683 of 19975
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Have not tried putting foam over them because I like the clarity they have, but it might work, Beyerdynamic have foam on their headphones and I did it on some Denon's with decent results so it is worth trying.

 

From my brief listening I've found that their clarity CAN work really well for certain music. Even without EQ. Anyhoo, in search of brightness tackle I've ordered a set of Sennheiser foams. They're about 7.5cm and should about cover the driver leaving enough room to still attach the rings. In theory.. :)

post #14684 of 19975
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Originally Posted by BeBop Lives View Post

Who makes a reasonably priced quality replacement cable for the HE400?

Don't know their quality but there are a few on Ebay that are made and shipped from USA.
post #14685 of 19975

So do i ask headamp for the replacement cable or hifiman?

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