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post #14701 of 19792

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HifiMan HE-400 Headphones A breakthrough in both planar magnetic pricepoint and also in warm acoustic performance, HifiMan's most recent headphone design provides the most affordable entry point for listeners seeking uniquely precise planar-magnetic sound quality. Easy to drive even direct from portable players or an iPhone, a nice portable amp will add clean punch and improved definition for audiophile listeners. Sweet dark indigo colour stands subtly apart from the pack. Product Features: Great sound and stunning price for planar magnetic design Large-well, comfortable circumaural earcups with deep padding Breakthrough clarity and naturalness of tone without headphone amp required Detachable replaceable/upgradeable headphone cord design Smooth dark indigo colour Specifications: Headphone Type: Full Size Weight: 440 grams Impedance @ 1kHz: 35 Ohms Detachable Cable: Yes Cord Length: 9.5ft Cord Type: Straight Y Coupler Size: Large Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size Driver Type: Planar Magnetic Acoustic Seal: Open Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Sensitivity: 92.4 dB

post #14702 of 19792
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HifiMan HE-400 Headphones A breakthrough in both planar magnetic pricepoint and also in warm acoustic performance, HifiMan's most recent headphone design provides the most affordable entry point for listeners seeking uniquely precise planar-magnetic sound quality. Easy to drive even direct from portable players or an iPhone, a nice portable amp will add clean punch and improved definition for audiophile listeners. Sweet dark indigo colour stands subtly apart from the pack. Product Features: Great sound and stunning price for planar magnetic design Large-well, comfortable circumaural earcups with deep padding Breakthrough clarity and naturalness of tone without headphone amp required Detachable replaceable/upgradeable headphone cord design Smooth dark indigo colour Specifications: Headphone Type: Full Size Weight: 440 grams Impedance @ 1kHz: 35 Ohms Detachable Cable: Yes Cord Length: 9.5ft Cord Type: Straight Y Coupler Size: Large Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size Driver Type: Planar Magnetic Acoustic Seal: Open Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Sensitivity: 92.4 dB

Right, that page never changed. But as of last year, those headphones ship with a three year warranty card. This is fact.
post #14703 of 19792
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Right, that page never changed. But as of last year, those headphones ship with a three year warranty card. This is fact.

 

Ok but when I asked about mine it said a 1 year warranty

post #14704 of 19792

Well, mine are about to hit the one year mark (10 days from now). Now you guys scared me a bit :D.

post #14705 of 19792

I just went and checked and mine are coming up on the one-year mark, but I ordered in January of this year so I have a three-year warranty. I was considering trying to get a cable replacement as mine is on its last legs, but my headphones themselves are going as strong as ever, I think.

post #14706 of 19792
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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.. :)

 

It will not really do very much honestly I can tell you now, the modded pads and foam will make it slightly better but it will still be there. The reason for this being that the HE400 treble is not uniformly bright.... It has big spikes in it

 

:( Still hope it will take away a noticeable bit no matter how slight. Will know tomorrow.

post #14707 of 19792

I don't mean to bring back the whole EQ discussion, but I just wanted to mention how much I'm enjoying these cans with nicholar's EQ configuration (treble only portion, not the bass boost). A complete pleasure listening to these headphones. The more I listen, the more I feel like these are my endgame.

post #14708 of 19792
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:( Still hope it will take away a noticeable bit no matter how slight. Will know tomorrow.

 

If you search this thread I made some nice guides on how to fix the HE400 treble sibilance / tizz without losing much detail, also look at Jerg / modulor's guides for pad mods.... Let me know how the foam goes though I am interested, problem with that is that although it might help a bit it will also lower the clarity of everything else.

post #14709 of 19792
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I don't mean to bring back the whole EQ discussion, but I just wanted to mention how much I'm enjoying these cans with nicholar's EQ configuration (treble only portion, not the bass boost). A complete pleasure listening to these headphones. The more I listen, the more I feel like these are my endgame.

I felt real relief when I demoed the LCD-2, LCD-3, etc etc. Real relief because I actually preferred the sound signature of the HE-400. Relief stemming from somewhere in the wallet region. Endgame is a good word for it. I'm sure one day I'll buy more expensive headphones, but it will be more out of interest than a desire to find "my" headphones, and it will surely come when money is a bit easier to come by for me.

 

also EQ is impure rabble rabble rabble heathen and such

post #14710 of 19792
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

I don't mean to bring back the whole EQ discussion, but I just wanted to mention how much I'm enjoying these cans with nicholar's EQ configuration (treble only portion, not the bass boost). A complete pleasure listening to these headphones. The more I listen, the more I feel like these are my endgame.

 

Thanks, as I keep saying these headphones are very good but flawed out of the box, fix these flaws and they are as close to perfect as you are going to get unless you want to remortgage your house for some high end's and an amplifier to run them. I have not tried EVERY pair of headphones under £500 but I have owned or demo every pair which are considered to be good at this price (except the mad dogs and alpha dogs). HE400 were probably the biggest disappointment for me out of the box but with mod / EQ they are my favourite headphones, actually the biggest disappointment were the Denon D600.... What a massive step backwards from the Dxxxx!

post #14711 of 19792
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also EQ is impure rabble rabble rabble heathen and such

 

If using EQ is impure then the people who master the audio in recording studios are absolute filthy heathens.

post #14712 of 19792
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If using EQ is impure then the people who master the audio in recording studios are absolute filthy heathens.

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post #14713 of 19792
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

Thanks, as I keep saying these headphones are very good but flawed out of the box, fix these flaws and they are as close to perfect as you are going to get unless you want to remortgage your house for some high end's and an amplifier to run them. I have not tried EVERY pair of headphones under £500 but I have owned or demo every pair which are considered to be good at this price (except the mad dogs and alpha dogs). HE400 were probably the biggest disappointment for me out of the box but with mod / EQ they are my favourite headphones, actually the biggest disappointment were the Denon D600.... What a massive step backwards from the Dxxxx!

I don't think they're flawed at all out of the box. :]

post #14714 of 19792

I should end all my posts with IMO. But technically they are sort of flawed if you are looking for an even frequency response. If you like the sound out of the box then they are not flawed for you so there is no need to do anything to them, the pad mods will make them sound better though.

post #14715 of 19792
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I should end all my posts with IMO. But technically they are sort of flawed if you are looking for an even frequency response.

Why would you need to end your post with that? What did I say to imply that you weren't stating an opinion? I just offered a different one, mate.

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