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AGD is actually fairly popular on the forums. Currawong recently reviewed a unit favorably.

 

Dan can barely keep up and I cannot wish him more success, met him in person and he's good people with me. Jason rules, forever a Schiit fan.

 

Chris...good to see you around these parts!! You owe me one Chipolte. :D

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If you do not like sibilance and want to avoid EQ then I would recommend getting the smoothest possible amp (treble) for the HE400.... They should be reasonably easy to power so both of those amps should work, they work decently from my Xonar STX which is not very powerful. I would not recommend getting a bright or harsh amp to pair with the HE400 because that will not end well!

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Yes I agree, I try to give these companies as much business as possible while avoiding the scummy ones. Its a shame that the average consumer does not even know about these brands because usually they would just get whichever is marketed best, for example Beats which are rubbish but have good marketing, which appeals to people of low intelligence levels lol.

 

That´s the problem with marketing and "big names" you pay all advertising and no the product itself. Now days we have the opportunity to get more information in the Internet and places like this where people share thoughts and experiences just to get the best of it

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Where should i go to contact Hifiman for a replacement cable? I emailed CustomerService@hifiman.com twice since monday, and still no answer.

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Where should i go to contact Hifiman for a replacement cable? I emailed CustomerService@hifiman.com twice since monday, and still no answer.

You can buy the cable on the head direct website. Just put it in your shopping cart and order. No need to email anyone.

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You can buy the cable on the head direct website. Just put it in your shopping cart and order. No need to email anyone.

I was told i could get a free replacement cable if i ordered within the HE-400 warranty here last week

 

EDIT: If i wasn't clear, my current cable broke.

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Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post
 

Try head.direct.customerservice@gmail.com

Even if i didn't buy from there?

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Even if i didn't buy from there?



Head-Direct is the main company of HifiMan. HIfiman is more like their marketed name for audio stuff.

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Will try, thanks.

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Isn't head-direct just the name of the site?

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Isn't head-direct just the name of the site?

 

Could be. Either way, they are one and the same.

 

Here's what the website says: Head-Direct is a subsidiary of HiFiMAN, the highly acclaimed designer/manufacturer of high-performance headphones whose products are also available on the site.

 

So maybe I had it backwards.


Edited by Zalithian - 12/7/13 at 10:40am
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Best case for HE-400? I cant find nothing on fleabay.

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Got my HE-400 yesterday from the black Friday sale and here's my impressions so far. Keep in mind that I might be coming at this from a different angle than most - I rely heavily on EQ to shape all of my headphones to remove unnatural peaks and neutralize the sound as best as I can.

 

Coming from a DT-990, I don't think I'll be keeping the HE-400. I am noticing some things I also had a problem with when I tried the LCD-2... I wonder if it's a planar thing. With all EQ turned off, the DT-990 still has the edge mainly because the sound is consistent regardless of small adjustments I make in physical placement on my head. For starters, the HE-400 is too big even on the smallest notch and my ears rest against the top of the ear pads instead of being centered. When I manually center the headphones so they feel good and even pull them a little bit away from my head, they sound much better. So step one in keeping these would be replacing the ear pads with something thicker and finding a thicker headband to put more room between the top of my head and the headphones.

 

The other problem crept up when doing a frequency sweep. There are points around 2 khz (and others across the range but this one stood out to me) where there are very sharp drops in volume. The thing with equalization, and this holds true for a lot of things, is that it's much easier to remove what's there than to add what's not. People find the DT-990 to be too bright or have peaky treble -  I don't care, I can easily remove that. When there's a strong "valley" or drop in response, even if you try and boost the frequency it usually doesn't help, or it only boosts the volume of the harmonics surrounding it. To me this is a big deal. The only dynamic driver headphones I've heard this from are the HD-600 which had a ton of missing response at 8 khz that I just couldn't recover. So I don't want to blame this on planars, I think it just might be the design. The LCD-2 were much more sensitive about how they were placed on my head - dead frequencies could be restored just by moving it slightly. This is still a problem though, because who puts headphones on in the exact same position every time?

 

My headphones aren't perfect obviously or I wouldn't have bothered trying these, and I was dying to try out another pair of planars (the bass response is awesome) but the sharp up/down changes in the mids kill it for me. The size/comfort issues definitely don't help. :( I'll give it some extra time and see what I can do with it, though.

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Yeah, I've noticed that the HE-400 is very sensitive to even the slightest change in position on my ears. IDK if this explains the 2 kHz suckout though.

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