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post #15061 of 17707
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Originally Posted by Mikkling View Post

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I just have to voice my satisfaction with the HE-400. Coming from darker headphones, it's wonderful to hear that brightness does not necessarily bring harshness. 

What darker headphones are you coming from?
post #15062 of 17707

Just uh... wandering over to HE-400 territory here... Don't mind me...

Does anyone know where to buy HE-400 pleather replacement pads? I emailed Hifiman but got no email yet.

Nevermind, managed to find a local dealer who was willing to do an order for me :)


Edited by Nec3 - 12/9/13 at 5:58am
post #15063 of 17707
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Seriously, your seductive description of the he400 begs one question...would you write a poem for my wife and let me pass it off as my own?[/SIZE]

I require payment in advance. My rate is $200 per stanza. Note that the poem may consist of as few as three words repeated over and over again. Stop laughing, it's modern.
post #15064 of 17707
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Originally Posted by nabwong View Post


What darker headphones are you coming from?
 

I had been relying on my Beyerdynamic DT1350 and Shure SE215 for quite a while, because there was a bit of harshness to my B&W P5 and ATH M50. Interestingly enough, my Grado SR80i, while bright, was never harsh, although i had dismissed them as sounding too 'thin'. But it was thanks to them that i realized that i've been fooling myself that i wanted dark headphones -- i had an epiphany when i happened to listen my Grados some weeks ago and heard that they portrayed guitars much better than my Beyers and Shures. So i did some research and decided that Hifiman RE-400 could be a good choice to test a non-dark headphone. And it was glorious. So then i jumped on the chance to buy the Black Friday Hifiman HE-400; they had been on my radar for quite a while. 

 

EDIT: i might add that i drive my headphones through an Apogee One, replacing my HRT HeadStreamer. 


Edited by Mikkling - 12/9/13 at 5:51am
post #15065 of 17707
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

Even though I prefer the modded pleathers, I definitely recommend trying the velours. 

did you replace the foam ring after adding your damping holes?

post #15066 of 17707
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Originally Posted by jshaffe View Post

did you replace the foam ring after adding your damping holes?


Nope. I would have at least experimented with it, but I lost the rings after taking them out to cut the holes. Oh well. The jerg tutorial says they are bad for the sound anyway, so I'm not too upset. 

post #15067 of 17707

Replacing the foam ring would make the damping holes pointless.


Edited by nicholars - 12/9/13 at 9:19am
post #15068 of 17707

Yeah, it seems like it would. I'd still be interested to try though. 

post #15069 of 17707

You do not want to put the spacer ring in the velour pads.  The velour pads are already stiff as it is, and the foam ring makes them even stiffer.

post #15070 of 17707

Actually, I was thinking of re-adding the spacer ring to the Pleathers, since it makes the ergonomics of removing / installing the pads easier. Also, I think having distance from the drivers is a good thing. The trick would be to thin it out so that it does not block the holes excessively, yet still can provide support and be installed / removed easily.

 

I find it odd that the holes work at all since they are scattered around the edges of the driver and face directly at the plastic ring mostly, which is not directly in front of the driver at all. I suppose the foam of the pleathers are a big reason they seem a bit warmer than the velours.


Edited by MrMateoHead - 12/9/13 at 9:50am
post #15071 of 17707
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 

Actually, I was thinking of re-adding the spacer ring to the Pleathers, since it makes the ergonomics of removing / installing the pads easier. Also, I think having distance from the drivers is a good thing. The trick would be to thin it out so that it does not block the holes excessively, yet still can provide support and be installed / removed easily.

 

I find it odd that the holes work at all since they are scattered around the edges of the driver and face directly at the plastic ring mostly, which is not directly in front of the driver at all. I suppose the foam of the pleathers are a big reason they seem a bit warmer than the velours.

 

I think it is the ringing and 2nd 3rd 4th harmonics etc. eg. stuff bouncing off the pads which should not be there, so the holes absorb some of it eg. damping. If you put the foam back you would need to cut loads of holes in it otherwise there was no point in modding the pads.

post #15072 of 17707

Does anybody know where, if at all possible, I can BUY Jergpads? I'm not good with my fingers and will invariably blotch up a DIY. Thanks.

post #15073 of 17707

The right grill seems to be a bit loose for me.

When I tap gently on the blue part of the cup I hear a ringing sound.

The left side is just dull with no ringing at all when I tap it.

 

Has anyone experienced this, or even have a solution?

I tried putting small bits of plastic under the ring which holds the grill but it only results in a minor improvement.

I can't say if this actually has any impact during listening, but still it bothers me.

post #15074 of 17707

My Hifiman HE-400 arrived over the weekend and I finally got to test them out last night. The first thing that amazed me right out of the box was how great they sounded on my brother's Android. It gave a really clean detailed sound with treble that was just right and enough bass to keep the sound balanced but not at skull destroying bass lover's level.

 

Once I got home I hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-8555 stereo reciever and got a very warm sound with plenty of bass compared to the treble presence on the Android. The funny thing is i was still getting plenty of detail in the treble without the sparkle. I could hear musical notes fading out to the very last tone something that is usually only noticeable for me with my treble strong Audio Technica ATH AD700 and Ultrasone HFI-780. Listening to Mentallo And The Fixer's LIGHT YEAR there was plenty of thumping bass while bringing out detailed vocals with a warm signature. The Hifiman HE-400 sound spectacular with electronic and 1990s industrial music such as Meat Beat Manifesto, Cobalt 60, Front 242, Individual Totem, Nine Inch Nails etc. They also were great listening to Barenaked Ladies singing ALCOHOL.

 

Switching to the Realtek on board sound of my pc motherboard the bass was non-existent but the treble was very detailed and bright yet comfortable at least for a treble head for me. Its interesting how different the Hifiman HE-400 sounds depending on the source. On the Android and Realtek motherboard there was no need to turn up the volume. With the Onkyo turning up the volume definitely brought out all the audio meat flushing it into my ears with bass and detailed warmness. This might just be a matter of burn in since its still under twenty four hours of use out of the recommended 150 hours :D

 

These are the first headphones I have seen that leak so much sound. When my brother was giving them a listen I could clearly hear everything being played. I was like wow those leak big time. Thank goodness am using these in a private setting with no roommates.

 

Comfort is excellent and am able to immerse myself completely into what am listening to while relaxing on the pc. Build quality is top notch and blue being my favorite color just makes things even more cool as I remind myself how fortunate I am to have on my head the Hifiman HE-400 and to have gotten them at a discount during the Amazon holiday sale. Definitely stirs up a sense of appreciation and to keep the volume down when am using my speakers :D

 

Delivery time was great arriving under a week.

 

Have yet to try them out with any games which along with music and movies will be my main use. Will be interesting to see what FALLOUT 3 and SKYRIM are like with them. I did play briefly the early access version of GRIM DAWN and there was plenty of detail in the environment with a warm sound. Also vocals were more noticeable which were not on my other headphones. This was before learning that turning up the volume on my Onkyo will give me an even fuller sound.

 

Thanks to all at Head-Fi.org for which I would have never heard of the Hifiman HE-400 or had any idea of what they were like. And of course thanks to my brother who ordered them for me through Amazon :)

 

Happy holidays everybody! :D


Edited by Hellbishop - 12/9/13 at 11:01am
post #15075 of 17707

Yea they dont leak sound they project it.

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