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If you love them why upgrade at all?

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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post

I've had these for about a year now and I fall deeper in love with them each time I listen. I love them so much that I'm wondering if upgrading to even better orthos will make a big difference. For those of you who have compared the HE-400s to more expensive offerings from Hifiman or Audeze, what did you think?

Have any of you purchased higher end orthos after living with the HE-400s for a while?

I am hesitant to upgrade because I hear more expensive orthos have less impact, and what I love most about the HE-400s is that "wow" factor. Thoughts?
I own both the hifiman he-400, and sennheiser hd650, and I feel I'm deeply in love with the he-400....so much, I never use my hd650 anymore...I agree with you that the hifiman he-400 definitely impresses with more detail, accuracy, and the music is fluid like, not being like so much impact like hd650....I thought of getting the he-500, but can't imagine a huge difference, but being more neutral...300 dollars doesn't justify more neutral. I'm happy with my babies, he-400 smily_headphones1.gif
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If you've got the amp or thinking of getting one, the he4 is a great option. For the same price of an he500 you can have an he4 AND an emotiva mini-x amp.

I would love to hear an he500 but the he4 are very neutral to me. Just had them for a day though and I listened last night for 5hrs straight lol
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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post

I've had these for about a year now and I fall deeper in love with them each time I listen. I love them so much that I'm wondering if upgrading to even better orthos will make a big difference. For those of you who have compared the HE-400s to more expensive offerings from Hifiman or Audeze, what did you think?

Have any of you purchased higher end orthos after living with the HE-400s for a while?

I am hesitant to upgrade because I hear more expensive orthos have less impact, and what I love most about the HE-400s is that "wow" factor. Thoughts?

I'm on the same boat and am wondering the same thing!
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The HE4 is neutral. Only downside really is the power they need. If you can supply at least 4w into 32ohms you should be good. It's easier to justify $600 on a HP and amp, which would be the HE4 and an Emotiva mini-x.
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Originally Posted by spiderking31 View Post

I own both the hifiman he-400, and sennheiser hd650, and I feel I'm deeply in love with the he-400....so much, I never use my hd650 anymore...I agree with you that the hifiman he-400 definitely impresses with more detail, accuracy, and the music is fluid like, not being like so much impact like hd650....I thought of getting the he-500, but can't imagine a huge difference, but being more neutral...300 dollars doesn't justify more neutral. I'm happy with my babies, he-400 smily_headphones1.gif

Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 12/19/13 at 6:20pm
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Originally Posted by spiderking31 View Post


I own both the hifiman he-400, and sennheiser hd650, and I feel I'm deeply in love with the he-400....so much, I never use my hd650 anymore...I agree with you that the hifiman he-400 definitely impresses with more detail, accuracy, and the music is fluid like, not being like so much impact like hd650....I thought of getting the he-500, but can't imagine a huge difference, but being more neutral...300 dollars doesn't justify more neutral. I'm happy with my babies, he-400 smily_headphones1.gif

+1 - I am also really loving my HE-400. adding the Sennheiser HD600 headband cushion mod onto it soon.

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Originally Posted by TR3v View Post
 

If you love them why upgrade at all?

LOL I've been asking myself the same thing. The fact that the HE-400 sounds so good makes me wonder if I'll be even happier if I splurge on something higher end. So I'm just trying to get a sense of how fellow HE-400 fans have reacted to more expensive orthos.

 

After reading this thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/692229/he-400-vs-he-500-vs-he-4-comparison) and based on what people have said here, it seems like the HE-4 may have something to offer. Anyone have thoughts about owning the HE-4 in addition to the HE-400? Have any of you HE-400 fans bought an LCD-2 or compared the HE-400 to an Audeze?

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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post
 

LOL I've been asking myself the same thing. The fact that the HE-400 sounds so good makes me wonder if I'll be even happier if I splurge on something higher end. So I'm just trying to get a sense of how fellow HE-400 fans have reacted to more expensive orthos.

 

After reading this thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/692229/he-400-vs-he-500-vs-he-4-comparison) and based on what people have said here, it seems like the HE-4 may have something to offer. Anyone have thoughts about owning the HE-4 in addition to the HE-400? Have any of you HE-400 fans bought an LCD-2 or compared the HE-400 to an Audeze?

If you are within your return period for the HE400, I personally think it would be more prudent to return them & getting the HE500 rather than x1 HE-400 + x1 HE-4. After all, you only have one set of ears.

 

If you are happy w/ the HE400s, I think you should just stick w/ it. No use wondering how greener the grass is on the other side when it takes double the price to jump over there if you are content with what you have now lol. It becomes a vicious cycle as well, because the higher-end your headphones, the more you feel obligated to spend on your amp/dac to get the best sound outta em.

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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

If you are within your return period for the HE400, I personally think it would be more prudent to return them & getting the HE500 rather than x1 HE-400 + x1 HE-4. After all, you only have one set of ears.

 

If you are happy w/ the HE400s, I think you should just stick w/ it. No use wondering how greener the grass is on the other side when it takes double the price to jump over there if you are content with what you have now lol. It becomes a vicious cycle as well, because the higher-end your headphones, the more you feel obligated to spend on your amp/dac to get the best sound outta em.

Quote for truth! Don't look inside door #2.

But if you can return the HE400, the HE4 offers a flat response with all the offerings of a planar magnetic (vs dynamic). Going HE4 or HE500 might be a different story. The way I see it, the HE4 is only a good deal if A) you already have an amp that can power them or B) you're looking for a better amp or amp/dac that can power them along with a new HP. The HE500 is straight plug and play if you have 1.5W of power at 32ohms to play with. Still quite a bit of power but more in the normal realm. The HE4 would mean at least 4W at 32Ohm and economically, you could bet an Emotiva Mini-X at $169 (plus shipping?) and the HP at $450.

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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post

 

After reading this thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/692229/he-400-vs-he-500-vs-he-4-comparison) and based on what people have said here, it seems like the HE-4 may have something to offer. Anyone have thoughts about owning the HE-4 in addition to the HE-400? Have any of you HE-400 fans bought an LCD-2 or compared the HE-400 to an Audeze?

 

If you are happy with the HE400, keep them for a while longer. Supposedly Hifiman have some new models coming next year with significantly better sound. Wait to see those first.

 

I found the LCD2 is pretty close sounding to the HE400 (with some EQ), yes the LCD2 is better but it also costs a lot more. I couldn't justify it since I already had the HE400 and was pretty happy with it.

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I agree with everyone on this! I'm very happy with my he-400...it's an awesome headphone with superb detail! Let's all bask in the glory of the he-400! smily_headphones1.gif
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Even though Fang Bian says the he400 isn't his cup if tea, you gotta give him cred for allowing people to experience planar m agnetics at a relatively low cost. Most decent amp/dacs will drive the he400 without an issue.
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I agree with everyone on this! I'm very happy with my he-400...it's an awesome headphone with superb detail! Let's all bask in the glory of the he-400! smily_headphones1.gif
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If you are happy with the HE400, keep them for a while longer. Supposedly Hifiman have some new models coming next year with significantly better sound. Wait to see those first.

The new model will probably be a flagship model from what I've read. They came out w/ some new tech to reduce the weight of planar mag by 50%. so think 300g HE-6.

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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post
 

I've had these for about a year now and I fall deeper in love with them each time I listen. I love them so much that I'm wondering if upgrading to even better orthos will make a big difference. For those of you who have compared the HE-400s to more expensive offerings from Hifiman or Audeze, what did you think?

 

Have any of you purchased higher end orthos after living with the HE-400s for a while?

 

I am hesitant to upgrade because I hear more expensive orthos have less impact, and what I love most about the HE-400s is that "wow" factor. Thoughts?

 

I got the LCD-X a couple of months back. It's utterly brilliant and has great bass impact and definition, though lesser than the LCD3. I have had the HE-400 for over a year now and mainly use it for EDM and movies now.

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The HE4 is neutral. Only downside really is the power they need. If you can supply at least 4w into 32ohms you should be good. It's easier to justify $600 on a HP and amp, which would be the HE4 and an Emotiva mini-x.

 

Are the HE4 still being produced by HIFIMan? or are they EOL products which are being sold off? Also how does the HE4 compare to the HE500 for the treble? HE4 + emotiva minix for the same price as a HE500 does look interesting.

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