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The headband doesn't bother me at all. Some prefer the Beyer aftermarket headband though. 

post #15512 of 17083

they really do have a special way of dealing with EDM.  About all i like them with.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Nice price for a great hp. For EDM I don't think that you'll do any better. Add a pair of jerpads and they will rock your EDM world. :atsmile:


Just got mine back yesterday. The finish on them is awesome, as they basically look like retail velours on first glance (seamless addition of velour by Modulor to my own mod of the pleathers) but the magic is underneath (and on top).

Design by Jerg and made my ModulOr...poor Modular (similar name) must be getting hit up by PM every day for pads by new members)

Definitely firmer than my Beyer velours I have.

I'm going to top my own Fischer FA-003 pads for my Fostex with velour (same as Sennie Orpheus pads, just a velour ear contact trim - no velour on outside or inside) as that is all I can use at ear contact points.


Edited by Lohb - 12/27/13 at 6:49pm
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Can anyone compare the Vali vs O2 vs Fiio E12 comparison with these phones. I'm looking for an amp that is transportable, not necessarily portable. That being said, being portable would be nice but do not want to sacrifice sound quality. Basically, does the vali sound that much better then the others to justify having to deal with the requirement of having it plugged in?
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Just got mine back yesterday. The finish on them is awesome, as they basically look like retail velours on first glance (seamless addition of velour by Modulor to my own mod of the pleathers) but the magic is underneath (and on top).

Design by Jerg and made my ModulOr...poor Modular (similar name) must be getting hit up by PM every day for pads by new members)

Definitely firmer than my Beyer velours I have.

I'm going to top my own Fischer FA-003 pads for my Fostex with velour (same as Sennie Orpheus pads, just a velour ear contact trim - no velour on outside or inside) as that is all I can use at ear contact points.

 

Still waiting on my pair. So what are your initial impressions on their sound?

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i cannot fit mine just now, but I'm guessing they will do as described elsewhere.... smooth out a lot of the known issues.

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Earlier in this thread I misspoke and said that the vali might be overkill for the HE-400. I meant to say that the lyr (not the vali) might be overkill for the HE-400, as it will shove close to 6 watts into the HE-400's 35 ohms. 

 

But I've also heard in this thread that people love the lyr + HE-400 combo. For any of you who have this setup, I'm wondering about volume pot issues. Without a gain switch, I'm guessing you don't have a lot of play with the knob.

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Well I've had these for a little over a week now. They are amazing!

 

I wasn't super impressed with the bass at first, but I will admit that they have really come into their own now. I fixed a connection issue with my FiiO E9 and the power it puts out to the HE-400's is pretty damn awesome. Though less power, my percieved audio quality overall and seperation is better from my Denon AVR-1613 vs. the E9's brute force amping.

 

Beyond that, removing the foam ring on the pleather pads works great for comfort...I may do the beyer headband pad addition soon. I am curious on earpads...I was thinking about Alpha pads, but can't seem to find too much on them. I may try my D2000 pads eventually too seeing as they're so amazingly comfortable. But I am interested in the Jerg pads. That is in the future, atm I am pretty content overall...they sound so good with all of my music I'm glad I took the recommendations in a previous thread I made on a different forum seriously..and the price, $319 shipped was the tipping point between these and some Mad Dogs. So far, very very very happy I went with these even if they're open-back and that limits my use of them in a full house of kids and women. 

 

I am reading through this thread, but there's so many pages to go through...I'm hoping to read more about different pads like the ones I listed to see what will work best for me. I want to keep as much bass or improve on it as possible. I appreciate these phones because to my ears there's soooo much more detail and openness and the bass more surrounds the sound than interrupts it nor does it seem to muddy anything up that I've noticed! Awesomeness!

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Hmmm I thought the cable on my HE400 was broken, I think it is the connector thing... Can anyone test for me and tell me if the little plastic bit is supposed to come off when you pull it? Is it supposed to do that so you cannot snag the cable? When I screw them both on tightly they work ok and it does not cut out but on one side if I pull the cable it will disconnect from the headphones and there is a little white piece of plastic.... Can somebody confirm this for me plz?


Edited by nicholars - 12/28/13 at 8:57am
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Hmmm I thought the cable on my HE400 was broken, I think it is the connector thing... Can anyone test for me and tell me if the little plastic bit is supposed to come off when you pull it? Is it supposed to do that so you cannot snag the cable? When I screw them both on tightly they work ok and it does not cut out but on one side if I pull the cable it will disconnect from the headphones and there is a little white piece of plastic.... Can somebody confirm this for me plz?


If both connectors are screwed in on mine, they do not disconnect when pulled on. Very snaggable. 

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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

Hmmm I thought the cable on my HE400 was broken, I think it is the connector thing... Can anyone test for me and tell me if the little plastic bit is supposed to come off when you pull it? Is it supposed to do that so you cannot snag the cable? When I screw them both on tightly they work ok and it does not cut out but on one side if I pull the cable it will disconnect from the headphones and there is a little white piece of plastic.... Can somebody confirm this for me plz?


Mine started out like yours is now. It got to where it would fall out just with head movement. I tries a few ways of repairing it (epoxy, self vulcanizing rubber, electrical tape). I really think that this is a defect and is not normal.

 The dealer that I got it from (TTVJ, thank you) is working on getting me a replacement. I am hoping this would be easier and quicker than waiting for something from China.

If that doesn't work out, I guess I will contact Hifiman directly to get a replacement. I have them taped up for now, and they are working.

If anyone has any thoughts on this, I would like to hear them.

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Did the ol jergpad mod today. minus a step and changed another.  More cavity for the sound to open which attenuates the overly large size of the highs making the sound more coherent. V shape is still there however and because of the frequency response they are (to me) the main focus of the headphone. Also less resonance making the image more focused

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this really is a different yet same headphone.  even the sub bass is more prominent.  Much less congested headphone.  i was wondering if planars weren't for me but i think a pair of these on some he-500's would be sublime.    Thanks Jerg and Modular

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Originally Posted by DoctaCosmos View Post
 

this really is a different yet same headphone.  even the sub bass is more prominent.  Much less congested headphone.  i was wondering if planars weren't for me but i think a pair of these on some he-500's would be sublime.    Thanks Jerg and Modular

I am still debating the he-400 vs he-500. Since you like your he-400's with the jerg pads, what do you think of them as a $400 hp? What amp/dac do you use? Thanks.

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yes i think the headphone is worth the $400 asking price because of its fast speed and  very detailed nature.  However before the mod i didn't really like the headphone at all due to its presentation with music.  The size of the driver renders a very large sound that is very impressive yet i found it to be overwhelming and the excessive body of the highs made it an incoherent headphone to me except with EDM. While it has a large soundstage the body of the sound is so large that it almost overwhelms the openness it offers.    A headphones ability is not to be confused with how it actually presents the music.  The Jerg mod opened the soundstage up a bit by taking away some of the thickness of the sound, opening it up a little bit and making the presentation more coherent and allowing the mid focus of the headphone to be more present.  The headphone still screams EDM with the prominent non-airy highs  with in your face transients that EDM calls for and that to me is why it is a $400 headphone and no more. 

BTW i use a Schiit Asgard and a peachtree audio DAC *IT   

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