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Originally Posted by audi0fan View Post
 

One more thing, I've noticed some slight buzzing / distortion in the right ear for some parts of some songs. After investigation I have found it occurs for frequencies between 445 - 465 Hz, being most pronounced in the middle of said range.

 

Is this a common issue? Is this something I can fix by tightening something or would this require a call to Hifiman to see if I can get a warranty replacement?

 

That doesn't sound normal at all. If the connections are tight on the headphones I would give them a call tomorrow.

post #15632 of 17908
Hi everyone,
This is my first post to head-fi. I've been lurking the forums for the past few weeks as i am investigating different sets of headphones, of which I have settled on the hifiman he 400. I am thinking of getting the matrix m stage USB edition to power the headphones and a starter dac (I know it's not a high quality dac but I want to reduce interference from my laptop when using the headphone jack). My question to you guys is; is the matrix m stage a good amp to pair with the he 400's, and how bad is the m stages built in dac compared to say other dacs in the sub $200.?
post #15633 of 17908

The M-stage and HE-400 is a great pairing, I've been using it for the best part of a year now. I can't tell you about the dac section though but people say it's decent. You would probably hear some slight differences between the M-stage's dac and a $200 dac.

 

But the M-stage's amp section is more than enough for the HE-400.

post #15634 of 17908
I'm glad to hear that they pair nicely.
Are you using a custom opamp chip?
What are you using as a source?
What level of gain do you use normally?
post #15635 of 17908

Finally got my HE-400 that I ordered on BF.  First impressions are very favorable.  The bass is like nothing I've heard before.  The soundstage is impressive as well.

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

Finally got my HE-400 that I ordered on BF.  First impressions are very favorable.  The bass is like nothing I've heard before.  The soundstage is impressive as well.

 

Nice!! Are you using pleather or velour? 

 

Glad to hear that it's working out for you. :D

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Nice!! Are you using pleather or velour? 

 

Glad to hear that it's working out for you. :D

Pleather, haven't had a chance try the velour yet.  

 

Also, is a good seal important for getting the best SQ?  These ear cups are very big and a small part of the pad behind my ear is not touching my skin.

post #15638 of 17908
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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

Pleather, haven't had a chance try the velour yet.  

 

Also, is a good seal important for getting the best SQ?  These ear cups are very big and a small part of the pad behind my ear is not touching my skin.


Actually, a broken seal might actually sound better in some ways. Try it out for awhile and see what you think. Otherwise, yes, I would try getting a good seal. You may have better luck with the velours, which are a bit bigger and thicker and so might hit your head right. Remember that you can also twist the cups (pinch the hifiman logo and headband tightly with one hand, the connection is weak there). You may want to try adjusting the reach of the cups to - the headband might help keep things firmly in place.

post #15639 of 17908

The goal of the Jergpad spacers is to break the seal, so it's not necessarily a bad thing. It gives you a hump in the bass (I think the Jergpad thread said at around 50 hz? I don't remember exactly), but then bass is rolled off more below that hump. But I imagine the frequency of the hump depends on how big the gap in the seal is. Probably where it is too -- the Jergpad spacers don't create a gap against your skin. 

In any case, fear not. Try adjusting the headphones to get a better fit, and check to see what kind of difference you hear. 


Edited by manbear - 1/2/14 at 5:45pm
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I think I like the headphones overall with the velours on. More comfortable and it sounds a bit better in my opinion.

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Did your guys' HE-400's come with both the Velour and Pleather ear pads?!

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Did your guys' HE-400's come with both the Velour and Pleather ear pads?!
My pair shipped with pleather, I ordered the velour pads separately. As far as I know, when ordering from Hifiman, the HE500's ship with both, the 400's ship with only pleather.
Edited by Zuckfun - 1/2/14 at 10:30pm
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Did your guys' HE-400's come with both the Velour and Pleather ear pads?!

If you ordered from Justin from headamp, chances are your velour pads are gonna arrive later. I just got my HE-400s and just got a notification about the velour pads being shipped. Loving the HE-400s, from all the different types of headphones I've listened to (HD650, LCD-2, etc. etc.), the HE-400 is a really great contender for those looking for open back headphones. The bass isnt lacking and isn't overpowering, the trebles aren't piercingly sharp and is pleasant, and the mids are really smooth.

post #15644 of 17908

Switched from pleather to velour.  Initial impressions is that it seemed to tame the treble slightly.  'Kangaroo' by Big Star sounds slightly less harsh and piercing.  Similarly the fuzz and noise in 'Before We Begin' by Broadcast doesn't irritate my ears as much.  I might have to do the Jergpad mod to reduce the harshness further.  

 

Btw the plastic tabs on the pads look really flimsy.  I can't imagine them lasting if I swap them a few more times.

post #15645 of 17908
Anyone do any comparisons with the HE-500 cables?

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