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Okay, so I just pulled up SVR Little Wing...cranked the volume a bit...sha-bam!! :eek:  Do yourself a favor and go listen to this one. 

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It could be that the HE-400 is picking up crackling in the songs that you just can't hear on other speakers or headphones, but this is only a guess.

Could very well be that. These cans seem to be extremely susceptible to any bit of crackle in the recording. Several tracks I thought something was seriously wrong with them until I realized it was just the recording as my HD25s did the same thing at the same points. I did have to jack the volume up on the 25s to a highly uncomfortable (i.e. unbearable) level to hear 1/10 of the crackle these guys pick up.

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Could very well be that. These cans seem to be extremely susceptible to any bit of crackle in the recording. Several tracks I thought something was seriously wrong with them until I realized it was just the recording as my HD25s did the same thing at the same points. I did have to jack the volume up on the 25s to a highly uncomfortable (i.e. unbearable) level to hear 1/10 of the crackle these guys pick up.

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That typically indicates that the recording is in fact clipped and there is no cure for it. Sadly, happens to a lot of recordings these days due to an apparent hatred of dynamic range and a quest to be the loudest!

 

Then again, a friend proposed a different problem - great bands skimping on production costs and either doing it themselves or paying less and getting a crappy recording.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Okay, so I just pulled up SVR Little Wing...cranked the volume a bit...sha-bam!! :eek:  Do yourself a favor and go listen to this one. 

 

Stevie Ray is glorious on my HE-500. Listening to Rude Mood right now thanks to you :cool:

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Nicely done. Makes me want to attempt this. Don't have my cans around though, did you happen to measure the size of the grill?

Thanks!

 

The stock grill is right about 86mm. My grill was pretty dang close to that. We just traced the grills on cardboard, cut them out, and used that as a guide. I made my cuts a little big to give me some room to sand them down and smooth out the sharp edges.

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I know it's off topic, but why is it that I have to use treble boost on my EQ to get my HE 400's to sound incredible? With that setting they sound like my Senn. HD598's with much better bass. I'm using a Sound Blaster Titanium HD > Fiio E09K on low gain setup. Any thoughts? I use Winyl, it's a good ASIO player. I forgot to mention, I use the velour pads.


Edited by Taker64 - 1/13/14 at 8:22pm
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I know it's off topic, but why is it that I have to use treble boost on my EQ to get my HE 400's to sound incredible? With that setting they sound like my Senn. HD598's with much better bass. I'm using a Sound Blaster Titanium HD > Fiio E09K on low gain setup. Any thoughts? I use Winyl, it's a good ASIO player.

Are you using the stock pleather pads?
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What are 'pleather' pads?  I have ordered this: 

 
HiFiMAN

Leather earpads 

Department:Cables & Accessories

Brand: HiFiMAN

 

Is this the same thing?

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No, velour pads.


Edited by Taker64 - 1/13/14 at 8:31pm
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No, velour pads.

OK thanks,,,,,,,anyone try the leather pads? Comments?

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Is that treble booster affecting more than just the treble?  The HE-400 has really strong treble-- too much of it.  Boosting it even further might damage your hearing if you'er listening at high volumes.  What the HD598 has way more of the HE-400 are upper mids, which you can manually boost yourself using some kind of EQ.  (The area around 3-5khz)

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My pair are in the mail! Can't wait to get these suckers!

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My pair are in the mail! Can't wait to get these suckers!

Same! I just got confirmation that mine have shipped, they should arrive in a few days.

What amp are you going to hook these into?
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Just wanted to put ma impression for HE-400 & AKG Annie & Quincy Models

Well bringing into notices the diff. b.w the HE-400  :-

 

Better Clarity -->HE-400

 

Better Instrument Separation --> HE-400 (though AKG ones have much bigger and better SoundStage...must be Magic of Orthos)

 

Better Positioning --> Positioning also refers to Directionality capabilities of a HP which will look better on Thin-Sounding Headphones. HE-400 is Thicker whereas Annie/Quincy are much Thinner.

But also Instrument Separation and Positioning goes hand-by-hand but heard Annie/Quincy has better positioning where as Instrument Separation is much better on HE-400....A point to Discuss (Enlighten Me!!)

 

Better Over-all Presentation -->HE-400 as it is more Engaging & listening to them after coming back from other Headphones seems that some Energy was lost in music in those Headphones.

Better Treble --> AKG K702 Annie/Q701

Better Mids -->HE-400  (Tough Competition there but Keeping such Gr8 Lows with Mids being Intact is just Phenomenal!!)

Better Bass --> HE-400

Comfort --> Annie & Quincy

Amplification --->HE-400

Looks--> All Good, Matter of Personal Choice ;) 

 

Price to Value Ration -->  K702 65th Anniversary & HE-400 are almost same but if AKG Q701 (being a lower price model) is almost identical to K702 Annie (& even more after adding Memory Foam Pads of Annie to it as per MAD-LUST Envy) then How it fairs up against HE-400 is a question as HE-400 Low End is comparable to some v.good High-End Headphones & its Mids are ALWAYS intact which happen v.less for a Headphone having Superb Low end though being at 400$...   

 

In Need of all yours comment for the same for more discussions....

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Curious... is or has anyone powered their HE-400 with a transformer coupled tube amp (non-OTL if you will)?  What are/were the results?

 

thanks


I have mine paired with a Woo WA-6 (has a nos 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier) and i really love the sound. The HE-400 sounds very smooth and thick sounding. Some would probably say to thick but i really love it.

 

FWIW though i really didn't enjoy my HE-400 that much till i did the Jerg pad mod, re-grilling mod and replaced the stock rectifier in my amp. The treble was horrible very "tizzy" as a lot of others say. The mods really helped this a lot but the tizzyness was still there just not as bad, after i replaced my rectifier it completely went. I suspect the stock rectifier in the WA-6 is just garbage and was half the problem with the treble.

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