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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 


That is not true. I was only about 1-2 months out of warranty, and they wouldn't replace my cable which is slowly shedding its jacket in the L and R channels.

 

They would "accommodate me" by letting me blow $100 bucks on a new cable. Ya, right.

 

 

I emailed them a few weeks ago about cables and they quoted me $70 for the HE-4 cable and $60 for the HE400 (plus shipping).

I am out of warranty also but my cable is still OK. I was thinking of getting the HE-4 cable at one stage.

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Originally Posted by ZacRobbo View Post

Forgive me if this has been discussed earlier in the thread, but do the he 400s really require the recommended 150 hours of burnin. It seems excessive to me, does the sound change much?

My he 400s arrived earlier today, but THE CABLE WAS DEFECTIVE. the right connector of the cable was broken, so I will have to wait till it gets replaced to finally listen to them, it's hurting me having them next to me but not being able to listen to them.


What happened to your toe :c

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These HPs really expose some of the harsh digital production in music.   For example, I was listening to some Bjork and some of her songs (ex. the last section of 'Undo') are ruined by these awful digital effects sound like it was horribly mixed and with really lousy synthesizers and tons of digital artifacts.

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post

These HPs really expose some of the harsh digital production in music.   For example, I was listening to some Bjork and some of her songs (ex. the last section of 'Undo') are ruined by these awful digital effects sound like it was horribly mixed and with really lousy synthesizers and tons of digital artifacts.

Are you sure it's not due to horrible encoding vs mastering? I'd be way more inclined to believe that mixed with the fact that the HE-400 has some god awfully wild treble.
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Are you sure it's not due to horrible encoding vs mastering? I'd be way more inclined to believe that mixed with the fact that the HE-400 has some god awfully wild treble.

 



Probably both. The treble and instrument separation makes some of the electronic details sound like static/digital artifacts, whereas they don't sound as bad on something with a more smoothed out treble. Some of the songs still sound bad no matter what headphones you use.
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I emailed them a few weeks ago about cables and they quoted me $70 for the HE-4 cable and $60 for the HE400 (plus shipping).

I am out of warranty also but my cable is still OK. I was thinking of getting the HE-4 cable at one stage.

 

Can you provide a link to the he-4 cable?

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Can you provide a link to the he-4 cable?

 

 

Its not listed on head-direct not that I could find anyway, I only see the HE400 cable, that's why I emailed them about it. This is what they said...

 

Dear Sir,

Sorry for the late response.
Yes, we do have the cable for HE-4. The price is $70. Shipping cost depends on where you live.
If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Best regards,
HIFIMAN Customer Service Team

Your friends at Head-Direct (The HiFiMAN store)

 

Very good price I think however with the new models coming out, I'll wait to see what cables come with those.

 

Aussies might be glad to know that addictedtoaudio.com.au are hoping to start selling Hifiman stuff soon, they also have Audeze. So I will be able to compare them all and get the one I like, will make things a hell of a lot easier.

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So I just had my right channel of my HE 400 cable die. I picked up a headphones to a quick buzzing noise and then my right channel cut out.

Thought it was my driver until I flipped the L and R cable around to find the right driver still working. The right channel still seems to have a faint signal coming through it if I push cable back into the splitter.

 

Is my cable dead for good or should I be able to repair it?

If I need to get a new cable do I go with the same or do I entertain aftermarket options?

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Originally Posted by Steelbarrage View Post
 

So I just had my right channel of my HE 400 cable die. I picked up a headphones to a quick buzzing noise and then my right channel cut out.

Thought it was my driver until I flipped the L and R cable around to find the right driver still working. The right channel still seems to have a faint signal coming through it if I push cable back into the splitter.

 

Is my cable dead for good or should I be able to repair it?

If I need to get a new cable do I go with the same or do I entertain aftermarket options?

AFTER MARKET

 

I really liked the sound of my Toxic Cable Cable 

post #16060 of 18083
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Originally Posted by Steelbarrage View Post
 

So I just had my right channel of my HE 400 cable die. I picked up a headphones to a quick buzzing noise and then my right channel cut out.

Thought it was my driver until I flipped the L and R cable around to find the right driver still working. The right channel still seems to have a faint signal coming through it if I push cable back into the splitter.

 

Is my cable dead for good or should I be able to repair it?

If I need to get a new cable do I go with the same or do I entertain aftermarket options?

 

If you're handy with a digital multimeter you can find out which end the issue is on. If it is on the non-proprietary end you could fix it up in a few minutes with a soldering iron and a new jack.

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Well it appears that my right channel is still connected as I get 0 resistance on it but other than that I doubt I will be able to do anything with the cable.

Also I am poor so is the stock cable the best option or is another option that is a little bit sturdier with the same price point available?

 

Checking my cable over the weakest part is at the splitter. I assume that is where the problem has arisen.


Edited by Steelbarrage - 1/17/14 at 6:30pm
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Heard so many great things about these cans, can't wait to get them in a few weeks.

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Originally Posted by Joel Vanderbaum View Post
 

Heard so many great things about these cans, can't wait to get them in a few weeks.

yay!!! before gettin em, you should make sure your audio drivers on your laptop is updated hahah. I ran into a problem w/ distortion that was caused by that. what kind of source files are you using? do you have an amp?

 

I really like my he400!!! :) heh

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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

yay!!! before gettin em, you should make sure your audio drivers on your laptop is updated hahah. I ran into a problem w/ distortion that was caused by that. what kind of source files are you using? do you have an amp?

 

I really like my he400!!! :) heh

I'm currently running some DT 990 Pro's from my desktop rig through a Fiio e07k as a dac and a Schiit Magni as my amp. Using Foobar2k with flac files, will probably use the same setup for the He-400 :D

post #16065 of 18083
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Originally Posted by Steelbarrage View Post
 

Well it appears that my right channel is still connected as I get 0 resistance on it but other than that I doubt I will be able to do anything with the cable.

Also I am poor so is the stock cable the best option or is another option that is a little bit sturdier with the same price point available?

 

Checking my cable over the weakest part is at the splitter. I assume that is where the problem has arisen.


I am working on finding a cheap solution to cable the HE-400s. So far, I've found SMCs and a 1.8th gold plated jack for $8 dollars (ebay). The rest is wire and soldering. I think you can fashion your own for about $20, but there are a lot of variables involved in the aesthetic / quality you want to hit.

 

Otherwise, the cheapest cables you will find are $60 from headdirect, which I do not feel is reasonable. The aftermarket seems to be even more expensive, so I am also avoiding that.

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