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I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.

 

Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you used - I don't have a lot of experience using equalizers and don't want to kill the sound quality by accident...

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Originally Posted by SEALBoy View Post
 

I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.

 

Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you used - I don't have a lot of experience using equalizers and don't want to kill the sound quality by accident...


Member Nicholars has some excellent EQ guide in this thread or elsewhere that will help you out tailored for the 400's ....also Beaver316.


Edited by Lohb - 2/10/14 at 5:35am
post #16383 of 18673

They will always have some sibilance unless you EQ them so much that it messes up the sound, you can make it a lot better with EQ though. Try lowering everything above 6.5khz or if you have parametric EQ you can lower 7.5khz and 12.5khz.

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For me I EQ the 9 or 10kHz to 16kHz range down like 5dB and bring up 2 or 3dB around the 4 to 5kHz range and it sounds great because it helps to even out the big dip in that area and control most of the siblance. 

post #16385 of 18673

I placed an order for the Headstage Arrow 4N. I can't wait!

 

Question: I will mainly be using this portable amp with my Dell laptop. I am also checking out various portable USB DACs, such as [1], but will such a small DAC bring a significant improvement in SQ over the laptop?

 

[1] http://audioengineusa.com/Store/D3-24-Bit-DAC

post #16386 of 18673
I hear a difference between plugging my amp into a laptop headphone jack (I'm assuming you don't have a line out?) and into a DAC, but significant has different meanings for different people.
post #16387 of 18673

Oh yea, the HE-400 is DEFINITELY NOT an HD-650 replacement.

post #16388 of 18673
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Originally Posted by SEALBoy View Post
 

I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.

 

Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you used - I don't have a lot of experience using equalizers and don't want to kill the sound quality by accident...

is the treble on the HE 400 sharp and irritating as that is something I would like to know before i buy it, I will using my fiio x3 amped with a ifi ican nano, so there is no eq in my gear, do you think I will be facing a problem with my gear powering and enjoying the HE400, as I look for a warm smooth deep bass sound

post #16389 of 18673
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

is the treble on the HE 400 sharp and irritating as that is something I would like to know before i buy it, I will using my fiio x3 amped with a ifi ican nano, so there is no eq in my gear, do you think I will be facing a problem with my gear powering and enjoying the HE400, as I look for a warm smooth deep bass sound


To some it is, so some it isnt. You really do have to buy and try for yourself.

post #16390 of 18673
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To some it is, so some it isnt. You really do have to buy and try for yourself.

it seems from what i read it has harsh treble, unofrutantely i can not afford to buy things and return them so I kindly wish to know more about the treble and can it be resolved, i only use fiio x3 and ifi  ican nano

post #16391 of 18673

I personally wouldn't listen to the HE-400 without a treble EQ.

post #16392 of 18673
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

it seems from what i read it has harsh treble, unofrutantely i can not afford to buy things and return them so I kindly wish to know more about the treble and can it be resolved, i only use fiio x3 and ifi  ican nano

It has harsh treble for sure but once you EQ it down :biggrin:  Pure audio bliss.

post #16393 of 18673
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It has harsh treble for sure but once you EQ it down :biggrin:  Pure audio bliss.

so with my gear fiio x3 it won't be nice listening to

post #16394 of 18673
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

is the treble on the HE 400 sharp and irritating as that is something I would like to know before i buy it, I will using my fiio x3 amped with a ifi ican nano, so there is no eq in my gear, do you think I will be facing a problem with my gear powering and enjoying the HE400, as I look for a warm smooth deep bass sound

 

I found the treble to be just fine after i got the velour pads, but like ben_r_ said everyone has different ears. 

 

I would say that around 70% of the people that have the HE-400 find its treble to be somewhat sharp so if you know that you are treble sensitive and you can't EQ the headphones i might look for something else (maybe a pair of Mad Dogs).

 

or you could hold off on buying them until the HE-400i comes out (it might fix the treble problems). 

post #16395 of 18673
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

it seems from what i read it has harsh treble, unofrutantely i can not afford to buy things and return them so I kindly wish to know more about the treble and can it be resolved, i only use fiio x3 and ifi  ican nano


If you can afford $300+ headphones you can afford the shipping back. Head-Direct is HiFiMans official online store and they offer a 30-day return policy with no restocking fee. All you have to do is pay for shipping back.

 

The velour pads do noticeably help the harsh treble and they are only $10, but for me the HE-400's were still too harsh and the HE-500's fixed that with the same velour pads so I ended up sticking with those.


Edited by ben_r_ - 2/10/14 at 2:23pm
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