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post #16441 of 20005

bi-monthly check-in: still jamming with my HE-400. gave out a few headphones recently, have firmly latched onto the Sennheiser HD-595 as my bedroom headphones with my HE-400 now permanently at my new gaming PC.

post #16442 of 20005
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post
 

Are the vocals recessed? How do they sound with rap/hiphop and dubstep? How do they compare to the Shure SRH-1540's?

dubstep they sound pretty good.

 

the vocals do sound a bit recessed at times (more so with female vocals).

 

It's not huge, but it's something you'll notice when you listen to it long enough.

I do feel like the jergpad mod has helped this out too though.

post #16443 of 20005

Call me crazy but I've been listening to the Focal Spirit Pro-- renown for its neutrality-- and its bass to midrange presentation reminds me a hell of a lot of the HE-400 timbre wise.  Of course it's less forward in the bass and more forward in the midrange, but the overall timbre feels the same to me.  I was expecting something much more colder sounding out something so neutral.

 

Makes me feel good about the HE-400.

post #16444 of 20005

Can anyone compare the HE-400 to the NAD VIso HP 50?

 

-or even the Sennheiser HD 8 DJ-

 

and do all of those sound better than the Sennheiser HD 2501 ii?

post #16445 of 20005
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

Call me crazy but I've been listening to the Focal Spirit Pro-- renown for its neutrality-- and its bass to midrange presentation reminds me a hell of a lot of the HE-400 timbre wise.  Of course it's less forward in the bass and more forward in the midrange, but the overall timbre feels the same to me.  I was expecting something much more colder sounding out something so neutral.

 

Makes me feel good about the HE-400.


Tell me more about the Focal's - I've always liked their brand and am curious about their phones. I'd expect the HE-400s to sound leaner stock, than the focals. But Focal's car speakers have tended to have great speed and attack compared to others I've used. In fact, I think I prefer them, but ended up with some good nuff' polks.

post #16446 of 20005

I've had mine for a couple months now. I absolutely love the sound these things bring, the look and feel are also very neat. But my absolute biggest complaint and why my In-Ears get more head time is because of the weight of these things. Bear in mind I have J$ pads so maybe that affects the feel but after a long gaming session and listening to music I HAVE to get these things off after the 2 hour mark or so. For  a headphone that needs to be used 5-6 hours at a time this is definitely not going to be my first pick. In restrospect I really preferred my Denon D2k's that I traded for these and am currently searching for a pair of Fostex th600 to trade plus cash should I be so lucky.

post #16447 of 20005

I am loving my HE-400 and M^3 combo!  

 

I made a custom shielded silver cable, applied the Fuzzor Mod and I am using the velour pads with the foam ring that comes with the pleather pads.

 

Planning on performing the aftermarket grill mod as soon as I can decide on the color!   :)

 

I cannot post images yet so hopefully links will work just the same

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6W3cBOxa_gWRnR1RjZ6cm5Tem05RUlYc0hHbzRReWtkb3dj/edit?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6W3cBOxa_gWdG12TVNOWmljQmdrbGJiT3BDeEY2VVRNV3dB/edit?usp=sharing

post #16448 of 20005

I'm loving the HE-400, but the one issue is I take them from work home everyday and back and the cable is starting to fray.

 

Any suggestions on good choices for replacement/upgraded cables? They all seem relatively expensive.

post #16449 of 20005
Thread Starter 

^^ this has been a common issue and complaint on the he400. On the low end btg audio  and the he4 cable from headdirect seem like good choices. On the higher end, the Q Audio cable that I have has been wonderful.

post #16450 of 20005
I was also looking at headphonelounge cables, does anyone have experience with those?
 
Also saw cheap chinese ones on ebay, though guessing I should avoid those?
post #16451 of 20005
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 


Tell me more about the Focal's - I've always liked their brand and am curious about their phones. I'd expect the HE-400s to sound leaner stock, than the focals. But Focal's car speakers have tended to have great speed and attack compared to others I've used. In fact, I think I prefer them, but ended up with some good nuff' polks.

 

I guess it would depend on your definition of lean vs thick, but my definition has always incorporated the bass-- in which case I feel the HE-400 is the thicker sounding headphone because of a thicker bass.

 

I was just amazed at how closely the timbre of the two were, for one being infamously colored and the other being famously neutral.  I'm not saying the two sound exactly alike in the midrange, but you could draw on quite a bit of similarities.  I was also amazed at how 'open' the spirit pro sounded.  Not in a large soundstage kind of way, but in an articulate kind of way.  I think both of these cases have to do with the spirit pro's smooth frequency response from bass to middle-mids, which not many closed headphones get right.

post #16452 of 20005
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As an owner of the three also, I would agree with this. With the right amp the HD650 is fantastic. The HE-500 is close but still is not as smooth and forgiving as the 650.


See? Im not the only one. You have to own all three and spend time comparing to learn this for yourself. And regarding the types of music YES I know, thats why I preceded my statement with "for vocal, instrumental and jazzy" types of music and add to that classical and oldies as well. For EDM, metal, rock and the such I really do enjoy the HE-500's best and for rap and hip hop and very bassy dubstep the AH-D5000's are my favorite. Yes I listen to an extremely wide variety of music. I really dont think the HE-400's have a place in my collection anymore. The super harsh highs recessed mids and fatiguing overall nature of those cans make them very unpleasant for me for any longer listening periods. Pretty sure they will be up for sale soon.
What? I have a pair of D2K's and some HE-400s and the highs on the unmodded D2Ks are leagues harsher and sibilant than any other headphone I've heard including the HE-400. I'm surprised that the HE-400 highs bothered you and you didn't comment on the harshness of the D5K as they are right up the alley of the D2Ks.
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I haven't used headphonelounge cables myself but the website is run by chris himself, a very respectable and friendly HF member, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. My favorite brand of cables is Double Helix Cables, though, Peter is a great guy and both his work and materials are top notch. If you want something cheaper, check out BTG Audio.
post #16453 of 20005
I used to have a D2000 and sold it rapidly, didn't like it for EDM, felt like the music was far away ??
He 400's are way better (for my preferences) with electronic musics
post #16454 of 20005
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

I used to have a D2000 and sold it rapidly, didn't like it for EDM, felt like the music was far away ??
He 400's are way better (for my preferences) with electronic musics
My Modded D2000 are out of comission at the moment since I'm doing mods to the cable but once that's done, I'll write a comparison between the two, I've owned the HE-400 for about 2 months now so I feel it's time to throw it in the ring against my EDM champ
Edited by PXSS - 2/16/14 at 7:50am
post #16455 of 20005
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Originally Posted by PXSS View Post


What? I have a pair of D2K's and some HE-400s and the highs on the unmodded D2Ks are leagues harsher and sibilant than any other headphone I've heard including the HE-400. I'm surprised that the HE-400 highs bothered you and you didn't comment on the harshness of the D5K as they are right up the alley of the D2Ks.

How funny! Just goes to show and prove one of the points I have been crying about since day one here: NOT A SINGLE word anyone types here means a damn with respect to how ANYTHING sounds. I dont care if its a $10,000 set of headphones or a $50 DAC. You have to buy it and listen to it yourself to decide. That is literally the only way. Its so silly to read reviews of headphones here because everyone literally hears things completely differently and what anyone else says in a "review" concerning sound is totally useless information. It all just feeds us all dumping our money into companies buying their products and making them rich and us poor. But alas that seems to be the way of the world. :(

 

Back to the topic, thats crazy. I have never once found the Denon AH-D5000's to be anywhere near harsh in the highs and I can listen to them for hours and sound awesome. However the HE-400's I cant wear for anymore than 20-30 minutes before they hurt my ears.

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