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post #16471 of 17708
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Originally Posted by mrlazybums View Post
 

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.

I ordered a 1.2m Furutech braided cable from ebay for $50.  

post #16472 of 17708
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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post


The NAD has a LOT smoother treble response. I am yet to hear any harshness at all from them. Despite this, they don't lose out on any detail. In fact, the midrange - which I feel is the somewhat focus of these headphones - is incredibly detailed and transparent, compared to the somewhat recessed mids of the HE400. The HE400s have a more open soundstage, but the NADs are not far off, which is quite an achievement for closed back phones.

The NADs sound like they have slightly more impact in the mid bass, but they HE400s have a great texture to the bass that is really something special with the right material.

The Hifimans sound slightly V shaped in their frequency response, whereas the NADs sound very neutral and have an impressive way of presenting music without imparting itself on the sound. I love this about the NADs; I really feel like I'm hearing the recording played back faithfully.

The HE400s are harder to drive and not really suitable for playing straight out of a portable, whereas the NADs can be driven VERY easily from any source and sound great out of everything.

The clamp is tighter on the NADs, yet they are a really snug fit for me, whereas the bulk of the Hifimans is quite noticeable and more awkward in fit. I'm used to them though, I can wear them easily for long stretches.

Sharper treble on the Hifimans, more dynamics. Very smooth response from the NADs and a nice, safe and truthful presentation.

Both headphones are great, the Hifimans more fun and slightly larger than life, the NADs truthful and totally unfatiguing.

If you want to know anything more specific, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to help.

I'm definitely convinced that the NADs will be better for me than the HE400s now. But now I am struggling in comparing the NAD hp50 to the B&W P7 and Focal Spirit Pro, as well as the Thinksound On1. Have you heard any of these? I heard the P7 have greater punch to the bass which is good but I need that plus overall great sound quality.

post #16473 of 17708
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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

I ordered a 1.2m Furutech braided cable from ebay for $50.  

Keep us posted. I am looking for a flexible cable too.

post #16474 of 17708

So, where are you guys buying velours form in the US? It's time. I was going to do Modulor pads, but I need to save for new IEM's.

post #16475 of 17708
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Originally Posted by port11 View Post

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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post

The NAD has a LOT smoother treble response. I am yet to hear any harshness at all from them. Despite this, they don't lose out on any detail. In fact, the midrange - which I feel is the somewhat focus of these headphones - is incredibly detailed and transparent, compared to the somewhat recessed mids of the HE400. The HE400s have a more open soundstage, but the NADs are not far off, which is quite an achievement for closed back phones.


The NADs sound like they have slightly more impact in the mid bass, but they HE400s have a great texture to the bass that is really something special with the right material.


The Hifimans sound slightly V shaped in their frequency response, whereas the NADs sound very neutral and have an impressive way of presenting music without imparting itself on the sound. I love this about the NADs; I really feel like I'm hearing the recording played back faithfully.


The HE400s are harder to drive and not really suitable for playing straight out of a portable, whereas the NADs can be driven VERY easily from any source and sound great out of everything.


The clamp is tighter on the NADs, yet they are a really snug fit for me, whereas the bulk of the Hifimans is quite noticeable and more awkward in fit. I'm used to them though, I can wear them easily for long stretches.


Sharper treble on the Hifimans, more dynamics. Very smooth response from the NADs and a nice, safe and truthful presentation.


Both headphones are great, the Hifimans more fun and slightly larger than life, the NADs truthful and totally unfatiguing.


If you want to know anything more specific, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to help.
I'm definitely convinced that the NADs will be better for me than the HE400s now. But now I am struggling in comparing the NAD hp50 to the B&W P7 and Focal Spirit Pro, as well as the Thinksound On1. Have you heard any of these? I heard the P7 have greater punch to the bass which is good but I need that plus overall great sound quality.
I have heard the P7s, but it was a few weeks back and before I got my NADs, so couldn't reliably compare them. I do remember them sounding very good though and nothing really stuck out in a bad way, which for me is a good thing.
post #16476 of 17708
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Originally Posted by Mdraluck23 View Post

So, where are you guys buying velours form in the US? It's time. I was going to do Modulor pads, but I need to save for new IEM's.
From HiFiMan. Where else?
post #16477 of 17708

I bought mine from HeadRoom, but either way I think you'll probably like them.

http://www.headphone.com/accessories/headphone-parts/hifiman-velour-earpads---pair.php

 

Good luck.

post #16478 of 17708
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Originally Posted by kcazbarach View Post
 

anybody recommend any songs I could try to use while EQing my he 400s?

 

specifically songs that emphasize the spiky treble on the he 400 (i want to smooth this out).

 

I've been using "I don't like you," by Eva simons (it's really  fatiguing without any EQ on my he 400s),

 

but I've wanted to use it on more than one song, and I'd appreciate the help.

I found that any Ellie Goulding song really brings out the sibilance, I eq'd 10K+ around that 

post #16479 of 17708
This is not the same music but if you are looking for sibilance with the he 400 it's there !

With my lcd2 it's closed to no sibilance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TL_zvYx7fw
post #16480 of 17708
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Originally Posted by Nimzerz View Post
 


After last night I'd say to consider selling your hp's and buying a Volcano instead :)

 

Turned my cousin's Bose QC15's into a live performance...it was beautiful. That and a $600 b0ng......so smooth...

Yeah, my past week has been full of this :P

 

Arizer Extreme Q. Waaaaay better choice than a Volcano. Has all the same features and has the hose/whip option too! Volcanos are bags or nothing, not very versatile. Not to mention the Arizer is less than half the price.

 

Just sayin' :cool:

post #16481 of 17708
D: thanks for lettin me know haha
post #16482 of 17708
I have revision 2, is it any good? Better than revision 4?
post #16483 of 17708
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

Arizer Extreme Q. Waaaaay better choice than a Volcano. Has all the same features and has the hose/whip option too! Volcanos are bags or nothing, not very versatile. Not to mention the Arizer is less than half the price.

Just sayin' cool.gif

Oh god you guys are making me want to "experience" music again :-D lol
post #16484 of 17708
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Originally Posted by Drsparis View Post

Oh god you guys are making me want to "experience" music again :-D lol
It doesn't help that my first and only piece, bubbles, broke sometime in the past like 2 days...
My whole week has been a disaster, but af least my friend said he can give me a piece.
post #16485 of 17708

Words cannot begin to describe how in love I am with these headphones. But words also cannot begin to describe how much I absolutely hate the 1,573-foot cable. Does anybody have any recommendations for a really short cable that won't negatively affect the sound quality?

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