Originally Posted by Za Warudo
Using the Jergpads I still find the HE-400 to be dark and really recessed in the upper mids and lower treble. This is in comparison to the X1 which is still not particularly emphasized in that frequency range.
Does anyone have a EQ setting to make it more naturalistic sounding?
I don't have an answer for you but wanted to echo that I'm also finding the tonal balance of these headphones pretty disappointing. My setup:
Macbook Retina ->
Amarra (or Audirvana, use both ), all FLAC or ALAC ->
Music Steamer II ->
Asgard 2 ->
In Amarra I'm running parametic as follow right now -
Freq, DB, Q
250, -10, 1
2700, 4, .9
8000, -15, 10
My comparison is to my Sony MA-900, Amperiors, A900x, d770 (650 ohm). I've also recently owned Momentums, esw9a's, HD598's, and a Crossfade LP.
The HE-400 is darker than the MA-900 which I already thought was dark. The soundstage on the HE-400 has no depth to me. It has good detail and left/right/center but nothing close to the 3d stage of the a900x for example. Along with all of that it is pretty boring to listen to.The MA-900, Amperior and a900x all have much more energy and pace to them.
I'm very confused by this purchase. I only have about 20 hours on the HE-400's and will update if I start to understand and enjoy them better or if they really change during 120 hours of burn in. The Amperiors DID change a lot over burn in time.
Anyway, all of the above are my impressions, certainly not saying I expect many to agree with me but I have seen people complaining about the odd sound signature of these headphones and thought I'd add one more voice to the chorus..:) On all my other headphones I don't eq at all. They all sound balanced enough, certainly different from each other, but no serious issues for my ears. The HE-400 is so different from everything else I can't just put them on and listen to them. Lots of fiddling so far with eq etc.
I'm hoping it's my brain and ears that need to adjust to ortho's or something.
One other note, fit and finish I'd rate is mediocre. They came new and sealed in a box from China and were covered a bit in a white dust. Paint on the frame of the cans is not perfect and fit on your head is a bit painful. Weight is an issue, but not as bad as you might expect. They basically seem industrial but not finished well.
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