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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post
 

I'd love an IEM that sounds exactly like these...

 

vsonic gr07mkii bass edition would be close. At least it's the closest that I can think of. 

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I tried some Beyer velour pads and I get what people are saying about reducing the hollow sound some (overstated IMO) but I prefer the fuller sound the leather pads offer. I think part of it is, the velours let the drivers sit closer which provides less of a tunnel- press the drivers (with leather pads) closer to your ears and you can hear the difference.

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Well obliviously different headphones are going to have their sonic signatures altered in different pieces of gear. I'm just saying the HE-400's sound much better than the stock pads which I found to be uncomfortable to boot. HiHiMan ain't cheap and we're talking about a $10 experiment. If you like the stock pads better, than bully for you. Myself, I found the velour pads better both sonically and comfort.

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I just got the HE-400s in today, and I like the aesthetics, as well as the depth of the earpads.  But the most important factor, the sound, seems different from most of the impressions I've read.  They sound distant and veiled, even compared to my HD 558s.  Is this because they're new?  The manual recommended 150 hours of burn-in.

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They can sound distant often times, especially compared to sennheisers, because the upper midrange is withdrawn compared to the lower midrange.  The effect is much like you're setting back at an orchestral performance vs sitting very close.  Veiled though, not so much.  A lowered upper-midrange could give the impression of that just as a lowered treble could, but they're definitely not veiled.

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That's weird, because I've had plenty of Sennheisers, and almost all of them sounded distant compared to other, other headphones.  I will say that the soundstage is quite something, though.

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I've had the same feeling when comparing HD 595 to HE 400's (not the HD 650), you'll get used to the sound signature.

With musics based on vocals imo some sennheisers are more captivating, for EDM or complexed songs the hifimans are in an other league.
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post
 

I just got the HE-400s in today, and I like the aesthetics, as well as the depth of the earpads.  But the most important factor, the sound, seems different from most of the impressions I've read.  They sound distant and veiled, even compared to my HD 558s.  Is this because they're new?  The manual recommended 150 hours of burn-in.

 

I had the same issue.  Highs were harsh, sounded like I was in a tunnel, and there was no soundstage, and bass was actually deeper but lower in intensity than the 650's, so I returned them.  I was told mods can fix some of those issues but I couldn't be bothered to cut apart my brand new headphones.  If you like the sennheiser sound (open, airy, warm, COMFORTABLE, LIGHT, with a huge soundstage), it's hard to warm up to cans like these he-400's.  For the price, they're by no means bad cans.  Great cans actually.  The sound just doesn't suit my taste.

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Straight out of the box the highs were brittle and the bass was boomy. After 100 hours of break-in tones off the Ayre Acoustics disc it was like a completely different headphone. The high end was smooth and accurate and the bass was tight and really delivered a wonderful sound without any sloppy sound they were right out of the box. I think this goes down to personal preference. If you like the more expensive Sennheisers, then that the one for you. I like the HE-400's and that's the one for me. I had AKG K702's for 3 years and the HiFiMan was like a revelation. Sorry to all you AKG 701/702 users, but the HE-400's blew them away. At least IMHO.

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I'm warming up to them a little.  I think I'll give them another week and see what I think then.  I do think that instruments on the 400s sound more natural than on the 558s (which I think is an important distinction), even if they sound a little distant.

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I think when it come to headphones in this price range it's a matter of personal preference. I'd take the Pepsi Challenge with any headphone including the Sennheiser 600/650's.

post #16767 of 17978

DF checking in. I just pulled the trigger on a pair of HE-400s. I'm hoping these will be a good add on to my current collection

post #16768 of 17978
Thread Starter 

^^ Congrats and enjoy. At the current price they are pretty tough to beat. 

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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post
 

I'm warming up to them a little.  I think I'll give them another week and see what I think then.  I do think that instruments on the 400s sound more natural than on the 558s (which I think is an important distinction), even if they sound a little distant.

My first impressions were similar.

Not sure If i got used to them or if they burned in but now I dont feel like they are laid back or distant.

 

Are you using any amp? These HP do benefit from a amp that can output about 660-900 mW power.

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oof, this is a helluva long thread.

 

I'm looking to upgrade from the ATH-M50. I'm considering these since Amazon has them for $300, which is apparently a good deal. I was also considering the AT-AD900X as my first open-back headphones. Driving them off my computer at least for now with a Fiio E17. I listen to a lot of rock, metal, and electronic music. This wouldn't be for super-critical symphonic listening, but I want something accurate. I like powerful, accurate, fast bass. Something that will work with the super lows of Drum & Bass, but also rock and metal.

 

I'm a little confused, because the reviews of these headphones are all over the place. Some say they have no sound stage. Some say they are super sibilant and painful to use. Some say they're the best thing you can get for $300. 

 

Any advice?

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