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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

Get "sinegen" and measure it to your own preferences, because everyones ears / hearing / drivers will be different....  ~1.2khz > 6khz need a boost for vocals and guitars and ~7.5khz and ~12.5khz need dips to remove the treble problems. Electronic music = more bass and less upper midrange, guitars / vocals etc. 2-3db boost at ~1.2>6khz, you really need to measure your own headphones / hearing using Sinegen as your hearing / headphones are probably different to mine.


Nicholars were you going to move on to 400i or Nad HP50's ?

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Nicholars were you going to move on to 400i or Nad HP50's ?

 

No because I have no job / money at the moment, except for the cable I am happy with the HE400 now, might upgrade at some point when I have more money but with mods and EQ I do not think there is a better pair of headphones I can get for what I paid for these, NAD HP50 look interesting and I might try them when I have some more money.. DOn't know if they would be an upgrade to the modded / EQ HE400.

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No because I have no job / money at the moment, except for the cable I am happy with the HE400 now, might upgrade at some point when I have more money but with mods and EQ I do not think there is a better pair of headphones I can get for what I paid for these, NAD HP50 look interesting and I might try them when I have some more money.. DOn't know if they would be an upgrade to the modded / EQ HE400.


AmigoMatt did a nice comparison on the HP50 thread...never harsh is one thing for them....forgiving of bad mastering is another.

Shame about the cable. Even a DIY thin Mogami is a step up from those thick black stock cables.

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AmigoMatt did a nice comparison on the HP50 thread...never harsh is one thing for them....forgiving of bad mastering is another.

Shame about the cable. Even a DIY thin Mogami is a step up from those thick black stock cables.

 

Its not the size of it, its the connectors and the right one cuts out sometimes when I move it, I might try and re-terminate them but I don't know how to solder so I am not sure where I could get someone to do that?

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Its not the size of it, its the connectors and the right one cuts out sometimes when I move it, I might try and re-terminate them but I don't know how to solder so I am not sure where I could get someone to do that?


TV repair place locally a good bet as they will be familiar with the SMC-type cable...

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i'm looking for an aftermarket cable for He400 ... on the cheap .... any recommendations?

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Has anyone here used the Project Starlight with the HE-400? I know the Project Ember is well-regarded for orthos, but it's more money than I want to spend right now.

EDIT: Also, for people using the Vali with the HE-400, what are your thoughts on the pairing in terms of soundstage, imaging and separation? I've read that the Vali has a small soundstage. As the HE-400 soundstage is already on the small side, does this mean that it makes the soundstage of the HE-400 even smaller?
Edited by manbear - 4/1/14 at 10:58am
post #16838 of 17945
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Originally Posted by Dadbeh View Post
 

i'm looking for an aftermarket cable for He400 ... on the cheap .... any recommendations?

E-Mail Ted from Headphone lounge, he has great deals

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Does anyone know where to get a pair of HE-400s in the UK, without paying the ridiculous rates that 'certain' dealers are charging? Buying direct is not an option either, as they are 'temporarily unable' to send items to the UK. They responded to me with:

 

'Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.'

 

This didn't answer the question I asked them (that I would pay customs charges, not the dealer, since I'd be buying direct from them), and despite the fact they wish to shaft customers in the UK, I would still like to buy a pair. If I can't get a pair here, I'll just ask my uncle to bring a pair back from America. 

 

I'm not intending to rant about Head-Direct or Hi-fi man, they make great products. Just not a fan of this approach.

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Does anyone know where to get a pair of HE-400s in the UK, without paying the ridiculous rates that 'certain' dealers are charging? Buying direct is not an option either, as they are 'temporarily unable' to send items to the UK. They responded to me with:

 

'Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.'

 

This didn't answer the question I asked them (that I would pay customs charges, not the dealer, since I'd be buying direct from them), and despite the fact they wish to shaft customers in the UK, I would still like to buy a pair. If I can't get a pair here, I'll just ask my uncle to bring a pair back from America. 

 

I'm not intending to rant about Head-Direct or Hi-fi man, they make great products. Just not a fan of this approach.

Yep, I know that pain.

I paid around 630 dollars for my HE-400 due to customs in Poland (yep, the price of a HE-500 for a HE-400).

This problem comes from our governments, not stores.

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Originally Posted by Hobgoblinpie View Post
 

Does anyone know where to get a pair of HE-400s in the UK, without paying the ridiculous rates that 'certain' dealers are charging? Buying direct is not an option either, as they are 'temporarily unable' to send items to the UK. They responded to me with:

 

'Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.Because of the customs duty,our dealer in UK does not prefer us to sell to UK directly from our official web store.'

 

This didn't answer the question I asked them (that I would pay customs charges, not the dealer, since I'd be buying direct from them), and despite the fact they wish to shaft customers in the UK, I would still like to buy a pair. If I can't get a pair here, I'll just ask my uncle to bring a pair back from America. 

 

I'm not intending to rant about Head-Direct or Hi-fi man, they make great products. Just not a fan of this approach.


I'd hold off and see how the 400i fair in the critical reviews.....if you can get the US price on them vs UK price on 400's I'd go for it.They may be a big leap up fixing various issues.... Good old UK famously matching pounds to dollars for imports...eh ?

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I'd hold off and see how the 400i fair in the critical reviews.....if you can get the US price on them vs UK price on 400's I'd go for it.They may be a big leap up fixing various issues.... Good old UK famously matching pounds to dollars for imports...eh ?

 

I had a person offer me a deal on the he-400s imported, and I'm taking it. I would wait for the 400i, but it'll likely be around £500 here or more. The He-400s can be bought now for $300 in the US, and Head-direct have confirmed that they have exclusivity deals with dealers in the UK (i.e. no direct importing for people in the UK), who sell the HE-400s for £400. That's $65 more than double the US price. In this case I would even have been happy to pay £300 - but I'm not going to pay double the price for the rest of the world, when there is a new model coming out soon. I get that things are generally more expensive in the UK - but to be forced to pay double the price is pretty insulting (which is why I'm not buying from a dealer in the UK - I'm happy to pay the customs and duty on a pair).

 

Anyway, I'm buying a used pair, and look forward to them. 


Edited by Hobgoblinpie - 4/2/14 at 2:36am
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Good for you. Enjoy ! Welcome to the planars tribe.

post #16844 of 17945
Sorry a little too late
An option in a French shop you get it for 345e + 18e delivery to England EU no duty wink.gif

Next time or for somebody else...

http://www.audiophonics.fr/hifiman-he400-casque-audiophile-haute-sensibilite-925-p-6901.html

More expensive than from head direct (got mine from and no taxes)
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TV repair place locally a good bet as they will be familiar with the SMC-type cable...

 

Do they do soldering and things like that? I would prefer to get it repaired because £80 for a cable from hifiman is a rip off. I have seen some for £30 on ebay but they look a bit short.

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