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post #16876 of 18082
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post
 

Well, I'm not selling my Paradox or Alpha Dogs anytime soon if that's what you're wondering. When a headphone is well done I like it whether its neutral or not. If you check my YouTube channel you'll see me reviewing the Audeze XC and giving its a thumbs up and that's one of the more colored cans out there right now. What can I say, I like to let whats left of my hair down now and again an have a little fun. The HE-400 is an enjoyable can IMO. I got some Tragically Hip tunes playing right now and its sounding very nice.


I like your impressions. "Nuetral" is a tough one because as of right now, that definition may have shifted with some new products IMHO. I actually find the HE-400s to be quite well balanced for my ears right out of the box. I just can't resist a little more bass weight and some treble trimming when possible. But honestly, even with no EQ available, they are a damn good headphone.

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I like your impressions. "Nuetral" is a tough one because as of right now, that definition may have shifted with some new products IMHO. I actually find the HE-400s to be quite well balanced for my ears right out of the box. I just can't resist a little more bass weight and some treble trimming when possible. But honestly, even with no EQ available, they are a damn good headphone.


I think he understands a neutral sound signature based on his reviews on his channel. I was surprised he liked them based on his comparisons of other headphones that I also had experience with that would be more balanced then the HE-400, not to say I don't like them, but they are as balanced as his other preferences.

post #16878 of 18082

I look forward to a video review BTW.


Edited by Fearless1 - 4/4/14 at 9:02am
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Originally Posted by richsto View Post
 

Bought my son a pair of HE-400s for Christmas and ended up buying a pair for myself after the recent price reduction. For the most part these have been spectacular. 

 
The only issue I have is that selecting an amp for portable/transportable use with my rockboxed iPod 5.5g has been way more work and cost than I ever imagined. Both my son and I have Dragonflys, which work well with the HE-400s, so I was expecting a similar experience with a portable amp. Much to my dismay it was not. Here are my brief impressions:
 
Dragonfly: Has adequate power and drives the HE-400 with pretty good authority. The bass/mids/highs are all well balanced. There is perhaps some congestion during very loud complex orchestral passages; however, overall the HE-400s sound good with the Dragonfly.  Only problem is the need for a usb device.  
 
Leckerton UHA-6S MKIIs (ADA46271B):  Good neutral frequency balance which meshed well with HE-400s; quiet; and well constructed. Just didn't feel it quite had the power necessary to properly drive the HE-400s. If you listen at fairly moderate levels you might find it acceptable. Very nice amp that I really wanted to keep. Nick is also a pleasure to work with. 
 
JDS 02:  I know many drive the HE-400s with this amp but it just didn't work for me. Yes it's very powerful clean, and dead quiet but my impression was that it really exacerbated the potential for sibilance and harshness of the HE-400s.  Bass wasn't as solid as I would expect from a powerful amp like the 02.  Thought something must be wrong but subsequent bench testing at JDS proved otherwise. Just a really unlistenable combination  for me. Your mileage may vary. 
 
Headamp Pico Power:  Wow. Perfect match for the HE-400. Ample power - using high gain. I rarely need to go above 12:00 which for most material is veryloud.  Of course, it's not just about sound pressure levels, the Pico Power provides a sense of authoritative control and richness that brings out the best qualities of the HE-400s.   It has powerful defined bass; neutral midrange; and sweet extended highs.  It won't mask the treble peaks on the HE-400 but certainly doesn't draw attention to them.  Everything just sounds "right" with this amp. Drawbacks: I worry over damaging this piece of art and my wallet is $475 lighter!
 
Bottom line is it shouldn't require this much investment to make the HE-400s sound their best.   Granted, I needed a transportable amp which limited the options. Yes you can coax pretty good sound at moderate listening from most headphone outputs (regrettably not my particular 5.5g iPod) but you may need to experiment with a proper amp with plenty of juice to make the HE-400s really shine. Not sure I would have embarked on this journey if I knew what I know now. That said I am completely satisfied with this setup and want for nothing more.....for now.  :)

 

Thanks for the impressions. I've been considering getting a nice portable amp and that Pico Power looks good.

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Is there any stores that audition Hi-Fi man headphones? I am in San Francisco.

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

I look forward to a video review BTW.

No problem, just gimme a bit of time with my incoming jergpads an I also have a new tube coming in for my T1 amp I'm looking forward to trying out with the HE400
post #16882 of 18082

HiFiMan sell a pretty good assortment of  DACs and/or amps to complement their headphone line. You might want to audition one of these. Also HE-400's are less than ideal for portable headphones as they leak back into the room and you can also hear any background noise due to their open back design. I was on a commuter train with a small pair of open back Sennheiser's and people complained to the point the conductor told me to turn them down or off. And the HE-400's are much louder...

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Originally Posted by henree View Post
 

Is there any stores that audition Hi-Fi man headphones? I am in San Francisco.


I think Audiovison at Pine at Van Ness does.

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I did a Google search for HiFiMAN dealers and didn't come up with anything useful. I've always dealt with headphone purchases online. The downside is returning them is not so easy and you have no idea how well any piece of gear is going to work in your system. If you decide to purchase and hang on your HiFiMAM 'phones, I can't stress the importance of swapping out the stock earpads for the velour pads. The improvement in overall sound quality is unmistakable and they are only $10. The velour pads are available though almost every dealer who carries the HiFiMAN line of gear.

post #16885 of 18082

To be honest the HE400 sounds decent even out of my Sansa Clip+ I would not bother spending loads of money on amps and dacs for them.

 

Also if you are looking for portable headphones, do NOT buy the HE400, they are about the least portable headphones I could possibly think of.


Edited by nicholars - 4/5/14 at 1:25pm
post #16886 of 18082
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

To be honest the HE400 sounds decent even out of my Sansa Clip+ I would not bother spending loads of money on amps and dacs for them.

Also if you are looking for portable headphones, do NOT buy the HE400, they are about the least portable headphones I could possibly think of.

Agree they sound decent out of many headphone jacks - but a good amp really makes a big improvement. At least to my ears. To each their own I suppose.....

While not necessarily portable they are most definetly transportable. I take them to the office almost every day with little hassle. A shorter, more manageable/durable cable makes this much easier.
post #16887 of 18082

I agree with the second part of your post. However a quality amp and\or DAC will greatly improve the sound of every audiophile grade headphones and the HE-400s are no exception. Of course it depends on what you consider to be too much money. My DAC/Amp combo was about $650.(HeadRoom Micro Amp and DAC) which have been discontinued.

post #16888 of 18082
In my experience some headphones benefit much more than others from quality amps. For example I would never dream of spending so much to amp my Senn HD25's which really seem to be relatively indifferent to what is driving them (differences are small). Very big differences with the HE-400 though. You are right depends on your budget and what you are willing to spend.
post #16889 of 18082

I agree completely to what you're saying. Perhaps saying every audiophile headphone was a bit of a reach on my part. It's interesting that HiFiMAN' has a DAC/Amp for less than $200. I wonder how well it would drive the HE-6's which are supposed to be extremely difficult to drive as well as being over $1200.

post #16890 of 18082

I purchased these headphones a little over a year ago (alongside a Schiit Magni), and I have to say that I have trouble imagining a better purchase for the money.  I'm still blown away by the sheer clarity of everything that I hear, from all genres of music, at all sound levels.  I put the velours in over the stock pads after about 2 days, and never looked back. 

 

My biggest complaint comes from the build quality.  The screws that attach the cables to the ear pieces are now chronically loose, and I find myself having to fiddle with them almost every time I put the headphones on to get a solid connection.  The screws attaching the headband to the ear pieces have also come loose on several occasions, and when they pop out it kind of freaks me out because it feels like I just broke my $400 (now $300) piece of equipment.  I'd be obliged if anyone has any suggestions concerning the loose screws, because they are the only thing that interrupt me from having a near-perfect experience.

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