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post #17086 of 20229

I just want it to be transparent. and with the amount of hard rock I listen to, smoother probably isn't best. I don't find them to be harsh or anything like others. I really like a lot of treble.

post #17087 of 20229
I find them harsh with the pleather pads
post #17088 of 20229

I'm having serious problems with my HE-400s and I'm wondering if anybody has any advice!

 

Since I purchased mine about a year ago new from Moon Audio, they have never seemed loud/impactful enough. Using either straight from iPod/iPhone or through FiiO E17, the volume never seemed to get loud enough for me. The sound of the cans never got full and the bass has never felt impactful. Suspecting it might be the cable, I purchased a brand new one and still no change to the sound. I recently tried using them with a HP-P1, on the lowest gain setting, and when turned to a comfortable volume, the cans just sound horribly distorted, as if I've blown them out. Could I possibly have just blown them out or did I get a dud pair? 

 

Is there anything I can do or am I just SOL?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

post #17089 of 20229

Email hifiman, don't remember hifiman warranty off the top of my head but should cover a replacement if you got proof of purchase.

post #17090 of 20229
Should be 3 years on he-400

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post #17091 of 20229
I am really beginning to enjoy my HE -400 already.
post #17092 of 20229
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

Should be 3 years on he-400

I requested a cable fixing after 2 years and hifiman told me it is out of warranty
post #17093 of 20229
Maybe because the warranty was originally 1-year?

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post #17094 of 20229
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^^ True. Some had 1 year and others had three. Just depends on when you purchased. 

post #17095 of 20229
3 years the phones and 1 year the cable ??
Hifiman told me they don't take for warranty a cable issue after about 2 years mad.gif
Edited by TontonJoK - 4/25/14 at 12:05pm
post #17096 of 20229

I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!

post #17097 of 20229
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

3 years the phones and 1 year the cable ??
Hifiman told me they don't take for warranty a cable issue after about 2 years mad.gif


We all get burned on that - I already went through the process. Hence I am probably switching brands next time I get the "new phone" itch.

 

Cable made it just over a year or so before tearing. I haven't had a cord do that me probably ever. So . . . .

post #17098 of 20229
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I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!
The dragonfly works fantastic with these cans. I usually hover below 25 on Windows volume slider thingy with the dragonfly though I would say I listen to things at a moderate listening level. At the LA head fi meet I was using the dragonfly through my galaxy s3 and was powering some audeze cans without issue.
post #17099 of 20229
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Originally Posted by chrismini View Post
 

I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!

Don't know how loudly you listen, but my iPhone drives these to a more than adequate volume at only half of the volume bar. 

post #17100 of 20229

I'm surprised! How does the Dragonfly's DAC sound?

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