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post #17086 of 18625
Thank you for that, I actually read that before I received the headphones & already forgot. It's a shame that I may have to do that with a brand new item but things happen, I really like these so I'm not going to let something as simple as that ruin my experience.
post #17087 of 18625
Ask a friend to second check the he 400's

You can try opening up the phones but don't miss, or damage the headphones or you'll get the warranty unbalanced also basshead.gif

you have akg phones, use them for the month it will take for the guarantee period
post #17088 of 18625
even better, get refunded and get an other pair wink.gif
post #17089 of 18625
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Originally Posted by Fishwater View Post

Thank you for that, I actually read that before I received the headphones & already forgot. It's a shame that I may have to do that with a brand new item but things happen, I really like these so I'm not going to let something as simple as that ruin my experience.
I just got mine a week ago and there amazing! I have the vali modi schitt stack and it's beautifull
post #17090 of 18625

Does anyone have experience how the He400 pairs with the Fiio E07k?

Is it enough to get the most out of the He400s?

post #17091 of 18625

Hey all, I have a question too. I have the HE400 unamped, and to me it sounds great. what improvements would I really see with amping, likely with the Magni/Modi unless someone thinks I could do better in a similar price range

post #17092 of 18625
There is some improvement. Here are Mike from Headfonia's comments from his initial HE 400 impressions post:

 

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Not to mention that it's very easy to drive. I can get good volume right from the Ipod's out at max volume (though lacking punch). With something very basic like a Fiio E17, I'm already getting all the amplification I need.

 

I would agree w/ him for the most part… I also have the E17 and it seems to be adequate for amping the HE400s. However, something meatier w/ its own power supply (like my Schiit stack of Bifrost+Vali) should add some weight or power that the E17 just can't. 

 

Furthermore, here are Lieven of Heafonia's comments re: amping:

 

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Amping the He-400 with the Violectric made it too bright/forward sounding for my taste. On tubes it is a lot smoother, lush sounding and laid back, but no way near the HD650 laid back. Tubes for me is the way to go with these headphones. I was absolutely surprised about the changing character of the HE-400 when using a different amplifier. 

 

Adding to this, I have only listened to my 400's w/ 2 amp's - the E17 & Vali. I much prefer the Vali which is a tube amp, and I think I have seen a lot of people recommend it to go w/ the HE 400, so you may want to consider it instead of Magni, UNLESS a smoother sound isn't what you're looking for.


Edited by thievesarmy - 4/24/14 at 11:24am
post #17093 of 18625

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 #17094 of 18625
I find them harsh with the pleather pads
post #17095 of 18625

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 #17096 of 18625

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 #17097 of 18625
Should be 3 years on he-400

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post #17098 of 18625
I am really beginning to enjoy my HE -400 already.
post #17099 of 18625
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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 #17100 of 18625
Maybe because the warranty was originally 1-year?

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