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Originally Posted by U6astik View Post

Saoshyant,

Oh, pity.
Any sertain reasons you feel they don't excel at classics?

For me, the mids become overwhelmed when there is a present bass. I've spent a lot of my classical listening using an Etymotic, which is very bass light by comparison, and is very detail orientated. I'm not an articulate listener, so I am incapable of writing a detailed analysis to truly explain every aspect that feels off to me, but it just doesn't sound right.
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Is the Schiit Magni & Modi combo still the best $200 one for the HE-400?

 

Last time I was active and looking, that was the go to one for the $200 price point. I just got a bunch of money so I want to upgrade past my FiiO E10 finally.

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Go for the modi vali combo
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

He500...:p

 

my wallet: oouch!

 

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Originally Posted by richard51 View Post
 


I have an Ember amp and a bushmaster dac and there is no more problem for me with the highs of the he 400

 

my wallet: are you kidding me!

 

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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 

 

I think FAQ's added to post one way back would avoid this recurring question. There are EQ parametric curves posted by Nicholars and Beaver316.

See post 1 !!

i asked for the best way to smoothen those spikes.. i dont think EQs are the best way.. well i haven't tried them either :D

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EQ does work pretty well to smoothen the highs, +1 for equalizer apo as suggested
It works for gaming or music
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And a good amp such as vali modi combo, LD Mk3, or others
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Originally Posted by U6astik View Post

Dear all,

Could you please tell me how well does HE-400 perform with classical music? (Mainly large orchestral works of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Bruckner, Shostakovich, etc.)

I have seen the FR graphs and heard many favourable reviews about its superbly-extended bass and flat mids, however, I am concerned about the 5dB peak at 0.7 - 1.5kHz.





                                       Modified HE-400 FR graph from innerfidelity.com

I am not a fan of treble boost (i.e. I hate it), however, the peak of HE-400 is not really in treble region..

Won't those cans feel fatiguing when listening to music filled with brass instruments (especially trumpets) and female opera vocal?


Thank you in advance.
I listen mainly to large scale orchestral music and am a semi pro trumpeter. I can confirm your suspicions about the tizzy presentation of brass through the HE400s, but it's very recording dependent. That upper sheen can also affect string tones as well, but having EQd them, the problem no longer exists for me and the advantages of these amazing headphones do outweigh the treble issues for me. I wasn't happy with me HE400s for a while until I started using EQ.
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Originally Posted by rudeboybass View Post

Go for the modi vali combo

 

Thanks :) Buying it now.

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Originally Posted by xenaxance View Post
i asked for the best way to smoothen those spikes.. i dont think EQs are the best way.. well i haven't tried them either :D

If you are not going to EQ for the 400 spikes, then the best way is to buy 500's that will smooth them out 4sure......

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Or be like me where the spoke doesn't bother you biggrin.gif
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Or be like me where the spoke doesn't bother you biggrin.gif

 

I've never been bothered by spokes. 

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Originally Posted by xenaxance View Post
 

 

i asked for the best way to smoothen those spikes.. i dont think EQs are the best way.. well i haven't tried them either :D

 

EQ is most definitely the best way (most accurate) to smooth out the peaks. It allows you more precision to flatten the specific areas you find bothersome. 

 

Sure there are people, like myself originally, who aren't/weren't too fond of using EQ but I quickly realized that I can get the sound exactly how I like it, so I went for it and couldn't be any happier.

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Thread Starter 

^^ Props to you Beaver for your EQ work on this thread. 

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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Or be like me where the spoke doesn't bother you biggrin.gif


I used to put cards in my spokes when I was young I thought they made a cool sound when I rode my bike....:wink_face:

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I could get HE400s for 270 euros new. Will E10 do well enough with these phones? I see 700 mW-1000 mW output power recommendations and E10 can do only 150 mW...

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