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post #17446 of 20490
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Originally Posted by mandrake50 View Post
 


I hate to post when I don't have much to say. My post count says it all..

:)

 

I got a pair of the last batch of Jeg/Modulor pads. They made a very noticeable difference in how well I like my 400s. I spent lots of time equalizing and tried things like Dolby Headphone processing to try to tame ... what I consider treble harshness, especially with female vocals. The pads eliminated 90%  of that problem. I was listening the other night with Just my Fuze and C5D with no equalization at all listening to FLAC rips (I decided to try the 400s without being tied to my listening desk). I really liked what I heard.

 

Thanks Jerg and Modulor!.

 

And this from a real skeptic when it comes to most mods, cable upgrades, etc. Highly recommended, if you can find to buy, or make these, do it!

Where can I find these Pads to buy?

post #17447 of 20490
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post
 

In the end I got the Shiit Magni, cheap enough for a temporary solution, hopefully good enough to be a keeper even when I'll be back to my STAX :-)

Will post some impressions as soon as I receive it


Sub-30 watts used UK speaker amp from ebay etc and balanced speaker taps cables was another route you could have went....

post #17448 of 20490
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 


Sub-30 watts used UK speaker amp and balanced cables was another route you could have went....

No speaker amp unfortunately :-(

post #17449 of 20490
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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post
 

Where can I find these Pads to buy?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/646812/hifiman-he500-he400-jergpad-mod-v2-5

 

Is the thread where the pads are discussed.

 

There is also link to a tutorial on building them.

 

http://imgur.com/a/MdBfW

 

Modulor built a few batches of these for sale. The last I heard the last batch he made was the last one he planned on doing.

I guess that you could check the sale/trade listings.


Edited by mandrake50 - 6/18/14 at 6:24am
post #17450 of 20490
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

In the end I got the Shiit Magni, cheap enough for a temporary solution, hopefully good enough to be a keeper even when I'll be back to my STAX :-)
Will post some impressions as soon as I receive it
Had to quote myself: I've ordered the Magni yesterday and today is already with me! Thanks to electromod (the UK distributor for Schiit) for the quick shipping. Will try it just after the footbal match :-)
post #17451 of 20490

Anyone here also own the Beyer DT880 & DT990 headphones?

How does the HE-400 compare to the DT880/DT990s?

post #17452 of 20490

I'm curious as to how durable the transducers are in planar magnetic headphones? If you crank up the volume to levels painful listening levels, will this hurt planar magnetic designs more or less than dynamic drivers?

post #17453 of 20490

They're much less likely to break from heat buildup than a traditional cone driver because of the way they handle heat dissipation.  For example, the Audeze LCD-2 is rated at 15watts of momentary bursts of power before failure.  Most cone drivers don't even push a watt.  Give an LCD-2 15watts of power and it will probably fill a living room with sound like a pair of small bookshelf speakers.  You'll be deaf long before you can bust a planar magnetic.

post #17454 of 20490

I am currently listening to the HE400 using my DX50 & feel its sufficient to power them, but many people suggest that it isnt. Am I missing/hearing wrong? 

post #17455 of 20490
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Originally Posted by sragoowanshi View Post

I am currently listening to the HE400 using my DX50 & feel its sufficient to power them, but many people suggest that it isnt. Am I missing/hearing wrong? 

You're hearing okay infact if you like it don't do anything.
However there will be some improvement when you use external amp in terms of power and overall feel. Additional powerful amp will maximize your headphone capasity.
post #17456 of 20490

Checking in for my bi-monthly "I still have these and love them" post. Unfortunately, this will probably be the last time! I have to sell my beloved HE-400 and basically all of my headphones to buy my sister food.

 

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post #17457 of 20490
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post
 

Checking in for my bi-monthly "I still have these and love them" post. Unfortunately, this will probably be the last time! I have to sell my beloved HE-400 and basically all of my headphones to buy my sister food.

 

:[


That is a bummer. But you are a good person for doing it.

post #17458 of 20490

I hope you'll at least have something fun to listen to after all is said and done.

post #17459 of 20490

Yesterday I've spent some time with the HE400 and the Magni (source is a Ayre QB-9 DSD), the headphones should be fully run in as I bought them used, the Magni is new. Music in lossless format and only classical.

They sound a bit different using a proper amp, before I was simply using a Fiio E7, bypassing my main source: now they have better dynamics, they sounded dull with the Fiio, and better instrument separation.

 

Tonally I don't find them bright, they are in fact a bit dark. The treble is not annoying either as some guys have reported. But some instruments do sound unnatural, violins for example have a sort of glare and coarseness that I don't remember in the STAX (as you may expect given the price difference). I think piano on the other hand is quite good. Yet to listen to some vocals, but I kind of expect tenors and bass to sound very good.

post #17460 of 20490

Thanks for the impressions. I am actually using my HE-400 with the Fiio E7 straight out of my laptop but have been contemplating getting a better amp for it. I am completely satisfied with the sound, I am just wondering if I am "missing out" because of being limited by the E7.

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