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post #17656 of 19811
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post


You can contact HiFiMan and buy new earpad lock-in rings and ask for slower postage for a cheaper total price or ask user Modulor on here (search his name with @ in front on the search bar up top) if he has spare rings....he made custom earpads so may have some lying around.
He is in USA and I'm guessing you are in Canada...but from China may be fastest.

Regarding vintage amps, you may lose on dynamics if the capacitors have dried out over time. My vintage stuff local place advised me against one of his amps due to lack of dynamics as there were very old caps inside.

You're taking about the lock ring inside the cup right? Not the one with the pad. How would I attach it once I get it? Superglue?
post #17657 of 19811
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Originally Posted by canuckavelli View Post


You're taking about the lock ring inside the cup right? Not the one with the pad. How would I attach it once I get it? Superglue?


Sent you info on repair....Modulor would not have spare locking rings. My mistake.

What I mean by buying from China is I read US to Canada post can be super slow sometimes.

Send HFM a photo of what you need as there is no published terminology for some HFM internal spare parts I think...


Edited by Lohb - 7/16/14 at 7:43pm
post #17658 of 19811

Received my hybrid and velour pads today. Haven't had the chance to A-B them but I really like the feel of the hybrid pads. I don't know if the sound has changed, but I certainly don't think it's gotten any worse.

post #17659 of 19811

compared to my x5, the modi has slightly rolled off treble which is great for the he400.  And just got my focus pad A today.  They are super comfortable, more so than the velors!

post #17660 of 19811

Hello HE-400 gurus! :)

 

I'm new to the forum and was asking opinions in the "Help and Getting Started" thread when it was suggested I visit you all here. I haven't had the opportunity to listen to a pair of HE-400s, but, according to my searches, they should fit the bill for a pair of headphones for what I listen to (metal, EDM) and are in my budget (under $400).

 

To not completely repost my initial post, I'll cut to the chase:

 

I NEED my new headphones to be able to play the bass lines in Marilyn Manson's Spade without making Metallica's Ride the Lightning album sound like I'm hearing it through a sea of cotton balls. Skull liquifying bass during Gemini's Blue is something that would be "really-awesomely-bad-ass-and-I'm-willing-to-pay-extra-for-it-if-it-doesn't-subtract-from-my-other-needs," but is not a requirement. How do the HE-400s do with those specific songs?

 

Any and all help is appreciated, thanks guys!

 

P.S. If anyone in the Las Vegas area has HE-400s I can listen to, I'll buy lunch!

post #17661 of 19811

Out of the original HE-400 pleather, current HFM velour, focus, and focus-a pads, am leaning to the focus pads after listening and comparing for a few hours this morning. Equipment is an Uber Bifrost DAC and Vali amp. The sound stage seems widest and the bass seems most prominent (nice bass join-in slam on Led Zep's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp for instance) with the focus pads. Vocals are a little more sibilant with focus but nothing really objectionable.

 

The seams on both the focus and focus-a line up at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock facing the pad openings on the left and right cups, respectively, with the thickest part of the pads to the back.

 

Still working on the rank order of the other pads but none sounded totally awful making discriminating difficult overall.

post #17662 of 19811

I've been using the HE400 for about a month, but they are IMO not a versatile phone. I mainly listen to pop and classical and I feel like HE400 does pretty bad in this area. So I wonder if I need to get another headphone that can beat the 400 in these two genres. At the same time, I bought a Lyr to see if it works better than Asgard with the 400. I may end up getting HD650 but I heard from people that these two phones are similar. Any one have any idea?

post #17663 of 19811
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Originally Posted by gahung View Post
 

I've been using the HE400 for about a month, but they are IMO not a versatile phone. I mainly listen to pop and classical and I feel like HE400 does pretty bad in this area. So I wonder if I need to get another headphone that can beat the 400 in these two genres. At the same time, I bought a Lyr to see if it works better than Asgard with the 400. I may end up getting HD650 but I heard from people that these two phones are similar. Any one have any idea?

I would be curious about this as well. I would eventually like to get another set of open cans and have been thinking of trying either the HD600 or the Q701 to see if they complement the HE400.

post #17664 of 19811
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Originally Posted by utee05 View Post
 

I would be curious about this as well. I would eventually like to get another set of open cans and have been thinking of trying either the HD600 or the Q701 to see if they complement the HE400.

But isn't the Q701 a downgrade in this case? I am looking for one that is in par with HE 400 while shines in mids and probably the soundstage. How is the K712 compared to Q701?

post #17665 of 19811
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Originally Posted by BBCInc View Post
 

Out of the original HE-400 pleather, current HFM velour, focus, and focus-a pads, am leaning to the focus pads after listening and comparing for a few hours this morning. Equipment is an Uber Bifrost DAC and Vali amp. The sound stage seems widest and the bass seems most prominent (nice bass join-in slam on Led Zep's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp for instance) with the focus pads. Vocals are a little more sibilant with focus but nothing really objectionable.

 

The seams on both the focus and focus-a line up at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock facing the pad openings on the left and right cups, respectively, with the thickest part of the pads to the back.

 

Still working on the rank order of the other pads but none sounded totally awful making discriminating difficult overall.

 

Great feedback on the pads! I'm trying to decide which to get myself.

post #17666 of 19811
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Originally Posted by Mani ATH 87 View Post
 

 

Great feedback on the pads! I'm trying to decide which to get myself.


Thanks! Probably more money than brains spending this much to fine tune the HE-400, but it's fun. I do take solace in the fact that all these can be used on the HE series should I upgrade in the future. The hardest part of making comparisons is trying to maintain a mental memory of demonstrative passages while going through the mechanics of swapping pads.

post #17667 of 19811

I use spotify premium as my music player, and I was wondering if anyone has tried out the 3rd party "spotimote" for EQing their HE-400s? If so, would you care to share your EQ settings? :D

post #17668 of 19811
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Originally Posted by BBCInc View Post
 


Thanks! Probably more money than brains spending this much to fine tune the HE-400, but it's fun. I do take solace in the fact that all these can be used on the HE series should I upgrade in the future. The hardest part of making comparisons is trying to maintain a mental memory of demonstrative passages while going through the mechanics of swapping pads.



Indeed! It's nice that they work with the other headphones in the series, though I have no plans on upgrading from the HE 400's at the moment :)

I went ahead and ordered the focus pads (the stock pads that ship with the 560)

I'll leave some impressions once they arrive.

post #17669 of 19811
Can someone compare the treble and treble harshness to other headphones? Like the DT770, D2000, HE-500 and ath-m50? I'm so close to buying these but haven't had the chance to listen.
post #17670 of 19811
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Originally Posted by canuckavelli View Post

Can someone compare the treble and treble harshness to other headphones? Like the DT770, D2000, HE-500 and ath-m50? I'm so close to buying these but haven't had the chance to listen.

I have the ATH-M50 and those do not have any treble harshness. The HE-400 do have sibliance but it can be EQ'd.

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