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Originally Posted by gab840 View Post

Well how is the he400against akg k712 pro.... Any one owning both...

 

I compared them in this review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k712-pro/reviews/9953

 

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Comparison to the HE-400

When you compare these two headphones, the weird V-shaped frequency response of the HE-400 is very noticeable. The HE-400 has a great bass presentation in my opinion, and the texture on drums is brilliant. On the same time, this combined with the rather small soundstage gives you this very intimate and warm sound that can be a bit too much. Vocals also sound a bit strange on the HE-400 when compared to the K712, this is probably related to the dip between 5-6 KHz. HE-400 also has slightly more emphasis on treble, especially sparkling sounds like cymbals, sometimes this works out great, sometimes less so. HE-400 definitely has a higher fun factor, so this does boil down to taste. I would still say though that the rock solid performance of the K712 makes it better overall. There is slightly more sibilance on the HE-400.

 

AKG K712: Is more neutral, has a larger soundstage, is an more even performer.

HE-400: More bass impact, slightly more treble, does some material very well while falling short on other, more forgiving with bad recordings

 

I have actually compared them again after writing that, all impressions stay but vocals sound even weirder on HE-400 when you've gotten really used to K712. In some ways I feel like the Sennheiser HD-650 is the perfect compromise between the two, getting a sweet "fun" sound while fixing that weird midrange.

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Just wanted to thank all of you for your reviews and suggestions regarding the HE-400. "Thank you!"

 

I bought the HE-400 on Amazon for $299, the Velour pads as suggested by one member from moon-audio for $10, and the head band pad as suggested by another member from ebay for $17. The final price with taxes and shipping was $343.

 

Only had them for two days, but the sound is awesome and excellent for $299 headphones, I can wear them for two or more hours without discomfort. I do take them off after a couple hours to let me ears breathe for they get a bit soggy (my ears not the headphones). I am very happy.

 

Again, Thank you all.

post #17928 of 18084
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Originally Posted by jasonite View Post

Thanks for the responses. Does anything think there will be a problem using the 400's with a Sound Blaster Z card?


J

Never heard the Z card but when checking the web about that pairing people are complaining about the lack of juice
The card could be a fair base to use the pc as a source so you just need to add a little amp into the chain

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post #17929 of 18084
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Originally Posted by spittis View Post

I compared them in this review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k712-pro/reviews/9953

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I have actually compared them again after writing that, all impressions stay but vocals sound even weirder on HE-400 when you've gotten really used to K712. In some ways I feel like the Sennheiser HD-650 is the perfect compromise between the two, getting a sweet "fun" sound while fixing that weird midrange.

Its good to see this,, just read it all..
Some questions though:-
People say that he400 is the best in sound clarity in 400-500$ price range also has the best instrument separation though small soundstage ...how does akg 712 compares to these points of he400
Also is the soundstage of k712 one is airy and soundstage is lesser than q701 and equal to ad700 ?????
post #17930 of 18084
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Originally Posted by gab840 View Post


Its good to see this,, just read it all..
Some questions though:-
People say that he400 is the best in sound clarity in 400-500$ price range also has the best instrument separation though small soundstage ...how does akg 712 compares to these points of he400
Also is the soundstage of k712 one is airy and soundstage is lesser than q701 and equal to ad700 ?????

 

I cannot agree with that HE-400 would have the best clarity in that price range. At least if we are talking "apparent" clarity partially produced by emphasized treble, there are several headphones that are better, for example DT-880 and K712. Instrument separation is harder to judge from my memory, I'd say both the HE-400 and K712 are good in that regard, can't say which is better.

 

Soundstage is pretty much equal between Q701 and K712. Haven't heard AD700.

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If someone have replaced the stock cable with a new one and want to sell the stock one to me wink.gif
I'm looking for a cheap solution being tired of re plugging the connector all the time
Thanks all
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If I get the connector only, is it easy to replace ? Do I have to solder ?
post #17933 of 18084
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

If I get the connector only, is it easy to replace ? Do I have to solder ?

What connector are you referring too the 1/8 to 1/4 trs? And yes you will need to solder the new end.
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The cable is unplugging as on picture , I put some glue but sometime I lose the side so the issue is still there
Edited by TontonJoK - 8/24/14 at 12:11pm
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I had the same problem with mine within a couple of weeks of getting them. I got them from TVJ. I contacted them and they sent me a new cable. This one has been fine. I would see if Hifiman covers the cable under the warranty. Maybe if you still have warranty left on them, you can get a replacement.

I have the original cable, I have thought that I would replace the connector one day, but haven't got around to it. If you search the thread, I am pretty sure somebody posted a source for the connectors a while back.

 

I found some at:

 

http://www.head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=83.


Edited by mandrake50 - 8/24/14 at 3:45pm
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If I use that connector I have to solder the cable then, It will be simpler to get a new cable !!

I can get a silver coated hifiman cable for 40 $ but when I check some tests (headfonia) I see a negative opinion about silver being thin and dry sounding so I guess it is about the same model

Do you confirm that assessment or it sounds almost like the Canare stock one ??
post #17937 of 18084
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

If I use that connector I have to solder the cable then, It will be simpler to get a new cable !!

I can get a silver coated hifiman cable for 40 $ but when I check some tests (headfonia) I see a negative opinion about silver being thin and dry sounding so I guess it is about the same model

Do you confirm that assessment or it sounds almost like the Canare stock one ??


I have changed the canare for the silver stock cable of the he 500 and this will sound  too thin dependently of the amp and dac synergy... With my gear the silver coated cable is better to my ears.... My first and only discovery in audio is SYNERGY.... For example many people here said that the he 400  sounded with a tizz in the treble, but with the good synergetic gear and cable this frequency hole in the high transform itself in a sexy appealing sound... All is dependent on the gear chain system.... No headphone sounded this or that by himself....best regards

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The set up I use with the HE 400 is very neutral sounding and analytic ( G100 and asus st) , the combo with this cable may be thin then
post #17939 of 18084
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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

If I use that connector I have to solder the cable then, It will be simpler to get a new cable !!

I haven't used those connectors. From the pictures only, I wonder if they are not "push on" types.
Maybe someone that has used them can comment.
post #17940 of 18084
I haven't checked this thread in a million years, and I'm wondering if anyone has tried the HE-400 with:

Shure 1540 alcantara pads (they seem popular for the HE-4)
Focus pads (saw the impressions like 10 pages ago, would like more impressions with non-EQ.)
Focus A pads

I think these impressions would be a great help, considering the great prices on the HE400 nowadays. I'll try and search back a few weeks for comparisons. I'm a two time owner of the HE-400, and used them 99% of the time with velours. I know it's strengths and weaknesses quite well, so I'm hoping to see if the newer pads have done anything in the way of reducing the treble.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 8/25/14 at 10:39am
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