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post #17971 of 20628

Is it possible to close the cups of the 400i? Like if you cover the grills with your hands, do bass and SS disappear?


Edited by leeperry - 9/1/14 at 1:51pm
post #17972 of 20628

Is it worth buying the Focuspads if I already have the $10 velour pads with  the he-400? whats the advantage of paying $50 for the focus pads? 

 

Also, will the focuspads-A make the sound darker and less sibilant? 


Edited by retskrad - 9/1/14 at 9:23am
post #17973 of 20628

check out my he-400 and he-400i comparison on the he-400i thread

post #17974 of 20628

Does anybody have a 31 band equaliser preset for the he-400 to sound more like the he-500? Can equaliser get the he-400 to have natural tonality? 

post #17975 of 20628
Target the raised treble regions and lower them to upper mid levels, and you'll have a very competent, balanced headphone.
post #17976 of 20628
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Originally Posted by retskrad View Post
 

Does anybody have a 31 band equaliser preset for the he-400 to sound more like the he-500? Can equaliser get the he-400 to have natural tonality? 


I do not think so. I tried for hours using EQ curves posted here and doing tone tests to try to balance them out. The best things I did were to get some Jergpads and do the grill mod. The pads went a long ay towards smoothing out the   sibilance range and bringing up the recessed mids a little. The grill mod added to the "air" a bit. Female voices have lost the hard edges, to a point. The vast majority of the objectionable sibilance is now gone. You can make them better, but natural... probably not.

The HE400 has its own signature. It is great for some things, but even with all of the work I did, I have never gotten them to have "natural tonality". Electronic music can be impressive. As soon as I hear a voice or acoustic instrument, it is not natural sounding. This is especially true comparing them to the 400i or HD 600, or HP50, they always sound somehow "synthetic" to me. That is with direct comparison BTW.

 

Lots of people love these things. In many ways I do too. I simply cannot label them as being natural.

post #17977 of 20628
Hey guys, Modular still sell the pads?
post #17978 of 20628
khttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x6isiDsiMHQ
Do you guys agree with the sound part?
Edited by zunehdrocks - 9/1/14 at 5:22pm
post #17979 of 20628
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
 

Is it possible to close the cups of the 400i? Like if you cover the grills with your hands, do bass and SS disappear?

I tried this, soundstage definitely shrunk, but still on par with many closed cans. there was a lot of resonance, but then again, my hands aren't wood cups or anything. maybe it'd work. Bass wasn't affected as much as the other frequencies, and does not disappear.

post #17980 of 20628

Does anyone know specifically which Beyerdyanmic headband works best with the HE-400? Are there any cosmetic issues like the headband not fully fitting or anything I should be aware of?

 

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/spare-parts/kopfpolster.html


Edited by Incrementum - 9/2/14 at 10:20am
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Will the FocusPad-A make the he-400 darker overall? If I already have the velour pads, is the focuspads necessary?


Edited by retskrad - 9/2/14 at 10:22am
post #17982 of 20628
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Originally Posted by Incrementum View Post
 

Does anyone know specifically which Beyerdyanmic headband works best with the HE-400? Are there any cosmetic issues like the headband not fully fitting or anything I should be aware of?

 

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/spare-parts/kopfpolster.html

I actually decided to go with this replacement headband (not by Beyerdynamic) as I've heard it fits really well on the HE-400.  I will report back when I've tested it out.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00862522A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

post #17983 of 20628
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I actually decided to go with this replacement headband

 

Why not this one?

 

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Originally Posted by coletrain104 View Post
 

I tried this, soundstage definitely shrunk, but still on par with many closed cans. there was a lot of resonance, but then again, my hands aren't wood cups or anything. maybe it'd work. Bass wasn't affected as much as the other frequencies, and does not disappear.

 

OK sounds good, what about the old HE400? But FWIR it comes with recessed mids?

post #17984 of 20628
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Why not this one?

 

 

OK sounds good, what about the old HE400? But FWIR it comes with recessed mids?

Looks neat but I'm terrible at DIY stuff and I have OCD about the way things look haha.  Maybe one day.

post #17985 of 20628
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Originally Posted by Incrementum View Post
 

I actually decided to go with this replacement headband (not by Beyerdynamic) as I've heard it fits really well on the HE-400.  I will report back when I've tested it out.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00862522A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

mmm I've tried that headband, and it doesn't really fit that well. it kind of squishes the wide HE-400 headband and it is extremely hard to fully snap close all the buttons.

 

I would recommend the hd650 replacement headband: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/kp-hd-650

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