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post #18331 of 18339
I don't find the mids that recessed. . Just not clear.mids fuzzy
post #18332 of 18339
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Originally Posted by retskrad View Post
 

I find it amusing that some people here at Head-Fi says the HD800, K701 and DT880 are neutral, while the he-400 is "very v-shaped and should be avoided". All three are bright. Thats not neutral. But when a bright headphone which also has a lot of bass, now that's "V shaped" and should be avoided! How is the he-400 v shaped and the dt880's is neutral? The K701 has a whole lot of upper mids and treble, but for some reason they are neutral and recommended, but the he-400 which has an upper treble tilt is to be avoided?

 

In what universe is the HD800 neutral? On some recordings it's even worse that the he-400. People say the hd800 is not forgiving of bad recordings, its the same exact thing with the he-400. Makes you wonder if the hd800 was priced similar to the k701, would people praise it so much? Price is a huge placebo enabler imo.

 

Regarding recessed mids on the he-400, on some recordings yes, but the majority of the time I feel the hd650 and the he400 with velour pads are similar in midrange and vocals presence, the he-400 having more upper treble which makes it more fatiguing on tracks with a lot of treble.

 

Moral of the story is try the headphones out and don't trust peoples description of headphones. Hell, don't trust mine, try them out yourself.

 

:deadhorse:


 Clever remarks!:L3000:

post #18333 of 18339

Hi everyone, I'm not new to head-fi but certainly new to full-size can. Earlier in my days I prefer a set of IEM and speaker as my listening device. But since I'm moving to US to study MBA in the next 2 years, prob rent a house from a friend, I don't think I can have a decent speaker setup without everyone else bashing at me :(. I'm gonna keep my dunu dn2000 for travel but for desktop listening while at room, I need something more comfortable than IEM. Is HE-400 a good choice? I will be using it with asus xonar stx. Do I need additional amping or the sound card is already sufficient? I usually listen to female vocals, classical, jazz and blues. Sometimes I listen to pop and current gen but nothing too offensive like EDM or rock. I prefer detail, balanced sound and a touch of warm can be nice sometimes. 

 

Hope someone can suggest me if this combo: Xonar STX + HE-400 works and how good it is for my preference. 

post #18334 of 18339

I've used that combo right up until I got my HRT Microstreamer and the STX has no issues driving the HE400.

post #18335 of 18339

You think the microstreamer is better than the STX? I'm having musictreamer II but thinking about swapping for the STX when i get to the state cause with Music streamer II it's only dac and I'm too lazy for additional amping, lol. 

post #18336 of 18339
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Originally Posted by AsterFenix View Post
 

Hi everyone, I'm not new to head-fi but certainly new to full-size can. Earlier in my days I prefer a set of IEM and speaker as my listening device. But since I'm moving to US to study MBA in the next 2 years, prob rent a house from a friend, I don't think I can have a decent speaker setup without everyone else bashing at me :(. I'm gonna keep my dunu dn2000 for travel but for desktop listening while at room, I need something more comfortable than IEM. Is HE-400 a good choice? I will be using it with asus xonar stx. Do I need additional amping or the sound card is already sufficient? I usually listen to female vocals, classical, jazz and blues. Sometimes I listen to pop and current gen but nothing too offensive like EDM or rock. I prefer detail, balanced sound and a touch of warm can be nice sometimes. 

 

Hope someone can suggest me if this combo: Xonar STX + HE-400 works and how good it is for my preference. 

 

Note the HE-400 are OPEN headphones, so it does NOT noise-isolate. Sound can leak in and out. If you have your own room, it probably will not be a problem if your house is not noisy. However, you will still be able to hear outside noise with these headphones on and people in the same room as you can hear your music.

post #18337 of 18339
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

 

Note the HE-400 are OPEN headphones, so it does NOT noise-isolate. Sound can leak in and out. If you have your own room, it probably will not be a problem if your house is not noisy. However, you will still be able to hear outside noise with these headphones on and people in the same room as you can hear your music.

Yeah, I have my own room so prob don't need to care about a bit sound leak from headphone. Just don't want to overdo it and go for a speaker. 

post #18338 of 18339
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Originally Posted by AsterFenix View Post
 

You think the microstreamer is better than the STX? I'm having musictreamer II but thinking about swapping for the STX when i get to the state cause with Music streamer II it's only dac and I'm too lazy for additional amping, lol. 

I think the Microstreamer is a fw notches above the STX in sound quality.  I was always happy with the STX and think it sounds great but the HRT has replaced it for my listening now.  The Microstreamer is an amp too (and a good one at that).

post #18339 of 18339
For whatever reason I decided to take the 400 for a 3 mile walk with an X5 & Cayin C5 combo. I'm glad the weight never bothered me, although my short cable can be a bit microphonic.
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