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post #19966 of 19975
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Originally Posted by earphiler View Post

haven't kept up in forever, are you guys meaning to say these veganpads are better aurally than the velour jergpads modular made and sold way back?

I thought the consensus was they were comfortable but not nearly as balanced of a sound sig

i guess as with all sounds sigs and prefs, ymmv. 

are you guys at all tempted to try out he-400i either?

Hifiman, started making there own versions of the jerpads called the focus pads. You can pick the up from head direct and amazon.

The focus pads should sound like the jerg pads, and th (edit, audeze vegan pads) should also have a different sound sig.

I havent tried any of these yet though, so cant comment on the sound.

I was thinking about 400i but decided against it because I want to mod lots of stuff on the he-400. The 400i is to expsenaive for me to change the ear pads and get cables and extras. I also heard the sound sig is different.

Good listening.
Edited by icebrain1 - 4/26/15 at 3:49pm
post #19967 of 19975

the focus pads look interesting! velour on contact w ears and pleather otherwise seems smart to not have it be a dust attractor 

 

still gonna stay put with what I've got though, I'm really happy with it 

post #19968 of 19975
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Originally Posted by earphiler View Post
 

the focus pads look interesting! velour on contact w ears and pleather otherwise seems smart to not have it be a dust attractor 

 

still gonna stay put with what I've got though, I'm really happy with it 

the pleather around the sides of the earpads are supposed to help with tune the sound (maybe better bass or something)... at least I think that's what jerg was saying with his mods. the velour on the face is just for comfort.

post #19969 of 19975
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Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post

I was thinking about 400i but decided against it because I want to mod lots of stuff on the he-400. The 400i is to expsenaive for me to change the ear pads and get cables and extras. I also heard the sound sig is different.

Good listening.

The HE-400i is a very different sounding headphone from the HE-400.  I got the HE-400 when they just dropped to $299 as that was pretty cheap for a planar headphone at that time.  After getting an early retirement bonus last year I got both the HE-400i &560 with the intent of trying all three at the same time and selling the 2 that I didn't want to keep as being redundant.  Ended up keeping all three as their sound signatures are different enough to use with various genres of music that I listen to.  If anything, the HE-400i and 560 are close enough that some would say that the HE-560 is not worth the $400 premium.

post #19970 of 19975
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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
 

The HE-400i is a very different sounding headphone from the HE-400.  I got the HE-400 when they just dropped to $299 as that was pretty cheap for a planar headphone at that time.  After getting an early retirement bonus last year I got both the HE-400i &560 with the intent of trying all three at the same time and selling the 2 that I didn't want to keep as being redundant.  Ended up keeping all three as their sound signatures are different enough to use with various genres of music that I listen to.  If anything, the HE-400i and 560 are close enough that some would say that the HE-560 is not worth the $400 premium.

 

Interesting never knew their was such a big difference. Guess I should have realized since the 400I uses a single sided magnetic interface which allows it to be much lighter. That makes the 400I very interesting, wonder how it would compare to the he-500.

 

Thanks for sharing.

post #19971 of 19975
David, how would you compare those two (400 & 560). I was looking to make the 560's my next set. I love the sound sig of the 400's. They see more time than the he-500's.
post #19972 of 19975
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Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

 

Interesting never knew their was such a big difference. Guess I should have realized since the 400I uses a single sided magnetic interface which allows it to be much lighter. That makes the 400I very interesting, wonder how it would compare to the he-500.

 

Thanks for sharing.

Sorry can't help you with the HE-500 as I've never heard them.

post #19973 of 19975
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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post

Sorry can't help you with the HE-500 as I've never heard them.

Np, thanks.
post #19974 of 19975
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Originally Posted by raybone0566 View Post

David, how would you compare those two (400 & 560). I was looking to make the 560's my next set. I love the sound sig of the 400's. They see more time than the he-500's.

I haven't heard a HE-500 so can't make any comments there, go to the HD-650 thread, many there seem to have the HE-500 there and most seem to like it as a complimentary headphone to the HD-650.

 

The difference between the HE-400 and HE-560 is quite large, the HE-400 has a somewhat V shape sound signature while the HE-560 is more neutral/flat. 

HE-400: great low extension for EDM and some classic rock.  Mids are recessed. Highs can be a bit sibilant at times.  I like it better with my Ember, low impedance setting, neutral/bright sounding tube (Telefunken or Mullard)

 

HE-560: will take more power to drive correctly and has a balanced sound signature.  Lows are not quite like HE-400 but better defined.  Mids are just right to me, neutral.  Highs are nicely extended but can be a little to bright at times.  Better paired with Lyr2 (CCa or Amperex/Bugle boy).  Love jazz, new age, and K-pop/J-pop with the HE-560, the sound is a little more dynamic than the HD-650 but the mids on the HD-650 are hard to beat.

 

have a great day :darthsmile:

post #19975 of 19975

Hello everyone,

 

Its been awhile. Still in love with these things. So much fun.

 

:darthsmile:

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