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Just got my velpads today. Not sure I want to take them off to compare with the velours I replaced then with. Too damn comfy!
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D**mnit @nmatheis, You're gonna make me need the new pads. XD

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I'll get you the HE400S soon, and you can just try swapping out the pads wink_face.gif

Maybe you can make it to PDX early in the new year?
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So for those of you who run your HE-400 from the speaker outs of vintage amps - how safe is it volume-wise? my stereo is rated at 120W per channel @ 4-8ohms so I don't want to blow out my HE-400 after i start to touch the volume knob from 0!

 

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So for those of you who run your HE-400 from the speaker outs of vintage amps - how safe is it volume-wise? my stereo is rated at 120W per channel @ 4-8ohms so I don't want to blow out my HE-400 after i start to touch the volume knob from 0!

 


I run mine out of my Pioneer Spec 2 amp @ 250wpc.............so the only thing is to be careful starting out with the volume.  In my case I have plenty of play with the volume knob because of having a preamp (Spec 1).  

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Originally Posted by vapman View Post

So for those of you who run your HE-400 from the speaker outs of vintage amps - how safe is it volume-wise? my stereo is rated at 120W per channel @ 4-8ohms so I don't want to blow out my HE-400 after i start to touch the volume knob from 0!




Always turn to zero before and after. Always. Be careful. You can blow the drivers easily.

Cheers,
K
post #21067 of 21829
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I have been wanting a set of the vegan pads but they are just so expensive! I might break down and buy it though.

 

I just swapped to the velour from the pleather again. I'm not coming directly from using my SZ2000 this time around, so I can make a more fair call on the sound.

 

The bass isn't as decreased as I thought when switching from the pads but there is definitely a loss in the sub bass thump. It's still there, but not as present.

 

Everything else sounds smoother & more open in comparison, especially the highs. There is a more airy quality to it than the pleathers. I hear what you mean about the pleathers making treble sharp now though.

 

I'm very happy listening with the velours right now although I am missing a bit of the bass impact from the pleathers. The velours do make a more proper seal though.

 

In any case, it's all subjective, and we all have different favorite parts of the HE-400 sound, but I will admit I'm enjoying the velour more than I did last time, maybe the key is not switching to these right after my maximum bass phones :) 

 

Velours are kind of itchy though. need to find a way to fix that. that is my main complaint with them, really.


Glad you are "getting it". For the itch - I would try soaking them in some gentle detergent and warm water for a while, then rinsing them out to dry for awhile. That softened mine up a bit and well itchiness is not usually the way I experience them.

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As someone who has actually tried all he mentioned pads, I will again state the vegans are the best in comfort and sound (to my ears).


I agree 100% (probably, haven't heard the vegans myself). But $80 bucks versus $10 bucks for the velours - no thanks. Not when I am already maybe $430 or so invested into my HE-400s, and the cable is falling apart and I probably need to fix that next! If anyone knows how to get a pair of compatible cables cheap, I would be all ears. Cheap means, like, $10 bucks. Or I suppose I'll have to try to make my own.

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Glad you are "getting it". For the itch - I would try soaking them in some gentle detergent and warm water for a while, then rinsing them out to dry for awhile. That softened mine up a bit and well itchiness is not usually the way I experience them.


Thanks, i will definitely do this. i thought it might mess up the plastic, but i don't see why it would.

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I agree 100% (probably, haven't heard the vegans myself). But $80 bucks versus $10 bucks for the velours - no thanks. Not when I am already maybe $430 or so invested into my HE-400s, and the cable is falling apart and I probably need to fix that next! If anyone knows how to get a pair of compatible cables cheap, I would be all ears. Cheap means, like, $10 bucks. Or I suppose I'll have to try to make my own.
Mr.speakers alpha pads for $50.00 very comfortable.
post #21071 of 21829
Regarding cables and pricing, I diy'd a cable and after the cost of everything it was very close to 100 bucks. So if you see one in that price range that's really not a bad deal. Ela audio or impact audio. Both are women making very good cables to order, beautiful cables very well made. All brands are avaible.
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I agree 100% (probably, haven't heard the vegans myself). But $80 bucks versus $10 bucks for the velours - no thanks. Not when I am already maybe $430 or so invested into my HE-400s, and the cable is falling apart and I probably need to fix that next! If anyone knows how to get a pair of compatible cables cheap, I would be all ears. Cheap means, like, $10 bucks. Or I suppose I'll have to try to make my own.

If you can't get them fixed shoot me a PM, I might have some of the stock cables in storage. I could cut you a deal.
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Hi guys, I have an opportunity to buy a Creek OBH 21 SE for 100$. For what I have had read it's very reasonable price. I would like to ask you if it will pair with Hifiman He-400 ? I never have had better headphones like this, so I won't know if sound is proper.

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I almost bought a Creek way back when, but didn't because of the high-price / low feature and low power (presumably, I've seen one tested). Frankly, for $100 bucks, it sounds like a darn good deal. If it didn't power the HE-400s well, it could probably do justice to a myriad of other more efficient cans.

 

Honestly 10 mW might be a little on the light side for the HE-400s. I use an O2, which pumps out closer to a 100-200 mWs at very low distortion. Then again 90 dB or so efficiency for 0.33 mW (e.g., 1/3rd of 1 mW) suggests that you would be able to achieve plenty loud levels with that creek if it at least meets its own spec. I'd say go for it. For $100, you could also get a magni or for a little more a custom O2 which are both nice little amps.

post #21075 of 21829

About to pull the trigger on the velpads. I put velours on my old MDR-V6s and I liked them so much better than the stock pleathers. Don't know why I didn't do this earlier.

 

Has anyone added foam to the headband for comfort? Thinking about also getting these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J80IMJ4

I heard they will fit the hifimans. Going to use velcro to put them on. 

 

My head is pretty small so I get a pretty small pressure point with the headphones. 

 

 

Loving these headphones so much overall. I think these will be the last pair of headphones I will get(until they break). I got a used set of speakers from craigslist and I think I might like speakers more than headphones...


Edited by fishymamba - 1/21/16 at 12:33am
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