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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

The only thing that keeps me from actually getting around to it is my HD700 gets so much head time, that it's become a little hard to justify buying new toys for the HE400.  I love the bass on em, but part of me wonders if I should sell just because they don't get the use they deserve.

Hehe, thats seems true. But in my opinion the he-400s are a very unique pair of headphones, so for me even if I got a much better (more exspensive) and more accurate pair I would still probably save these for movies and gaming. Since the he-400 are incredible for music but also for other uses. Where as I dont think gaming or watching on an hd800 would have enough bass and stuff to make them feel fun. Of course thats just my opinion.

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Mmm. Because I am so carefull with the HE-400, I might end up just buying another and mod that one completely. Is there a mod that removes the stock grills yet still protects the drivers from dust?

Hehe, thats one of the things that made me not go all out on modding the fear that I will mess somthing up. Ya, for the grill mod you don't have to leave it clear. You can just get a lightersilf/cloth material and attach it to the new grill you make. And that will allow more air though while keeping the dust out.
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I read that these pads tighten the bass and make the highs more controlled. Are there more positive changes towards the signature?

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@icebrain1
 At $10, I'd be a fool not to try velour pads.  Then again, if I'm going to buy anything, I should also consider the FocusPads which aren't that bad a cost at $40.

From the few times I tried different pads these are my thoughts.
The pleather have lots of bass and everything else is horrible lol.
The velours aound great in everything with slightly less bass. But not very comfortable.
The focuspads have great bass like the pleathers but do everything else great aswell. Essentially they are a mix of pleather and velours but way more comfortable than both.
The vegean pads on the other hand are what made the he-400s for me. I tens to enjoy vocal heavy music the problem is that the vocals on the he400s are a little lacking. Anyways long story short the veganpads made the mids and vocals stand out more while keeping everything else great.
So it depends on what you prefer.

Good listening guys.
Edited by icebrain1 - 2/11/16 at 7:45am
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Originally Posted by The Third View Post


Mmm. Because I am so carefull with the HE-400, I might end up just buying another and mod that one completely. Is there a mod that removes the stock grills yet still protects the drivers from dust?

If you need the dust protection then you can use the silk organza that I used, very fine but acoustically transparent, got it from amazon and you can get it in different colors.  The grill I used is also quite strong so I didn't need to use the plastic rings to lock them in.  You can look in my profile and see pictures of the grills, the HE-400 has gold color metal with blue silk organza and the HE-400i has black metal with pink silk organza.

 

The screws are those under the ear pads, see my post a few pages back or the last picture that was posted, it shows the 6 screws.

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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
 

If you need the dust protection then you can use the silk organza that I used, very fine but acoustically transparent, got it from amazon and you can get it in different colors.  The grill I used is also quite strong so I didn't need to use the plastic rings to lock them in.  You can look in my profile and see pictures of the grills, the HE-400 has gold color metal with blue silk organza and the HE-400i has black metal with pink silk organza.

 

The screws are those under the ear pads, see my post a few pages back or the last picture that was posted, it shows the 6 screws.

Hey those look like honeycomb grills, nice! I like the stock bassy pleather HE-400 as it is, but these mods all sound interesting enough for me to save up for another HE-400 and mod the babes out of them. I like the closed(non-airy) presentation of the stock HE-400, do your new grills and felt material change the detail and sound much more?

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Originally Posted by The Third View Post
 

Hey those look like honeycomb grills, nice! I like the stock bassy pleather HE-400 as it is, but these mods all sound interesting enough for me to save up for another HE-400 and mod the babes out of them. I like the closed(non-airy) presentation of the stock HE-400, do your new grills and felt material change the detail and sound much more?

The new grills help give the HE-400 a more open/wider sound stage and the Focus pads help with the mids and highs, a little more balanced sound.

If you like closed in then I would not do the grill mod.

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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
 

The new grills help give the HE-400 a more open/wider sound stage and the Focus pads help with the mids and highs, a little more balanced sound.

If you like closed in then I would not do the grill mod.

Ok I will buy another and mod the grills, the bigger soundstage should do nice with movies :) Thanks for your help!

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Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post

Hehe, thats seems true. But in my opinion the he-400s are a very unique pair of headphones, so for me even if I got a much better (more exspensive) and more accurate pair I would still probably save these for movies and gaming. Since the he-400 are incredible for music but also for other uses. Where as I dont think gaming or watching on an hd800 would have enough bass and stuff to make them feel fun. Of course thats just my opinion.
Hehe, thats one of the things that made me not go all out on modding the fear that I will mess somthing up. Ya, for the grill mod you don't have to leave it clear. You can just get a lightersilf/cloth material and attach it to the new grill you make. And that will allow more air though while keeping the dust out.

From the few times I tried different pads these are my thoughts.
The pleather have lots of bass and everything else is horrible lol.
The velours aound great in everything with slightly less bass. But not very comfortable.
The focuspads have great bass like the pleathers but do everything else great aswell. Essentially they are a mix of pleather and velours but way more comfortable than both.
The vegean pads on the other hand are what made the he-400s for me. I tens to enjoy vocal heavy music the problem is that the vocals on the he400s are a little lacking. Anyways long story short the veganpads made the mids and vocals stand out more while keeping everything else great.
So it depends on what you prefer.

Good listening guys.

How do you have the audeze pads attached to the 400?
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Originally Posted by bavinck View Post

How do you have the audeze pads attached to the 400?

Mounting directly sounds the best. Eliminate the ring and use the double sided glue circle that comes with them.
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How do you have the audeze pads attached to the 400?

 

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post


Mounting directly sounds the best. Eliminate the ring and use the double sided glue circle that comes with them.

 

 

I have my Audeze pads mounted with the plastic ring, as I wanted a bit of leeway. But mounting with the glue ring is probably a better idea as stated since it would make a better seal and you don't have to deal with the ear pads randomly moving about.

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I bought one of these adapters from a head-fi member for my HE-400 :D!

 

Can't wait to try it out ;O

 

 

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Huh...  interesting cable.  That would be pretty awesome to try out

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Just wanna note that I'm testing out the HE400 with alpha pads. Quite a big boost to the bass and warmth. Needs some tweaking up top though., a bit hot.
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I have my Audeze pads mounted with the plastic ring, as I wanted a bit of leeway. But mounting with the glue ring is probably a better idea as stated since it would make a better seal and you don't have to deal with the ear pads randomly moving about.

If might want to change the ear pad mounting rings on the cups, the new metal rings have notches to keep the ear pads from rotating.  Just make sure that when you mount a new pad to the ring that the tabs match up to the final alignment.

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Just wanna note that I'm testing out the HE400 with alpha pads. Quite a big boost to the bass and warmth. Needs some tweaking up top though., a bit hot.

You like? When you say bass boost, you mean the whole thing or sub/mid/upper? Does the bass stay tight?

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If Alpha pads increase upper end sizzle, I'm out...
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Originally Posted by nmatheis View Post

If Alpha pads increase upper end sizzle, I'm out...


Have you considered Audeze pads......you'll get to hear Vegans next weekend.  :beerchug:

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