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post #2416 of 20481
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

Since 2400 posts is beyond my available time, can someone summarize the consensus (or post links) about mods for the HE-400 ?   And, is there a consensus that the velour earpads simply sound better - or are there some dissenters ?

 

Thanks !

 

The he400 really isn't in need nor does it benefit from modding. The velour pads are a sure thing. No pleathers needed at all IMO. The only favorable mod has been the grill mod done by our very own Jerg!! biggrin.gif

post #2417 of 20481
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

The he400 really isn't in need nor does it benefit from modding. The velour pads are a sure thing. No pleathers needed at all IMO. The only favorable mod has been the grill mod done by our very own Jerg!! biggrin.gif

Have you messed with taking the grills off yet Matt? It does make a difference, those planars wish your head wasn't even there.

post #2418 of 20481

Other than the cables -

 

Has anyone tried modded grills using nothing but stretched fabric and perhaps thin metal in a crosshair shape to provide some structural support?

 

If no grill sounds best, it would seem that some stretched fabric could be a good route. Stiff enough, and it should take a bump.

post #2419 of 20481

Also, try sticking a finger under each cup and gently "unseal" the cups from your head, and observe the impact on the bass. I wonder if the effect could be created by creating a small gap in the pad somewhere.

post #2420 of 20481
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Originally Posted by RushNerd View Post

Have you messed with taking the grills off yet Matt? It does make a difference, those planars wish your head wasn't even there.

 

Well, I tried to mod the grills but just ended up putting a big dent in the side of it. tongue.gif jk.

 

Seriously, I did take the grills off and it does improve the sound. I just don't have time for mod projects right now. Maybe over the thanksgiving break. 

post #2421 of 20481
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Originally Posted by RushNerd View Post

Have you messed with taking the grills off yet Matt? It does make a difference, those planars wish your head wasn't even there.
Iknow its a bit offtopic but..Does this mod also favor the he500 soundquality?
post #2422 of 20481

how does the he-400 sound compared to the he-4? ive got he-4's, and im curious. some say the 400 is an upgrade, others say its just a different sound signature

post #2423 of 20481
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Originally Posted by kchapdaily View Post

how does the he-400 sound compared to the he-4? ive got he-4's, and im curious. some say the 400 is an upgrade, others say its just a different sound signature

AFAIK there are two main differences, 1) they are significantly easier to drive, 2) they are more balanced-sounding and less "v"shaped. Oh they are also gonna be a bit heavier (but not as heavy as HE500 or 6).

post #2424 of 20481

How does the grill mod affect the bass?

post #2425 of 20481
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

How does the grill mod affect the bass?

It doesn't, not noticeably anyway. You and others wondering about the grill mod need to understand that all it does is it "opens up" the sound of the drivers, by reducing the backwaves caused by the restrictive stock grills, but that is the only real effect you will observe. Nothing will happen to the sound signature or particular sonic aspects. It'll just sound cleaner and more open.

post #2426 of 20481
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

It doesn't, not noticeably anyway. You and others wondering about the grill mod need to understand that all it does is it "opens up" the sound of the drivers, by reducing the backwaves caused by the restrictive stock grills, but that is the only real effect you will observe. Nothing will happen to the sound signature or particular sonic aspects. It'll just sound cleaner and more open.

 

Seems like there are no drawbacks then. Will definitely give it a try when I get mine. Expecting it next week.

post #2427 of 20481
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

AFAIK there are two main differences, 1) they are significantly easier to drive, 2) they are more balanced-sounding and less "v"shaped. Oh they are also gonna be a bit heavier (but not as heavy as HE500 or 6).

alright nice. im actually a fan of v shaped response cans. thanks for the info

post #2428 of 20481
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Originally Posted by kchapdaily View Post

how does the he-400 sound compared to the he-4? ive got he-4's, and im curious. some say the 400 is an upgrade, others say its just a different sound signature

Recently re-acquired the HE4, and I feel that they are actually more balanced than the HE400, as well as more detailed. However, the HE400 is fuller sounding with more bass.
post #2429 of 20481

 

NEW REV3 with pleathers and velours  pm me if interested before they go up for sale in the for sale n trade thread later today...365.00 shipped in usa only..
 

post #2430 of 20481
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


Recently re-acquired the HE4, and I feel that they are actually more balanced than the HE400, as well as more detailed. However, the HE400 is fuller sounding with more bass.

 

Doesn't sound like your cup tea. You always have liked more bass. tongue.gif

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