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Quoted for posterity.   wink.gif

 

He gotcha on that one. biggrin.gif

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Sold my HE-400s, I simply enjoyed my DT990s more. May have to purchase those again some time.

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Mad Lust Envy's son?

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Lol, considering I did the same thing...though I eventually missed the HE400 and got rid of the 990....again.
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Finally got my hands on the HE-400. I must say I'm in love with it! Worth every penny. I'll come back with my first impressions of it.

 

Forgot to ask you guys something: any album recommendation to fully enjoy this headphone? smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by torresfelipe - 12/27/12 at 8:39am
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Finally got my hands on the HE-400. I must say I'm in love with it! Worth every penny. I'll come back with my first impressions of it.

 

Forgot to ask you guys something: any album recommendation to fully enjoy this headphone? smily_headphones1.gif

 

This one gets mentioned a lot around here, but the MTV unplugged Alice in Chains album sounds phenomenal with these cans. 

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Sold my HE-400s, I simply enjoyed my DT990s more. May have to purchase those again some time.

Interesting, I compared the two (DT 990 Premium 250 ohm) quite thoroughly and thought the HE-400 did better in 9.5/10 cases.

post #3698 of 18086
The HE-400 is better in most cases, but the DT990 has a certain fun factor that it has over the HE-400, as well as a more open and spacious soundstage.
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The HE-400 is better in most cases, but the DT990 has a certain fun factor that it has over the HE-400, as well as a more open and spacious soundstage.

 

For me, I'll live with a slightly smaller sound stage in the HE-400s.  While it might be minimized compared to other cans such as the DT-990s, I still think it is far above what some of the other offerings I've experienced in the past.  I could spend $200+ to opt for another headphone solution to use with the HE-400.  But, to me, my bigger priority at the moment is getting a better head band cushion built for mine.  I do know that members have posted various methods of improvements for theirs with the Sennheiser pads, etc. on the head band.  However, I'm a kind of guy that likes my headphones to look stock, or as the manufacturer would have intended.  So, my work will focus on using the same materials for a better head band.  I have all the supplies and materials, which will allow me to proceed with the task during this upcoming extended weekend.  I'll get some pictures posted of the completed work.

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I also have a Senn HD600 with me right now and although it's a night and day difference regarding comfort levels, I found the HE-400 pretty good. Yes, it's heavy, the clamp force is above the average, but overall it's a comfortable headphone.

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it looks like they'll be back in on monday

 

Thanks (and appreciate the quick replies to my e-mails).

Just ordered them from your site. Look forward to finally checking these out!

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- Should audio quality and fidelity be great when running [ iPhone (Spotify) > e17 > HE-400 ] or [ Laptop (Spotify) > e17 > HE-400 ] ?

 

 

Using the E17 with laptop will sound better because using the E17 via USB will allow its DAC to be used.  Running off the iPhone the iPhone's internal DAC will be used instead of the E17s.

post #3703 of 18086

Good morning to everyone,

I'd like to buy a headphone for movies (I usually watch blu-ray and/or mkv with Powerdvd or MPC-HC).

Budget is not a problem, but I'd like to buy a very high quality headphone. I read many reviews and I think that HE-400 could be a great choice for this, and I'd like to have some opinions. I watch everything by PC so I will buy a Soundblaster Zxr when it arrives and I think it's good for the HE-400, right?

Is it a good choice for me?

Thank you very much

Francesco

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For me, I'll live with a slightly smaller sound stage in the HE-400s.  While it might be minimized compared to other cans such as the DT-990s, I still think it is far above what some of the other offerings I've experienced in the past.  I could spend $200+ to opt for another headphone solution to use with the HE-400.  But, to me, my bigger priority at the moment is getting a better head band cushion built for mine.  I do know that members have posted various methods of improvements for theirs with the Sennheiser pads, etc. on the head band.  However, I'm a kind of guy that likes my headphones to look stock, or as the manufacturer would have intended.  So, my work will focus on using the same materials for a better head band.  I have all the supplies and materials, which will allow me to proceed with the task during this upcoming extended weekend.  I'll get some pictures posted of the completed work.

 

Anxious to see how it turns out Wayne. Please post when you've got it completed. 

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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

For me, I'll live with a slightly smaller sound stage in the HE-400s.  While it might be minimized compared to other cans such as the DT-990s, I still think it is far above what some of the other offerings I've experienced in the past.  I could spend $200+ to opt for another headphone solution to use with the HE-400.  But, to me, my bigger priority at the moment is getting a better head band cushion built for mine.  I do know that members have posted various methods of improvements for theirs with the Sennheiser pads, etc. on the head band.  However, I'm a kind of guy that likes my headphones to look stock, or as the manufacturer would have intended.  So, my work will focus on using the same materials for a better head band.  I have all the supplies and materials, which will allow me to proceed with the task during this upcoming extended weekend.  I'll get some pictures posted of the completed work.

The key is to actually increase the padding on the two wings of the headband, so that it has a more abrupt cushion curvature. The stock headband exerts all the downward pressure to the center 1/3 length of the headband, while the two 1/3 portions on the sides don't even make any contact with the head. That's why the generic beyer/hifiman/grado/senn headband wrap cushion that a lot of people got worked really well since it had enough "give" to mold to the curvature of the head.

 

Optimally you don't want any molding though, and instead the padding should be shaped for the head even before any use.

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