Somebody mentioned that drums sound great on the HE-400, I tend to agree
09 - Lateralus.zip 4,832k .zip file
My viewpoint on this is:
If it requires $1,000+ Headphones with $500+ Amps to sound enjoyable....... you need to fix the song.
Though I was looking at saving up for them as my end-game.
Is it the song that needs to be fixed, or the artist? I've been asking myself the same question for a few years - what has made Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga so freakin' popular?
After a month of using the HE-400 im quite ready to give my final impression on the headphones :D.
I have changed my feeling in many songs that i felt too agressive for my ears, to "quality of the recording is too low to listen to this crap".
For example, i always loved Linking Park, but many of their songs were too strident for me (hurting my ears). After using the 400s i can enjoy every song from this group.
Now, i use the Fiio E17 and i will most likely be looking for an upgrade, as i would not settle for lower quality at this point.
Also, i am eliminating almost every single non FLAC song i got, except a few i have a special sentiment to.
On another note, Volume cant be "too loud" for me anymore, but my ears do remind me from time to time that i should not be a dumbass.
On the Treble and Bass settings from the E17, i have both at 0 right now, yet i had to use -6 on treble at start, so i belive the burn in helps a bit here. (or my own ears got use to it).
Definitly an amazing investment, highly recommended, and remindment to use them for at least a month to really get the hang of them.
My next step is probably going to be Hifiman Flagship with best amp out there (when i win the lotery or somethin like that).
Time to give my wallet a small rest (still need aftermarket cable and velour pads thou).
Guys I don't think sharing the files on this site is a good idea. Our usage would not fit under "fair use" and no matter what anybody says, sharing short passages of music for "demo" purpose is not allowed by most musicians and labels. It could have a negative impact on Head-Fi. Your best bet would be to have a separate blogspot site or something, share the passages there for with an email for takedown requests. Just have to recommend things and hope people can acquire the stuff on their own (ahem, waffles.fm, what.cd)
As someone who has been in web journalism/writing/editing for seven years, I'm absolutely positive they don't fit under "fair use." For it to be fair use, it would have to be like, a review about that song specifically. They wouldn't attack any users here, and it's likely they never even notice, but if they did, Head-Fi would almost certainly get a takedown notice, and if it persisted, further action.
It sucks because it's a great idea, given that the only other option is like, YouTube and such, which isn't CD-quality.
You're not downloading off Youtube. It's on Google's servers, not your PC.
Simple: Head-Fi gets the takedown notice as opposed to Google. The latter is much better equipped to handle them.
Downloading isn't the problem, it's uploading.
Also, I can already hear a difference after only about 15 hours of burn-in. Definitely looking forward to the finished product.
Anyone know if I need to burn in the full suggested 150 hours? Or is there a point where it doesn't matter a whole ton...?