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post #4816 of 17699
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

 

Sorry but I haven't tried actual stockings, I didn't bother because I knew I wanted exactly how the pleather screens sounded so didn't want to go the extra length and test out stocking fabric.

 

Interesting. What was your thought process when choosing between the thicker pleather screen vs the more transparent velour one for the J$ pads? I would have thought the more the transparent the better regardless but I haven't heard the J$ pads as I haven't received them yet. Do they have a huge treble spike that you are trying to cut down with the thicker nylon?

post #4817 of 17699
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Originally Posted by merkil View Post

 

Interesting. What was your thought process when choosing between the thicker pleather screen vs the more transparent velour one for the J$ pads? I would have thought the more the transparent the better regardless but I haven't heard the J$ pads as I haven't received them yet. Do they have a huge treble spike that you are trying to cut down with the thicker nylon?

Yep, my HE500s sound a bit too bright with velours / velour nylon screen / no screen, but just right with the thicker nylon from pleathers.

 

A similar effect with HE400 I think, for those who complain about its tizzy treble.

post #4818 of 17699

Trying the velours again after a good bender with pleathers.

 

I've gotten so good at pad installs that I can have them swapped in like a minute flat.

post #4819 of 17699
A minute? Step up your game, son! biggrin.gif
post #4820 of 17699

I should say "so good" relative to my previous attempts :)

post #4821 of 17699

A brief description of my first experience with the HE-400:  SPELLBINDING.  The first albums I listened to were Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come, Agalloch - The Mantle and Com Truise - In Decay for variety (probably 3 of my most listened to recently).  Though I'm still waiting for my Magni, I ran them via my E11 and was entranced.  No regrets here!

post #4822 of 17699
Thread Starter 

^^ Just fired up Ornette Coleman...awesome for improvisational jazz. Somewhat similar to Miles Davis. Thanks for the heads up on that one!! Glad that you're liking the he400's. 

post #4823 of 17699
So, I'm heading towards ordering a pair of 400s; I'd be driving them with a first-gen Audio-GD NFB-12. How's that pairing?

In keeping with good audio practice, I'd probaby be willing to spend around the price of the HPs for a DAC and amp, if I were to upgrade.

I listen mostly to pop/rock, "classic" jazz (Miles, Trane, Monk), and small-group and solo classical. I'd like to maximize the imaging (which I know is a strong suit of these 'phones), have a realistic, stable, soundstage, and a fairly balanced sound (although, at my age, a little extra treble is not a bad thing).

I'm currently listening to ATH-AD700s, which have a ridiculous (in the good way) soundstage, but seem light in the bass and a little "thin" overall. Want better. Y'all know the feeling. biggrin.gif

Would something like a Little Dot Mk III and an ODAC be a meaningful upgrade? Other ideas?

Thanks for advice and comments.
post #4824 of 17699
Thread Starter 

It sounds to me that the he400's would be a good match for you. Just what you may be looking for actually. And that nfb12 is fine. I'd stick with it for awhile unless your'e just itching to spend some more money. I had the he400 with a couple different audio gd amps and they sounded quite good together. So, go ahead and pull the trigger and enjoy. Imaging is special on these. 

post #4825 of 17699
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Originally Posted by dshlapak View Post

So, I'm heading towards ordering a pair of 400s; I'd be driving them with a first-gen Audio-GD NFB-12. How's that pairing?

In keeping with good audio practice, I'd probaby be willing to spend around the price of the HPs for a DAC and amp, if I were to upgrade.

I listen mostly to pop/rock, "classic" jazz (Miles, Trane, Monk), and small-group and solo classical. I'd like to maximize the imaging (which I know is a strong suit of these 'phones), have a realistic, stable, soundstage, and a fairly balanced sound (although, at my age, a little extra treble is not a bad thing).

I'm currently listening to ATH-AD700s, which have a ridiculous (in the good way) soundstage, but seem light in the bass and a little "thin" overall. Want better. Y'all know the feeling. biggrin.gif

Would something like a Little Dot Mk III and an ODAC be a meaningful upgrade? Other ideas?

Thanks for advice and comments.


nfb-12 has the power, but the dac is holding it back.  I dont think you can bypass it either, so the DAC greatly limits the NFB-12.  ODAC or bifrost made the world of difference for me

post #4826 of 17699
I now have a pair of OEM HE-400s... as in no Hifiman branding... nor left/right markers (that's what the cable markings are for). That cheap ass lettering was starting to rub off, so I took my nail to it and rubbed it off completely (it just comes off like nothing). Now it's perfectly smooth and blue. No atrocious, cheap looking Hifiman logos. rolleyes.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/12/13 at 7:03pm
post #4827 of 17699
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I now have a pair of OEM HE-400s... as in no Hifiman branding... nor left/right markers (that's what the cable markings are for). That cheap ass lettering was starting to rub off, so I took my nail to it and rubbed it off completely. Now it's perfectly smooth and blue. No atrocious, cheap looking Hifiman logos. rolleyes.gif

 

Sounds like you decided not to bother worrying about reselling them then? Dude you should totally save up and Pimp Yo Cans.

 

I would go for a custom colour, maybe a dark red with silver specks.


Edited by jerg - 1/12/13 at 7:03pm
post #4828 of 17699
I'll still probably sell them. If people are so worried about Hifiman branding, they shouldn't bother buying these as it will come off eventually.

That area is perfect anyways, just no branding.



It looks even more classy without it anyways. Like prototype HE-400s.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/12/13 at 7:05pm
post #4829 of 17699

Did you scratch off the L and R too?

post #4830 of 17699

The hifiman logo reminds me of like a retro looking deli meat sticker.

 

Deli meat headphones!

 

I still won't rub it off though, I like it broadcasting the model number to the world/resell prospects.

 

Plus, it shows that I am. a Hi Fi man.


Edited by earphiler - 1/12/13 at 7:19pm
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