griff is spot on there, if the masters are bad no amount of "remastering" will save them. then it becomes a question of does changing them in essence destroy the original intent or historical merit. I say just go with it but that's me. Modern recordings should sound cleaner even if the artist uses feedback and fuzz effects.
Just last week at a local headfi meeting I got a chance to listen to the HE-400 and knew in thirty seconds I'd be getting a pair. I know that seems a short audition, I did listen for a few more songs but the initial impression hadn't changed.my mind. So here I am with the new headphones and the modi/magni stack on order. I've been using an emu-202 and they sound very good but I can't help but think the a dac / amp pairing is a step up. The emu puts out 3/4 of a watt, not bad, and does 24/96 and everything in between. To be fair I did hear them on a Burson Audio HA-160D, thats a nice amp/dac combo!
I have maybe 20 hours on them, tried a tube preamp with them, nice. an android, ok but a little anemic, best sound so far is from the outboard soundcard.
I watched the video of changing the pads, it this so easy that I'm over thinking it? tear off, insert tab and rotate to lock, slide back insert any errant tab and check the seat?
edit: much too easy to change. pop it out, pop it in.
Edited by ri_toast - 1/13/13 at 11:03am