I gave that a try along with the E11 and its starting to sound a bit closer to what I enjoy however I currently am using E11 EQ boost + the parametric. For some reason, I cannot get the parametric to sound as good as the hardware boost function. I wish I could copy its settings + add a smudge more.
Most here feel very differently about the bass quality of the he400...texture and impact. For open ortho can, this is the best bass that I've heard outside of the lcd2.2. That's pretty elite company IMO. Of course anyone's opinion on a hp's bass will be relative to their own experience of other hp's they've owned and what their ambition for the sound signature is. The bass that has great slam and texture for me, may sound bass light to you. Partly because of your experience with other equipment, your hearing and many other factors.
While the he400 might qualify as a "bass can," I'd never put that moniker on it. This is a serious headphone that happens to be one of the best at accurate bass reproduction to the point of being somewhat "fun." But no, it is not a basshead can. Not in my estimation. It will not please most of the EDM crowd, at club levels on an e17.
If this is the best bass an open headphone will give me then (I wont ever afford the LCD2) I will just have to settle for it. Do not get me wrong, at quiet to medium listening levels, I do like the texture and impact...and to be honest its growing on me the more I listen to it. There are so many qualities to the HE400 that I absolutely love thus far however I wish it just had more umph to the bass. The part I bolded is what I can best describe the bass as, its accurate and 'somewhat fun'. I just wish I didn't get that "bzzz" noise when I turned it up past a certain point.
Im unsure whenever ill be correct here, but can you check your EQ in the system you are using to run the music?(Laptop for example).
Ive personally had this problem if i used X-bass or Bass Boost settings on my cowon i9, even if i used 0 bass gain on the Fiio E17.
However, after setting it to "Feel the Wind" or "Crystal Clear", the bass did not distor at bass +4 gain 12 volume 60 (again, from cowon i9).
From laptop, i have th EQ set to flat, and at Fiio E17 +2 to bass, and again 0 distortion on bass. For me, a good bass is a "short, impactfull bass that vanishes almost instantly after the sound begins"
My cousin on the other hand likes the type og bass that is "Vibrating and fades away". This is the sort of bass i belive is "distored" and is when i use software eq to increse bass.
Not sure if this is waht you mean, but i hope it helps a bit.
Right now I am using my PC(onboard sound) to winamp(maiko wasapi) to an E11 (Gain high, EQ setting on 2, I think thats +6db?). The PC has all effects/eq off, winamp has all effects/EQ off. Windows volume is set to 80% and winamp volume doesn't allow any control due to the plugin. If I turn windows up to 100% then I more quickly get the "bzz bzz" type of bass so I find turning it down in windows a slight bit and turning the amp up a bit gives me more volume and bass before the 'bzz' type distortion.
For comparison, I borrowed my friends ultrasone 900's and am listening to the same song with the same eq/gain settings. The ultrasone has deep, powerful, rumbling bass, the HE-400s is honestly just buzzing. It no longer sounds like a subwoofer but a tinny bzz bzzz bzzz sound. I realize these(ultrasone) things are considered bass monsters but they have more of that type of bass I am looking for. I can feel my ear move, I can feel my ear shake/vibrate when the song calls for it. The problem is I don't like how the highs and mids sound on these. The sheer clarity that the HE400's have over them is amazing, however, I just cant seem to turn these up to good levels without a good amount of distortion.
Edited by BrokeStudent - 1/16/13 at 8:04am