Originally Posted by CRUZMISL
As for impressions, only been using them for an hour or so and I already much prefer the comfort. The main reason I wanted to change is because it is currently very hot where I live (regularly high 30's (100 Fahrenheit)) if not more. Was 40 degrees on Christmas day!
I'm not sure how good I am at describing what I hear but the first thing I noticed was that the bass was not as prominent. It's all still present, after listening more I think it is just quicker to decay, tighter?
I'm noticing the treble more but it sounds great, more airy. Noticing the mids more also, I think both these are because the bass is not as dominant.
I was using the pleathers with the spacer still inside so perhaps the change of pads was more significant than if I was not using the spacer?
Good description, I'd say it's about on par with my experience after a short period with velour (to having forgotten the signature) to pleathers for a few weeks back to velour.
Definitely more airy, bass dissipates quicker than pleather imo (probably because it's not the perfectly tight seal like pleather? dunno) but that's not a bad thing, it allows for less of a V-shaped signature so many attribute to HE-400 with stock config of pleather (mids less emphasized).
With velour, it honestly reminds me of HD650 with still more bass, unreal imaging, and the speed/detail needed for EDM. It definitely appears brighter, though thinned a bit in certain details. Certain instrument/samples less emphasized seem recessed, whereas the prominent instruments/samples shine a bit more. Made for a lovely listening experience with Air - Moon Safari and Postal Service's album while closing my eyes and just focusing on the music (and headphone details).
I'd imagine any basshead who prefers raw bass, would prefer pleather. But the pleather is syrupy and has its own merits aside from that, it's a bit closer soundstage I think?
I can't wait to try J$ beyers sometime as it seems like a blend of the two based on Jerg's reaction.
At first I found velour sort of harsh and piercing when I first got he-400, but either it evened out with actual burn-in, brain burn-in, or fixing my O2 amp (making sure the solder points don't make contact with the aluminum box). That's what urged me to try pleather for a while. But returning to velour, they are now silky smooth and more forgiving of bad recordings than pleather if memory serves me right.
I'm bad at summarizing sonic qualities as well is the bottom line...