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post #6871 of 17959
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

I just got the HD800 & I'm thoroughly smitten with it.. that being said, the HE-400 certainly isn't going anywhere nor is it getting shunned for it's (comparatively) 'inferior' performance.. I still love it & anticipate using it often.

How do you find HD800's tonality to your liking, relative to a planar magnetic tonal balance like HE400?

 

I dunno, the times I auditioned HD800, it always felt too fast and "light" in sound signature. 

post #6872 of 17959
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

It's interesting to note how many non-HE400 summit-fi owners come by and chill in the HE400 thread lol, the summit-fi threads must be getting cold and lonely and everyone huddles to the camp-fire here.

 

I had the HE400 on loan for a month or 2 not too long ago :)

post #6873 of 17959

Hi guys:

 

After congratulating all of you that rooted for the Ravens and commiserating with those of you that rooted for the Niners (including myself), back to serious business :). Although Hifiman claims the HE-400 can be driven by the iDevices, in my 3-day experience, I find that is just not the case (though the Ipad 3 is better) and amping is necessary. Has that been your experience as well ?

Second, I have plugged the HE-400 to my iDevice and playing it almost continuously for 3 days now as part of the "burin-in" process. Is this necessary or overkill ?

 

Thanks

post #6874 of 17959
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Hi guys:

 

After congratulating all of you that rooted for the Ravens and commiserating with those of you that rooted for the Niners (including myself), back to serious business :). Although Hifiman claims the HE-400 can be driven by the iDevices, in my 3-day experience, I find that is just not the case (though the Ipad 3 is better) and amping is necessary. Has that been your experience as well ?

Second, I have plugged the HE-400 to my iDevice and playing it almost continuously for 3 days now as part of the "burin-in" process. Is this necessary or overkill ?

 

Thanks

 

Lol just listen to them and you will see :)

Nobody never said you cant listen during burn-in :D

 

Also, you should listen slightly louder when burning them in so keep that in mind as well :P

post #6875 of 17959

I'm pleased to say I am now an HE-400 owner beyersmile.png.

I couldn't wait till the DHL-man came and handed me the package.

 

I'm listening to the first couple of songs now, 96kh/24bit rip on my Mac Mini, sent to my FiiO E17 and to my headphones.

 

Coming from an HD-555...wow! There is an overall increase in clarity, and especially the drums are just pounding right now.

post #6876 of 17959

Do the velours soften up over time? They are really stiff =/

post #6877 of 17959
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Originally Posted by DFoo View Post

Do the velours soften up over time? They are really stiff =/


Yup, they do. If you can't wait, just wash 'em with some soap or something. They are a bit stiff, though.

post #6878 of 17959
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Originally Posted by DFoo View Post

Do the velours soften up over time? They are really stiff =/

I have two pairs. The one I've used from day one is quite a bit softer than the ones I haven't used. Give it time, they should soften up.
post #6879 of 17959
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


I have two pairs. The one I've used from day one is quite a bit softer than the ones I haven't used. Give it time, they should soften up.

 

alright, gonna use the velours until i get some pantyhose for my j$ pads. loving the sound out of the he-400s, especially compared to the slightly fatiguing sr225s I was using before

post #6880 of 17959
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Originally Posted by Implar View Post

I'm pleased to say I am now an HE-400 owner beyersmile.png.

I couldn't wait till the DHL-man came and handed me the package.

 

I'm listening to the first couple of songs now, 96kh/24bit rip on my Mac Mini, sent to my FiiO E17 and to my headphones.

 

Coming from an HD-555...wow! There is an overall increase in clarity, and especially the drums are just pounding right now.


I know what you mean, when I first put them on I was floored at how amazing the drums and cymbals sounded. "The Court of the Crimson King" - King Crimson was just amazing.

post #6881 of 17959
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Hi guys:

 

After congratulating all of you that rooted for the Ravens and commiserating with those of you that rooted for the Niners (including myself), back to serious business :). Although Hifiman claims the HE-400 can be driven by the iDevices, in my 3-day experience, I find that is just not the case (though the Ipad 3 is better) and amping is necessary. Has that been your experience as well ?

Second, I have plugged the HE-400 to my iDevice and playing it almost continuously for 3 days now as part of the "burin-in" process. Is this necessary or overkill ?

 

Thanks

My Cowon X7 has pretty much no headroom when I drive them with it, which most likely isn't very good for dynamics. Although it is hard to tell the difference between it and my Asgard at equal volumes. I'm guessing they must be pretty quiet with iDevices given that I recall  my Cowon being near double the volume of my nano.

 

And also, really any burn in is overkill, even though they now tell you to in the manual...

post #6882 of 17959

My ipod nano second gen is a little quiet with the HE400, but when running it with rockbox it gets much louder. Doesn't sound too bad either, but I can definitely detect some distortion in the bass when at max volume.

post #6883 of 17959
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

My ipod nano second gen is a little quiet with the HE400, but when running it with rockbox it gets much louder. Doesn't sound too bad either, but I can definitely detect some distortion in the bass when at max volume.

If it gets louder with a software change you're probably lowering the power headroom and losing some dynamics. I'm guessing max volume with rockbox would cause some clipping.

post #6884 of 17959

While I'm in the process of modding the velour pads, here is the result of another project:

 

I wanted to build a steampunk like headphone stand. All the parts cost me about 30 usd.

post #6885 of 17959
Thread Starter 

^^ Nice hp stand!! Just goes to show that you can build one out of just about anything. wink.gif

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