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Actually, it sorta is.  Purrin's graphs are calibrated by ear based off his very flat measuring near-monitor speakers.  His graphs are about halfway in-between Tyll's compensated and raw graphs.

post #8357 of 17908

Are his speakers 30 degrees off axis though?

post #8358 of 17908

You'd have to ask him!  Point is, his measurements are closer to flat.  Both systems are great to use as long as you know the properties of their compensation and how to interpret them.

post #8359 of 17908

You guys are nerds

post #8360 of 17908
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. rolleyes.gif

 

The distance that the J$s puts the ears away from the drivers accentuates treble and bass relative to midrange, it's not even a matter of damping. Midrange becomes more prominent (relative to treble and bass) when your ears are closer to the drivers, try it, it is an apparent effect even sans earpads. 

Well I can clearly hear a more prominent midrange on the J$s, and I don't think distance from the driver is all that matters in this case.

The opening is smaller on the J$s, and the pads are cylinder shaped. This might cause an increase in the upper midrange since the sound waves are more concentrated. And are less spread out.

 

I can clearly hear a more prominent midrange, I'm not saying you're wrong, maybe the dimensions on our pads were slightly different? We all know the J$s aren't perfect.

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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

You guys are nerds

Does this make you a hipster?

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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

Does this make you a hipster?

Hah I just don't understand measurements, is all.

post #8363 of 17908
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Hah I just don't understand measurements, is all.

I only understand frequency responses :(

 

I guess we're all nerds here on head-fi...

post #8364 of 17908

Speaking of Foobar 2000 EQ, is there a commonly used configuration that helps "balance" the 400 anyone could share?

 

I must say the 400's are growing on me a bit. I'm likely just not used to such a revealing headphone. I still feel a "hollowness" exists, but man that bass sure is satisfying.

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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

 We all know the J$s aren't perfect.

 

I don't know this. The J$ made all my hopes and dreams come true.biggrin.gif

post #8366 of 17908

All I can say I WOW, the imaging and separation is like nothing I've ever heard before not to mention the detail.  Also the mids are amazing and not to recessed at all and the bass is super clean and impactful with great depth, ok I'm done typing back to musical bliss.

 

Oh one thing I hate is the huge cord, its very cumbersome.


Edited by Techno Kid - 3/8/13 at 12:38pm
post #8367 of 17908
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

Well I can clearly hear a more prominent midrange on the J$s, and I don't think distance from the driver is all that matters in this case.

The opening is smaller on the J$s, and the pads are cylinder shaped. This might cause an increase in the upper midrange since the sound waves are more concentrated. And are less spread out.

 

I can clearly hear a more prominent midrange, I'm not saying you're wrong, maybe the dimensions on our pads were slightly different? We all know the J$s aren't perfect.

I dunno but that just sounds like speculations without any real basis. 

 

In terms of variations between J$s, practically it is only cosmetic differences, which should not at all discernible constitute sound variations. The difference between J$s and other pads are overwhelmingly more drastic (completely different materials/dimensions/shapes/damping).

 

Maybe you could contact purrin and see if he is interested in measuring the J$ pads on HE500s or HE400s; the results could be compared against stock / jergpad measurements.

 

 

 

 


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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Hah I just don't understand measurements, is all.

 

If you think discussions about headphone measurement compensation is nerdy, you've seen nothing yet. Speaker-talk is leagues ahead in terms of convolutedness and nerd-level (aka tend to delve much deeper into actual acoustic sciences).

post #8368 of 17908

I just got mine, and man, the pleathers really sound bad compared to what I remember the velours sounding like.

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I got mine yesterday through a friend (he bought it for me) from head-amp, but I only got the pleathers....I thought it always comes with velours from Justin...blink.gif

post #8370 of 17908

You guys certainly do sound like HE-400 apologists, especially when claims that the HE-400 is as good as the LCD-2 are thrown around. 

 

I'm convinced the HE-400 is a good, but flawed headphone. Vocals disappear behind the drums, hi-hats, and instruments when they clearly shouldn't. Sibilance is a frequent problem and treble balance is also an issue. The "thinness" of the overall sound is also a negative. Plus, the lack of decent bass impact with velours and a less-than-ideal subbass extension. 

 

In the end the HE-400 is very technically adept but I don't think I can call it "musical". It doesn't make the music fun and engaging the way my D2000s did, for instance (and I'm sure there's a multitude of headphones that can be described as more musical in or around this price range). 


Edited by jiggahwhat - 3/8/13 at 3:46pm
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