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post #8686 of 20394
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

Has anyone tried this cool mod from BTG Audio on their HE-400?

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I'm really tempted to get rid of those tiny ear ring connectors and have the mini-XLR. A lighter and more flexible cable would be a bonus.

Steve
I'm thinking of getting them to do this too mine, TwinQY posted it earlier... You've disowned your family... tongue.gif
post #8687 of 20394
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

 

 

They bumped it up to 150 hours now? Did they extend their return policy or something?

 

I really wouldn't worry about burn in. They sound just as good out of the box as they do 500 hours later. Although by then your ears may have adjusted better to the sound signature.

I have read the gamut of views on this "burn-in" phenomenon. To my ears, the 400 did sound increasingly better (I did plug it to my ipod and let it play for 4 days straight) but now I sense they are "plateauing".

post #8688 of 20394
Have a Ray Samuels Predator on the way for the HE400, wondering if anyone has experience with this pairing?
post #8689 of 20394
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

Has anyone tried this cool mod from BTG Audio on their HE-400?

 

Hifiman Locking plug Mod

 

I'm really tempted to get rid of those tiny ear ring connectors and have the mini-XLR. A lighter and more flexible cable would be a bonus.

 

Steve

Great minds think alike wink.gif With this I could even just use my spare LCD-2 cables instead of blowing the much-needed HE-6 budget on custom cables.

 

Grill-modders, my rice-paper dust cover didn't exactly fare too well over the months, so was wondering about the latest "in-thing" for dust covers since my info's quite outdated. Are the pantyhose-mesh still being used or should I stick with no cover at all?

post #8690 of 20394
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Terrific. I'm in....thanks a bundle for the heads-up!

 

Modular, did you see this post?

 

I think during the event, you should expect to see / hear:

 

Headphones:

 

  • Stax 009 headphones @ $4,500
  • Some Grado
  • Some AKG
  • Audeze LCD-2
  • Audeze LCD-3
  • HifiMAN HE-400
  • HifiMAN HE-500
  • HifiMAN HE-6 (If Darryl shows up)
  • Mad Dogs
  • Some Fostex T50 modded variants
  • Sennheiser varieties

 

 

Amps:

 

  • Schiit amp
  • HeadAmp's offerings (Blue Hawaii, Pico, etc.)
  • Leckerton
  • + Others

 

I think I'll be sitting this meet out.  I might be post-surgical at that time and in recovery.

post #8691 of 20394
Original HE-400 With Mini XLR Post (Click to show)

Quote:

Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

Has anyone tried this cool mod from BTG Audio on their HE-400?

 

Hifiman Locking plug Mod

 

I'm really tempted to get rid of those tiny ear ring connectors and have the mini-XLR. A lighter and more flexible cable would be a bonus.

 

Steve

 

 

One thing that has to seriously be considered is the length of those mini XLR connectors.  They will protrude down and possibly bump your shoulder if you turn your head too quickly.  I'd love to see an angled variety for the HE-400 like has been done with the Audeze.  They have angled connector points at the cup level, and appears to be a great design for use with the mini XLR.

 

 

 

post #8692 of 20394
Again, on the side of functionality over aesthetics. The angled connectors on the LCD2 doesn't look nice, but it sure feels nice.

Seriously though, Hifiman needs to go mini-XLR going forward.
post #8693 of 20394
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I think during the event, you should expect to see / hear:

 

Headphones:

 

  • Stax 009 headphones @ $4,500
  • Some Grado
  • Some AKG
  • Audeze LCD-2
  • Audeze LCD-3
  • HifiMAN HE-400
  • HifiMAN HE-500
  • HifiMAN HE-6 (If Darryl shows up)
  • Mad Dogs
  • Some Fostex T50 modded variants
  • Sennheiser varieties

 

 

Amps:

 

  • Schiit amp
  • HeadAmp's offerings (Blue Hawaii, Pico, etc.)
  • Leckerton
  • + Others

 

I think I'll be sitting this meet out.  I might be post-surgical at that time and in recovery.

 

Thanks for your information. The HE 400 and 500 are on my short list.  I'd also be intereted in the upper end Grados....So, this should be a really good opportunity.

 

Best wishes for your surgury

post #8694 of 20394
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Again, on the side of functionality over aesthetics. The angled connectors on the LCD2 doesn't look nice, but it sure feels nice.

Seriously though, Hifiman needs to go mini-XLR going forward.

Those aftermarket mXLR connectors look bulky and unwieldy though (at least relative to the Hifiman connectors), is that unintentional or a limitation of the connector type?

post #8695 of 20394
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Those aftermarket mXLR connectors look bulky and unwieldy though (at least relative to the Hifiman connectors), is that unintentional or a limitation of the connector type?

Perhaps for the 4 pin mXLR, but the AKG style 3 pin mini XLR is quite small. But yeah, the LCD2 type of XLR is a bit unwieldy for the Hifimans, IMHO.
post #8696 of 20394
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

 

I think I'll be sitting this meet out.  I might be post-surgical at that time and in recovery.

 

I hope it's not too serious, good luck, and get well soon!

post #8697 of 20394
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I think during the event, you should expect to see / hear:

 

Headphones:

 

  • Stax 009 headphones @ $4,500
  • Some Grado
  • Some AKG
  • Audeze LCD-2
  • Audeze LCD-3
  • HifiMAN HE-400
  • HifiMAN HE-500
  • HifiMAN HE-6 (If Darryl shows up)
  • Mad Dogs
  • Some Fostex T50 modded variants
  • Sennheiser varieties

 

 

Amps:

 

  • Schiit amp
  • HeadAmp's offerings (Blue Hawaii, Pico, etc.)
  • Leckerton
  • + Others

 

I think I'll be sitting this meet out.  I might be post-surgical at that time and in recovery.

 

I wish I could go...

post #8698 of 20394
Quote:
Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I think during the event, you should expect to see / hear:

 

Headphones:

 

  • Stax 009 headphones @ $4,500
  • Some Grado
  • Some AKG
  • Audeze LCD-2
  • Audeze LCD-3
  • HifiMAN HE-400
  • HifiMAN HE-500
  • HifiMAN HE-6 (If Darryl shows up)
  • Mad Dogs
  • Some Fostex T50 modded variants
  • Sennheiser varieties

 

 

Amps:

 

  • Schiit amp
  • HeadAmp's offerings (Blue Hawaii, Pico, etc.)
  • Leckerton
  • + Others

 

I think I'll be sitting this meet out.  I might be post-surgical at that time and in recovery.

Ah, thanks for the info Wayne, I'll definitely try to make it out.  It's not too far from home, either.  There are likely going to be some cans here I've been curious to try.  Sorry to hear about your situation, though - I hope everything goes well!

 

Original HE-400 With Mini XLR Post (Click to show)

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

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Hifiman Locking plug Mod

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing that has to seriously be considered is the length of those mini XLR connectors.  They will protrude down and possibly bump your shoulder if you turn your head too quickly.  I'd love to see an angled variety for the HE-400 like has been done with the Audeze.  They have angled connector points at the cup level, and appears to be a great design for use with the mini XLR.

 

 

 

 

I've been considering this mod, and I've contacted Brian at BTG to get some more details on his process.  I'm currently making a cable so I'm debating on how to terminate the cup connectors, depending on if I want to attempt the mXLR mod.  I too would prefer an angled connector, so I may have to try my hand at crafting one.  It possibly wouldn't require any modification of the cup, which could be a plus.  I'm thinking of using a small project box and contouring it to the shape of the cup, or I may have to mold my own...oh, the possibilities!  I'll probably stick with the SMC connector for now and make another cable later.

post #8699 of 20394

I ordered a pair of HE-400s about 3 weeks ago.  They were out of stock, so I've been waiting and waiting, then finally, they are shipped from Hong Kong by FedEx.  I eagerly follow the tracking for 10 days until today, the expected day of delivery.  They were delivered whilst I was out at work, but the next door neighbour signed for them.  I get home from work and she's not in!!  Aarrrggh!  I know my beautiful new headphones are right next door, but I still can't have them and I'm going out soon to play trumpet in the show Miss Saigon!  I might just break into her house and get them myself....
 

post #8700 of 20394
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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post

I ordered a pair of HE-400s about 3 weeks ago.  They were out of stock, so I've been waiting and waiting, then finally, they are shipped from Hong Kong by FedEx.  I eagerly follow the tracking for 10 days until today, the expected day of delivery.  They were delivered whilst I was out at work, but the next door neighbour signed for them.  I get home from work and she's not in!!  Aarrrggh!  I know my beautiful new headphones are right next door, but I still can't have them and I'm going out soon to play trumpet in the show Miss Saigon!  I might just break into her house and get them myself....
 

You go do that amigo...we''ll post bail for you. biggrin.gif

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