Great source for the HE-400 if you're interested in trying out tubes - http://www.head-fi.org/t/633006/aune-t1-usb-tube-dac-amp-discussion-thread-see-first-post-for-faq/
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Agreed although I like her song Shadows more. I bought about half of her album a couple months ago. I'm hoping with her next album she pulls away from the wubwubwub a bit.
Edited by FuzzyD - 3/16/13 at 10:20pm
Why do some people say that pairing a tube amp with these headphones isn't the best idea? I have a tube amp atm (Aune T1) and the sound I get is very satisfying, pleasant and transparent. at 16 dB gain I can turn up the volume to unbearable levels. What would be the improvement(s) if I got myself a SS amp?
You have a SS amp with a tube buffer DAC...
Huh? The connector on the cup to connect the cable? They are all gold.
Yes they can fit extreme metal due to their fast response. 32nd bass drum notes are nicely defined and do not overlap with each other due to the driver's transient response. But even drivers are fast, they don't lack power as long as you feed them right. Plus the cymbals really shine. Though "too underground" or "low-budget" albums may seem sibilant or harsh. For what it's worth, HE-400 is my best headphone to listen The Faceless albums providing I'm on a quiet enviroment. They're just sick!
Yes, yes and yes. I find extreme metal to be the toughest genre of all three, just because it's so jammed with instruments and sounds. Without a good seperation and a very high resolution in sound you miss out on a lot. The HE-400 has excellent seperation and resolution so this genre fits it perfectly.
I did a quick check, going back and forth between the RS-1s (with flat pads), and the HE 400s (with velour pads.) Same material, same amp. I had to turn the volume up for the HE400s, as the RS-1s are more sensitive. Other than that, the same testing parameters. What I hear is, the HE-400s are more lush, more bass, way bigger sound stage. The stereo sound comes from behind my ears all the way to the front (mono). The RS-1s are more brittle sounding, and the stereo sound is right at your ears, and in the middle of your head for mono. The biggest difference I hear is, the HE-400s sound like speakers, not headphones. The sound comes from out around your head. The only "con" is, the weight. The HE-400s are heavy--440 grams or 14.5 ozs. They feel like they weight four or five times as much as the RS-1s. The weight is going to take some getting use to. The sound is not--they sound great!
Edited by Oldandslow - 3/17/13 at 9:27am
You get used to the weight quite fast. I'm not a big guy, weigh only about 66 kg. But the weight isn't an issue. My hair can get a bit flattened out by the headband though :p
Same with one of the connectors on my HE-500.
I tried this phone for a few days, had it on loan from a friend.
I must have been expecting too much, I suppose....my first listen to a planar magnetic phone.
They just did not have the wow factor that I was expecting, that plus the weight send me back to my RS1i's pretty quickly
My RS1 seemed a lot more fun, made the guitars sing way more and the 9 oz. weight was much more comfortable.
I am glad that I tried them though...they are a great looking phone.
If I could suggest, don't use just the HifiMAN HE-400 as a basis towards all orthos or HifiMAN headphones. Based upon your one sentence, I could direct you towards the HE-4 and you'd be quite surprised. The HE-4 is lighter, but has a different, detailed high end when compared to the HE-4. I've been a major Grado fan in the past. However, I've heard and owned so many other headphones since then, I can no longer put a Grado on and enjoy them. I never thought I'd ever be in that position because Grado used to mean so much to me.
[crap: this is post 4,001 - so much for retaining my post count at a nice, even number.]
Congrats bud, the 400s were my recent bday self-gift as well.
Might want to check if Moon actually has them available tomorrow. I called to ask a shipping question after I placed the order last week and they were sold out, frustrating when a company's website doesn't reflect what's in stock. I paid a little more but ended up getting it straight from Head Direct.
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