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Consider:

*lcd2

*Maddogs

*hd650
^This

Also, K702 65th Anniversary.
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For the sake of not mis-leading others, I'll have to say this is something I don't 100% concur with.  If one listens to female vocalists, the HE-400 really shows a weakness in this area.  I was content with the HE-400s for nearly a year.  That was until I started to bring in more female vocals into my music listening.  It was at that point where I realized the HE-400 was not going to work for me, even though I really liked what it did in the other areas.

 

For someone who chooses to listen to other music where female vocals are not present, the HE-400 represents a very outstanding value.  Again, a very outstanding value ... save for the female vocal issues.

 

Yeah I'm noticing the female vocal issue quite a bit (mostly listen to vocal trance).

 

I find it odd a Sony F807 drives the HE-400s better than the Xonar DG + E9. Can't tell on the treble but the bass sounds just oh so much better on the F807. Mids sound a bit cleaned up as well.

 

The Veldt by deadmau5 also sounds amazing with the F807.

 

It's a toss-up now between HE-400 (aka live with the female vocal issue and treble-ish issue, but the bass) which I can get for ~$345 open box, Mad Dogs, Annie's, and HD650, though I don't think I'd like the HD650s since I'm not into mid-bass* as much as rumble.. And can't decide on the Annie's because I'm afraid the bass is going to be too weak for me.


Edited by AyeVeeN - 3/24/13 at 3:34pm
post #8988 of 18339

Thanks for the replies guys, I'm going to give HE-400 a shot. I have few questions.

 

> Where is the cheapest place to buy? I'm from California.

> Do different places have different discounts \ warranties \ return policies?

> If buying used, is the warranty from Hifiman transferable?

> Should Audinst HUD MX1 be good enough to drive them?

 

Thanks again.

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I like to suggest Justin at headamp. Great customer service and all around good guy. NIB gets no discounts. I have not seen any "on sale" since moon audio had a sale about a year ago. You can get a used pair of course. But I'd stick with new and order from headamp.

 

gL!!

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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

Thanks for the replies guys, I'm going to give HE-400 a shot. I have few questions.

 

> Where is the cheapest place to buy? I'm from California.

> Do different places have different discounts \ warranties \ return policies?

> If buying used, is the warranty from Hifiman transferable?

> Should Audinst HUD MX1 be good enough to drive them?

 

Thanks again.

 

1. Online. Don't think they sell any in Cali (at least not in Orange County as far as I know. Can't find one decent headphone shop). Otherwise, headamp, head-direct (official hifiman store I believe), and moon-audio.

 

2. Return policies, probably. Warranties, has to be from an authorized dealer and then it should be all under the manufacturer's warranty. headamp has them open box for $340. I'm currently asking them a few questions. I don't think there's been discounts for them NIB for awhile. Lowest was like $360 a few years back as far as I know.

 

3. Don't know

 

4. Don't know, but 99% chance yes considering my F807 can. Sound-wise I wouldn't know.

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I recall reading a while back about either headamp or moon-audio doing discounts for head-fi members or via coupons when the HE-400 frenzy began, is that still going around or am I thinking of something else?

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I recall reading a while back about either headamp or moon-audio doing discounts for head-fi members or via coupons when the HE-400 frenzy began, is that still going around or am I thinking of something else?

No, I believe that Hifiman put a stop to that, I don't think they are allowed to discount a new HE-400. The discounts (Which was really only $25 off after shipping) ended last October.

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Ah!

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Sub bass is rumble. And the HD650 isn't great at that.
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

Thanks for the replies guys, I'm going to give HE-400 a shot. I have few questions.

 

> Should Audinst HUD MX1 be good enough to drive them?

 

Thanks again.

Ohhh my moment! I've been waiting so long.

 

Yes, works very well, does a much better job than the fiio e9 (imo).

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Ohhh my moment! I've been waiting so long.

 

Yes, works very well, does a much better job than the fiio e9 (imo).

Haha alright. I was wondering if perhaps HE-400s would sound a bit too bright and dry with it. Alright, time to start looking at b-stocks.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I like to suggest Justin at headamp. Great customer service and all around good guy. NIB gets no discounts. I have not seen any "on sale" since moon audio had a sale about a year ago. You can get a used pair of course. But I'd stick with new and order from headamp.

 

gL!!

 

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post #8998 of 18339
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Haha alright. I was wondering if perhaps HE-400s would sound a bit too bright and dry with it. Alright, time to start looking at b-stocks.

It is slightly brighter than something like the e9, but it's not like any amp will make the HE-400 sound neutral or anything.

And it's not dry sounding at all, very clear and articulate. The hud-mx1 is also a great dac, so you can always buy a better amp with it.

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I'm going to try putting the Beyer EDT 770 V velour pads on mine. The HiFiMAN velours are more comfortable than the included pleathers, but are by no means ‘comfy’. The Beyer's velour is softer and so is the padding. The clamp on the HE-400 combined with the itchy and not-so-squishy velours make my jaws unhappy by the time i've finished an album. My old DT770s are just so comfy that it's hard to be completely happy with something noticeably less.

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Problem with pad swapping = loss of sound quality more times than not.
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