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post #9016 of 18633
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Originally Posted by ClintonL View Post

hey wondering if theres any balanced xlr cable i can buy for this without modding the current cable.

Cheers

 

You might find them in F/S section.  I sold one built by HifiMAN for about $55 a week ago in the forum.

 

The again, I just sold this "gem" a few hours ago on the forum, too.  My last sale for ... well, a long time.  wink.gif   http://www.head-fi.org/t/657040/cable-has-been-sold-fs-norse-skuld-headphone-cable-for-hifiman-headphones


Edited by wje - 3/25/13 at 7:24am
post #9017 of 18633

After a few months with the HE-400 and reading this Thread constantly, i have to say im keeping my HE-400 and im not moving forward (as i originally planed to) to higher end models, at least in the upcoing year/s

 

While I do find a few weak spots on thoese headphones, as long as the sound source is good, i keep enjoying them inmensly.

 

If only they would be lighter... After a 12 hour use i feel like my neck has gone so stiff that no more blood goes to my brain.

 

Ive been trying to get Velour Pads for about 3 months now, but my local store dosent seem to care much unless you buy something expensive.

 

Is there a way to get some pads faster? I wanted some beyerdynamic pads, they look really nice and comfy.

post #9018 of 18633
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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

After a few months with the HE-400 and reading this Thread constantly, i have to say im keeping my HE-400 and im not moving forward (as i originally planed to) to higher end models, at least in the upcoing year/s

 

While I do find a few weak spots on thoese headphones, as long as the sound source is good, i keep enjoying them inmensly.

 

If only they would be lighter... After a 12 hour use i feel like my neck has gone so stiff that no more blood goes to my brain.

 

Ive been trying to get Velour Pads for about 3 months now, but my local store dosent seem to care much unless you buy something expensive.

 

Is there a way to get some pads faster? I wanted some beyerdynamic pads, they look really nice and comfy.

 

You can get them right from Head Direct, costs $10: http://head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=117

 

I'm on the same page with you about comfort, though the velours make it a bit better. I tried the Beyer velours this morning. Two things: 1) You've got to heat the Beyer velours up with a heater or hair dryer to stretch because they are a bit smaller diameter than the HiFiMAN mounting rings. 2) The Beyer pads (at the least the 770 V pads) don't have an integrated fabric screen, it's a separate piece and considerably thicker foam. I taped it on the the mounting ring anyway just to see what the effect would be and it seemed to darken the sound quite a bit. I'm guessing it stripped out treble and upper mids. The comfort was much better, though, so I'd like to try again but with actual fabric that better matches the stock screen. It might be worth it because Beyer velours are really much more comfortable to me.


Edited by teofilrocks - 3/25/13 at 10:02am
post #9019 of 18633
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

I've got a set of J$ pads and interested in this mod. What type of fabric is this and how's the sound compared to no fabric?

 

Steve

 

I honestly don't know what "kind" of fabric it is. I just went to a Jo'Anns store and found the closest thing I could to the original fabric on the HE-400 pads. I took one of those pads in with me to compare. It was like $1 for 3 yards of it or something. There are a lot at the store that would work but this one was the closest to the original by far. Many of the fabrics there were at first glance were fine but they would have been too thick or stiff.

post #9020 of 18633
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Originally Posted by FuzzyD View Post

 

I honestly don't know what "kind" of fabric it is. I just went to a Jo'Anns store and found the closest thing I could to the original fabric on the HE-400 pads. I took one of those pads in with me to compare. It was like $1 for 3 yards of it or something. There are a lot at the store that would work but this one was the closest to the original by far. Many of the fabrics there were at first glance were fine but they would have been too thick or stiff.

I went to JoAnns originally, but couldn't find anything (may have needed to look harder) so I ended up trying a pair of pantyhose, which is working rather well so far and would be a good alternative since it's easy to find.  It's more like the velour mesh, only finer.  I may have to have another look at JoAnns to see if I can find the same thing and give it a try.

post #9021 of 18633
how well do the 400's go balanced?
post #9022 of 18633
I think these are going back. The fun aspect and the sound stage (after the electrical tape mod) and the rugged looks I love but my ES3X spoiled me. Female vocals sound absolutely amaaaazing on those and everywhere is a step up besides the bass and sound stage really. Then again thats comparing an $800 ciem to $400 HPs. Going to try mad dogs next unless anyone else has a recommendation for a female vocal / vocal trance centric HP with near HE400 bass and soundstage w.o its trebly peak? Not HD650 as im not really into mid bass as much as sub bass and I do like a more balanced sound.
post #9023 of 18633
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Originally Posted by AyeVeeN View Post

I think these are going back. The fun aspect and the sound stage (after the electrical tape mod) and the rugged looks I love but my ES3X spoiled me. Female vocals sound absolutely amaaaazing on those and everywhere is a step up besides the bass and sound stage really. Then again thats comparing an $800 ciem to $400 HPs. Going to try mad dogs next unless anyone else has a recommendation for a female vocal / vocal trance centric HP with near HE400 bass and soundstage w.o its trebly peak? Not HD650 as im not really into mid bass as much as sub bass and I do like a more balanced sound.

LCD-2s :D

 

(but a more realistic compromise would probably be HE-500. Bass is slower, but balance I will concede to be better. Especially vocals.)

post #9024 of 18633
Thread Starter 

Female vocals are great on the maddog and the hd650...^^

 

And the he500 as someone mentioned. 

post #9025 of 18633
And the LCD2. smily_headphones1.gif
post #9026 of 18633
Thread Starter 

^^ but you can have 3 MD's for the price of the lcd and also have $100 left for music!! biggrin.gif

 

Or one MD, and a really nice amp and dac. 

post #9027 of 18633
Guess I ll try the Mad Dogs and go LCD2 when I get a bit older :P. HE 500 a bit too out of my budget. Sucks that I have to pay $30 CA tax, making it equal price to b-stock HE 400s.
post #9028 of 18633
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Originally Posted by ClintonL View Post

how well do the 400's go balanced?

Not too many people have the HE-400s in a balanced setup. It's overkill. I myself will be going balanced in a month or two when I get a balanced cable for my amp, so I'll see how that works out but in all honesty, I would just save your money for something else and settle for less.

post #9029 of 18633

Hey everyone I brought this up a while back but still haven't found a fix for it. I've been using my HE-400 with my marantz and it has been sounding great but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with some static hiss that comes on and off at completely random times from my headphones? It doesn't get louder with the volume. Just comes on at random times then magically goes away. I even checked in the vintage receiver thread. At first I believed the issue was the Marantz but it has already been repaired, maintained, cleaned and restored. I even bought a power conditioner because I am quite sure at this point it is most likely my apartment's power line or something of the sort. I already have my equipment hooked to a power conditioner but the static still shows up.

 

Checked several online sources or old threads and most people who had this issue were recommended to take the receiver in for repair or get a power conditioner. Sadly I have done both and it has not fixed the problem D: 

 

Does anyone have any input or possible fixes to this?  Thanks in advance 


Edited by Ohnoitztotoro - 3/25/13 at 11:24pm
post #9030 of 18633
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Originally Posted by Ohnoitztotoro View Post

Hey everyone I brought this up a while back but still haven't found a fix for it. I've been using my HE-400 with my marantz and it has been sounding great but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with some static hiss that comes on and off at completely random times from my headphones? It doesn't get louder with the volume. Just comes on at random times then magically goes away. I even checked in the vintage receiver thread. At first I believed the issue was the Marantz but it has already been repaired, maintained, cleaned and restored. I even bought a power conditioner because I am quite sure at this point it is most likely my apartment's power line or something of the sort. I already have my equipment hooked to a power conditioner but the static still shows up.

 

Checked several online sources or old threads and most people who had this issue were recommended to take the receiver in for repair or get a power conditioner. Sadly I have done both and it has not fixed the problem D: 

 

Does anyone have any input or possible fixes to this?  Thanks in advance 

Ground? Most Marantz equipment; at least the Sun Valley era has it on the chassis. any wire will do right to the center post on the socket cover. Maybe just reverse the plug. Does the static/hum happen with speakers as well?

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