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post #9046 of 18079
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post

I'm glad to read your impression as I'm selling my HE 400's to get the HE 500's as I can't stand the treble spike on the 400's. How's the treble on the HE 500's compared to the HE 400's?

 

I need to spend more time with the HE-500 as I just received them, but so far I don't notice anything remarkable regarding treble. They sound quite balanced throughout the frequency range.   

post #9047 of 18079

he-400 or 500? Can't decide XD

post #9048 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post

he-400 or 500? Can't decide XD
HE-5LE! biggrin.gif
post #9049 of 18079
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Originally Posted by mindflayz View Post

Hello guys, I've a budget @ 1000 euro and I'm the process to buy a DAC and an AMP for my Hifiman HE-400.

 

I've really fallen for the REGA Dac, but its ~700 euro then then I only got 300 for the amp, I was thinking the Rega Ear MK II  or Musical Fidelity VCAN MK II.

 

Is this really stupid to buy a more expensive DAC then AMP? Any other suggestion in my price range?

 

Preferably from European brands.

 

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Gear can be colored towards bass heavy, fun and silky if anything.

 
Don't need portability, it will be used next to my computer only!

With that kind of money you can get the Mad Dogs and the HD650 and still have enough left for a great amp!

post #9050 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

With that kind of money you can get the Mad Dogs and the HD650 and still have enough left for a great amp!

Or just upgrade to the HE 500, sell the HE 400 and still have enough money for a good amp for them.

post #9051 of 18079

Does anyone have a link to the youtube video showing how to remove the pads on the HE-400? Recall seeing a link in this massive thread, but don't know where it is now.

 

Steve

post #9052 of 18079

^here you go, wow, hard to find ;)

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=youtube+he-400+pad

please dont tell me that's not the one you were looking for. Pad changes are easy.


Edited by ri_toast - 3/27/13 at 2:49am
post #9053 of 18079

Mine were delivered today. Loving them so far, although they seem to punish some songs by revealing crackling sounds that I don't notice with my AD700s or T50RPs unless I know they're there and look for them. Anyone else experienced anything like this?

post #9054 of 18079

The elevated treble would definitely show clipping in recordings more.

post #9055 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

Mine were delivered today. Loving them so far, although they seem to punish some songs by revealing crackling sounds that I don't notice with my AD700s or T50RPs unless I know they're there and look for them. Anyone else experienced anything like this?
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Detail is a sought out quality, if an engineer or artist left it in I'd like to hear it.
post #9056 of 18079

Seems like the HE400 hype is slowly being replaced by the HE500. 

 

The HE400 is great, but it does have some flaws (the treble D:), but I think earpads and a bit of equalizing really helps the headphone.

In retrospect it might have been wiser of me to save money for an extra month and buy the HE500 instead. 

post #9057 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

Seems like the HE400 hype is slowly being replaced by the HE500. 

 

The HE400 is great, but it does have some flaws (the treble D:), but I think earpads and a bit of equalizing really helps the headphone.

In retrospect it might have been wiser of me to save money for an extra month and buy the HE500 instead. 

Well, the HE-500 has been around longer and it's always been about twice the price, while the HE-400 is one of the first 'efficient' open planars to come under $500.  I personally don't mind applying EQ to fine tune for my own unique preferences...it's almost expected.  The HE-400 is a great headphone for it's target audience and one of the best in it's price range, no doubt.  It's flaws to some may be benefits to others - it's all in the tuning, and it was purposefully made that way.  Had it not been for their more accessible price, I would probably not know the joys that planar technology has to offer.  Like anything, you will always wonder about the alternatives.  Think of it as a quest for what is best sounding to you.  For now, the HE-400 makes me very happy, but I am also very eager to try out the HE-500, LCD-2, Mad Dogs and a bunch more that have caught my attention.  Who knows, maybe I'll prefer one of their sound signatures more, but only until I try them will I know for sure.  This is why I can't wait for the local meetup here in May...I think I'll know what I'm really after once I've had the chance to demo some other options.  Still, the HE-400 deserves all the praise it has gotten thus far and it does stand above most cans for several reasons...which is why I originally upped my budget and chose them! biggrin.gif  If my budget has to change again, so be it...this hobby, like most others, is about finding what works best for you and sharing your opinion with the community.


Edited by modulor - 3/27/13 at 11:17am
post #9058 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

Seems like the HE400 hype is slowly being replaced by the HE500. 

 

The HE400 is great, but it does have some flaws (the treble D:), but I think earpads and a bit of equalizing really helps the headphone.

In retrospect it might have been wiser of me to save money for an extra month and buy the HE500 instead. 

HE400 is sort of like cannabis; to some it is a gateway drug, to others it is the end of the line.

post #9059 of 18079
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

HE400 is sort of like cannabis; to some it is a gateway drug, to others it is the end of the line.

 

In a way it's both for me, end of the line for the foreseeable future but it's certainly opened my eyes (or ears?) to high end audio. If and when I do upgrade, not even the HE-500 would be a big enough jump for me. Im looking at headphones like the LCD3 or whatever Audeze releases after it.

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It does make me want to experiment with LCD...
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