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post #9061 of 18153
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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.

 

 

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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

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.

Couldn't agree more with both of you.

For so many people the HE400 is just a step in the right direction, and for some it is enough. Since the HE400 responds well to eq-ing, and isn't a mobile headphone at all I don't mind its 'fun' signature. But having a near perfect headphone straight out of the box is worth a lot too. 

I think the HE400 gave me a taste of what headphones can offer an audiophile, but I can also recognize its shortcomings. But I'm very curious to what the future of headphones has to offer. I don't think I'll buy the HE500, unless its secondhanded, since I already own the HE400 and it is very similar. But I'm hoping for another bang-for-buck headphone in a year that will obliterate the HE400!

post #9062 of 18153
Thread Starter 

Don't be surprised if HFM comes out with something new in a full sized hp some time this year. biggrin.gif

post #9063 of 18153
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Don't be surprised if HFM comes out with something new in a full sized hp some time this year. biggrin.gif

It won't be something that competes with their own product (HE400) though, that'd be dumb especially considering how much work and fuss it took em to stabilize the HE400.

 

My guess is they are working to push out an electrostat and/or revising the design and ergonomics of their current full-sized cans.

post #9064 of 18153

I think I remember someone made a wishlist of improvements for the next Hifiman headphone. It raised some interesting points. I'll see if I can find it

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Wayne...I'm in for a slightly reworked he400. On my wish list:

 

1. Better stock pads-j$/jergpad type

 

2. No treble spike-kill the tizz

 

3. Smooth the mids

 

4.NOT any heavier

 

5. Not any more expensive

 

6. Retain the bass

 

7. Softer more flexible cable

 

8. Get rid of the cup connectors completely and replace with mini xlr connectors. 

 

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These are tips for an improved HE-400, but many of the points should apply for a new flagship too.


Edited by beaver316 - 3/27/13 at 12:34pm
post #9065 of 18153
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Don't be surprised if HFM comes out with something new in a full sized hp some time this year. biggrin.gif


The hifiman he-600 or the he-7 :D

post #9066 of 18153

the hifiman HE600 sounds about right biggrin.gif

post #9067 of 18153
Thread Starter 

Please remember how quickly HFM retired the he-4. The he400 could go down the same road as could the he500 and receive a new model in it's place. Stranger things have happened. 

post #9068 of 18153

I thought they were already working on new planars.  I'm waiting for either those or a closed lcd2.

post #9069 of 18153
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Please remember how quickly HFM retired the he-4. The he400 could go down the same road as could the he500 and receive a new model in it's place. Stranger things have happened. 

Eh I feel Hifiman back in the days of HE4 was quite different from how they are now. Back then they still had some identity problems with regards to their lineup.

post #9070 of 18153
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Detail is a sought out quality, if an engineer or artist left it in I'd like to hear it.

Happens on a few tracks one in particular is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpluTn_bPXI there's some background noise on the lead guitar that I can hear with the HE400s quite clearly but only slightly with the T50RPs... Can you hear it?

post #9071 of 18153
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

Happens on a few tracks one in particular is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpluTn_bPXI there's some background noise on the lead guitar that I can hear with the HE400s quite clearly but only slightly with the T50RPs... Can you hear it?

I found they accentuated any distortions on a track. I hope the HE 500's aren't like that.
post #9072 of 18153
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I found they accentuated any distortions on a track. I hope the HE 500's aren't like that.

as long as its normal and I haven't got duds beerchug.gif

post #9073 of 18153
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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.

And some say Cannabis makes any headphone sound a lot better. tongue.gif

post #9074 of 18153
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And some say Cannabis makes any headphone sound a lot better. tongue.gif

Maybe we should just all smoke pot and listen to Beats & be happy and also save money jecklinsmile.gif

post #9075 of 18153
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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. 

But HE-500 isn't able to replace HE-400 in terms of airyness and liveliness. I stick to HE-400 and don't even look at HE-500 (especially that I have LCD-2.2:))

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