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post #9136 of 17985
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Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

Please kindly comment: Do the HE-400s feel heavy when you wear them? Are they comfortable on a big head? Thanks!

 

They definitely felt heavy to me at first, since I was used to mainly plastic headphones (see the ones in my signature). You get used to it after a bit. Also, if you use the velour pads, it supposedly adds 35g to the weight.

 

I have a fairly wide/large head compared to most people. I definitely needed to stretch the headband, or the HE400's would be clamping on the sides of my head too strongly after some use. Don't be afraid to bend them and hold them there for a little bit (I just bent and held it there for 5-10 seconds at a time) so you can change the shape of the headband; the headband is pretty strong.

 

Also, if I experience any discomfort, it's because of the cups clamping, and not because of the headband. It distributes pressure pretty well as long as you stretch it according to your head. 


Edited by Luic - 3/29/13 at 3:25pm
post #9137 of 17985
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post


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

The HE-500 are surprisingly forgiving thinking about their level of refinement and detail

post #9138 of 17985
If I'm enjoying my HE-400s but want something more comfortable, should I audition the HD650?
post #9139 of 17985
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Originally Posted by teofilrocks View Post

If I'm enjoying my HE-400s but want something more comfortable, should I audition the HD650?

Have you tried soaking your velours in hot water/J$ pads or getting the Beyerdynamic universal headband?

post #9140 of 17985
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Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

Please kindly comment: Do the HE-400s feel heavy when you wear them? Are they comfortable on a big head? Thanks!

They're heavy but they don't feel extremely heavy because the weight is distributed very well after you get the right fit on them. 

post #9141 of 17985

I was not a fan of the weight.

post #9142 of 17985
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

Have you tried soaking your velours in hot water/J$ pads or getting the Beyerdynamic universal headband?
I've soaked the velours, J$ aren't really an option anymore, and the stock headband itself isn't really an issue. Overall the headphone is just heavy on the head, velour are still stiff and itchy, and the clamp on the jaw gets old. I could bend the headband, but that could only fix one issue.
post #9143 of 17985
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Originally Posted by teofilrocks View Post


I've soaked the velours, J$ aren't really an option anymore, and the stock headband itself isn't really an issue. Overall the headphone is just heavy on the head, velour are still stiff and itchy, and the clamp on the jaw gets old. I could bend the headband, but that could only fix one issue.

I hear the Mad Dogs are very comfortable. And just fyi, I think YGuyG still has some J$ pads.

post #9144 of 17985

Hi guys,

 

Occasionally my  HE-400 creates a funny sound - "..twaaack.." when playing flac files through the laptop, using foobar2000 and Compass 2 DAC/amp combo.

 

I've lent the HE-400 to a friend who connected it a CD transport and using another DAC/amp and he hears the occasional "twaaack".

 

Most of the time, the headphones sound great.

 

Has anyone experienced this with their HE-400 unit?

 

Steve 

post #9145 of 17985
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

Hi guys,

 

Occasionally my  HE-400 creates a funny sound - "..twaaack.." when playing flac files through the laptop, using foobar2000 and Compass 2 DAC/amp combo.

 

I've lent the HE-400 to a friend who connected it a CD transport and using another DAC/amp and he hears the occasional "twaaack".

 

Most of the time, the headphones sound great.

 

Has anyone experienced this with their HE-400 unit?

 

Steve 

 

I have heard something similar, when I was listening to some music one time. It sounded like a 'whack!' from the left ear driver. Immediately I took it off, and was thinking, what the hell was that? lol. It was sort of loud, and was right next to my ear, so it was pretty worried that something broke after I've only had it for a week, but it seemed fine, nothing was loose, so I'm not sure what it was. Has only happened to me once.

post #9146 of 17985
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post

Hi guys,

 

Occasionally my  HE-400 creates a funny sound - "..twaaack.." when playing flac files through the laptop, using foobar2000 and Compass 2 DAC/amp combo.

 

I've lent the HE-400 to a friend who connected it a CD transport and using another DAC/amp and he hears the occasional "twaaack".

 

Most of the time, the headphones sound great.

 

Has anyone experienced this with their HE-400 unit?

 

Steve 

Nope never ever had that lol! That sounds more like a driver/soundcard malfunction, like a decoding error, than something in the headphone. Did you ever hear it with other speakers/headphones?

post #9147 of 17985

Received HE-400 in the mail today, have been unable to put them down ever since unboxing them. As a 6'3'' man these feel a tiny bit small, almost as if they were designed for an average sized Asian. The cables require tiny fingers to screw them in, the earpads are good 20% smaller than Q701's, the headband must extend all the way to fit me - but those issues aside, the sound is simply phenomenal. Q701s in comparison are shrill, bright, aggressively mid forward, and bass light. 

 

HE-400 on other hand sound ruler flat and incredibly smooth to my ears.

 

Started off with some Steely Dan, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Rob Zombie, Adele, Judas Priest, Miles Davis - everything sounds just right - a bit more bass wouldn't hurt but they respond real well to EQ. No matter how loud I go, they still don't sound too bright or unpleasant. I notice a bit of tizzyness in the upper treble region in some songs but it doesn't ruin music for me.

 

If my initial impressions don't change in the next week or two I'll be selling Q701s and keeping HE-400s. I'm looking forward to a weekend with this great sounding piece of technology.

 

Bought them from HeadAmp, another big vouch for Justin even though it would have been nice if he shipped them a day or two earlier

post #9148 of 17985

If the song has too much upper treble the HE-400 will brutally show it.  Besides that though I agree that they're very even sounding.  I don't mind their mid coloration at all, and it certainly doesn't affect vocals to me.

post #9149 of 17985

Will upgrading cables to solid silver make the treble sparkly and the bass thinner ? On the one hand, you get experts saying cables change the signature and on the other, people say it is all hype and does nothing but make your cans prettier !

post #9150 of 17985
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Originally Posted by MunkyNutz View Post

Will upgrading cables to solid silver make the treble sparkly and the bass thinner ? On the one hand, you get experts saying cables change the signature and on the other, people say it is all hype and does nothing but make your cans prettier !

Yeah yeah experts say this and that, and heresay says this and that. The bottom line is that cable business is entirely headphone-dependent, it depends on how revealing the headphone is. On a Beats Studio you won't hear any difference between silver and copper cabling of course because the headphones overshadow any subtle difference.

 

On more appropriate cans it's fairly well-known in that pure copper sounds warmer, with a looser more rumbly bass and less prominent treble; vise versa for pure silver. Silver-plated copper tends to be something in the middle.

 

On my HE400, the difference between Hifiman copper and Hifiman SPC is subtle but my ears picked it up right away; my HE500 reveal much more significant tonal differences. I can imagine this difference being even more apparent with something more ultra-revealing such as HE6 or HD800.

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