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My R/L indicators and HiFiMAN logo are fine. Same as when it arrived.

 

Only different thing is one of the cables' plug, which changed its color from gold to silver.


Edited by Okamoto - 3/30/13 at 9:07am
post #9167 of 17986

someday there will be NIB HE-400 in the for sale forum for $2,000 advertised with 'perfect silkscreen'.  stock up now!

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post #9168 of 17986
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^^ lol...nah, I got stickers for that. biggrin.gif

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Do you guys EQ?

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Originally Posted by TexasBuck View Post

I've tried to go this route.  They only answer their PM's about 1/3 of the time.  You have to send multiple PM's with the same question to get any answers.  I asked him for his Pay Pal address to send him money and he won't even respond.  I've given up, even though the guy supposedly makes great cables.  Even if you succeed in getting on the wait list , there is an 8 week wait, last I heard.  Any other ideas?

try these people, service was pretty good, quality was very good.....many options. sleeving, heatshrink etc. no red heatshrink just black and white. right rhymes with white, so that's the way i went. got a five foot and it's very flexible.

post #9171 of 17986
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Do you guys EQ?

With The J$s the only problem in some songs is a slightly elevated and tizzy treble. So in some songs I do use eq, but I only cut a couple of decibels in the 10khz region.

post #9172 of 17986
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Do you guys EQ?

 

I used to EQ for a bit, fill in some mids a touch and drop some upper treble. But switching to BitPerfect bypasses iTunes playback (and EQ), so I don't anymore. 

post #9173 of 17986
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

 

These were one of the b-stock sets which from my understanding were ready to be shipped immediately, its not a big deal - I'm just an impatient online-buyer. On a different note, I wiped down my HE-400s with a damp cloth after receiving them and the white Hifiman logo & L/R indicators are completely gone. Did they stamp this with chalk dust?

 

A few pointers:

 

  1. I keep a microfiber cloth within reach of the HifiMAN headphones.  While not in use, I keep it in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting dusty.  I only use the microfiber cloth for wiping down the cups on the headphones and also for cleaning the velour pads to remove the dust particles by brushing them with the microfiber towel.
  2. The side-markings on the HE-400 circular mounts for the gimbals, are not representative of the complete HifiMAN product line.  On the HE-400, that single component is unlike their other models and seems to be constructed in an odd way.  The HE-5LE, HE-500, and HE-4 headphones, all have a better circular plastic component for mounting the gimbals.  Also, their markings seem to hold up much better than the HE-400 model appears to do.  With that said, we do realize that HifiMAN had to cut some costs somewhere to be able to price the HE-400 at the current price-point.  Being all that the other models listed are of a higher cost, my belief is that a few more funds were allotted for the manufacturing process for a bit more refinement and possibly, a slightly higher quality.

 

Again, just my .02.

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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

Do you guys EQ?

Just dropping few dB in the 12-16 khz region.

 

 


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Again, just my .02.

 

I see what you mean but I still feel like they could have managed a softer cable, mini xlr instead of coax connectors, and slightly bigger cushions into their design without going over budget.


Edited by Bogatyr - 3/30/13 at 7:17pm
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr 

 

I see what you mean but I still feel like they could have managed a softer cable, mini xlr instead of coax connectors, and slightly bigger cushions into their design without going over budget.

 

Actually, I think the mini XLR might protrude a bit too far down and bump your shoulders, which could be a problem.  The SMC coax connectors are actually not that bad.  I've sort of learned to deal with them and just ordered 7 pair of them from China for $21.00.

 

If you want a softer HifiMAN cable, you'll have to seek out some options that use a soft nylon paracord.  The cable, twisted 4-conductor Canare star quad, is fed into the sleeve and the other components are then soldered on, and the nylon ends are carefully placed into the connectors and under the shrink-tube so it doesn't fray.

 

 

HifiMAN cable constructed of Canare Star Quad cable, a 3.5mm Rean TRS connector, burgundy paracord with an optional 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter, provided in the picture, but disconnected from the cable connector.

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The more i listen to these HE-400, the more i prefer it with upbeat songs than it's older brother, the HE-500.

 

HE-500 is still however, the best balanced sounding headphone i've ever heard.

HE-400 sounds a little to forward & has a small sound stage.

 

Anyone else think the same?

 

Tim

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The more i listen to these HE-400, the more i prefer it with upbeat songs than it's older brother, the HE-500.

 

HE-500 is still however, the best balanced sounding headphone i've ever heard.

HE-400 sounds a little to forward & has a small sound stage.

 

Anyone else think the same?

 

Tim

All I can say is the two cans are voiced and tuned for entirely different purposes.

 

Lean, mean, open, detailed sound, vs lush, thick, smooth, refined sound.

 

Sure they both have aspects unique to magneplanar cans, but the similarities end there.

post #9178 of 17986

Hi TexasBuck,

 

I saw this at BTG Audio website.

 

Hifiman Locking plug Mod
 

Tempted, but haven't tried the above mod myself (will have to ship across the ocean to BTG for the mod) - but read a reviews that indicate Brian is a good guy. Waiting for some brave soul to have this cool mod and post their impressions.smily_headphones1.gif Looks like those mini XLR connectors says one can easily do the balanced cable connection you're looking for.beyersmile.png

 

Steve

post #9179 of 17986
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

A few pointers:

 

  1. I keep a microfiber cloth within reach of the HifiMAN headphones.  While not in use, I keep it in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting dusty.  I only use the microfiber cloth for wiping down the cups on the headphones and also for cleaning the velour pads to remove the dust particles by brushing them with the microfiber towel.
  2. The side-markings on the HE-400 circular mounts for the gimbals, are not representative of the complete HifiMAN product line.  On the HE-400, that single component is unlike their other models and seems to be constructed in an odd way.  The HE-5LE, HE-500, and HE-4 headphones, all have a better circular plastic component for mounting the gimbals.  Also, their markings seem to hold up much better than the HE-400 model appears to do.  With that said, we do realize that HifiMAN had to cut some costs somewhere to be able to price the HE-400 at the current price-point.  Being all that the other models listed are of a higher cost, my belief is that a few more funds were allotted for the manufacturing process for a bit more refinement and possibly, a slightly higher quality.

 

Again, just my .02.

 

Hey Wayne, do you damp the microfiber cloth to clean the pads? Isn't there any risk to degrade the pads quickier by doing so?


Edited by Okamoto - 3/31/13 at 2:26am
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

 

Hey Wayne, do you damp the microfiber cloth to clean the pads? Isn't there any risk to degrade the pads quickier by doing so?

 

No.  No moisture. I just use the dry microfiber cloth.  After a few months, I replace it with a fresh one.

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