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post #9376 of 18073
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Originally Posted by absolutk View Post

Having heard nkbg's HE-500's, I was tempted to check out the HE-400. A friend and I stopped by AVSF in San Francisco and auditioned everything they had on display. I believe the HE-400's were the only open back pair, and we both individually realized that nothing sounded even remotely in the same category as the Hifimans. Needless to say, we both bought a pair each and I've driven them with mostly with my iPhone 5, but sometimes with my Anedio D2. I wish I had more time to listen to them, but I can say without a doubt that despite the investment in my speaker setup (ANedio D2, Audiophilleo AP2+PurePower, Martin Logan Vantage ESLs, Jolida JD801 tube amp, RSA Haley power, etc.), there's more pleasure in hearing the HE-400s than I do with the speaker setup. 

I agree with absolutk.  I have had my HE-400 for about 6 months and I love them.  Whether they are very detailed, or too bright, or whatever description you have for them, all I know is that I love the sound signature that they have.  They have ruined me for listening to my speakers at least for music.  My speakers are Paradigm Studio 60's, Studio CC590, 4 Studio 20's and 2 Servo 15 subs.  My question for those of you who are familiar with the sound signature of the HE-400's is...What are the best speakers to buy that will replicate the sound signature of the HE-400's.  I have never heard them, but I suspect that the Magnapans may be similar due to the similarity of the driver design.  Any Ideas?

post #9377 of 18073

Thanks BlindHog. 

 

I would recommend auditioning a pair of ESL speakers - whether by Quad or by Martin Logan. You'll get those highs. However, given the hybrid nature of their speakers, I wouldn't expect the same level of bass clarity (there's one driver that provides low-end to mids, and of course it can't do it justice). Unless, of course, you spent $20k on a pair of their CLX :). I understand, however, that Magnetic Planars will do the same through the spectrum. I haven't heard a pair, so I can't say for sure. 

post #9378 of 18073

I've heard the Magnepan 1.6 and 3.6; they are amazing.  Both have been upgraded to .7, and I can only imagine how much better they are.

post #9379 of 18073
Has anyone tried these with a portable dac/amp like the Verza or Go-dap X? Or even the old vamp?
post #9380 of 18073
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

HE-400 is an EDM fan's dream, no doubt about it.


I hope so, just got my ones this afternoon....coming from modest Superlux HD-662 which are really,really underrated cans for EDM.

BURN-IN time !

post #9381 of 18073

Does anyone know how easy it is to strip them down to the cups ? Is there a teardown of them anywhere ?

 

I'm looking into the possibility of getting the cups CNC cloned in hardwood similar to the rosewood on the LCD-2's......


Edited by Lohb - 4/4/13 at 12:58am
post #9382 of 18073
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Originally Posted by MunkyNutz View Post

Does anyone know how easy it is to strip them down to the cups ? Is there a teardown of them anywhere ?

 

I'm looking into the possibility of getting the cups CNC cloned in hardwood similar to the rosewood on the LCD-2's......

You mean like this or this?

 

The drivers pop right out after you remove the earpad-side baffle held down by 6 screws, just need to un-solder them to fully detach them from the cups.

post #9383 of 18073
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

You mean like this or this?

 

The drivers pop right out after you remove the earpad-side baffle held down by 6 screws, just need to un-solder them to fully detach them from the cups.


Thank you kind sir !

post #9384 of 18073
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Originally Posted by jay567 View Post


You should have cool story bro'ed the other guy loong ago lol

 

EDIT: Talking about detail, I once auditioned T1 in my friend's house for a good couple of hours which are known to have good amount of detail extraction but honestly speaking, the HE400 extracts enough even compared to it unless the song is extremely complex music.

Going back to my mackie mr8s studio monitors I've found them to sound incredibly grainy compared to the HE400s. I think the zero grain sound of the HE400 increases detail, and just gives everything that sweet and well defined sound. 

post #9385 of 18073
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

You mean like this or this?

 

The drivers pop right out after you remove the earpad-side baffle held down by 6 screws, just need to un-solder them to fully detach them from the cups.

 

Man those HE-500's look so sick, I would love to have a pair like that with the wood finish.

post #9386 of 18073
Gorgeous. I like it. That is one thing I think makes the hifiman looks good, very simple and clean cut.
post #9387 of 18073

I know what to do now when the housing on my Hifiman begin to crack or wear away biggrin.gif

post #9388 of 18073

Detailed and airy highs, with the best bass I've ever heard, just a gift from Gods.

 

... my HE-400 description after few days using it.

post #9389 of 18073
Thread Starter 

Welcome to headfi and glad that you like the he400!! biggrin.gif

post #9390 of 18073
Anyone know of a place in the sf bay area to demo the he 400 or 500?
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