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Btw, for anyone interested in buying the alpha pads for the HE400 but wants to know how they sound: I'll probably get a chance to audition them next week :)

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

I auditioned mine at AVSF in San Francisco on Van Ness. Antonio and Randy are both super awesome. But please note that they are not too happy about having you use their premises if you don't intend on purchasing from them. And I echo their sentiments.

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I auditioned mine at AVSF in San Francisco on Van Ness. Antonio and Randy are both super awesome. But please note that they are not too happy about having you use their premises if you don't intend on purchasing from them. And I echo their sentiments.

Well of course, as long as they aren't overcharging over there, if the he400 is to my liking ill take it home. Do they let you bring your own setup? I just would like to bring ny laptop and e17
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You mean like this or this?

................<drops jaw>

 

I love industrial design and woodwork. And I can't imagine the amount of work that would have gone into that. It is simply..... stunning.

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................<drops jaw>

 

I love industrial design and woodwork. And I can't imagine the amount of work that would have gone into that. It is simply..... stunning.

Doesn't come cheap though.

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Doesn't come cheap though.

As soon as I can afford the he 400 or 500, that is the first thing I've always planned on making, may not come out as well as Martin's the first time, but I've wanted to woody the hifiman from the first time I saw the he400.
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As soon as I can afford the he 400 or 500, that is the first thing I've always planned on making, may not come out as well as Martin's the first time, but I've wanted to woody the hifiman from the first time I saw the he400.

You should definitely document the process with photos or videos, it'd be fascinating for the rest of us who have no carpentry/artisan skills. biggrin.gif

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I love industrial design and woodwork. And I can't imagine the amount of work that would have gone into that. It is simply..... stunning.

That looks awesome, I just want to touch them one time
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Looks like im alone here, but not a fan of the wood Hifiman look. Wood looks better on Audeze imo.

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You should definitely document the process with photos or videos, it'd be fascinating for the rest of us who have no carpentry/artisan skills. biggrin.gif
definitely will, it'll be a bit before I get my hands on them, but the first thing I'm doing is taking them apart and starting to create new housings, probably black limba or zebrawood.
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As soon as I can afford the he 400 or 500, that is the first thing I've always planned on making, may not come out as well as Martin's the first time, but I've wanted to woody the hifiman from the first time I saw the he400.

 

Sounds like a plan!  Oh, the things I would do with a good CNC router/lathe and some free time...one day. tongue.gif


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Btw, for anyone interested in buying the alpha pads for the HE400 but wants to know how they sound: I'll probably get a chance to audition them next week :)

 

 

 I'd be interested - they are apparently pretty comfy.

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definitely will, it'll be a bit before I get my hands on them, but the first thing I'm doing is taking them apart and starting to create new housings, probably black limba or zebrawood.

If there's any chance that you'll be making a 3D model for the CNC, it'd be great to collaborate on it. I'm thinking of getting a TechSHop membership and it might be super helpful.

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If there's any chance that you'll be making a 3D model for the CNC, it'd be great to collaborate on it. I'm thinking of getting a TechSHop membership and it might be super helpful.

No Cnc, freehand on a lathe. I'll be testing myself.that's for sure...its just something I want to do, it may take me a long long time to get it right, but I will.
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No Cnc, freehand on a lathe. I'll be testing myself.that's for sure...its just something I want to do, it may take me a long long time to get it right, but I will.

Love the passion and dedication. Keep us apprised :)

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First impressions with HE-400 + Alpha Pads + Beyerdynamic headband (for comfort):

Comfort level absolutely skyrockets. Treble seems tamer than even the velours, female vocals don't seem as lacking and the soundstage becomes ridiculous. Seems like there's less bass though, oddly.

Edit: Actually the bass is debatable so far. Some songs it seems a bit muddier but other times it seems like it's more accurate due to the decrease. Might be the songs I'm using though.

Wondering if I should return the Mad Dogs and get the Alpha Pads; ~$75 investment, bringing HE-400 total to $490 (due to shipping + velour pads on headdirect, which was the only site that had it in stock at the time).

Though there does seem to be a bit of a heat issue with the Alpha Pads on the HE-400; there is no heat issue with the Mad Dogs oddly.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 4/4/13 at 3:45pm
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