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Originally Posted by MunkyNutz View Post

The sound is coming through day-by-day with my new cans. I'm leaving them on a loop with Isotek break-in audio and it seems to be working.

I was just suprised my 10x cheaper superlux cans sounded way better (warmer tone, timber,more musical) than the 400's but I was sure it was the lack of break-in with all the raving reviews these get.

 

 

Does anyone know why pigskin is not chosen for leather earpads vs lambskin and cowskin ?

Is it too sweat absorbent or oily ?
 

A warmer tonality is typically easier to like than one that is a bit cooler. Doesn't mean one is technically better than the other though, as there are so many other factors involved (extension, detail extraction, separation, staging, clarity, to name a few)

 

It is obvious you favour a warmer tonal balance, so my suggestion is become more acquainted with your new cans' sound signature, and then decide of its benefits outweigh its cons specifically for your personal preference.

 

Sorry to break it to ya, "break-in audio" won't do much at least on the macro scale (warmth for instance).

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I wouldn't say brighter per se, and even less so as long as you're using a nylon filter like on the pleather pads.  The built in filter on the Alpha Pads looks pretty similar, so it should cut down on some of the treble there.  They do look incredibly comfortable and seem to fit the cups size better than an Audeze or a Stax pad.  I do love my j$ pads but I'd be curious to hear how these sound in comparison (being angled and all), and if they are more comfy.

While I cant compare the comfort level, I can say they become nearly if not as comfortable as the mad dogs with both the beyer band and the alpha pads. Havent had time to do an extended gaming session so wont be able to tell for hours worth of comfort. iMO they are leagues ahead of the velour in terms of comfort though. With velours they clamp on my jaw too hard and ironically heat up more than the lambskin leather.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 4/5/13 at 9:43pm
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Got a little problem with He-400: ph34r.gif

 


Edited by Guess? - 4/6/13 at 1:55am
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Got a little problem with He-400: ph34r.gif

 

Sounds like the driver is loose. Try tightening the screws on the earpad side of the cup.

 

Also try popping the driver out and see if the rattling still happens when the driver is not enclosed in the cup, if that's the case then it's the driver assembly itself that has something loose and rattling to the 200Hz vibrations, in that case it'd probably be wise to replace.


Edited by jerg - 4/6/13 at 2:12am
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Thanks for the answers guys. It's so strange, because I heard nothing of this when I tested it in the shop. I absolutely loved it when I heard it there. I can try it without an amp just to see if that helps. 

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A warmer tonality is typically easier to like than one that is a bit cooler. Doesn't mean one is technically better than the other though, as there are so many other factors involved (extension, detail extraction, separation, staging, clarity, to name a few)

 

It is obvious you favour a warmer tonal balance, so my suggestion is become more acquainted with your new cans' sound signature, and then decide of its benefits outweigh its cons specifically for your personal preference.

 

Sorry to break it to ya, "break-in audio" won't do much at least on the macro scale (warmth for instance).


Thanks, I'm  getting a new headphone amp chip maybe more suited to the 400's than my current entry level headphone...I'm pretty sure I will grow to love the 400's. 

Has anyone removed the hifiman He 400 slider cups (blue 1 inch circles at each side) ? Is it easy ?


Edited by Lohb - 4/6/13 at 2:55am
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The alpha pads look very promising-- certainly more elegant looking than J$ pads or jerg-pads.  I hope they would fit just like audeze pads.  How is their opening compared to the hifiman velour?

 

Can you post a pic something like this?  You wouldn't have to draw the circles or use a quarter for resizing, but I'd at least want to know how they look side by side.

 

 

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Thread Starter 

^^ here ya go...

 

 

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So from what I'm gathering, the opening of the alpha pads is about as tall as the velour pads, but narrower?  About the size of the Denon pad openings?

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Thread Starter 

^^ Yep, that's about right. 

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Fits perfectly really. Taken with my tablet by the way so sorry for the low quality. They don't hug the mounting ring like the velours and leathers but nonetheless its a pretty good fit. To put the mounting rings in the Alpha Pads, you have to turn them inside and out. The Alpha Pad is thicker though so when you put them on the headphone, it's quite snug. Won't move around without some force, and even then there's rubbery friction. I'm thinking of modding them so they don,'t cover the mounting holes and taping the pads withdouble sided tape onto the ring and the headohone itself but that is quite a bit of mutilating for a $60 pad.. id assume itd increase the midbass though. Thinking about how to tame the subbass.

Two gripes I have though, one about alpha pad and one about the he400. Im nitpicking though.

Alpha Pads aren't uniform; one is larger than the other but that is quite understandable for custom pads.

The he400s metal seems to be rusting or something. It's turning dark brown rather than brownish red though. And it came with a small chip. Returning them and just going to get an open box one.

 

 

Thanks very much AyeVeeN!

 
 
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Man 2013 has been so disappointing in music. I've settled back down and am still consistently amazed by my HE-400 but the actual albums themselves have been sucking pretty bad this year. So far I've only got two or three I like.

 

But yeah after spending some more time with my HE-400, my next upgrade is definitely going to be one of the top two Stax units. So I'm .. pretty far away from that.

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Man 2013 has been so disappointing in music. I've settled back down and am still consistently amazed by my HE-400 but the actual albums themselves have been sucking pretty bad this year. So far I've only got two or three I like.

 

But yeah after spending some more time with my HE-400, my next upgrade is definitely going to be one of the top two Stax units. So I'm .. pretty far away from that.


SR-007/009? Have you demoe'd them? What did you think?

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he demo'd the Stax SR-407 + SRM-252S amp + Pico USB DAC setup from me, from this thread: HeadAmp Headphone Demos (Audeze, HiFiMAN, Stax) -- sign up now

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he demo'd the Stax SR-407 + SRM-252S amp + Pico USB DAC setup from me, from this thread: HeadAmp Headphone Demos (Audeze, HiFiMAN, Stax) -- sign up now

 

Any plans on making that demo program international, Justin? biggrin.gif

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