Originally Posted by modulor
Am I wrong to think it's a safe assumption that the regions affected here can also be reflected on other HE series models? My ear is not nearly as trained as some, but specifically regarding a stock HE-400 chart, comparing it to this seems to make sense to what I hear and has what I'd consider positive results. I know Clem is not a fan of the HE-400, but he has also cited positive results for the HE-4 and HE-5LE and I wonder if he experienced similar changes in those regions. Having using the Alphas for a few weeks now, it doesn't seem to dramatically change the presentation of the HE-400. It does seem reduce the mid/upper treble spike a bit, so I've not felt the need to EQ that region anymore...plus comfort is stellar compared to any other pads I've used.Also, the MD 3.2 FR looks fantastic *drools* kudos again Dan for releasing all these charts!
Well, I think my treble issue with the 400s is twofold:
- It manifests as a spike in the spectrum. I don't think any pad actually can remove that completely. I might be wrong here and the "pad-gurus" (namely, Jerg & Dan) can comment further on that.
- It really contrasts with the overall dark nature of the 400s (which I don't like much) and the upper mid suck-out (which I like even less) and strikes when you're not expecting it to.
I'm more a "bright phone / warm amp" kind of guy and have no problem with treble quantity in general. The 4s and (to a lesser extent) the 5LEs are pretty bright/airy phones but they don't have the aforementionned issues in the treble:
- They are much more neutral sounding (balanced too, but it's not a concern here) so don't exhibit that big contrast.
- The whole treble region is tilted upwards (vs. a localized spike).
Undoubtedly, the 500s have the easiest treble of the bunch, and possibly the best too. My "concern" with them was their slower nature (vs. 4s, 5LEs) and the lack of balance (lower mids / uper mids bump) that gives them their very romantic voicing (which I fell for but didn't work well with fast paced music). The upper mids were too forward when paired with the NFB-27 standalone, so I moved to the more balanced 5LEs.
Edited by Clemmaster - 5/22/13 at 12:26am