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post #16 of 21

The HE-400 treble is not linear, and I find it to be one of the few things it does not do very well. The treble seems rather uniform and a tad metallic.

post #17 of 21
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The HE-400 treble is not linear, and I find it to be one of the few things it does not do very well. The treble seems rather uniform and a tad metallic.

What do you mean by uniform?
I have not noticed a metallic sound in the treble so far. To me they sound linear, but then again they are by far the best I have heard so maybe I just don't know what true linearity sounds like. Or perhaps with more critical listening I will discover some peaks or dips, I haven't had as much time with them yet as I would like.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

The HE-400 treble is not linear, and I find it to be one of the few things it does not do very well. The treble seems rather uniform and a tad metallic.

What do you mean by uniform?
I have not noticed a metallic sound in the treble so far. To me they sound linear, but then again they are by far the best I have heard so maybe I just don't know what true linearity sounds like. Or perhaps with more critical listening I will discover some peaks or dips, I haven't had as much time with them yet as I would like.
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Oops sorry about the double post. Phone glitched.
post #20 of 21

 

Talking about the enourmous valley from 1khz-8khz... And then the later treble roll off. The HE-500 is quite a bit better in the treble region

post #21 of 21
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I hadn't really noticed that as I was still adjusting to their sound signature, but yes you're right. I haven't noticed the roll off though... That valley seems to be what gives the cans their somewhat dark sound signature. They respond to EQ very well though, so it is easily corrected if you so choose. Personally I like their sound signature as is so I'm going to leave it alone, but I just tried fixing that with an EQ out of curiosity and it works very well.

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