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post #31 of 46
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DT880 is quite neutral, DT990 is FAR, FARRRRRRR from neutral though. HE400 is around the same level of (non)neutrality as DT990.

Can you comment about the sound stage, separation and detail/micro detail  between HE400 vs DT 880?

post #32 of 46
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I've never heard the dt880, but would love the comment review though :-)
post #33 of 46
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I've never heard the dt880, but would love the comment review though :-)

It's quite neutral but vocal a bit recessed and treble abit harsh . I use it as my rreference headphones.
post #34 of 46

Having just purchased some 400s my first thought was that they were lacking in the mid to low bass. Liek the hit was there but not enough follow through. Likey because I am so used to the closed backs I've had...

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HE-500 solves the problem of "recessed upper mids"?

 

... this here might also help...
post #36 of 46
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... this here might also help...

I did something similar with Alpha Dog pads. Took a bit to adjust but but was feeling like the right move in no time.

post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by cheuh View Post
 

but.. but... dat treble spike, sibilance, and upper midrange recession...  biggrin.gif

none of this are existent with the right tube/ear pads,little modding    


Edited by spacequeen7 - 2/28/14 at 10:29am
post #38 of 46

The title of the thread pretty much describe the HiFiMan-HE 400 perfectly especially when it comes to the change of sound from different sources. On my Onkyo TX-8555 stereo receiver I really had to turn up the volume to bring out the sound and detail. Then last night on a whim I hooked up a RadioShack 40 watt PA Amp and I was getting a delicious full sound from my HiFiMan-HE 400 without pushing the volume knob to 50. Funny how a under one hundred dollar  PA amplifier can make a pair of expensive headphones sound better then a three hundred dollar stereo receiver. Fortunately all my other headphones sound fantastic on my Onkyo.

post #39 of 46
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... this here might also help...

 



That seems to help reduce the treble spike, but how does it boost the upper midrange?
post #40 of 46
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... this here might also help...

 



That seems to help reduce the treble spike, but how does it boost the upper midrange?

I guess the smaller volume the driver in working on? Same effect as reducing the volume of a closed cabinet speaker.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by Sparky14 View Post

HE-400s are high end for bass heads, a.k.a. me.

So what are the difference between these HE-400, HE-400i, HE-400S? Like I hvae no idea why Hifiman make all these names with diff prices? 

post #42 of 46
Some of you are confusing the models. There is an HE-400(old model) HE-400i( newer neutral model) the model that the thread starter is referring to is the HE-400s (newest more smooth brassier model)

Now I've owned both of the older models and sold them because I didn't enjoy their sound, i ordered the 400S two days ago and should be here next week. I'm looking forward to the new turning. Especially since I sold my REV1 LCD-2. I also have a noble 5 on the way but that's another story.
post #43 of 46
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Some of you are confusing the models. There is an HE-400(old model) HE-400i( newer neutral model) the model that the thread starter is referring to is the HE-400s (newest more smooth brassier model)

Now I've owned both of the older models and sold them because I didn't enjoy their sound, i ordered the 400S two days ago and should be here next week. I'm looking forward to the new turning. Especially since I sold my REV1 LCD-2. I also have a noble 5 on the way but that's another story.

Why did you sell all of the planar magnetic headphones? I thought planar is the future of headphones? and supposed to be better than Dynamic and Balanced ARmature?

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Why did you sell all of the planar magnetic headphones? I thought planar is the future of headphones? and supposed to be better than Dynamic and Balanced ARmature?

I loved the LCD-2! They were without a doubt the best sounding headphone I had ever listen to. But there were two issues. 1) they were heavy and fell of my head all the time, it drove me nuts, if I'm at work listening to them and have to get up repeatedly and or move my head and they won't stay on is a problem. 2) even though I have this expensive hobby of mine I'm in a tough spot in my life where I might be facing homelessness because I'm loosing my home. So I'm trying to find an apartment really quick and coming up with the funds is difficult.

Yeas planars are somewhat the future, they do sound awesome, but that planar bass everyone talks about isn't actually all that great. Because of the physical nature of the planar driver they cannot move air like dynamic drivers can therefore you don't feel the impact of the bass which is part of the bass experience. Take for instance the new Devialet Phantom speaker, it's revolutionary in design and sound, except everyone that has reviewed it says it doesn't give you the bass thump you'd expect because it was designed so it moves very little air and produces more sound output with less impact. Dynamic drivers are still actually the future IMHO. Planars still need magnets on one side or both and they have to be Placed in such a way that they naturally cause resonance. I had the chance to listen to many Audezes newer headphones and to me they are heading into the sennheiser house sound, they are no longer going for the smooth mids and smooth limitless treble everyone loves in the LCD-2 and LCD3. But I wanted to still have a planar in my collection so I bought the HE-400S because I am somewhat a bass head, at least I would consider myself one, I always boosted my bass at least 4db on my LCD-2s, when I had the he-400i it seemed like it never dug deep enough for me so I'll be happy once again with the 400-s. When Tyll listened to the 400S at I think can jam SOCO and said they sounded wonderful I knew hifiman finally gave us the bass we all requested, Tyll prefers the same type of headphone as I and also same freuency response, which is a headphone that is well extended at both ends of the spectrum and also smooth, a little warm and tiny bit of bass boost. I traded my led-2s for the noble audio 5 with Kyle from over at headfonics and from what I understand the noble 5 sounds very similar to the Lcd-2 which will make me happy because I still get the sound signature I'm looking for but without them falling off my head. I know I rambled and I know there are a lot of errors because I typed all this with my phone. Cheers I hope this helped explain my reasoning for selling my planar collection.
Edited by jmotyka - 7/18/15 at 6:14am
post #45 of 46

Ugh the bass roll off is killing me its noticable.

I love me some base my h600 sound similar except the bass hits hard.

They sound great but no bass punch makes me a sad boy.

I tried them with my Schiit Vali and Modi Uber :(

I have a Schiit Valhalla at home I will try them on that when I can.

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