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post #136 of 349
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

If I get the balls, I may try some sort of grill mod.

I really didn't like the jerg pads (pleather) on the HE-4. I'm sure you'll have better results with the velour albeit a bit less comfortable.
6 screws per side to separate the driver from the cup.

From there it's easy peasy. Removing the grill just means taking off the rings that hold it on. Jam both your thumb nail between the ring and cup at 1:30, pull down and once you have some flex, pull out towards you. The remaining 3 tabs will come out by pulling the ring towards the loosened tab.



6 screws per side to separate the driver from the cup.

From there it's easy peasy. Removing the grill just means taking off the rings that hold it on. Jam both your thumb nail between the ring and cup at 1:30, pull down and once you have some flex, pull out towards you. The remaining 3 tabs will come out by pulling the ring towards the loosened tab.


Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 1/10/14 at 11:19am
post #137 of 349
Thread Starter 

I've removed the grill before to look underneath, but why are you taking the driver out? To easily remove the felt?

post #138 of 349
Ill do it tonight
post #139 of 349
Correct, the double sided tape holding it on is mostly inside between the drive and cup. You could try just not having the grill if you haven't already, but I feel the felt made the treble higher than the mids and bass. Also took away potential clarity. Without it there's a nice balance to the sound with a very pleasing delivery.
post #140 of 349
vs-he-4-comparison/120_20#post_10152161"]Ill do it tonight[/quote]

Now we're talkin! When you separate the felt from the driver, hold down the tape while you peel the felt.

A less invasive way that may work would be to pop off the grill and fold the star opening out so more driver is exposed. Unfolding the star would expose 80% of the driver.

Let us know what you think.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 1/10/14 at 11:47am
post #141 of 349
I just want to preserve that felt is all. I'm sure if I needed to, hfm would be able to send a replacement for a fee. But, if it enhances the sound, ill try it.
post #142 of 349
I would like to just say that editing posts on the mobile site is a PITA
post #143 of 349
I've edited my reply, try unfolding the felt and see if it opens it up. You'll need tiny pieces of tape to hold it open, just tried it on the removed felt and it won't stay or fold easily. It's basically like removing felt but keeping 20% of the driver covered. Could be a nice median.
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post

I just want to preserve that felt is all. I'm sure if I needed to, hfm would be able to send a replacement for a fee. But, if it enhances the sound, ill try it.

Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 1/10/14 at 11:54am
post #144 of 349
Ill just remove it
post #145 of 349
Thread Starter 

What it comes down to is that I love how the HE-4 sounds already, and I'd hate to make a change for the worse, even if it's minute. Never know where my curiosity will take me though. :rolleyes:

post #146 of 349
Fair enough, however try folding and taping the felt open and run grill-less at least. 1 min reversal if it doesnt sound good to you smily_headphones1.gif
post #147 of 349
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post


6 screws per side to separate the driver from the cup.

From there it's easy peasy. Removing the grill just means taking off the rings that hold it on. Jam both your thumb nail between the ring and cup at 1:30, pull down and once you have some flex, pull out towards you. The remaining 3 tabs will come out by pulling the ring towards the loosened tab.



6 screws per side to separate the driver from the cup.

From there it's easy peasy. Removing the grill just means taking off the rings that hold it on. Jam both your thumb nail between the ring and cup at 1:30, pull down and once you have some flex, pull out towards you. The remaining 3 tabs will come out by pulling the ring towards the loosened tab.

No wonder HE4 has such a reputation for airiness, it is practically a completely open driver. It's probably also why the new HFMs (which are also single-ended) are being claimed as having similar traits.

post #148 of 349
The treble also helps in a sense. HF did them a disservice by releasing and pushing the he500 right with these.

But now.... they're going single magnet again lol go figure. Is there more impressions besides the first two posted on the new line-up?
post #149 of 349
Besides possibly the he5le which I haven't heard, they're also the brightest in the hifiman line.
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

No wonder HE4 has such a reputation for airiness, it is practically a completely open driver. It's probably also why the new HFMs (which are also single-ended) are being claimed as having similar traits.
post #150 of 349
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

Besides possibly the he5le which I haven't heard, they're also the brightest in the hifiman line.

The HE-5LE is a double ended version of the HE-4. The HE-4 is the only single ended planar from HFM until these new suckers come out.

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