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post #211 of 3091
Denon d2000 pads fit onto the hf pad rings. They would give you something similar to the angled audeze pads without being too expensive. They go for $40 shipped
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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post

I'll be interested to see how expensive these pads are when released. Hopefully they don't jack up the prices to Audeze's level...

Also any word on a velour/felt pad update?
post #212 of 3091
Some LCD2 vegan pads.... yum.
post #213 of 3091
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

Yes, sensitivity. Take the HE-4: it is less sensitive than the 5LE, which is the dual magnet version.

 

It seems they found a solution for that anyway (stronger magnets?) since the sensitivity is pretty high (for a planar).

 

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Hmm, these look like planarmagnetics I'd be all for... light and not outrageously priced.

Waiting on graphs for the 400i. If they manage to make it sound like the HE400 without the super spike in treble, and upper mid recession.... hmm indeed.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm so happy to see the single sided planars making a return. The HE-4 is one of my absolute fave headphones, one quickly overlooked due to it coming out around the same time as the HE-500. It was a mistake by Hifiman to not push it a bit more.

How they're able to achieve efficiency with a single-side magnet design makes me curious. The HE-4 is a bastard to drive.

The connectors stay on and screw on just fine. It's the fact that they can twist up the cable as you're connecting that makes them problematic. And yes, I know how to connect them properly. Doesn't make them any more logical.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

Denon d2000 pads fit onto the hf pad rings. They would give you something similar to the angled audeze pads without being too expensive. They go for $40 shipped

 

 

I'd really like to hear the HE 4 q.q

 

Also, yes the lack of upper mids is a big reason  sold me HE 400 :/ 

post #214 of 3091
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

Denon d2000 pads fit onto the hf pad rings. They would give you something similar to the angled audeze pads without being too expensive. They go for $40 shipped

 

I've already got the Vegans on my HE-500 so the only other pads I'm really interested are these new HiFiMan ones and eventually when I stop being so lazy, I'll make up a pair of Jerg pads.

post #215 of 3091
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I've already got the Vegans on my HE-500 so the only other pads I'm really interested are these new HiFiMan ones and eventually when I stop being so lazy, I'll make up a pair of Jerg pads.

Pics plz

post #216 of 3091
I WAS JUST ABOUT TO ASK FOR THE SAME THING. XD
post #217 of 3091
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Pics plz

 

Not the best photos of them, I can take more if you want to see how they actually stack up size wise (the Audeze pads are quite a bit larger in diameter compared to the HiFiMan earcups).

 

post #218 of 3091
How do the pads affect the sound?
post #219 of 3091
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

How do the pads affect the sound?

It's been almost half a year since I've used the stock pads so I can't really give you an accurate statement. Pretty sure Jerg knows better than me how they affect the sound.

post #220 of 3091

Significant weight reduction?  O.K., the HE560 is on my my radar; looking forward to reading impressions.

post #221 of 3091

Question: are the connectors straight down or angled? Sorry if this is covers already.

 

I'll be honest here, I don't see myself not buying this right out of the gate. It incorporates so many of the things that I'd been hoping for. I am a moth drawn to the hifiman flame. :blink: 

 

Please let these have some decent mids and they will hit all my checkboxes. 


Edited by MattTCG - 1/10/14 at 4:50am
post #222 of 3091

Yes!  Very excited about these, seems like they fixed about every gripe I've had about the HE500s and LCD2's.... I'll be making a return to orthos again.

post #223 of 3091
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Originally Posted by Nimzerz View Post

I guess it wouldn't hurt to have begun with mini-xlr connectors, but since they have made many models with the smc ones, I think they just want to keep their headphones universal between each other in terms of cabling.

It's one of those things. You change it, people hate you for making their past Hifiman cables non-standard; you don't, other people hate you for the connectors.

post #224 of 3091

Since people are talking pads, I have to mention sticking (literally; carpet tape rules) Q701 pads on some spare HE-500 mounting rings.  They may be a bit stiff for some, but they're angled and relatively inexpensive (in the US, direct from AKG/Harman; can't speak to availability elsewhere).  They keep the driver further from ones ears, at least compared to my decently made JergulorX pads (props to modulor for his guide; can't say that enough; and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention jerg! where are my manners! his methodical experimentation and persistence is par excellence).  I assume that distance, plus angle, plus materials, changes the sound and stage somewhat.  I'd assume a little less bass impact (no lack of bass for me) and bigger soundstage, with the angle maybe helping imaging... a lot of assumptions there, I know; never compared them properly.  One can do jerg's back vent mod, or not, or tape it up if you do it and want to mess around.  Also, in some high-end cans review thread (flagships, maybe), the AKG pads passed the test (lack of resonances, IIRC).

 

As for the new cans and their connectors, someone mentioned consistency, and that seems a reasonable assumption.  They already know how to implement them and make it work.  Are they a bit more of a PITA than just about every other connector?  Well, duh, but as others just pointed out, once you have the method down, it's not that hard.  And for people with aftermarket and DIY cables, that consistency is a big plus.  As for the cables they'll provide with the new cans... so much room for improvement that I'd be seriously disappointed if that's not addressed (thinking HE-500 cable here). I suppose it's all down to the insulation around the wiring, and lack of sleeving.  My plusSounds cable is wonderfully light and supple, with excellent sleeving, and dead quiet.  Can't cost that much for decent sleeving.  Last thought: if they angled the connectors even a little, as the photos suggest, that's a big plus.

 

But hey -- enough of my yakkin'.  Whaddaya say, let's boogie!  ;)
 


Edited by ThurstonX - 1/10/14 at 6:53am
post #225 of 3091
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Off topic, but that's FREAKIN GORGEOUS :beerchug:

 

Also, thanks Jerg for finding the article on reviewed.com! I had just stopped scouring the internet for info when they published that.

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