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post #121 of 2638

^^^^ Amen. :D

 

I got a one year. Wonder why they offered different terms to different customers?

post #122 of 2638
Thread Starter 

Possibly they were thinking with those revised drivers, the ones that failed, they would have better longevity. Just my guess. 

post #123 of 2638
I can only wonder what 'stats they have in mind when they say it has an electrostatic-like sound...

I found the HE-400 and SR-202/SRM-212 combo to sound quite similar, down to the faults like graininess and recessed mids/vocals. The vintage SR-Lambda walked all over both for me because of that, and if they can make something even approximating that glorious midrange and sparkly-but-not-ear-piercing treble in the HE-400i...

They'll also need bigger earcups, too. The HE-400's were a tad too small to be circumaural to my ears. DT**0 or Lambda-size cups would be large enough.
post #124 of 2638
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

I can only wonder what 'stats they have in mind when they say it has an electrostatic-like sound...

I found the HE-400 and SR-202/SRM-212 combo to sound quite similar, down to the faults like graininess and recessed mids/vocals. The vintage SR-Lambda walked all over both for me because of that, and if they can make something even approximating that glorious midrange and sparkly-but-not-ear-piercing treble in the HE-400i...

They'll also need bigger earcups, too. The HE-400's were a tad too small to be circumaural to my ears. DT**0 or Lambda-size cups would be large enough.


Full-disclaimer, I've never heard electrostats. But my guess is, "speed". Attack and decay that are much better than dynamics, and help create a better sense of realism. Planars and electros are awesome because they are so damn 'flat' in response, it seems to come down mainly to upper-midrange and treble response in separating the good from the great.

 

My impression is that the HE-500 and HE-6 are still the benchmark for what hifiman wants to be able to achieve, so I expect a more "natural" response to become a descriptor of the HE-400i.

post #125 of 2638
Thread Starter 
Stats as you've mention simply raise the bar on realism. The reproduction of sound is more natural and lifelike. Voices and instruments sound very "real." This is my experience anyway.
post #126 of 2638
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Stats as you've mention simply raise the bar on realism. The reproduction of sound is more natural and lifelike. Voices and instruments sound very "real." This is my experience anyway.

Once the electrostat is releases, I gotta get it.

Preferably along with a reasonably priced HFM electro amp :]

post #127 of 2638
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Once the electrostat is releases, I gotta get it.

Preferably along with a reasonably priced HFM electro amp :]


To be clear, the new models are Planars - Not Electrostats. But I am sure they will be worth a listen.

post #128 of 2638

He's talking about the electrostat they're working on I think.

post #129 of 2638
The successor to the Jade, right? I hope they get it right this time...

Meanwhile, I just want to note that electrostatic drivers ARE planar-structured by design; they just don't use electromagnetic force.

The greater speed and inherently more revealing nature that comes with planar designs is just one aspect of their overall sound presentation. If those two Lambda generations were any indication, even similar driver and frame designs yield radically different results.
post #130 of 2638
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

He's talking about the electrostat they're working on I think.

Indeed. Thanks wink.gif
I intend to buy one of the new planars too though wink.gif
But I've mentioned that in almost every post yada yada.
post #131 of 2638

I just sold my HE-400's in anticipation of buying these. Stupid decision? Maybe. But I'm pretty excited about the HE-400i. I loved the HE-400 but it was definitely one of the least comfortable headphones I've owned and the earcups were just a tad too small to be circumaural for me, as others have mentioned. 

 

I'm wondering how many driver revisions I should wait for after they go on sale before I pull the trigger though...

post #132 of 2638

I don't suppose the OP meant the actor Steve Guttenberg?

post #133 of 2638

:popcorn:

 

I wonder how many revisions this will have.

post #134 of 2638
Thread Starter 

Head-direct has just reduced the price of the he400 and he500...$299 and $599. :popcorn: 

 

http://head-direct.com/Products/?cid=8


Edited by MattTCG - 1/27/14 at 5:21am
post #135 of 2638

Ahh, I can see the threads now:

 

Best Headphone for $300 or less (cough HE-400)

 

HE-400i versus HE-500 thread.

 

Both are pretty awesome deals at those prices.

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