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post #181 of 2184

^prob because:

 

- prevents returns for upgrades

- people will waste money on the lower model and lose sales on the flagship

- the people that can't afford the flagship far out weigh those that can but the people who can afford the flagships can also afford the other models and will buy those too

post #182 of 2184
I've wanted the he-400 for a while and don't know whether to wait for the 400i to come out. At $300USD it's pretty tempting. My beyer DT990s are out for repair in the US, and being in Canada, god knows how long it'll be until I get them back. From what Ive heard, the he-400 has a similar v-shaped signature, with recessed mids and emphasized bass and treble. do you guys think they have a similar sound, or would it be different enough to complement the 990s nicely? I've never actually heard planars before and don't know what to expect, and in the Toronto area I can't find anyone who does demos...but the online store I was looking at lets me return them within 30 days, so it wouldn't be the end of the world.
post #183 of 2184

They sound rather differently, altho it's safe to say both employ a v-type signature.  

 

The DT990's treble spike affects a broader range than the HE-400, and it has some minor peaks and colorations throughout the upper midrange.  That, combined with a less-forward lower midrange than the HE-400 makes it a colder sounding headphone in comparison.

 

The HE-400's bass extends a slightly bit more, has a less loud mid-bass and upper-bass, has more upfront lower mids to about 1-2khz.

post #184 of 2184
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Originally Posted by Miraculous View Post

I've wanted the he-400 for a while and don't know whether to wait for the 400i to come out. At $300USD it's pretty tempting. My beyer DT990s are out for repair in the US, and being in Canada, god knows how long it'll be until I get them back. From what Ive heard, the he-400 has a similar v-shaped signature, with recessed mids and emphasized bass and treble. do you guys think they have a similar sound, or would it be different enough to complement the 990s nicely? I've never actually heard planars before and don't know what to expect, and in the Toronto area I can't find anyone who does demos...but the online store I was looking at lets me return them within 30 days, so it wouldn't be the end of the world.

Another way to look at it is, will the 400i be $200 dollars better?

 

The 400's @ $300 are a pretty nice deal and a good way to see if you will be into the "Hifiman" sound. I am skeptical about the 400i's at this point - as the price rise and other issues I have with them seem to put them off my radar. I'll sell you my HE-400s for $250 with velour earpads / Pleathers if you want them. :D

 

I am trying to divest my head-fi ATM so I can go back to regular speakers for awhile.

post #185 of 2184
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post
 

Another way to look at it is, will the 400i be $200 dollars better?

 

The 400's @ $300 are a pretty nice deal and a good way to see if you will be into the "Hifiman" sound. I am skeptical about the 400i's at this point - as the price rise and other issues I have with them seem to put them off my radar. I'll sell you my HE-400s for $250 with velour earpads / Pleathers if you want them. :D

 

I am trying to divest my head-fi ATM so I can go back to regular speakers for awhile.

I'm sure some people can justify the $200 even with just the huge weight reduction and better headband / earpad ergonomics/durability. The comfort angle is a pretty significant one being approached with this new lineup I think, it's as exciting as the potential for improved sound.

post #186 of 2184
Thread Starter 

^^ True. Now give me the skinny on the 560. :veryevil:

post #187 of 2184

Try the headfoneshop at Yonge, north of Lawrence in Toronto (www.headfoneshop.com) - it's small front store, but only place in Toronto that has all the top brand headphones available for demo. The owner, Charles, is a nice guy and should have some planars available to demo.  Call ahead and see if they're on the wall.

post #188 of 2184

Is it going to be May before the 400i is released ?

post #189 of 2184
I imagine so... Maybe even June. They said it will release 1 - 2 months after the 560.
post #190 of 2184

It seems that the latest LCD-2 has lost some its bass impact according to some and I wonder if that is caused by tweaking the treble higher than it was previously. I wonder if the 400i will lose anything in the bass department when (I guess) they tame the treble spike issue...

post #191 of 2184
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MunkyNutz View Post
 

It seems that the latest LCD-2 has lost some its bass impact according to some and I wonder if that is caused by tweaking the treble higher than it was previously. I wonder if the 400i will lose anything in the bass department when (I guess) they tame the treble spike issue...

 

I agree about the lcd2, And I wonder about the 400i bass as well. Only time will tell on the 400i. 

post #192 of 2184
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

I agree about the lcd2, And I wonder about the 400i bass as well. Only time will tell on the 400i. 

Its like i would rather not even know about it. :(

post #193 of 2184

The poor 400i not getting one bit of the spotlight vs the wunderkid 560 till now......like the sick little brother pushed aside :confused_face:

 

I mean is it just going to be released at this stage with no advance reviewer pairs ?

 

MattTCG you should PM HFM for an advance pair..... you have been on the site long enough with your post count to get a pair for review.......:D:D

post #194 of 2184
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 

The poor 400i not getting one bit of the spotlight vs the wunderkid 560 till now......like the sick little brother pushed aside :confused_face:

 

I mean is it just going to be released at this stage with no advance reviewer pairs ?

 

MattTCG you should PM HFM for an advance pair..... you have been on the site long enough with your post count to get a pair for review.......:D:D

 

They have to get the kinks out of the 560 before they release the 400i ;)  So that's why the 560 has all the thunder right now, it's closer to release than the 400i.  When the 400i samples get handed out, it'll gain traction.  Can't give samples if they aren't ready yet. 

post #195 of 2184
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post
 

 

They have to get the kinks out of the 560 before they release the 400i ;)  So that's why the 560 has all the thunder right now, it's closer to release than the 400i.  When the 400i samples get handed out, it'll gain traction.  Can't give samples if they aren't ready yet. 


Thank you "tiny man who is Asian" :wink_face:

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