@chowmein83 . As a fellow recipient of strong clamp force he400i, i have a question for you. On my he400i, i noticed the angle is pretty severe and the steel is almost horizontal... (you know, unlike their promotional photos). Also, on my plastic setting level, the steel is only ~0.5 inches from my head, even cotton bud doesn't get in there.
My issue with them is that, the more i wear them (for this past three days), i literally have nausea and headache from the clamp force...
i know people's sensitivity are different, but does yours initially clamp this much as well?
to be honest, i might got an unlucky roll of the dice, this much clamp force is not what i would consider normal or healthy really. I mean, Audeze is heavy, and new hd6x0 is pretty tight, and grado S cushion and new headband is a little uncomfy, but personally, i have no issue with all of them. On the other hand, I'm wearing he400i for the course of typing this message (~3-4 mins or so). and I already felt the pressure and a little bit nauseated from it.
And no, i'm not claustrophobic. I don't know... does yours behave the same way out of the box @chowmein83 ?
regards, and thank you both in advance for helping...
Yes, my 400i did initially clamp a lot. However, I literally started stretching from the first day I got it, using the book method. For the first two weeks I pulled on it somewhat hard, but even after that whenever I remember, I just stretch and pull on the headband (usually right before I'm about to put the headphones).
Also, I think another reason why you're feeling that much "clamp" is because of the weight of the headphones. Yes, the 400i is one of the lightest planars on the market, however, it's still on the heavier side if we're comparing it to all headphones. I just looked up how heavy the Sony MA-900, Beyerdynamic DT880, and Shure SRH940 were (because you seem to have experience with those 3), and the 400i is heavier by a bit than all of those. The 400i is heavier than the SRH940 (the heaviest of those 3) by about 2 oz, or about 56g. So basically, not only are you feeling the clamp of the headphone, you are also feeling the weight of the overall headphone. I'm not trying to say you have a weak neck, if anything I have a weak neck, and the 400i is about the limit my neck can take for long periods of time (and even then, I can only wear the 400i for at most up to 4-5 hours before I have to take them off).