Originally Posted by MattTCG
Um...nope. Have you owned both?
I wanted to own HE-400... But it would be a complete waste of money to invest into headphone which is impossible to listen without an equalizer. HE-400 were too sibilant and recessed in mids and ESPECIALLY upper mids for my tastes even though I listened to them extensively with velour pads which are supposed to improve on stock pleathers significantly. They were V-shaped sounding - strong bass and strong treble around 10-12khz.
That's why I own HE-4 and use pleather pads with them... After modding them, they are more neutral than both HE-400 and HE-500. With velour pads, they sound U-shaped - a bit recessed in mids to upper mids + elevated low to mid treble... But definitely not as strongly recessed as HE-400 - and definitely not as strong bass as with HE-400 as well as significantly less sibilance. That said, I am looking forward to hear HE-400i.
Edited by Ron12 - 6/23/14 at 6:02am