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post #496 of 10347
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


Normal range was certainly good enough. Countertenor was a little ragged.

Ah, that's fine then as I usually listen to baritone and tenor vocals. I just hope the mids aren't recessed.

post #497 of 10347

Hello! After (nearly) 4 years with my Sennheiser IEMs (IE8 then IE80 through RMA) I want to step up to some full-size cans, and my shortlist appears to be the HD600, HD650, and HE400i. Would anyone be able to compare the three? Versatility is pretty much the most important feature, as I listen to a whole variety of music, from live to orchestral to the electronic "trance" from the old 2D-platform-racers.

 

For those who've heard them, are there any genres the HE400i isn't so good with?

post #498 of 10347
I wouldn't call the miss recessed. The Sennheisers would likely be better with orchestral music due to their particular balance and sound staging. The 400i is IMO more versatile, but the senns have a particular tonality that can be really lovely, especially on classical music. They lack some of the 400i's dynamic quality and speed though. They did classical quite well, but for purists the senns had the edge. In popular/jazz the 400i had punch and texture, but not the same soundstage. It really depends on what kind of music you listen to.
post #499 of 10347
So far everything said about this headphone has been great, everything but the bass extension. It's been mentioned that it doesn't have the same bass extension as the he-400. Just how much worse is it? Is it that noticeable, would I notice it in music? I believe the he-400 rolls off around 35 hertz, in comparison where would the 400i roll off?
post #500 of 10347
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Originally Posted by garunamodi View Post
 

Hello! After (nearly) 4 years with my Sennheiser IEMs (IE8 then IE80 through RMA) I want to step up to some full-size cans, and my shortlist appears to be the HD600, HD650, and HE400i. Would anyone be able to compare the three? Versatility is pretty much the most important feature, as I listen to a whole variety of music, from live to orchestral to the electronic "trance" from the old 2D-platform-racers.

 

For those who've heard them, are there any genres the HE400i isn't so good with?

 

This might be somewhat of a generalisation, but if you like the HD600 more than the HD650 then the Hifiman HE-400i would be a great choice, if you prefer the HD650 look more towards warmer cans from Oppo and Audeze.

 

If the HE-400i is anything like the HE-500, then it would be a fantastic allrounder.

post #501 of 10347
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Originally Posted by ThePianoMan View Post

I wouldn't call the miss recessed. The Sennheisers would likely be better with orchestral music due to their particular balance and sound staging. The 400i is IMO more versatile, but the senns have a particular tonality that can be really lovely, especially on classical music. They lack some of the 400i's dynamic quality and speed though. They did classical quite well, but for purists the senns had the edge. In popular/jazz the 400i had punch and texture, but not the same soundstage. It really depends on what kind of music you listen to.

 

In that case, maybe I should purchase both. There could be worse problems. ;) 

post #502 of 10347

^ I'm going to wait a good while after the 400i has come out to pick one up. Just in case there are any price decreases, revisions. Both are tremendous cans - I know I'd choose both if I could. (I remember you said you didn't have an opportunity to try out either one, yes?) I'd try your best in the next couple months to hear both, or at least one. I never buy what I've never heard. Best of luck to you Garraty!

post #503 of 10347

It seems that the HiFiMan HE-400i is finally being at least advertised on headphones.com (coming soon)

 

http://www.headphone.com/products/hifiman-he-400i


Edited by pmwoodward - 7/2/14 at 6:30am
post #504 of 10347
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Originally Posted by ThePianoMan View Post
 

^ I'm going to wait a good while after the 400i has come out to pick one up. Just in case there are any price decreases, revisions. Both are tremendous cans - I know I'd choose both if I could. (I remember you said you didn't have an opportunity to try out either one, yes?) I'd try your best in the next couple months to hear both, or at least one. I never buy what I've never heard. Best of luck to you Garraty!

 

Doubt there will be too many revisions...  The 560 took the majority of those, and the revisions from the 560 carry over to the 400i (except for the housing and cable). 

post #505 of 10347

No word on the bass extension of these cans? It's the only question mark for me.

post #506 of 10347
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Originally Posted by ThePianoMan View Post
 

^ I'm going to wait a good while after the 400i has come out to pick one up. Just in case there are any price decreases, revisions. Both are tremendous cans - I know I'd choose both if I could. (I remember you said you didn't have an opportunity to try out either one, yes?) I'd try your best in the next couple months to hear both, or at least one. I never buy what I've never heard. Best of luck to you Garraty!

 

You too, mate! 

post #507 of 10347

So the HE-400i come with the standard velour pads? Noooooooooooooo...

post #508 of 10347
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

So the HE-400i come with the standard velour pads? Noooooooooooooo...

How did we come to that conclusion?
post #509 of 10347

The pics on headroom.

post #510 of 10347
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

The pics on headroom.

They come with the same pads the 560 come with.
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