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  1. DavidA

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    Agree that a neutral SS is good but I've come to love my HE400 on my old Project Ember best. @MrMateoHead, have you tried to get a new cable? I've build quite a few cables using SMC jacks (HE400, HE400i gen1, HE560 gen2, all my Grado's, TH600, MDR-7506)and I haven't had one fail yet but...
  2. DavidA

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    I'm guessing that you are interested in a used HE400 since they were discontinued back in 2015 IIRC. If vocals is what you are looking for I'd look elsewhere since vocals are not a strong point with HE400. If you still have the SR60 I'd suggest modding them: G-pads versus the stock flat ones...
  3. DavidA

    NEW! Fostex TH610 Premium Reference Closed-Back Headphones

    Only issue I have with most "Omega" style stands it that most put the ear pads in constant compression which I've notice will cause the pads to deteriorate faster but yours looks gorgeous and a nice match for your TH610
  4. DavidA

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    HE400 came stock with pleather pads IIRC, it also is the one I like the least due to the so-so comfort and over emphasis of the bass. Best compromise is the Focus or Dekoni elite sheepskin IMO.
  5. DavidA

    Grado Modders Go Ypsilon (Elleven Acoustica drivers and builds thread)

    I'd be interested in hearing them also:beerchug:
  6. DavidA

    Audeze EL-8 connectors

    Audeze will not confirm pin-out when I asked ( a few years back), they say its proprietary but I've built my own cable and this is what I built and it works. If you look at the connector it has a pointed side and flat side, pointed side faces front of headphone. Hope this helps
  7. DavidA

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    Sorry, I still enjoy mine from time to time
  8. DavidA

    post your grado mods....

    Try Youtube, I think there was a video or two that showed how to remove the rod blocks from the headband if that is what you are asking
  9. DavidA

    NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S

    For a touch more bass put attenuation rings into the pads made from card stock or if you have hanging file holders that will work also. You will need to play with the size and placement to see what you like. You can find a bit more info on the TH-X00 thread, its where the idea came from IIRC
  10. DavidA

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    I like FocusPads with attenuation rings under the pads, brings up the bass just a bit but doesn't do much to the reset of the sound
  11. DavidA

    The "non-Grado" Driver Grado Thread

    Yes, just like that👍
  12. DavidA

    The "non-Grado" Driver Grado Thread

    Awhile back I was lucky to have a prototype driver from Nhoord and one thing I noticed was that it had dynamat around each of the 4 opened vent holes which made it produce a slight but noticeable better low end, not sub-bass level but better than mid-bass IIRC (its been over 3 years that I've...
  13. DavidA

    The "non-Grado" Driver Grado Thread

    You might want to try some sorbothane on the Nhoord driver magnet structure and dynamat in the cups that you are using to help control the boomy low end. I'm assuming you haven't opened any vent holes on the driver as this will really make the Nhoord boomy
  14. DavidA

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    I've used a hard rubber pad mounted in the middle of the grills to bring up the mids and it works pretty good but you should experiment with size and density to see what works for you.
  15. DavidA

    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    A bit late to reply but I've never cared for Z reviews and I think that many that have bad reviews of the HD700 never really listened to them with gear that paired well with them as @manueljenkin noted. While I also own HD800 and have borrowed a friends HD660s a few times these are very...
  16. DavidA

    Grado SR225 Thread

    If its SR225e then its a pretty good price and worth it IMO. For older SR225 and SR225i its a bit on the higher side since IIRC I was able to get a SR225i for around $80 of E____ a few years back, put the drivers in Rholuplat wood cups and a few other mods and they were quite good to me but...
  17. DavidA

    Grado modders go Magnum

    As @wormsdriver and @fleasbaby noted it is a personal / individual preference when it comes to aftermarket drivers for Grado builds. With that said I'd take a Ypsilon R1/G1 over any GS for the price while the PS is a bit different sounding, not my cup of tea and I'd take my HD800, T1gen1, HE560...
  18. DavidA

    Grado modders go Magnum

    IIRC the SR80e (only owned SR80i which I used in wood cups from Rholuplat) has 44mm drivers, same as the RS2e (which I still own, slightly modded). With that said, while the drivers in the SR60e, SR80e, SR125e, SR225e, SR325e, RS2e, and PS500e are all the same there are differences in them...
  19. DavidA

    Grado SR225 Thread

    Haven't punched any holes on my SR225e since with the added dynamat in the cups, sorbothane on the back of the driver magnet and the use of generic G-pads it has more than enough bass for me. The only Grado that I punched holes is a old SR60, made 3 holes and used dynamat around each hole to...
  20. DavidA

    Grado SR225 Thread

    If the 225e is brand new I'd let them burn-in for a time (50-100hrs) before passing judgement. If they already have a few hundred hours on them I'd open them up and put some dynamat in the cups and on the back of the driver magnet (don't cover any vent holes on the magnet housing) or even...
  21. DavidA

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    My HE400 and HE400i (first gen, SMC jacks and backplate) are quite different. The HE400 is quite V shaped while the HE400i is a bit better balanced from top to bottom. Also, both are modded: HE400 has sorbothane in the cups, Focus pads vs pleather, more open grill with a hard rubber pad in the...
  22. DavidA

    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    I guess I'm not the normal "audiophile" since the HD600 was one of the disappointments for me due to the slight peak in the 3.5-5khz range that made them irritating at times. I even tried them on some highly recommend amps but the peak was still there at times and for me they never really...
  23. DavidA

    Sennheiser HD660S... Finally a successor for the HD650?

    The only reason for me not owning a HD660s is price these days. I live in Hawaii and Amazon or used are about my only options. I have a good friend who purchased the HD660s when they came out and have borrowed them a few times and while I like how they sound to me they are a bit over priced...
  24. DavidA

    Sennheiser HD660S... Finally a successor for the HD650?

    For it would be the 650/6XX, more so if the amp that you are thinking about has a fairly high (over 35ohms) output impedance. If the output impedance is fairly low (under 5ohms) then the 660s can be quite good.
  25. DavidA

    Grado Fan Club!

    I had a listen with my RS2e, HD700 and a few other headphones and connected to my HT receiver the HD700 is about the best all around for vocals, soundstage and imaging. Its also one of the most comfortable headphones that I've used so its a plus for long movie sessions.