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Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by ProtegeManiac, Aug 2, 2017.
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  1. rafaelo
    I did not know about these guys, they seem very interesting options especially the first to me, I will have an eye to them from now on. Thanks very much!
  2. shuto77
    Has anyone tried the ZMF Oval Lambskin pads?

    It seems the Ori and Eikon pads are good, but I haven't read anything about Oval Lambskin.
  3. BobSmith8901
    Can someone confirm a few things re the Massdrop HE 4XX's:

    1. The current shipping HE4XX's are now officially sporting 3.5mm plugs at the headphone cups? Is this recent?

    2. Any build quality improvements re the brackets popping off at the earcup connectors?

    Thanks for any info!
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2018
  4. ngs428
    #1: got mine about 3 weeks ago they are 3.5mm at the cups. It is a recent change.

    #2 no issues with that yet.
  5. chimney189
    Does anyone know of a video that shows how to remove the grills from this headphone?

  6. BobSmith8901
    Thanks for the info!

    I just ordered the 4XX's and am hoping that I get a set without issues. I'm curious, as others are, that with the advent of the 3.5mm cup jacks that they may have had a look at the issue of the bracket attachments to the cups. Some Massdrop folks in the 7+ weeks-ago-purchase-timeframe are having the whole bracket holder part on the cup coming out. It seems that if you have the screw alone unscrew itself out of the holder you can use a bit of loctite on the screw and screw it back in but if the whole thing, holder and all, comes out of the cup, I don't know if there's a good method to reattach it to the cup body. Someone stated that they thought that the bend in the brackets should have slightly less outward angle to them to relieve some of the pop-out pressure on the cup attachment. I'll be curious, going forward with the new 3.5 sets, if they have less reports of this issue.
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  7. DavidA
    While not a video I think this might help:
    Hifiman grill-1.JPG Hifiman grill-2.JPG Hifiman grill-3.JPG
    use a finger nail or small screw driver to gently bend the ring inwards so you can pull out the small tabs that hold the rings on the cups
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  8. riffrafff
    Yeah, once you pull your first one off, you'll be amazed how easy it is.
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  9. Mateo Sanboval
    Forgive my ignorance, and lack of time at the moment to read the thread in its entirety, but what's the purpose of removing the grilles?
  10. DavidA
    On the older HE400, HE400i (SMC jacks w/ back plate), HE500, HE6 and HE560 removing the grill seemed to help the sound stage a bit, get rid of some ringing that some heard and give a slightly more airy sound. With the newer HE400i (2.5mm jacks and no back plate) removing the grills didn't have the same effect as it did on the older models since it might have been the back plate that was the issue for some. I haven't heard the HE400S and HD4XX so I'm not sure if the grill mod does anything for them.
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  11. muletrane
    Just pulled the trigger on these. My first set of planars. Pumped!
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  12. DavidA
    I'd love to get your impressions of the HE4XX compared to your RS2e, K7XX and PS500e since these are all headphones that I also have/had.
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  13. muletrane
    Will do
  14. shwaz
    There is a thin layer of fabric (?) Glued to the inside of the grills. Pop off the grill, peel them off and reattach grills. Super easy to do and seems easy to reverse if desired.

    For me, this alleviated what was initially an unbearable emphasis on the mids.
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  15. riffrafff
    Plus, it just looks cooler. :ksc75smile:
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