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Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by ProtegeManiac, Aug 2, 2017.
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  1. turbomustang84
    I would say the Sennheiser HD-660s or the HD-58X Jubilees being a close second .

    I was replaying an older version of Halo and got startled by the realistic sounds that the 660s was able to provide .
  2. ronfifer
    Thank you. Have you ever played competitive FPS with your HE-4XX? If you provide feedback from a soundstage and imaging perspective that would be great.
  3. bagwell359
    No to the monolith 1060. The HE-500 is a gem, they are also tough, just make sure you can return them if not correct. HEX v2 used about $675-750, very nice. That MD XX is supposed to be nice but haven't heard it. No to other HFM under $1k (Ananda too bright as is 560, HE5se, Sundara, no....). Not a fan of the LCD2 but they are starting to go for mid $500's now, demo them as there is a lot of variation. The only closed I like is MrSpeakers Ether 1.1 Closed used - about $850.

    Next stop a lot more $. If you have a tubed amp consider the HD-600 - makes great sound for low bucks.
  4. DavidA
    While not directed at me my favorite headphone for gaming is the HD700, great soundstage and positional audio, fairly easy to drive (used a Asus STX IIRC). and one of the most comfortable headphones that I've owned
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  5. DrivenKeys
    Hi everyone! I posted a thread in the diy section, but should ask here: Has anyone had to return these? Why? I just picked up a defective pair on ebay. The seller gave no description of the defect. The shell alone is worth the 50 bux I paid, but of course I'd like to repair if possible.

    Aside from wiring, are there any common defects that can't be fixed? Are there easy fixes for any common defects?

    I'm sorry if it's already here somewhere, I just spent all my forum time choosing Monoprice planars(I chose the m565), and must catch up on work.
  6. TeamHiFiMAN
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  7. DrivenKeys
    You guys are awesome to offer help so quickly. Hifiman has a stellar reputation, I'm beginning to see why. You proactively reached out to address a second-hand product. That's saying something, especially in today's market. When I can afford it, I will likely add more Hifiman to my rack (especially if they stop using those square headbands :jecklinsmile::L3000:).

    I confirmed that the seller is a warehouse liquidator with no info or paperwork for these. I'll just have to wait til next Friday to see what I can do. Regardless, I'm excited. If nothing else, this solid and attractive shell can make for some great projects.
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  8. DrivenKeys
    So, just for anyone else wondering: I went back and saw that the worst issue could be a jammed driver, which causes distortion. There were also a few symmetry issues with some cups and yokes. It's quite possible this has any of those issues. Hifiman has been so good about replacements, those factory mistakes must be hiding somewhere.

    My open-box m565 arrived a day ago, with a bright new "inspected-approved" sticker sealing the box shut. Unfortunately, the 'inspector' forgot that both cups must function...:triportsad: I might get some via amazon, but no more Monoprice open-box. It's a shame, I wanted some smaller, easily driven planars for on-the-go.

    If I can't fix this he4xx, I'll probably buy a new one. It's big and power hungry, but the company knows how to treat customers. That goes further than anything.
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  9. perinkel
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  11. BobSmith8901
    I was asking this a while ago and the answer is, yes, the Meze 2.5 balanced will work with the HE-4XX. Note that I'm talking about an HE-4XX that has the latest dual 3.5mm connections at the cups. Here's the page:


    Post #1025 of 1075

    The main question I had was would the dual 3.5mm TS cup connections work with the HE-4XX and the answer is yes.

    I actually ordered another cable from a seller on ebay that isn't designed specifically for the HE-4XX but it works perfectly:


    This is a beautiful cable that sounds great. Just be aware that it's 4 feet (1.2M) in length. I got a regular 3.5mm termination but the seller has 2.5mm TRRS balanced too.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
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  12. mattiav
    Should work fine, with the current 3.5mm jack version phones (the first run HE4XX had 2.5mm connectors I believe). I can confirm first hand that the former cable works. But I don’t have any first hand experience with the second specific cable.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
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  13. perinkel
    Thank you very much for the answers, for after you have confirmed it to me, because I will buy the Meze cable, again thank you very much
  14. turbomustang84
    Periapt will make custom cables for either 2.5mm or 3.5mm with the balanced connector of your choice .
    And for a really fair price
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  15. DrivenKeys
    The LG phones are easy to trick with a short extension and a high impedance adapter. I was worried about these on-the-go, but found it's a super-easy trick.

    The LG only measures resistance when it detects a physical plug-in. Plug the adapter into the extension, then the extension into the phone. It will set itself to 'pro' power. Then leave the extension in the LG, pull the adapter from the extension, insert your headphones plug into the extension. Since you left the extension in the LG, it remains in high power. I do this to use my power hungry Peerless 32 ohm drivers with the LG, it should be the same with the he4xx.

    If you solder, you can even make your own resistance tool with a spare plug and resistor. This allows me to set my G8 to the highest power mode. I'm unsure of the v30, but the g8 has three; I forget where it goes from 'consumer' to 'pro', but anything over 700 ohms kicks it into preamp levels. A 1kohm resistor does the trick. My 250 ohm dt990 is also power hungry, and I have to do this to get their full potential out of the g8.
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