NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S
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Does anyone have the newest HE-400S revision with 3.5mm connectors on the cups?
 
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I picked up one of the four used units I saw available directly on HiFiMAN’s website recently, for the ridiculously low price of $119, and at this price, I’m not complaining! Definitely a little cosmetic damage but everything looks relatively good to me and they sound pretty great for $119.

I definitely noticed they roll off earlier in the sub bass region than my Audeze EL-8 open and my Focal Elegia. They are surprisingly driven decently off of the headphone out of a 2016 iPhone SE, particularly on Apple Music, where they are really loud one click below max volume, louder than Spotify on same track on the same phone at max volume.

I’m pleased for the price!
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I picked up one of the four used units I saw available directly on HiFiMAN’s website recently, for the ridiculously low price of $119, and at this price, I’m not complaining! Definitely a little cosmetic damage but everything looks relatively good to me and they sound pretty great for $119.

I definitely noticed they roll off earlier in the sub bass region than my Audeze EL-8 open and my Focal Elegia. They are surprisingly driven decently off of the headphone out of a 2016 iPhone SE, particularly on Apple Music, where they are really loud one click below max volume, louder than Spotify on same track on the same phone at max volume.

I’m pleased for the price!
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That's a great price! Upgrading the cable will reduce the rollof and improve the sq significantly. I use Eidolic 4 braid occ and it sounds amazing with just ifi iDSD
 
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I picked up one of the four used units I saw available directly on HiFiMAN’s website recently, for the ridiculously low price of $119, and at this price, I’m not complaining! Definitely a little cosmetic damage but everything looks relatively good to me and they sound pretty great for $119.

I definitely noticed they roll off earlier in the sub bass region than my Audeze EL-8 open and my Focal Elegia. They are surprisingly driven decently off of the headphone out of a 2016 iPhone SE, particularly on Apple Music, where they are really loud one click below max volume, louder than Spotify on same track on the same phone at max volume.

I’m pleased for the price!
If you want better bass extension, consider buying a pair of the Focus pads. They made a lot of difference there!
 
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If you want better bass extension, consider buying a pair of the Focus pads. They made a lot of difference there!

I'm not sure, but I may already have the Focus pads, as these I don't believe are the full velour just from the looks of it -- these are a used set so I'm guessing HiFiMAN didn't bother to necessarily make sure everything was "stock" perhaps?

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I'm not sure, but I may already have the Focus pads, as these I don't believe are the full velour just from the looks of it -- these are a used set so I'm guessing HiFiMAN didn't bother to necessarily make sure everything was "stock" perhaps?

Yes, those are indeed the focus pads.

In that case, the bass response is already a lot better. It won't extend super low, but I found the overall presentation agreeable and musical
 
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Yes, those are indeed the focus pads.

In that case, the bass response is already a lot better. It won't extend super low, but I found the overall presentation agreeable and musical

Yeah, it's not *bothering me* per se that it rolls off early down low, particularly since I had expected it, just that I noted that this common "complaint" is definitely merited. I found the sound signature very pleasing overall, so I'm not disappointed at all by any means. :)

If I want MOAR BASS, I'll pull out the Brainwavz Alara or even the EL-8. :)
 
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Yeah, it's not *bothering me* per se that it rolls off early down low, particularly since I had expected it, just that I noted that this common "complaint" is definitely merited. I found the sound signature very pleasing overall, so I'm not disappointed at all by any means. :)

If I want MOAR BASS, I'll pull out the Brainwavz Alara or even the EL-8. :)
For a touch more bass put attenuation rings into the pads
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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
 
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For a touch more bass put attenuation rings into the pads
Attenuation Rings.jpg
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
Thanks, nifty idea! :)
 

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