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I really wanted to like these, as the price was right and I've had a lot of success with special Massdrop products, but as others have pointed out, these suckers are too bright. I can't find a genre I enjoy listening to on these things. The soundstage is okay, and mids are pretty good, but when every sibilant syllable from a female lounge singer makes you cringe, you've got an unbalanced product.
I can live with the attenuated bass presence, but these headphones are skewed so heavy on the high end that very little sounds natural through the HE-350. Just to be certain, I shuffled up Bowers & Wilkins' excellent, wide-ranging, speaker test playlist on Spotify for some thorough listening and comparison. Some of the string arrangements were palatable, I suppose.
In fact, I find that in many cases I prefer the HiFiMan RE-00's that I purchased around the same time. They're still treble forward like the 350, but at least they have some low-end to even the sound signature out a bit.
Maybe the HE-350 will break in, but I doubt it. It looks like other owners haven't had much success (and speaker break-in beyond a few hours has been debunked by numerous sources).
I've been constantly listening to and burning in my pair of HE-350s since I received it just over a month ago, even while overseas, and the highs will "mellow out" over time. It's very much tolerable now and I can comfortably listen to these for hours. Just keep straightening out that headband if it's too tight.
You are correct on being a bit bright. Have you tried Trance/EDM as a genre?
Really? I will leave it on for a week of Burn in and re-test.
I think these sound great with electronic or EDM .
Maybe applying an EQ would be the easiest solution . I found that my Centrence DACPort Slim has a warm sound quality(Class A amp?) that takes the edge off the highs on my new HE-350's as well as my MSR-7's(although highs from MSR-7 actually a nice quality of them). Although the highs of he HE-350 are not a deal breaker, I'm much more pleased since pairing with the DACport Slim.
So try applying an EQ setting or try a DAC/Amp pairing that my better suite your taste.
Definitely. For a while there, I consider selling my pair off because of the harsh highs, but in the past couple of weeks, it definitely has "settled down". I prefer these over my Philips SHP9500 now just because it just has a bit more detail through out the frequency response curves.
48hrs in and yes it did settle down.