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Je_Saist
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Dec 1, 2017
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Mine came today; stitched with 0032.
First thought: OMG THESE ARE SO COMFY!!!!!
As cliche as it might sound; what I got fully delivered on the promise of being comfortable to wear. In terms of on-ear comfort; these are tactically superior to my well-loved Velodyne vTrue References.
Second thought: not as Punchy on the bass as I was expecting. Admittedly the first sound card I hooked the headset up to was a Vantec USB break-out box; so not really pushing the envelope on delivering absolute sound quality. I did try the headphones against a Kenwood VR-405 receiver fed by an Asus Xonar's Optical Out atop Tanglu/Debian; and against a Topping NX2s fed by a Nexus 5. Subjectively compared to the Velodyne's the HE4XX is much less aggressive on a bass slam and requires a slightly higher volume level set by the amp for the same feel of volume on the ear. E.G. a setting of 50 on the Vantec using Windows is a comfortable play-back volume; the HE4XX was pressing 72+ for the same feel.
That being said; the HE4XX's are, to my ears, subjectively better than the Velodyne's across the mid and upper ranges. I feel like I'm getting more of the intended audio spectrum when playing tracks ripped from CD's to FLAC; or bought from Itunes using Apple-Lossless. (I prefer Google's Play Music over other Music Services; but Google is overly vague in detailing just how lossy the high-quality cached tracks are so I'm not sure it's a fair comparison of the Velodynes to the HE4XX on GPlay Music Streams)
While I'm not confident that artists like "The Piano Guys" or "Joe Satriani" are recording and mastering with lossless-quality playback in mind; and while I'm not sure I'm capable of articulating the exact audio differences between the Velodyne's and the HE4XX; I am sure that what I got was well worth the price I paid.
Dec 1, 2017
djfluffkins
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Dec 2, 2017
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What you're describing in the bass is rather common with planars. The detail in the bass is more present but the power isn't always as prominent. I find myself needing to move up to the Fostex TH-X00 Purplehearts before I get a comparable clarity and power which is a big step.
I usually find myself eq-ing the bass up on planars just a tad to get the sound signature I'm used to enjoying.
Dec 2, 2017
Je_Saist
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Dec 2, 2017
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I can hear what you mean on tracks from artists like Feint, Sub Focus, and Bass 305. The HE4XX are definitely more accurate and have a much smoother transition between the low tones compared to the Velodynes.
The HE4XX are also less susceptible to loss of sound from head-movement. The Velodyne's are more of an on-ear set than an over-the-ear set; so getting the best sound often means keeping my head still.
Considering that the HE4XX are considered and priced as entry-level, and the Velodyne Vtrue's came from a company with a background in subwoofers and a $400 launch price, I consider myself quite impressed that I can even think of comparing the two. I'm looking forward now to the upcoming Grace/Massdrop O2+SDAC; since I suspect that may help the HE4XX shine even brighter for me.
Dec 2, 2017
EliaGar
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Dec 2, 2017
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You're comparing a closed-back headphone with an open headphone; the sound characteristics will always be a bit different.
Dec 2, 2017
Je_Saist
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Dec 2, 2017
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I know that; but it's all I have to work with. The Velodyne Vtrue's have also been around several years now; so it's more likely other people would have an idea on what they probably sound like; so it at least serves as a reference point.
Dec 2, 2017
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