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Joined the recent drop and received today at the front door, serial number in the low 6 hundreds for some reason I don't know why.
No quality issue here, matt blue cups, cable is thick and soft, plugs are secured, headband have support, except I haven't popped the hood to check the wiring.
Out of the box pretty nice sound straight from the mobile phone (double as my DDAPP Daily Digital Audio Portable Player), although a bit power hungry (dial up to about 80%), but less than T50rp MK3 or K712 (push to 90%, have volumn although not good pairing) but more than HD6xx (60%).
Details are close to DT880 and still have good bass like HD6xx without the veil so-to-speak.
Now pairing with Magni 3, good synergy, high gain at just shy of 3-o'clock. Album is Lion King (Legacy collection) and PTO 1986 recording in VBR mp3.
What do you mean about plugs are secured ?
I think some user reported one side of the plug/ connection is loose, my copy doesn't appeared to have the said issue. When the 2.5mm TRS and socket make contact, there was a definite click/s and even degree of freedom (rotation only, no excessive lateral) on both sides (Lt + Rt) once secured.
Thought you meant it had captive plugs ,cheers.
So is it upgrade or sidegrade from DT880?
From my experience, it is parallel. It is comparing apples to oranges. DT 880 been around 10+ years and HE 4xx I only received <40 hrs.
From my hearing, both have excellent details, and both have the wide 4 track stereo imaging (x/y + a/b). HE 4xx have slightly more exciting top and bottom end.
Except, on a split hair level, HE 4xx sounded more 'planner' and DT 880 got an better acoustic 3D sphere imaging. HE 4xx is like digital vs DT 880 is like analog, like a warmth of 'human touch'.
Thanks, you've just saved my wallet (though I may still go due to impulse buying)