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travistotle
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Nov 1, 2018
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I bought and have been using these headphones relatively consistently for the last four months, and for the life of me I cannot understand why these things are so praised. They sound... okay, but not really anything I would go over the moon for. I own a decent assortment of other headphones, and most of them range from moderately superior to these (Audio Technica M50Xs and WS1100is, BeyerDynamics's DT990) in terms of an overall enjoyable listening experience, to simply blowing these out of the water (the HD6XXs). I realize the enjoyable listening experience is completely subjective, so to other ears these may sound vastly superior to the other headphones I've mentioned, but I've tried these things through DACs, through Amps, and I just don't hear anything that warrants the rave reviews these headphones receive. On top of that, they're not very comfortable. They're a bit on the heavy side, with a fair amount of clamping pressure. And while it might be due to my freakishly large head, but the headband will usually press down on my head after wearing these for a while. Finally, the sound leakage on these things is I N S A N E. The sound these project out the back is so loud that it's only a touch louder to me once they're actually on my head! I realize that sound leakage is inevitable for any form of open-design headphones, but I own several other sets of open-back headphones, and the sound leakage doesn't come anywhere near close to these. I'm not trying to take anything away from the people that love these headphones, and if the reviews are anything to go by, I'm certainly in the minority. If anything, I'm glad so many people are able to enjoy a listening experience from these that I apparently can't, but I had to offer my opinion, especially when I hear these frequently compared to the Sennheiser HD6XX, and in my opinion it's not even remotely close. If you enjoy these then that's great, but I just cannot seem to get what people are loving so much about these.
Nov 1, 2018
Wingnutt
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Nov 5, 2018
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How long did you let them burn in? Mine did not sound great out of the box. But after letting them play unattended for about a week they sound much better. Also a decently powered amp helps as these are a bit power hungry. But you are correct IMHO my HD650 do sound a bit better. But they cost me more than 2x as much and the HE is really good with fast rock and blues.
Nov 5, 2018
bbisset
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Nov 7, 2018
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Well you’re right that everyone hears music differently. I got the 6XXs maybe three months before the 4XXs. I let the Hifimans burn for a week, did the shelf liner mod, added some premium pads, listened for another week and promptly sold the Sennheisers.
Nov 7, 2018
travistotle
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Nov 7, 2018
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To be honest the 4XX's have probably burned in the most of any other pair of headphones I own, aside from my pair of QuietComfort 35's since I use those the most while working during the day due to their incredible comfort and noise cancelling (do QC35s even "burn-in" though? I wonder.) I don't think my 4XX's have reached the level of 100s of hours of burn-in at this point, but I would say it's somewhere in the range of 30/40 hours at this point, which I would think is sufficient. Plus, I don't think I've ever tried using these without an amp, or at the very least my Fii0 10K DAC (which I absolutely love.) I actually just tried these again last night, since I had come across a few new hard rock albums I wanted to listen to, and I remember so many saying these were a great choice for rock. While I didn't think the sound signature was all that bad, I was reminded again of just how UNCOMFORTABLE these headphones are. I can't wear these for more than a few minutes before my ears start itching and feeling extremely warm. I want to like these headphones so bad, but they're trying as hard as they can to make me feel the opposite.
Nov 7, 2018
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