Yeah I have one of those headbands and you’ll have to remove the driver to replace the fittings which is quite the hassle and another problem would be the lacking quality of the headband itself
Sadly I’m just not that kind of guy. If I can’t even succeed securing the mounting rings into the headphone, what the hell can I do…
Actual miracle. The headband has suddenly gone back in stock in a store I found it on about a week ago:
Price is absolutely decent. Shipping is insanely cheap (6 pounds!), and because VAT is different in my country, it’s less than the price presented, at 52 pounds. I will be very happy with my new HE-400i
I love it when stuff works out in the end! A new lease on life for your HE400is will be nice. They’re such a fun pair of headphones!
Yeah I absolutely love them. Going back to these with the new pads after my dad lent me his HD 6XX has been like a new life. After a little more listening I’m certain there is also slightly more bass and they just sound so damn good. So full and lively compared to the 6XX which I find tend to lack impact and stage. And to have it with actual good comfort is insane. Really the only problem right now is that the right earcup does not sit properly on my ear and it slides down, there is space between the bottom of my ear and the earcup, the new headband will fix this 100%. Really do love the 400i.
Cool! The other day I finally got to try the HE400se and the HE5XX and I can honestly say that the HE400i is my favorite of the Hifiman low cost/budget line (he-x4, he4xx, he400i, he400se, he5xx, he400s).
always sad to find the thing one threads to come true
iunno…the 400i are twice the price of the 400se and at that level I’d swing for the Sundara.
For me personally, I much prefer the 400i to the 400se. I actually agree with you about buying the next Hifiman up if purchasing new, though I would go with one of the HE560 versions since I like them better than the Sundara, but if someone is willing to buy used, you can get the 400 series headphones for very little money and they’re definitely worth it. I got mine off ebay for $78 shipped in excellent condition (used so little they still smelled new and pads weren’t broken in yet) with a pretty nice aftermarket cable included.
So, yeah, I stand by my preference for the 400i out of the 400 series headphones and over the 5XX as well.