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MUCH better vocals and mids compared to the 400i.  This was the deciding factor for me.  The 400i has "shouty" vocals in relation to the 500.  The 500s sound far more natural. The bass on the 400i is tighter and more controlled.  But, the difference wasn't enough to sway me one way or the other on that one.  
Well deserved, Burnley.   My final (condensed) take on the Project Ember.  Also posted in the Ember thread:   Finally got a chance to audition the Ember, thanks to Thujone. First off, Jeremy over at garage amps is fantastic.  When the amp arrived at my house it had a damaged power switch (thanks USPS).  Jeremy sent me a pre-paid shipping label and had the thing back to me in under a week, fully fixed and ready to go. My chain has been Modi 2 U --> Vali --> HE-500. ...
Finally got a chance to audition the Ember, thanks to Thujone. First off, Jeremy over at garage amps is fantastic.  When the amp arrived at my house it had a damaged power switch (thanks USPS).  Jeremy sent me a pre-paid shipping label and had the thing back to me in under a week, fully fixed and ready to go. My chain has been Modi 2 U --> Vali --> HE-500.  With the Ember, the majority of my listening was done with the stock tube.  It reminded me of the Vali in that you...
-Mount Juliet, TN   -HE-500, DT1350   -PC-->Modi 2 U-->Vali, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Samsung Galaxy S4   -n/a   -http://www.amazon.com/review/R3OJNKLF4TT2YF/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B004QMH8KI&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=11091801&store=musical-instruments   -I could help with that.  We have a headphone meetup in Nashville 2x/year.  http://www.head-fi.org/t/763461/music-city-meet-spring-2015-pics-impressions-thread
 Yep, the step-by-step guide is still floating around out there.   I have a pair, and they are awesome.
I have a Project Ember loaner right now.  Give it serious consideration, folks.   It's extremely versatile with the ability to change gain and impedance.  Put it on low impedance and high gain and the 500s have all the power they could ever want.  Very clean sound.   It feels a bit like a Valhalla 2 with more oomph.
So, I mentioned earlier that I was getting a loaner on the Project Ember.   If you're searching for an amp in the $300 bracket, then this should be given serious consideration.  Nice, clean, power.  The stock tube sounds great, but you can tube roll very easily if that's your thing.   The customization features are outstanding...it can drive nearly any headphone efficiently.  There are 3 impedance settings and high/lo gain.  Shoot, you can even change the...
Going to be borrowing the Project Ember to give it a spin for a week or two.  Really looking forward to it.  It's one of the few things we haven't had show up at any meets.   Anyone here have experience with the Garage amps?
 Ha!  Great question.  None of the amps that I've owned. Perhaps I should have worded things more carefully.  I've heard people complain about the bass on the Vali.  Those complaints may be founded, but it wasn't an issue for me personally.
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