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post #1096 of 2995

The sibilance you are hearing is probably due to mastering if it isn't always there across the board. I have noticed that because of how transparent the HE-4 is you will notice mastering problems much more frequently.

post #1097 of 2995
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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post
 

The sibilance you are hearing is probably due to mastering if it isn't always there across the board. I have noticed that because of how transparent the HE-4 is you will notice mastering problems much more frequently.

Well that's what I am wondering.  The thing is that the "sibilance" hiss was not apparent when I was powering the HE-4 with the STX, and it was not in your face with the AKG K712Pro.  Now it is there and tires out my ears faster.

post #1098 of 2995

I usually listen to my HE-4 with a subtle EQ fix to reduce treble.

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

I usually listen to my HE-4 with a subtle EQ fix to reduce treble.

 

Same here.

 

I believe the most apparent spike in treble is in around 10-11 kHz. At least from my experimenting, I think that's where the sibilant S's are augmented.

post #1100 of 2995
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Originally Posted by Voohoo View Post
 

 

Same here.

 

I believe the most apparent spike in treble is in around 10-11 kHz. At least from my experimenting, I think that's where the sibilant S's are augmented.

 

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I usually listen to my HE-4 with a subtle EQ fix to reduce treble.

Thanks guys, I reduced a few dBs in the 8-11kHz to where the drums sounded the most natural and it helped.

post #1101 of 2995
Bifrost-bottlehead quickie-emotiva mini x-he4, orrrr tubemagic d2 to emotiva to he4??? There is honestly to many choices.
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Hmmm. Interesting development. My HE-4s apparently have an even newer revision of the dampening scheme. The materials are different, black instead of white, and now there is a little behind the cup as well as on the inside

post #1103 of 2995
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Bifrost-bottlehead quickie-emotiva mini x-he4, orrrr tubemagic d2 to emotiva to he4??? There is honestly to many choices.

Or, how about Gungnir to Emotiva to HE 4 ? 😄
post #1104 of 2995
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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post
 

Hmmm. Interesting development. My HE-4s apparently have an even newer revision of the dampening scheme. The materials are different, black instead of white, and now there is a little behind the cup as well as on the inside

 

This is rather interesting. When and where did you buy them? Can you post a pic or two?

post #1105 of 2995
Should I take pics of mine? I'd be happy tk for comparisons. The only thing I can tell you for sure is mine have the star felt on the outside. Is that how everyone else's are? And now I'm wondering if this is why rinx7 is experiencing "more" sibilance than most of us.
post #1106 of 2995

 

please excuse the sony point and shoot. Saving up 1k for a dslr setup right now, for the misses. Wish i could spend it on head-fi fun!!!

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Or, how about Gungnir to Emotiva to HE 4 ? 😄

 

Im just stuck in wonderland on this. I KNOW this dac destroyer cant be doing the he4 justice, the e17 had a better dac, but thats gone now. I really think i should just go bifrost uber usb and if i want that tube sound insert the quickie as a pre amp. I doubt the tubemagics dac bests the bifrost. I just really am limited on experience on dacs. But, i believe this here he4 is one of my endgame hps, and i want to scale it up (moderately i only make 55k a year) to get its to its "best".

post #1108 of 2995

Well I found the culprit to the all the excessive hisses and cause of listening fatigue.  It's the emotiva amp.  When using the Marantz amp, it's so smooth that I can listen to music hours without my ear drums tiring out.  30 minutes on the emotiva and my ear drums are blasting.  Even my denon avr is nice and clean with no listening fatigue.  Guess I'll have to sell my emotiva.

post #1109 of 2995
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post
 

 

please excuse the sony point and shoot. Saving up 1k for a dslr setup right now, for the misses. Wish i could spend it on head-fi fun!!!

That is exactly what mine look like as well.

post #1110 of 2995
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Originally Posted by nos024 View Post
 

Well I found the culprit to the all the excessive hisses and cause of listening fatigue.  It's the emotiva amp.  When using the Marantz amp, it's so smooth that I can listen to music hours without my ear drums tiring out.  30 minutes on the emotiva and my ear drums are blasting.  Even my denon avr is nice and clean with no listening fatigue.  Guess I'll have to sell my emotiva.

 

Interesting. I don't think that I've heard another emotiva owner make this same comment. Possibly the Marantz is just very warm and rolled off in the treble and it makes a good match for the he-4. I've owned one 70's era Marantz and it was certainly warm with dark treble. Not sure though.

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