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post #1111 of 1932
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

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.

Yeah that is probably it.  But that's just me.  Before I bought the Marantz, I auditioned a Rotel amp - which sounded clinical and bright.  I get listening fatigue from that as well that's why I stuck with the Marantz and Denon.

post #1112 of 1932
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

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

Bought them used from somebody who had gotten them off headamp 3 months ago. He told me that he made no modification to the headphones so this is how they came stock.

post #1113 of 1932
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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post

Bought them used from somebody who had gotten them off headamp 3 months ago. He told me that he made no modification to the headphones so this is how they came stock.

Pics please!
post #1114 of 1932

 

Jumped on the Emotiva bandwagon! Got this from FS/FT and was modded with a nifty 1/4" jack!

 

Been comparing a bit with my good ol' FiiO set up.

I'm playing foobar2k into the FiiO stack. Then, line out from there into the Emotiva. This way I can easily switch back and forth between the two. 

All I have to do is plug into the jack of the desired device. Doesn't get much easier than that.

 

The Emotiva is definitely more forward sounding. There's a bit more meat. Perhaps more resolving?

 

But I have to be honest, I'm not quite impressed...yet, at least. I expected the gobs of power to transform my HE-4 but perhaps my expectations were/are too high. 

Or maybe I just don't have picky or very discerning ears :)

 

I'll have to listen to the Emotiva for at least a week exclusively before I can make up my mind. Gotta get used to the sound signature. 

post #1115 of 1932

Hey guys,

Just wanted to make a shameless plug for my classified. If anyone is interested in trading an HE-4 for an HE-400, get at me. 

post #1116 of 1932
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Originally Posted by Voohoo View Post
 

 

Jumped on the Emotiva bandwagon! Got this from FS/FT and was modded with a nifty 1/4" jack!

 

Been comparing a bit with my good ol' FiiO set up.

I'm playing foobar2k into the FiiO stack. Then, line out from there into the Emotiva. This way I can easily switch back and forth between the two. 

All I have to do is plug into the jack of the desired device. Doesn't get much easier than that.

 

The Emotiva is definitely more forward sounding. There's a bit more meat. Perhaps more resolving?

 

But I have to be honest, I'm not quite impressed...yet, at least. I expected the gobs of power to transform my HE-4 but perhaps my expectations were/are too high. 

Or maybe I just don't have picky or very discerning ears :)

 

I'll have to listen to the Emotiva for at least a week exclusively before I can make up my mind. Gotta get used to the sound signature. 

 

I'm in complete agreement with not being impressed by the Emotiva. Sure, it's cool, and modding the front with a 1/4" jack was fun, but I don't understand the hype at all. Power "requirements" are hardly "requirements" IMO. You don't need a speaker amp to power the HE-4. The Vali can even power them just fine.

post #1117 of 1932
Glad I bought mine on amazon! Gotta love that return policy
post #1118 of 1932
Quote:
Originally Posted by Voohoo View Post
 

 

Jumped on the Emotiva bandwagon! Got this from FS/FT and was modded with a nifty 1/4" jack!

 

Been comparing a bit with my good ol' FiiO set up.

I'm playing foobar2k into the FiiO stack. Then, line out from there into the Emotiva. This way I can easily switch back and forth between the two. 

All I have to do is plug into the jack of the desired device. Doesn't get much easier than that.

 

The Emotiva is definitely more forward sounding. There's a bit more meat. Perhaps more resolving?

 

But I have to be honest, I'm not quite impressed...yet, at least. I expected the gobs of power to transform my HE-4 but perhaps my expectations were/are too high. 

Or maybe I just don't have picky or very discerning ears :)

 

I'll have to listen to the Emotiva for at least a week exclusively before I can make up my mind. Gotta get used to the sound signature. 

What you saying that there is a improvement. If a new piece of equipment really transform my listening experience that usually tells me that there is something wrong with my old gear that was not suited for my needs.  

post #1119 of 1932

  has anyone been able to find a FR graph?

post #1120 of 1932
Quote:
Originally Posted by Voohoo View Post
 

 

Jumped on the Emotiva bandwagon! Got this from FS/FT and was modded with a nifty 1/4" jack!

 

Been comparing a bit with my good ol' FiiO set up.

I'm playing foobar2k into the FiiO stack. Then, line out from there into the Emotiva. This way I can easily switch back and forth between the two. 

All I have to do is plug into the jack of the desired device. Doesn't get much easier than that.

 

The Emotiva is definitely more forward sounding. There's a bit more meat. Perhaps more resolving?

 

But I have to be honest, I'm not quite impressed...yet, at least. I expected the gobs of power to transform my HE-4 but perhaps my expectations were/are too high. 

Or maybe I just don't have picky or very discerning ears :)

 

I'll have to listen to the Emotiva for at least a week exclusively before I can make up my mind. Gotta get used to the sound signature. 

 

The bold may be all the improvements / difference there is.  It's the little things that we look for.  So keep you expectations down because all improvements are subtle ones at best.

post #1121 of 1932

I currently own an Aune T1 + HE-400 and enjoy it very much. However, I have been itching for an upgrade for awhile now. Would my Aune T1 be able to drive the HE-4, and how much of an upgrade would this be from my current Aune T1 + HE-400 setup?

post #1122 of 1932
Never heard the aune, and doubt it will have enough power for the 4. But, an underpowered he4 still sounds vastly better than an he400. I don't miss my 400 AT ALL. The 4 does everything better, and vocals don't sound off. That was the biggest plus to me. That and no tizz in the treble. All this is IMO of course.
post #1123 of 1932
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Originally Posted by stjj89 View Post
 

I currently own an Aune T1 + HE-400 and enjoy it very much. However, I have been itching for an upgrade for awhile now. Would my Aune T1 be able to drive the HE-4, and how much of an upgrade would this be from my current Aune T1 + HE-400 setup?

I think it's safe to say that your T1 will be able to get the HE-4 loud enough. Plus, I agree with hemi. The HE-4 will still beat out the HE-400 even without the best amp match. FWIW, I was using the HE-4 out of a Vali the other day (which outputs less power than your T1) and it sounded awesome.

post #1124 of 1932

Thanks for the feedback guys! I'll look into getting a pair soon, if I can get someone to take these HE-400s off my hands...

post #1125 of 1932

How much do you want to be that the new HE-400i HiFiMAN showed at CES is just the HE-4 with a new headband. Apparently it is single ended.

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