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In anticipation of my coming he-4 i purchased a new headphone amplifier.
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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

In anticipation of my coming he-4 i purchased a new headphone amplifier.

I see... so you went with a Speaker amp as well :D 

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Indeed. And you'll notice that this power amp actually has a headphone jack. Very rare. 220W per channel. Headphone jack should pump out around 6W wink.gif
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Is there a site or thread that lists good speaker vintage or modern amps/receivers with good headphone outs (not using speaker taps)?

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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

Indeed. And you'll notice that this power amp actually has a headphone jack. Very rare. 220W per channel. Headphone jack should pump out around 6W wink.gif

On par with my NFB 10ES2, nice enjoy it :D 

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I started a club for all owners of HiFiMan High-End series headphones, come on over and join!
http://www.head-fi.org/t/704528
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No list of vintage gear headphone outputs that i've ever found. There is a head-fi thread called: calling all vintage, or something like that thats pretty good.

Audio gd manages to get alot of power out of small packages.
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I think I'm about to pull the trigger on a brand new set of these. I have the dt880's and the HE400's. The 880's do classical so well, that it was a bit of a shock going to the HE400 from them. There are many things that the 400's do well and that the 880's do well, but neither one is my perfect headphone. The he400 just seem to lack something in the mids. Maybe it's the timbre mismatch. I don't have golden ears, but I know the 880's do natural sounding instruments way better. On the other hand, the 880's just don't have the bass quantity of the planars. I'd like a combo of the two.

 

From what I'm reading here, the HE4 may very well fit the bill. Any thoughts? 

 

 

PS - I knew I should have bit on the HE4 when headamp had it for $349! Ah well, live and learn.


Edited by Modular - 2/7/14 at 6:26pm
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Originally Posted by Modular View Post
 

I think I'm about to pull the trigger on a brand new set of these. I have the dt880's and the HE400's. The 880's do classical so well, that it was a bit of a shock going to the HE400 from them. There are many things that the 400's do well and that the 880's do well, but neither one is my perfect headphone. The he400 just seem to lack something in the mids. Maybe it's the timbre mismatch. I don't have golden ears, but I know the 880's do natural sounding instruments way better. On the other hand, the 880's just don't have the bass quantity of the planars. I'd like a combo of the two.

 

From what I'm reading here, the HE4 may very well fit the bill. Any thoughts? 

 

 

PS - I knew I should have bit on the HE4 when headamp had it for $349! Ah well, live and learn.


Yup, sounds about right. The HE4 will serve you well.

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Originally Posted by djcarpentier View Post

No list of vintage gear headphone outputs that i've ever found. There is a head-fi thread called: calling all vintage, or something like that thats pretty good.

Audio gd manages to get alot of power out of small packages.



I'll look into it. I want something to go by when I start looking at Goodwill for vintage receivers. I understand there are years that made excellent receivers and certain years where they sorta fell off (80's 90's?)

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anything in the 80's would have to be very early 80's to have a chance, unless its something from NAD or even some yamahas. After the late to mid 70's they started using a different circuit than the main board to drive the hp out. Id look at 70's, early 70's, pioneers- they match well with the he4, or some older yamahas as well. Yamahas have sounded a bit on the softer side to me though, while pioneers were really built for rock and have some good treble attack to them. I found an sx1010 the other day, that i may bite on. I look on craigslist and find them, you just need to be careful, as some people just polish a turd by cleaning the outside really well, and maybe replacing bulbs, and say its all been done. There is, literally tens of hours to be spent on rehab to actually get them back to "new", if you find a lightly used one, then the caps, resisitors may still have a decent life left in them. Then theres setting the bias and checking all your voltages, big PITA. Easiest thing to do is buy one that youve tested with your hps or speakers to make sure at least you have clean sound, then go buy some deoxit and give it a good cleaning, pots and all will require some manhandling and tedious work to clean and lube. But, i guarantee you will be hooked once you start it. My pioneer now lays here, ready to be dismantled COMPLETLY, but she will be reborn in, well lets be honest, a year...Good luck sir!

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I still can hear my dads old NAD receiver from the early 80's though, holy hell that thing sounded good, and man it had some power behind it. Hopefully i can find it someday! Or the same model, id pay a big chunk for one now.

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I still can hear my dads old NAD receiver from the early 80's though, holy hell that thing sounded good, and man it had some power behind it. Hopefully i can find it someday! Or the same model, id pay a big chunk for one now.

Noes! You need to save for your DAC. 

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Dont worry sir, tax return is on its way. I believe im going with the peachtree dac-itx, just to be different. Of course, i will send it to you to compare to the beef roast at some point. I really want to make an "ultimate possible setup" for the he 4 for all the owners out there who really, just like us, dont have a whole hell of alot of info to tell us which dac/amp is that sweet spot as far as price-performance goes. I do think though thujone, has something with the tube hyrbid amp. Ive never heard a tube amp, but from what ive read, dependent on tube used. they can add some warmth and roll-off the treble slightly. Thats why initially, and still considering, i thought of running a bottlehead quickie tube pre-amp to the emotiva. With adding a detailed dac first of course. Just random thoughts, Tax return is robust this year, and ill save 75%, but i really need to step up my DAC, at least to see if i can really hear the difference. My main issue is, I had the e17, and could play 16/96, dac destroyer only does 16/44. And i have quite a few albums much above that, that now i cant play unless i convert. So,i have that reason alone, and from what ive read the dac-itx is on par with the uber usb beef roast, for slightly less $, but its not the money here, its the fact that i want to try something new, and let thujone see if theres a difference to him, or whomever else would like to join in, for the sake of experimentation. It'd be cool to start a circle of amp/dac trades within the he4 community, id be willing to send the mini-x out, already has an hp jack. Hell, id be willing to send mini-x plus he4, in trade for a different setup of course. Ill end the run on sentence ramble now, and say happy friday to everyone....

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also, does audeze sell the angled piece from the cable plugins to the cup? I want to find someway to angle that plug, unlike many i like the hfm connector, but thats because ive worked with tiny fiber connectors and min-bnc cpax connectors for years. But that strong straight angle needs to be fixed. There has to be some mod we can create to do this!!!


Edited by hemipowered007 - 2/7/14 at 8:22pm
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