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post #3946 of 3952
What should someone look for when buying these phones? Have there been multiple revisions or are there specific things to check for like weak points or anything? They would be used, of course.

Thanks, I'm hoping to join the family soon!
post #3947 of 3952
There were different revisions, some with somewhat yellow drivers. As well as I can remember, there wasn't a big difference sonically. We had a discussion about this a few years back. I'll have to try and find it for you. Anyhow, glad to see someone joining in. I honestly thought about selling mine just to try something new, but, no, no I will not do that. I can make up the 300 bucks, it'll get much harder to find he4s as days go by.
post #3948 of 3952
So, I've spent the last bit of my very small amount of spare time, running the he4 purely out of the ifi micro black label. Well, fed by a Fiio x3i but that's just used as a transport, so it shouldn't have any influence on the sound. I really have to say, if anyone just wants an easy solution for a planar like the he4, or perhaps others, this thing is magical. It portrays music very naturally, I don't sense a tilt in either direction what so ever. It's not warm, it's not sterile, it's just, well neutral. Very open sound, great staging, almost holographic if I could choose a word. Now, it doesn't give the bass the power a beefier amp will give the he4, buts it's extremely well controlled, as well as the top end. To me it seems to tame the highs, maybe that's just the dac doing its job compared to the inferior dac in the x3 I had gotten used to. It's been a long time since I had my balanced audio gd 10se, but, I like the ifi better as a system than the audio gd. It also serves well as a dac to my sx1010, which really blends with the he4 perfect. I have yet to get a few nights to try it as a pre amp to the 1010, but I suspect it would actually work better in that configuration. The 1st night I used the ifi with the he4, I was sort of amazed, but wanted to give it a solid 5 or more listens, different days/different moods, early morning/late night, before I really made a decision on its worthiness as a solo dac/amp for the he4. Well I can say, for 400 on sale on and off, it's a no Brainer, even at 500-550 it's definitely worth it to me. Especially since it's a damn Swiss army knife as far as options go, I won't get into that portion though. Any who, I'm tempted to send this over to soundsgoodtome to evaluate with myou he4, he's got a better way of portraying sonic qualities. Me, well I'm not a poet, nor really inclined to write a well thought out review. I can only hope anyone stepping into the older ortho range finds there way to this ifi, I highly recommend it, even as a stand alone "transportable" dac.
Here's a picture from me on a break from work today. I get to see alot of beautiful places at work, I work in the really rural areas of southern/south western oregon. I'll shut up now.

Edited by hemipowered007 - 3/10/17 at 8:28pm
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Spring temperatures have started and I took out the original 3m cable so I could listen on the balcony. After 8 years I still enjoy these like on the day I got them. Sounds great on anything that has at least decent amount of amperage so I brought an old NAD amp from the basement and Audio gd Dac19 connected to Airport express and navigating from iPad. Happy camper smily_headphones1.gif
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Spring temperatures have started and I took out the original 3m cable so I could listen on the balcony. After 8 years I still enjoy these like on the day I got them. Sounds great on anything that has at least decent amount of amperage so I brought an old NAD amp from the basement and Audio gd Dac19 connected to Airport express and navigating from iPad. Happy camper smily_headphones1.gif

I now get to listen to them at work on breaks thanks to the ifi micro black label, it makes my day a whole lot more enjoyable, good to see other folks still enjoying them as well
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I've spent a while now using the ifi micro black label as a preamp to my sx1010, and can definitively say, this is the best I've ever heard my he4. Complete black background, insane instrument seperation, a very open but intimate sound. Just incredible. Right now I'm listening to, how to destroy angels- ice age. A song I've heard, I don't know how many times over the last few years. It's one of those songs that's so well recorded, and on the slower side, will sound good on anything. But, I've never heard it thus good. Granted, I never got a chance to run the sx1010 with the audio gd 10se as a dac, perhaps that'd be better, I don't know, but I also don't care. The ifi drives the he4 well enough on its own, it's seriously an amazing piece of gear. A capable dac, powerful hp amp, iem matching to get rid of hiss on sensitive iems, a pre amp, coax in, spdof in, actual rca out, USB in, USB to charge your device, all in a very small footprint for what it is. Absolutely a keeper in my rig.
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post

I've spent a while now using the ifi micro black label as a preamp to my sx1010, and can definitively say, this is the best I've ever heard my he4. Complete black background, insane instrument seperation, a very open but intimate sound. Just incredible. Right now I'm listening to, how to destroy angels- ice age. A song I've heard, I don't know how many times over the last few years. It's one of those songs that's so well recorded, and on the slower side, will sound good on anything. But, I've never heard it thus good. Granted, I never got a chance to run the sx1010 with the audio gd 10se as a dac, perhaps that'd be better, I don't know, but I also don't care. The ifi drives the he4 well enough on its own, it's seriously an amazing piece of gear. A capable dac, powerful hp amp, iem matching to get rid of hiss on sensitive iems, a pre amp, coax in, spdof in, actual rca out, USB in, USB to charge your device, all in a very small footprint for what it is. Absolutely a keeper in my rig.

Glad you finally used the RCA-pre-outs on the idsd micro black label on your SX1010 and HE-4. Spend some more time with this stack (or chain, whatever) and let us know about how individual songs sound then-and-now.
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