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Matt, MadLustEnvy

 

thanks to your posts, I ordered the HE-4 and received it today. Right now, I am listening to them through the audio out from my MBA and playing music through Amarra. You guys are spot on, its a very very good music with fantastic detail and separation. To my ears, the treble is a tad less than the 400. The bass hits hard and deep and I'm not even EQing. I've had it playing for a just a couple of hours so the weekend will be filled up.

 

Thanks again guys. Planning to use it with the Gungnir/Mjolnir so let's see where that takes me.

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Congrats!! It's a truly fine hp that is underappreciated tbh. Add the jergpads by Modular (a must have) plug into the mojo and prepare for lift off. :atsmile:

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Congrats!! It's a truly fine hp that is underappreciated tbh. Add the jergpads by Modular (a must have) plug into the mojo and prepare for lift off. atsmile.gif
Matt, you read my mind. Just ordered them 15 minutes ago. I already have them on my 400 and 500. Thanks mate.
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Congrats!! It's a truly fine hp that is underappreciated tbh. Add the jergpads by Modular (a must have) plug into the mojo and prepare for lift off. :atsmile:

 

Thanks to you and MLE, the HE-4 is proving to be a remarkable buy

:atsmile:

. It is oh so sweet with deep, controlled bass and the treble is sparkly without being fatiguing. I'm using the Bifrost/Lyr and still "burning it in". I want to compare this to the HE 500 but IMHO, this is a little more energetic to the 500. Planning to migrate to the Mojo after the requisite 50 hour "burn in".

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

 

Thanks to you and MLE, the HE-4 is proving to be a remarkable buy

:atsmile:

. It is oh so sweet with deep, controlled bass and the treble is sparkly without being fatiguing. I'm using the Bifrost/Lyr and still "burning it in". I want to compare this to the HE 500 but IMHO, this is a little more energetic to the 500. Planning to migrate to the Mojo after the requisite 50 hour "burn in".

Do you mind posting some basic/brief impressions between the HE-4 and HE-500 at some point?  I'm still trying to justify if it will get headtime over my HE-500 or just how much better (or not) it would be for certain genres.  I hear it is good with rock and metal, which I know you enjoy ;) 

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Do you mind posting some basic/brief impressions between the HE-4 and HE-500 at some point?  I'm still trying to justify if it will get headtime over my HE-500 or just how much better (or not) it would be for certain genres.  I hear it is good with rock and metal, which I know you enjoy wink.gif  
Surely. Actually I was waiting for your pads since I have the previous one on the 500.😉
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I've decided to come back to the he-4 for another run. I enjoyed it the first time around even if it was slighly bright for my taste ( I prefer dark treble ). The price on headamp and those wonderful pads by Modular made it worth it for me to give it another shot. 

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I have just ordered a-100 x-mini from emotiva to drive HE-4 (nice price now!) directly from speaker taps, I will let you know how it sounds, but I guess this will be the best option to drive, and then I am gonna do some comparisons between HE-4 & HE-6 using this amp (preproman advised this amp for HE-6 as an amazing starter for HE-6 as I recall correctly)

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I have just ordered a-100 x-mini from emotiva to drive HE-4 (nice price now!) directly from speaker taps, I will let you know how it sounds, but I guess this will be the best option to drive, and then I am gonna do some comparisons between HE-4 & HE-6 using this amp (preproman advised this amp for HE-6 as an amazing starter for HE-6 as I recall correctly)

 

Looking forward to your impressions! I thought about getting that amp but I want something I can use with future dynamic headphones I might get (probably won't be running through taps). 

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Originally Posted by magicman View Post
 

I have just ordered a-100 x-mini from emotiva to drive HE-4 (nice price now!) directly from speaker taps, I will let you know how it sounds, but I guess this will be the best option to drive, and then I am gonna do some comparisons between HE-4 & HE-6 using this amp (preproman advised this amp for HE-6 as an amazing starter for HE-6 as I recall correctly)

 

Also very interested in your impression on that amp. I'd also like to know about the taps you have, you have got them or were they diy?

 

 

thanks...

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Just checked out the x-mini on the Emotiva site. $169 with free shipping is tough to pass up. I also need an amp to drive my full sized speakers. If I could drive those speakers plus the he-4 with this amp, I'd be crazy not to pull the trigger. 

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I hope it will be something with slamming bass and soundstage of Lyr but with clarity, detail and speed of EF-5 ;] that would be best combination for HE-4 ever

 

It will take some time to get to POLAND anyway (customs etc)

 

But I will tell what it's worth with HE-4 and maybe HE-6 :)

 

I have my custom 4pin XLR NEUTRIK to 4X JAPAN NAKAMICHI BULLET PLUGS, pure copper high purity speaker wire 1mm^2 each one, balanced cable is made of oryginal HE-4 cable, terminated with 4pin XLR NEUTRIK

 


Edited by magicman - 10/18/13 at 12:28pm
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^^ That looks wonderful!!

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thanks, took me about 15 mins, and I know it is made very well beacuse I did it by myself + it didn't cost a fortune ...

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

 

Thanks to you and MLE, the HE-4 is proving to be a remarkable buy

:atsmile:

. It is oh so sweet with deep, controlled bass and the treble is sparkly without being fatiguing. I'm using the Bifrost/Lyr and still "burning it in". I want to compare this to the HE 500 but IMHO, this is a little more energetic to the 500. Planning to migrate to the Mojo after the requisite 50 hour "burn in".

only flaw is that the headphone can be fatiguing (it is source material dependant) and too bright, you are using lyr now so you don't know what is the real performance of this headphone with powerful solid state amp (although sometimes too bright / too much treble but only when recording is bad)

 

Lyr misses too many information, subtle nuances and resolution, for me it was just too simplified overall image (although there was amazing bass impact and out of this world soundstage / imaging), piano never sounded like a real piano (missed upper harmonics, higher mids bite, blurred transients, too dark overall no matter the tubes I tried, the best result was on brand new electro harmonix 6922 to clarify things)

 

Even cheap EF-5 can show you the difference easily, you should check it out, seriously, this headphone has many faces on different amps ...

 

I'm still missing Lyr to be honest, It reminds me the best tube amps I had in possession and like you wrote there is no hint of bright / fatiguing treble, nice 2nd order harmonics, great power and punch, sounds nice even on bad recordings, killer on rock/metal/gothic, I think I might buy it someday again as my second amp

 

Now I can't wait for emotiva a-100, I'm looking for mix of EF-5 and Lyr


Edited by magicman - 10/20/13 at 1:48am
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