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If the fiio e11 is fine then only one for a desktop. I want a desktop amp that will reach the he-400s full potential, but I don't really need the e11 to do that, will it be fine or at least decent? I'm more concerned on a desktop amp...

 

What's your budget?

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I've asked this before, but how bulky are they actually (the HM5's)? Do the AKG K240's leak a lot of noise? I can pick up the KRK 8400's for about $140 on ebay incl. shipping, but what are the chances of me getting a fake pair?

The AKG's K240s are semi-open, so not as leaky as full open headphones, Leaking also depends on how loud you listen to music.

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Earlier this week the 8400 was under $120 at Amazon.  They are "boring" moderately priced studio cans and therefore not likely to be a target for knock-offs.

 

Fellow Head-Fi thread starter's picture of the HM5:

 

b16d1044_DSCN0865.jpeg

 

Link:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/603245/brainwavz-hm5s-are-here-unboxing-and-impressions

 

They do look pretty big, but I guess it wouldn't be bad to just have them resting on my neck. After reading this http://www.head-fi.org/t/560605/krk-kns-6400-review-impressive-99-giant-killer I think the 6400's would be a better and cheaper buy than the 8400's. I'm still really unsure about what set of cans I want to purchase for my first pair.

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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

If the fiio e11 is fine then only one for a desktop. I want a desktop amp that will reach the he-400s full potential, but I don't really need the e11 to do that, will it be fine or at least decent? I'm more concerned on a desktop amp...


I see that you are pursuing this question on another thread as well.  Check out this post:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/612911/hifiman-he-4-vs-hifiman-he-400#post_8433220

 

The Asgard also handles the harder to power HE-500.

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What's your budget?

My budget is around 100 dollars, but if there is a 70 dollar amp which will make the he-400 sound at its full potential then I wouldn't want a 100 dollar desktop amp. The cheaper the better but it needs to make the he-400 sound its best.

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My budget is around 100 dollars, but if there is a 70 dollar amp which will make the he-400 sound at its full potential then I wouldn't want a 100 dollar desktop amp. The cheaper the better but it needs to make the he-400 sound its best.


Decent entry level desktop amps start at just over $100, and I don't know if any of them will power the HE-400.

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They do look pretty big, but I guess it wouldn't be bad to just have them resting on my neck. After reading this http://www.head-fi.org/t/560605/krk-kns-6400-review-impressive-99-giant-killer I think the 6400's would be a better and cheaper buy than the 8400's. I'm still really unsure about what set of cans I want to purchase for my first pair.

 

CashNotCredit just posted this awesome deal to the deals thread. They will ship to Canada:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200800381280

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Decent entry level desktop amps start at just over $100, and I don't know if any of them will power the HE-400.

well I heard the e10 is enough to power it so why wouldn't the desktop one be enough? If it isn't, what desktop amp over 100 dollars should I get?

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well I heard the e10 is enough to power it so why wouldn't the desktop one be enough? If it isn't, what desktop amp over 100 dollars should I get?

 

Hmm. Who told you that? Planar magnetic headphones need tons of current to sound their best. Sub-$100 amps rarely have enough to do them justice.

 

The new Lake People G103-S is ~ $250 and has a decent amount of power. See here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620082/lake-people-g103-g109-thread-anyone-have-these-yet

 

And try doing a search for threads about what amps work well with the HE-400:

http://www.head-fi.org/search.php?search=he-400+amp

 

Oh, and the O2 is probably a good option because its quite inexpensive. This is one of the incarnations (~$150):

http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full


Edited by devhen - 8/4/12 at 4:43pm
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Hmm. Who told you that? Planar magnetic headphones need tons of current to sound their best. Sub-$100 amps rarely have enough to do them justice.

 

The new Lake People G103-S is ~ $250 and has a decent amount of power. See here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620082/lake-people-g103-g109-thread-anyone-have-these-yet

 

And try doing a search for threads about what amps work well with the HE-400:

http://www.head-fi.org/search.php?search=he-400+amp

 

Oh, and the O2 is probably a good option because its quite inexpensive. This is one of the incarnations (~$150):

http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full

do you think the hifiman ef-2a is enough or is a better amp recommended?

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CashNotCredit just posted this awesome deal to the deals thread. They will ship to Canada:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200800381280


After seeing this I'm really tempted to get the 6400's now. Do they require amping? Also, how easy are they to travel around with? I saw that they don't fold up which is kind of disappointing, but they do come with a carrying case.

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do you think the hifiman ef-2a is enough or is a better amp recommended?

 

Hmm. No. That only has a little bit more power than the E10 so its not enough. The O2 is a better choice and is actually a little cheaper.

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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

 

Hmm. Who told you that? Planar magnetic headphones need tons of current to sound their best. Sub-$100 amps rarely have enough to do them justice.

 

The new Lake People G103-S is ~ $250 and has a decent amount of power. See here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620082/lake-people-g103-g109-thread-anyone-have-these-yet

 

And try doing a search for threads about what amps work well with the HE-400:

http://www.head-fi.org/search.php?search=he-400+amp

 

Oh, and the O2 is probably a good option because its quite inexpensive. This is one of the incarnations (~$150):

http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full

 

Nice looking amp.  What are your early impressions with various cans--especially those at least somewhat difficult to drive (e.g. 600 Ohm favorites and orthos/planars)?

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After seeing this I'm really tempted to get the 6400's now. Do they require amping? Also, how easy are they to travel around with? I saw that they don't fold up which is kind of disappointing, but they do come with a carrying case.

 

No amp required. Phones that don't fold up are always a little less portable but dang, that's a helluva deal.

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Nice looking amp.  What are your early impressions with various cans--especially those at least somewhat difficult to drive (e.g. 600 Ohm favorites and orthos/planars)?

 

You mean the G109-S? I'm super happy with it. It definitely has ample power for my 600 ohm 770s and sounds great, looks great, feels very durable etc. The low end is tremendous. I think I'm hearing the full potential of my 300 ohm HD600s and 600 ohm 770s for the first time and I'm loving it. No orthos/planars to try with it though (yet). :)

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