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post #5731 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Atriya View Post

I recently bought the HE-400 headphones and a DACport LX DAC. I need an amp.

 

Eventually I'd like to buy the Schiit Lyr, which is reportedly very good with the HE-400.

 

However, I can't afford that right now, and I'm looking for a cheap amp to act as a temporary solution.

 

Could someone please recommend a less than $100 amp that has good synergy with the HE-400 and Dacport LX?

 

I'm considering the Fiio E11 and JDS labs MCoy. Other suggestions are welcome, but my budget is $100.

 

Well, there are several. The fiio e09 works well as a desktop amp. I've seen the older version, e9, for around $60 used here.

 

For a portable all in one solution, the e17, also by fiio, work quite well. 

 

gL!!

post #5732 of 6017
Has anyone tried the DT880 velours on the HE400? I wonder if they would fit.
post #5733 of 6017

I doubt they would, I remember my dt990 being quite small.  Even if they did fit, the pads themselves are not very deep, and I wouldn't want my ears touching that large magnetic grill.

post #5734 of 6017
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Originally Posted by FuzzyD View Post

Has anyone tried the DT880 velours on the HE400? I wonder if they would fit.

 

Not a good fit. I'm still in the process of pitching for a new pad for the he400. It's a VERY slow process though. 

post #5735 of 6017
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Well, there are several. The fiio e09 works well as a desktop amp. I've seen the older version, e9, for around $60 used here.

 

For a portable all in one solution, the e17, also by fiio, work quite well. 

 

gL!!

 

I don't need the E17 because it's a DAC+amp, and I already have the DACport LX, which I believe is a DAC far better than the one in the E17. The E9 and E11 are interesting, but maybe I should wait for the E12. 

post #5736 of 6017

The e12 does look interesting/promising, but who knows when it will be out or what kind of product it will actually turn out to be. 

post #5737 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Atriya View Post

I recently bought the HE-400 headphones and a DACport LX DAC. I need an amp.

 

Eventually I'd like to buy the Schiit Lyr, which is reportedly very good with the HE-400.

 

However, I can't afford that right now, and I'm looking for a cheap amp to act as a temporary solution.

 

Could someone please recommend a less than $100 amp that has good synergy with the HE-400 and Dacport LX?

 

I'm considering the Fiio E11 and JDS labs MCoy. Other suggestions are welcome, but my budget is $100.

If you mean the JDS Labs Cmoy, I own one and can definitely recommend it.  It's faults are all "subtractive", meaning that you will hear more things on the Lyr, but you won't notice anything obnoxious on the Cmoy.  If you might also have a need in the future for a portable headphone amp, then it might be of use even after your get the Lyr.  And, it's a fun conversation piece - "That's a headphone amp ?? "

The JDS guy is easy to communicate with by email, and you should ask him how well it works with the HE-400, since that is the only factor I don't know about.

post #5738 of 6017

Has there been any speculation in these threads, about why HiFiMan used the pleather pads, when everyone agrees that the velour pads sound better ?

post #5739 of 6017
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Not a good fit. I'm still in the process of pitching for a new pad for the he400. It's a VERY slow process though. 

 

I'll be making my own before the end of next week is up.  wink.gif   

 

Real lambskin - check

1" Thick High-Denisty Foam - check

Sewing Awl for Leather - check

Heavy upholstery thread - check

25 different ideas in my mind - check

 

Actually, the first that I intend to work on will be some for the Fostex T50s, though.

post #5740 of 6017
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

If you mean the JDS Labs Cmoy, I own one and can definitely recommend it.  It's faults are all "subtractive", meaning that you will hear more things on the Lyr, but you won't notice anything obnoxious on the Cmoy.  If you might also have a need in the future for a portable headphone amp, then it might be of use even after your get the Lyr.  And, it's a fun conversation piece - "That's a headphone amp ?? "

The JDS guy is easy to communicate with by email, and you should ask him how well it works with the HE-400, since that is the only factor I don't know about.

 

Thanks. Yes, I did mean the JDS Cmoy. I think I'll email them to ask if the HE-400 is a good pairing with it. I doubt they'll tell me the E11 is a better pairing even if it is though. :P

post #5741 of 6017
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

Has there been any speculation in these threads, about why HiFiMan used the pleather pads, when everyone agrees that the velour pads sound better ?

 

Well...

 

1) pleather / velour pads, neither cost Hifiman any real money to make

2) ship their headphones with pleathers

3) expect lots of extra purchases for velour pads because they are a big improvement

4) extra $$$

post #5742 of 6017
Quote:
Thanks. Yes, I did mean the JDS Cmoy. I think I'll email them to ask if the HE-400 is a good pairing with it. I doubt they'll tell me the E11 is a better pairing even if it is though. :P

 

 

I've owned one of the JDS Labs cMoy+BB amps and it works very well with the HE-400 (which I own as well) as long as you have TWO rail splitter chips installed... last I checked, their new boards come populated with room for two of these IC's, but only one installed by default. The good news is that they can be had for free as a sample order from TI

post #5743 of 6017

Update: both drivers on my HE-400 now work, though I have no idea what caused the intermittent lack of sound and channel imbalance. Possibly the cable connection?

 

In any case, I changed over to the velour pads after reading some posts about them. I'm not sure about any differences since I spent all of 2 minutes last night with the pleather pads, but the HE-400 is sounding pretty good. Potentially promising enough to spend a lot more time with them. They're already proving to be effective for more than just bluegrass and ambient electronica, which is more than I can say for my previous HD800 and Qualia 010. And the belly drums on Massive Attack's "Inertia Creeps" somehow went from terribly disappointing to surprisingly awesome. Although that's probably a result of it running on my CD player and properly amped, as opposed to directly from my computer.

 

Initial impressions are definitely favorable enough to possibly merit a future mini-review, though I can't say my impressions will stay the same as they are now.... wink.gif


Edited by Asr - 12/1/12 at 11:05pm
post #5744 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

Update: both drivers on my HE-400 now work, though I have no idea what caused the intermittent lack of sound and channel imbalance. Possibly the cable connection?

 

In any case, I changed over to the velour pads after reading some posts about them. I'm not sure about any differences since I spent all of 2 minutes last night with the pleather pads, but the HE-400 is sounding pretty good. Potentially promising enough to spend a lot more time with them. They're already proving to be effective for more than just bluegrass and ambient electronica, which is more than I can say for my previous HD800 and Qualia 010. And the belly drums on Massive Attack's "Inertia Creeps" somehow went from terribly disappointing to surprisingly awesome. Although that's probably a result of it running on my CD player and properly amped, as opposed to directly from my computer.

 

Initial impressions are definitely favorable enough to possibly merit a future mini-review, though I can't say my impressions will stay the same as they are now.... wink.gif

Definitely try to screw in those cup cable connectors as tight as you can with a bit of reservation. If that was the culprit then you are far from the first to experience "faux driver cut-out issues" due to improper connector tightening.

post #5745 of 6017
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I'll be making my own before the end of next week is up.  wink.gif   

 

Real lambskin - check

1" Thick High-Denisty Foam - check

Sewing Awl for Leather - check

Heavy upholstery thread - check

25 different ideas in my mind - check

 

Actually, the first that I intend to work on will be some for the Fostex T50s, though.

 

Sounds like you are fashioning your own version of dogpads.

 

Also, for the he400 you wouldn't want lambskin as leather just doesn't seem to do these justice. 


Edited by MattTCG - 12/2/12 at 4:15am
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