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post #5746 of 6020

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 #5747 of 6020
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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 #5748 of 6020
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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
post #5749 of 6020
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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. 

 

True, after experiencing velour for the first time with the HE400s, I can't go back to any form of leather. They get too sweaty in the summer.

post #5750 of 6020
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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.

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

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. 

 

I would be in the market for new pads for my HE-500.

post #5751 of 6020

Wait and see what wje comes up with. He's been known to produce a little magic. Also, if you can be patient I'm working on the improved velours. But honestly, it's slow and time consuming and could fall through for a few different reasons. We'll see after the first of the year where this little project is at. 

post #5752 of 6020
With the HFM velours, are other people experiencing a lot of play in terms of how much they can move around? Mine seem to be able to move up and down by nearly a centimetre when attached which makes me concerned that mismatching in their positioning could be affecting the sound between left and right.
Edited by bcpk - 12/2/12 at 7:11am
post #5753 of 6020

They shouldn't be moving much at all. But then, a cm isn't very much. It's easy not think that you've got the fourth clip in place when it's really not and this could be the case for you. The first three are pretty easy. But on the fourth I like to use a very small flat blade screwdriver, be careful though, and grab the last clip and nudge it in place. Once all four clips are in place, you'll have a good fit.

post #5754 of 6020

Should I get the Asgard or Matrix M-Stage to amp my HE400s?

post #5755 of 6020
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Originally Posted by MrSponge View Post

Should I get the Asgard or Matrix M-Stage to amp my HE400s?

 

I don't have experience with both, but i do have an M-stage and it pairs very well. It has two RCA inputs whereas the Asgard has one. It also has four gain switches as well as preamp functionality. Also importantly for me, it runs very cool.

 

You can't go wrong with either though.

post #5756 of 6020
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

I don't have experience with both, but i do have an M-stage and it pairs very well. It has two RCA inputs whereas the Asgard has one. It also has four gain switches as well as preamp functionality. Also importantly for me, it runs very cool.

 

You can't go wrong with either though.

 

"Pre-amp functionality"?

 

What's that!? 

post #5757 of 6020
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"Pre-amp functionality"?

 

What's that!? 

 

Google would do you good here, but I believe you can use a preamp alongside a power amp to drive speakers.

 

That's what the Output ports here are for.

 

 

700


Edited by beaver316 - 12/2/12 at 7:43am
post #5758 of 6020
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

I don't have experience with both, but i do have an M-stage and it pairs very well. It has two RCA inputs whereas the Asgard has one. It also has four gain switches as well as preamp functionality. Also importantly for me, it runs very cool.

 

You can't go wrong with either though.

 

Im also using an M-Stage and it sounds great.  Just waiting for the Class-A biased mod to arrive from Tam Audio, after that the credit card is getting cut up!

 

Edit: The dual inputs on the M-stage are invaluable imo, i have one running from my Xonar D2X for gaming and the other running from my UD100 DAC for listening to music.


Edited by DanPluck - 12/2/12 at 7:43am
post #5759 of 6020
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Originally Posted by DanPluck View Post

 

Im also using an M-Stage and it sounds great.  Just waiting for the Class-A biased mod to arrive from Tam Audio, after that the credit card is getting cut up!

 

Edit: The dual inputs on the M-stage are invaluable imo, i have one running from my Xonar D2X for gaming and the other running from my UD100 DAC for listening to music.

 

Oh yeah, also changeable opamps! Curious but which mod did you go for DanPluck?

post #5760 of 6020
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Oh yeah, also changeable opamps! Curious but which mod did you go for DanPluck?

I ordered the 627AP_A mod from Tam Audio. Really looking forward to recieving it.
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