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post #5746 of 6017
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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. 

 

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 #5747 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.

 

 

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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 #5748 of 6017

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 #5749 of 6017
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 #5750 of 6017

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 #5751 of 6017

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

post #5752 of 6017
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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 #5753 of 6017
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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 #5754 of 6017
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Originally Posted by MrSponge View Post

 

"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 #5755 of 6017
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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 #5756 of 6017
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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 #5757 of 6017
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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.
post #5758 of 6017

Velour pads do help the mids come up to a reasonable level, thanks to all who suggested that.

 

So, is there any particular aftermarket cable that you can recommend ?

 

How is the quality of the stock cable vs. other manufacturers' stock cable vs aftermarket cables ?

post #5759 of 6017
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

 

So, is there any particular aftermarket cable that you can recommend ?

 

How is the quality of the stock cable vs. other manufacturers' stock cable vs aftermarket cables ?

If you're talking about the sound quality, I think most people can agree that there's not much of an improvement there, but if you think the stock cable is too long or stiff, and you like the look of an aftermarket cable you should probably get one. I definitely think Toxic Cables is doing a great job now, especially with their new French Silk Cables, which Q-audio used to do but now force you to buy $30 adapters so you can use it with HiFiMan headphones.

post #5760 of 6017
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

If you're talking about the sound quality, I think most people can agree that there's not much of an improvement there, but if you think the stock cable is too long or stiff, and you like the look of an aftermarket cable you should probably get one. I definitely think Toxic Cables is doing a great job now, especially with their new French Silk Cables, which Q-audio used to do but now force you to buy $30 adapters so you can use it with HiFiMan headphones.

 

Didn't Toxic just come of with the silk cables this weekend? I must say that the Q audio cable is fantastic!!

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