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post #5926 of 6020
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

I wonder how long HiFiMAN will continue to use the same appearance for their headphones. I mean, sure, they sound great and are strictly for home use, but it would be nice to have something prettier to look at for the few seconds prior to putting them on :D

 

Just close your eyes during those few seconds, problem solved tongue.gif

post #5927 of 6020

Hi Guys, has anyone used a pure silver cable with the 400s? Worth the money? 

post #5928 of 6020

I would not suggest a silver cable for this headphone. It has enough brightness without a silver cable. Maybe with a hp that is dark across the board. This hp was tuned for copper and that's where I think it sound best. 

post #5929 of 6020
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

I wonder how long HiFiMAN will continue to use the same appearance for their headphones. I mean, sure, they sound great and are strictly for home use, but it would be nice to have something prettier to look at for the few seconds prior to putting them on :D

I feel the same... Maybe they can upgrade the higher end models to differentiate them.

post #5930 of 6020

how much of an improvement are these over the ad700 using Queen - We Are The Champions as an example?

post #5931 of 6020
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how much of an improvement are these over the ad700 using Queen - We Are The Champions as an example?

 

I can't speak to the Audio Technica AD700, but I did own the AD900.  The AD900 being about double the price of the AD700, did sound quite good.  To my ears, most Audio Technica audiophile headphones are pretty neutral sounding.  To get into the heavier bass category, you'd possibly have to jump to the M50 series.  When comparing the AD900 to my HE-400s, the HifiMAN headphones were better for the music I listened to and how I wanted to hear it.  But, on its own, the AT AD900 was a great headphone and the only weakness was that I had it in my collection next to the HE-400s, which would tend to be the pair that I reached for most frequently.

 

In regards to Queen as a group, I personally think that they were ahead of their time.  Even today, their music fits right in and doesn't necessarily seem like classic rock - nor any of the other bands from that era.

post #5932 of 6020

I'm so close to buying these... but! do you think e10 will be enough, or do i need e17 to make it decent?

 

also.. i hate harsh/sibilance/fatigue and from what i've heard this is one of this headphones weak spots (not sure if new rev fixed it) but yeah, any comments on this? any fixes/mods?
 

post #5933 of 6020
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Originally Posted by hulk View Post

how much of an improvement are these over the ad700 using Queen - We Are The Champions as an example?

Massive improvement IMO. I upgraded from the AD700 to the HE400, and I was initially dubious whether they would be worth the money. Having owned the HE400 for ~ 2 months I can say it's one of the best purchases I made. The detailing is incredible, instruments sound more true to life. Audio immersion is on another level. These made me rediscover my love for music. 

 

I seem to be reading a lot of posts on head-fi lately of people upgrading from mid-fi to high(ish)-fi and being disappointed with their investment. Needless to say I was not one of them.

post #5934 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Jabse View Post

I'm so close to buying these... but! do you think e10 will be enough, or do i need e17 to make it decent?

 

also.. i hate harsh/sibilance/fatigue and from what i've heard this is one of this headphones weak spots (not sure if new rev fixed it) but yeah, any comments on this? any fixes/mods?
 

 

I know Matt has a great amount of experience with the E17, and I have a somewhat limited experience with it.  But, I do think that you have to capably pair your headphones with the right gear to drive it.  I'll equate what I'm trying to say as ... having a nice, spiffy Cadillac, then going Walmart and buying a 4-pack of silver plastic hub caps for $16.99 to put on your Caddy.  It's just wrong.  Does this mean you have to make a major investment?  No.  You just have to make the right choice and the right investment.

post #5935 of 6020

What's the best $200-ish amp for these?

 

I already have the Little Dot MKIII and I should be buying the HE-400 soon. I really wanted the HE-500 but it's just too far out of my price range. I was thinking either the Little Dot MKIII I have now, or maybe the Schiit Asgard. Does the Asgard power these to their full potential? I just wonder if the MKIII has a great pairing with the HE-400, think a non-tube amp might be best. Thoughts?

post #5936 of 6020
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

What's the best $200-ish amp for these?

 

I already have the Little Dot MKIII and I should be buying the HE-400 soon. I really wanted the HE-500 but it's just too far out of my price range. I was thinking either the Little Dot MKIII I have now, or maybe the Schiit Asgard. Does the Asgard power these to their full potential? I just wonder if the MKIII has a great pairing with the HE-400, think a non-tube amp might be best. Thoughts?

I'm assuming the new Schiit DAC and amp are going to be pretty good with the HE-400, but you should wait a little and see. An E09K is pretty good with the HE-400, so is the E17. Asgard works well, but I think most people skipped the Asgard and invested in a Lyr instead, the hybrid design supposedly has really good synergy with the HE-400.

post #5937 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

I'm assuming the new Schiit DAC and amp are going to be pretty good with the HE-400, but you should wait a little and see. An E09K is pretty good with the HE-400, so is the E17. Asgard works well, but I think most people skipped the Asgard and invested in a Lyr instead, the hybrid design supposedly has really good synergy with the HE-400.

Well I have an E17. Does that actually work well with the HE-400? If so, maybe I could then sell my MKIII and invest in the Schiit DAC and Amp, with the E17 as a fallback. I didn't think it would have the power for that.

 

As for the Lyr, I've heard it's kind of overkill, and I'd rather use my MKIII if it works well - can anyone confirm that?


Edited by ninjames - 12/16/12 at 6:44pm
post #5938 of 6020
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Well I have an E17. Does that actually work well with the HE-400? If so, maybe I could then sell my MKIII and invest in the Schiit DAC and Amp, with the E17 as a fallback. I didn't think it would have the power for that.

Yep, E17 performs very well with HE400. Heck, I'm driving my HE500s out of them for the time being and it's still moderately ok.

 

It is only with the more inefficient planars like HE4, HE5LE and HE6 that E17s are absolutely useless with.

post #5939 of 6020
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Yep, E17 performs very well with HE400. Heck, I'm driving my HE500s out of them for the time being and it's still moderately ok.

 

It is only with the more inefficient planars like HE4, HE5LE and HE6 that E17s are absolutely useless with.

Hmmm this is an interesting situation then! I may sell my MKIII, get about 150ish, and try and get the Magni, Modi sometime next month as opposed to just going with the MKIII.

post #5940 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

I'm assuming the new Schiit DAC and amp are going to be pretty good with the HE-400, but you should wait a little and see. An E09K is pretty good with the HE-400, so is the E17. Asgard works well, but I think most people skipped the Asgard and invested in a Lyr instead, the hybrid design supposedly has really good synergy with the HE-400.

I stopped assuming a long time ago. It's way too risky. wink.gif
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