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post #1036 of 17595

I have both D2K and HE-400, since 400 arrived I have hardly used D2K they are no match to HE-400 imaging and separation. And sub-bass of D2K is marginal upgrade over HE-400 not significant improvement. Check Ravan review on them, http://www.head-fi.org/t/605929/review-comparison-he-400-vs-d2000-with-snippets-of-hd650-thrown-in#post_8311737

 

I suggest, If you have/plan to buy good amp then HE-400, otherwise D2K

post #1037 of 17595
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Originally Posted by musicinmymind View Post

I have both D2K and HE-400, since 400 arrived I have hardly used D2K they are no match to HE-400 imaging and separation. And sub-bass of D2K is marginal upgrade over HE-400 not significant improvement. Check Ravan review on them, http://www.head-fi.org/t/605929/review-comparison-he-400-vs-d2000-with-snippets-of-hd650-thrown-in#post_8311737

 

I suggest, If you have/plan to buy good amp then HE-400, otherwise D2K

 

Good amp may be somewhat misleading. The he400 sounds very nice all the way down to many of the fiio amps around the $100 mark IMO. I would say however that the he400 will scale up nicely with such amps as the Schitt lyr and will give you more. 

post #1038 of 17595
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Good amp may be somewhat misleading. The he400 sounds very nice all the way down to many of the fiio amps around the $100 mark IMO. I would say however that the he400 will scale up nicely with such amps as the Schitt lyr and will give you more. 

It sounds good even further down the line, all the way to a regular headphone out of an MP3 player.

 

I did notice a large improvement with the Asgard though. I feel like the Lyr would be overkill(buying an amp that's more expensive than the HP seems silly) but I'd like to try it one day. The whole tube maintenance thing really made me decide against it though.

post #1039 of 17595

lol just whipped this up

 

 

post #1040 of 17595

I don't really think people buy the lyr for its power, just for its sound signature.  It has the bass slam that people enjoy.  The one headphone that should benefit from the lyr's power, people choose to use speaker amps for, so there's always that too.  biggrin.gif

post #1041 of 17595

I am not sure Lyr is Summit amp or not, but I do enjoy HE-400 more than HD-650 on them. They are similar sounding HP’s but for me HE-400 wins with better bass and imaging.

post #1042 of 17595

how are your tubes so high?!

 

and that's the same set up I have! Even down to the rocketfish stand lol 

post #1043 of 17595
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how are your tubes so high?!

 

and that's the same set up I have! Even down to the rocketfish stand lol 

 

Socket savers

post #1044 of 17595
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Which socket savers do you have? I ended up with a freebie pair, but the tubemongers look like that are better. 

post #1045 of 17595
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Which socket savers do you have? I ended up with a freebie pair, but the tubemongers look like that are better. 

 

 

I purchased the socket savers from Tubemonger for the purpose of raising the tubes (run hot) to allow more cooling. The result is the chassis is much cooler, removing tubes is easier and sq no change.  When removing a tube, the new base tends to lift off, so I gently hold it down with a thin Wood stick.                    

post #1046 of 17595
Hello all,
Someone mentioned the velour headphone pads makes the sound stage open up more. Does the latest version of the 400se have them?
post #1047 of 17595
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Hello all,
Someone mentioned the velour headphone pads makes the sound stage open up more. Does the latest version of the 400se have them?

 

I don't think that they come "stock" with velours, although this would be a great move on HFM's part. Are you listening Dr. B?

post #1048 of 17595
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Originally Posted by musicinmymind View Post

 

 

I purchased the socket savers from Tubemonger for the purpose of raising the tubes (run hot) to allow more cooling. The result is the chassis is much cooler, removing tubes is easier and sq no change.  When removing a tube, the new base tends to lift off, so I gently hold it down with a thin Wood stick.                    

 

I have not had this issue. Wait...I get what you're saying. When you take tube out the base stay in the amp, right? For me, the tubes for too tight into the base for that. I don't think that I could keep it from lifting off even with the thin stick that you mention. That would be a nice trick though. I wish that the fit were looser...

post #1049 of 17595
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I don't think that they come "stock" with velours, although this would be a great move on HFM's part. Are you listening Dr. B?

Hello
thanks for the quick reply. Who sells the velour pads, head direct? I am on the website and it says leather pads?
post #1050 of 17595
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If you are ordering from head direct, you can get them there and they will ship with your order. They are only $10. I'd suggest two pair.

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