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post #10546 of 18122
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Yeah the CD is brickwalled. Unfortunately, I don't own a vinyl rig and the 24-bit rip out in the wild right now isn't that great as far as they go. You're the first one I've found to not like Contact!

 

Haha the first time I played through the album and finally reached the last song, I was expecting so much from it but felt disappointed. 

 

Anyway the CD is brickwalled yeah, but it still maintains some DR and still sounds great imo.

post #10547 of 18122

From my experience none of the planar magnetics seem to be working hard (this is the HE-400, 500 and LCD2). They all play music so effortless and with an amazing attack, and I suppose that is part of the planar magic.

 

If it wasn't for the elevated treble, I would recommend the HE-400 to anyone who likes very fast paced metal and the like. Those planars simply slaughters and chops up the tracks, where some other headphones seem to sound like a mess.


Edited by davidsh - 5/16/13 at 1:48pm
post #10548 of 18122
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

For me, the album is the one they've always wanted to do: an honest tribute to Italo disco. And in that vein, it's perfect. Then again, every Daft Punk album for me has always been "great track, great track, filler, filler, filler, filler, filler, filler, great track" or something to that effect.

 

Could not agree more, unfortunately most albums only have a couple of great songs. If there's an album where I like more than half of its songs, I immediately buy the album.

I'm afraid the whole itunes store generation is only going to make this worse. Good thing I never liked pop/top 40 music... I hope pirating music will actually improve the quality of music, since it's so easy to (p)review albums before buying them.

post #10549 of 18122

Hi

So I'm getting my HE-400 pretty soon and I wanted to ask you all a question. I need a USB DAC for around 150 dollars. I currently own Fiio e11 amp but because my source atm is a very, indeed very shi**y laptop I need something to improve it. Could you maybe suggest something that would work well with the E11 itself?

 

Thanks in advance for your help

post #10550 of 18122
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Originally Posted by Luczez View Post

Hi

So I'm getting my HE-400 pretty soon and I wanted to ask you all a question. I need a USB DAC for around 150 dollars. I currently own Fiio e11 amp but because my source atm is a very, indeed very shi**y laptop I need something to improve it. Could you maybe suggest something that would work well with the E11 itself?

 

Thanks in advance for your help

 

For $150 you can do no better than the ODAC imo.

post #10551 of 18122
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Originally Posted by Luczez View Post

Hi

So I'm getting my HE-400 pretty soon and I wanted to ask you all a question. I need a USB DAC for around 150 dollars. I currently own Fiio e11 amp but because my source atm is a very, indeed very shi**y laptop I need something to improve it. Could you maybe suggest something that would work well with the E11 itself?

 

Thanks in advance for your help

Definitely consider the Schiit Modi, JDS Labs ODAC or trade the E11 for an E17.  The Modi may be best because then you could upgrade to the Magni amp which the HE-400 loves biggrin.gif  I do enjoy my ODAC, though...it's very portable and transparent.  If you are on the go, the ODAC would probably be a better choice between those two, and the E17 is good for an all-in-one solution and known to be a good pairing.

post #10552 of 18122
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Definitely consider the Schiit Modi, JDS Labs ODAC or trade the E11 for an E17.  The Modi may be best because then you could upgrade to the Magni amp which the HE-400 loves biggrin.gif  I do enjoy my ODAC, though...it's very portable and transparent.  If you are on the go, the ODAC would probably be a better choice between those two, and the E17 is good for an all-in-one solution and known to be a good pairing.

How does the E17 compare to the Magni with these headphones? I've never tried either, but I just purchased an E17 to have a portable and solidstate amp to compliment my TubeMagic A1. Plus I think I'm enjoying SS amps more with the planar headphones (this and my T50RP's) but I'm really new to the amp part of this hobby. I like the tube warmth more with my dynamic cans and the accuracy and speed of the SS for my planar cans. The only SS amps I've tried are a basic cMoy and the TubeMagic D1 headphone jack (until the E17 shows up).

post #10553 of 18122

While I'm on the topic of bashing modern music productions, here's an album that's really good: Tesseract - Altered State.

Sounds amazing on the HE-400, I'd say it's in the realm of technical jazz djent metal.


Edited by Marleybob217 - 5/16/13 at 3:40pm
post #10554 of 18122
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Definitely consider the Schiit Modi, JDS Labs ODAC or trade the E11 for an E17.  The Modi may be best because then you could upgrade to the Magni amp which the HE-400 loves biggrin.gif  I do enjoy my ODAC, though...it's very portable and transparent.  If you are on the go, the ODAC would probably be a better choice between those two, and the E17 is good for an all-in-one solution and known to be a good pairing.

 



And what do you reckon about HRT HeadStreamer?

post #10555 of 18122
The Magni would be my first recommendation because it can deliver 1W of juice, which your planars will love cool.gif
post #10556 of 18122

R.A.M. is a great great album, I think all that haters were waiting pure techno/dubstep.

post #10557 of 18122
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

For me, the album is the one they've always wanted to do: an honest tribute to Italo disco. And in that vein, it's perfect. Then again, every Daft Punk album for me has always been "great track, great track, filler, filler, filler, filler, filler, filler, great track" or something to that effect.

 

The great tracks this time around are Giorgio by Murder, Lose Yourself to Dance and Contact. Man that closer is way too good.

I beg to differ the discovery album for example.

post #10558 of 18122

Following the album recommendation bandwagon, I've been digging into some Alan Parsons lately. The "I Robot" album is simply fantastic.

post #10559 of 18122
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

Following the album recommendation bandwagon, I've been digging into some Alan Parsons lately. The "I Robot" album is simply fantastic.

Alan Parsons anything is just a fantastic work in recording. He was/is a brilliant engineer.

post #10560 of 18122

How does the magni/modi compared to the asgard 2/modi for the he-400? 

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