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post #10666 of 20630

You need to give a listen to "Koan - When The Silence is Speaking". It's electronic ambient. One of my all time favorite albums.

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You need to give a listen to "Koan - When The Silence is Speaking". It's electronic ambient. One of my all time favorite albums.

 

Ok, 2 amazing discoveries in a row. Who wants to make it 3?

post #10668 of 20630

Booka Shade - Movements - that's one of my favourites

post #10669 of 20630
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I do like the bottom end of the HE400 better. But other than that, I prefer the AD900X which, as you say, makes the AD900X a vastly better value to my way of hearing. If I had to keep only one of the two, it would be the AD900X. Based on my impressions of both, I'm more likely to make an unheard purchase of the AD2000X than I am the HE500.


HE-500 is NOT like the HE-400, know that. You shouldn't exclude the HE-500 because you have heard the HE-400. The only similarities are pretty much the speed of both, and to some degree the sound stage.

post #10670 of 20630
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I did notice an improvement using E12 over E17, but don't think any more power will help.

My listening volume on E12 is around 11-12AM, so there is plenty unused power left.


What is your listening volume on the e17 with +12dB gain?

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HE-500 is NOT like the HE-400, know that. You shouldn't exclude the HE-500 because you have heard the HE-400. The only similarities are pretty much the speed of both, and to some degree the sound stage.

Cool. We've got a Denver meet coming up where I'm hoping to hear the HE-500. (Doubt the AD2000X will make a showing.) The 500 was actually what I had targeted before "settling" on the 400. But I became convinced I wouldn't have enough power for the 500 and didn't was to start an upgrade chain reaction. Of course I wound up upgrading power even for the 400 so... The best laid plans and all that.
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What is your listening volume on the e17 with +12dB gain?


40 without gain, 25 with +12dB gain

post #10673 of 20630
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40 without gain, 25 with +12dB gain


Sounds reasonable, at that volume you shouldn't have problems with the amp not being able to drive the headphones at least...

post #10674 of 20630
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Booka Shade - Movements - that's one of my favourites


Ladies and gentlemen, we have a hat-trick!

post #10675 of 20630
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Sounds reasonable, at that volume you shouldn't have problems with the amp not being able to drive the headphones at least...


I guess E12 is just a little better...

post #10676 of 20630
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Cool. We've got a Denver meet coming up where I'm hoping to hear the HE-500. (Doubt the AD2000X will make a showing.) The 500 was actually what I had targeted before "settling" on the 400. But I became convinced I wouldn't have enough power for the 500 and didn't was to start an upgrade chain reaction. Of course I wound up upgrading power even for the 400 so... The best laid plans and all that.


Speaker amp all the way! Just tried an old speaker amp with my new cable. Delivers some serious kicks in the bass. This particular amp is too noisy, though, but it is more than 20 years old, so no wonder...

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Speaker amp all the way! Just tried an old speaker amp with my new cable. Delivers some serious kicks in the bass. This particular amp is too noisy, though, but it is more than 20 years old, so no wonder...

I've got a new/old Pioneer integrated amp (A-60) that I could put into service. Just need the pigtail. Did you make yours up yourself?
post #10678 of 20630
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I've got a new/old Pioneer integrated amp (A-60) that I could put into service. Just need the pigtail. Did you make yours up yourself?


Nope, bought it used from a local head-fier. It might be harder to match the HE-400 with a speaker amp, though. It is more likely that you hear noise and that the amp's volume control will be too sensitive.

post #10679 of 20630

Matte black on the HE-400 looks AWESOME. And I DIDN'T BREAK ANYTHING. DOUBLE AWESOME.

 

Pics coming tomorrow, gonna take one more pass at it tonight.

post #10680 of 20630

Must be amazing, good pick on color

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