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post #10996 of 18673
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Sub Focus - Splash

 

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i agree these cans are pretty great (for headphones) on bassy stuff, the layering is awesome...but if i want to really do bass music there's nothing like a proper hi-fi  :)

post #10997 of 18673
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

Sub Focus - Splash

 

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I'm listening to their album right now, this is where the HE-400 really shines.

post #10998 of 18673

I'm sorry to anounce I'm selling the HE400 including the J$s. I still love them, but I don't use them. I haven't touched them once this entire month!

So if anyone the EU is interested let me know! I could ship outside the EU, but it's probably cheaper to just buy them new...

post #10999 of 18673

Thujone, even though you are my arch enemy and a complete jerk, I heeded your advice and picked up the HE-400 as a kind of bridge on the journey to the HE-500. In conclusion, screw you.

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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Thujone, even though you are my arch enemy and a complete jerk, I heeded your advice and picked up the HE-400 as a kind of bridge on the journey to the HE-500. In conclusion, screw you.

I see your wallet and I are soon to have a more damaging relationship than our own...biggrin.gif

post #11001 of 18673
If you are wrong about this purchase, I will find you physically, spiritually, and morally accountable.
post #11002 of 18673
Good job, Thujone.
post #11003 of 18673
I want to buy the HE-400's for listening to edm and gaming, but I am unsure of what else I need to buy to make the full use of them and have Virtual 5.1 (or 7.1 if it's any good). I've seen in Mad Lust Envy's thread that he connects from his console to the Astro Mixamp to his e17, but that is just for gaming. Right now I have an old Creative Sound Blaster Titanium Fatality Pro that outputs optical to my Astro Mixamp. AFAIK my computer is outputting Dolby 5.1 and the Mixamp is also creating it's own simulated virtual surround and feeding that to my headphones right now.
 
I want to be able to use my HE-400's and have virtual surround sound from my games and at the same time be able to fully utilize lossless and FLAC audio. Will I need a better sound card, a high quality DAC, and a high quality amp? And if I do need any of those, what exact products would be best for me? They would be used strictly at my desk so nothing portable is necessary.
 
Edit: I feel like I just had an epiphany that my question was actually pretty stupid. It obviously should work if I go soundcard optical --> mixamp --> o2 amp --> headphones. The only question I have is: will my sound card or mixamp bottleneck my FLAC or lossless files?

Edited by Fraguh - 6/20/13 at 4:26am
post #11004 of 18673
Thread Starter 

^^ Not quite sure I understand your question. The he400 doesn't need a whole lot of power to sound very good. It does scale up some with better gear, but the return for the money is small. For listening to EDM you've probably already got what you need in the Sound Blaster. You'd see some improvement with the fiio17 but again, it would be modest.

 

For gaming questions, you'll better served asking on MLE's thread.

 

gL!!

post #11005 of 18673
What are some of the aftermarket cables that u guys use? I find the stock a bit too rigid n long for my liking. Preferably something to tone down the treble as well. Thanks for any advice

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post #11006 of 18673
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Originally Posted by Fraguh View Post
 
Edit: I feel like I just had an epiphany that my question was actually pretty stupid. It obviously should work if I go soundcard optical --> mixamp --> o2 amp --> headphones. The only question I have is: will my sound card or mixamp bottleneck my FLAC or lossless files?

I'm fairly certain that the optical output in itself completely bypasses the soundcard. Outputting digital audio means that the soundcard isn't actually doing anything.

post #11007 of 18673
Thread Starter 

I've tried the Norse and Q Audio cables and liked them both. Honestly, I don't hear a ton of difference with cables but there have been a few situations where I've been able to hear an appreciable difference. I think that you'd do better with a pad swap to address the treble issue or try some EQ.

 

I like custom cables for custom length, build quality and usability. They ones that I buy are much softer and more flexible than the stock cable. 

post #11008 of 18673
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Originally Posted by Fraguh View Post

I want to buy the HE-400's for listening to edm and gaming, but I am unsure of what else I need to buy to make the full use of them and have Virtual 5.1 (or 7.1 if it's any good). I've seen in Mad Lust Envy's thread that he connects from his console to the Astro Mixamp to his e17, but that is just for gaming. Right now I have an old Creative Sound Blaster Titanium Fatality Pro that outputs optical to my Astro Mixamp. AFAIK my computer is outputting Dolby 5.1 and the Mixamp is also creating it's own simulated virtual surround and feeding that to my headphones right now.
 
I want to be able to use my HE-400's and have virtual surround sound from my games and at the same time be able to fully utilize lossless and FLAC audio. Will I need a better sound card, a high quality DAC, and a high quality amp? And if I do need any of those, what exact products would be best for me? They would be used strictly at my desk so nothing portable is necessary.
 
Edit: I feel like I just had an epiphany that my question was actually pretty stupid. It obviously should work if I go soundcard optical --> mixamp --> o2 amp --> headphones. The only question I have is: will my sound card or mixamp bottleneck my FLAC or lossless files?

 

Why aren't you just asking this in the gaming thread? They'd be able to answer your question right away, especially since it's a console question.

post #11009 of 18673

I'm starting to like the HE-400 more than my beloved HD 650. Especially with electronic music and classical.

 

Only downside is that they are far less forgiving on lossy music than the Senns.

 

Edit- I haven't lurked here for a while, so sorry if this is redundant! tongue_smile.gif


Edited by dxanex - 6/20/13 at 7:06pm
post #11010 of 18673
Thread Starter 

The he-400 works well for classical because of attack, speed, decay and good sound stage. It's better than the hd650 IMO and I do like my 650's. 

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