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post #11191 of 17745

Can i see without removing the pads, really don't trust my DIY skills

post #11192 of 17745

Um not really. Taking off the pads are easy as pie, you don't need DIY skills to do it.

post #11193 of 17745
Alternatively, the grills are easier to remove, but probably easier to damage too.
post #11194 of 17745

If the plastic was white (rev.2) or cream (rev.3) under a bright light would i be able to see them without removing the pads :D


Edited by Mattyhew - 7/5/13 at 4:19am
post #11195 of 17745

Has anyone used the BIfrost/Gungnir with these?

I currently use HE-400 with Fiio E-17 as DAC using optical and the asgard 1. 

I want to upgrade my DAC but i dont know what sort of difference can i expect from those two (considering the price) and also the upcoming schiit DAC Yddgrasil.

 

Also i get a very anoying pitch from the usb connection to the Fiio E17 (if its charging from the USB), i assume external DACs with their own power supply dosent have this issue, right?

post #11196 of 17745
Going from the e17 DAC to my new DAC was pretty much around half the upgrade going from e17 amp to my other amplifier if I have to quantify it. Price was the same of both DAC and amp...
In general you can expect more realism in the soundstaging, and a bit more resolution, along with more clarity. I see it as a necessary step if you want to perfect the sound of your system, but not anything that is necessary to enjoy any headphone that is not ultra hi-end. If I were you, I would have a hard time deciding whether I should upgrade DAC or amp.
post #11197 of 17745

Edit: Sorry to be a bother <3


Edited by Mattyhew - 7/5/13 at 9:56am
post #11198 of 17745

Use a credit card.

 

Else, look at the OP.


Edited by davidsh - 7/5/13 at 9:54am
post #11199 of 17745

Anyone else using the HE-500 cable on the HE-400? Any improvements?

post #11200 of 17745
Thread Starter 

The he-4 cable make no difference sonically FWIW. It's a lot nice to use though. 

post #11201 of 17745
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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post

Anyone else using the HE-500 cable on the HE-400? Any improvements?

From what I recall briefly trying it, it made the HE-400 a hair brighter so I'd say stick with a cable that uses copper like the stock canare.  Beyond that, no major differences. FWIW, I prefer OFC/OCC copper on my HE-500, so it depends on personal preference really.

post #11202 of 17745

Went and bought the HE-400 from a local dealer yesterday. Running it with velour pads and the silver cable, looks sexy and is a mighty step up from the HE-300. Has some clarity like stats with impact not seen on them, but not quite there yet. I must say that I sorta want to listen to a HE-6 now. This is my first ortho, and man, is it good.

 

post #11203 of 17745
Thread Starter 

Ortho hp's are truly a special experience for those who haven't tried them. Looks like you're giving them plenty of power which is what they need. 

 

Enjoy!!

post #11204 of 17745

Sure enjoying them! Would adding a Audio-Gd C2C amp to the chain improve them furthermore? Heard they scale pretty well.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Ortho hp's are truly a special experience for those who haven't tried them. Looks like you're giving them plenty of power which is what they need. 

 

Enjoy!!

post #11205 of 17745
Thread Starter 

Meh...the he400 is one of the easiest orthos to drive. You'll get some improvement with more power but I wouldn't chase it for this headphone. Now the he-4...or the he-6...get all the power you can afford. 

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