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post #11221 of 19921
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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

Now, i do think that solid state amps work a bit better with planar magnetic than tubes, but this is just my personal bias :D.

That is mostly true, but not necessarily. The valhalla is no good for planars. But there are always exceptions.

post #11222 of 19921
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

That is mostly true, but not necessarily. The valhalla is no good for planars. But there are always exceptions.

I know, thats why i said i think its my personal bias.

Call me crazy but i belive that tubes transfer elecricity in a less ... precise way, as in they create fluctuations due to the form of the amp, where as solid state I belive deliver a more focused way.

 

In dynamic headpones this would add body to each tone sent out from the kevlar paper, but on planars i belive this could become distortion.

 

Well, thats what i tell myself at night to sleep better :D.

post #11223 of 19921

Hi all.

 

Is the treble of the HE-400 less fatiquing than the treble of Grado SR225i? I have the SR225i but I plan to buy some orthodynamic headphones and upgrade my amp very soon

I don't mind the brightness of the SR225i but at times, after long periods of listening, it does seem like too much.

post #11224 of 19921

The highs are possibly more fatiguing but that's because the recessed upper midrange makes them sound far more pronounced.

post #11225 of 19921

Is a recessed upper midrange a good thing?

post #11226 of 19921
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Originally Posted by catcherfly View Post

Is a recessed upper midrange a good thing?

It's all a matter of opinion. I haven't tried the SR225i's but Grado's sound signature is very bright with a lot of emphasis on the highs and upper midrange (aka treble). The HE-400's have an emphasis on the highs, but a recession in the upper mids, which makes them sound kinda bright but the "treble", in general, is not emphasized. Whether or not you will be upset about the upper mids recession is dependent on the type of music you like. Personally, while I still enjoy just about anything on my HE-400, guitars and other high pitch instruments are just not there like they are on my MS1000's. These are still my go-to cans for rock but my HE-400's are my go-to cans for anything electronic.

post #11227 of 19921

Thanks Thujone. That is helpful and confirms my interest in the HE-400s since I mostly listen to electronic music. I will keep my SR225is so hopefully the two pairs of headphones will work out well. 

post #11228 of 19921
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Originally Posted by catcherfly View Post

Thanks Thujone. That is helpful and confirms my interest in the HE-400s since I mostly listen to electronic music. I will keep my SR225is so hopefully the two pairs of headphones will work out well. 

They should be very nice compliments to one another smily_headphones1.gif

post #11229 of 19921
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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

I know, thats why i said i think its my personal bias.

Call me crazy but i belive that tubes transfer elecricity in a less ... precise way, as in they create fluctuations due to the form of the amp, where as solid state I belive deliver a more focused way.

 

In dynamic headpones this would add body to each tone sent out from the kevlar paper, but on planars i belive this could become distortion.

 

Well, thats what i tell myself at night to sleep better :D.

 

This is because the Valhalla that you tried is an OTL tube design.  I do not know of any OTL tube amp that can deliver the current that power (current) hungry orthos need.  They do a great job at voltage swing, but are really only any good for high impedance phones.  The are other transformer coupled tube amps and hybrid tube amps out there (some are suggested by Woo Audio on their LCD-2 page) that can do a great job powering orthos.  I haven't heard any of them though, I stick to solid state so I don't have to worry about tubes that I might like more than whatever I have smily_headphones1.gif

post #11230 of 19921

Sigh, the plastic under the y-split came apart revealing the wiring underneath.

post #11231 of 19921

Try some tape? 

post #11232 of 19921

You may be able to get a little epoxy in there, then just try to push the insulation back up into the Y junction.

post #11233 of 19921

Could someone tell me whether a Sansa Fuze could properly power these things? I've read about how the Sansa line of mp3 players actually has fairly powerful headphone amps, and I know these are supposed to be easy to drive but actually do scale up with more power. Any thoughts? 

post #11234 of 19921
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Originally Posted by oh****gorillas View Post

Could someone tell me whether a Sansa Fuze could properly power these things? I've read about how the Sansa line of mp3 players actually has fairly powerful headphone amps, and I know these are supposed to be easy to drive but actually do scale up with more power. Any thoughts? 

i don't have a fuze to try but i have my doubts despite sansa's power advantage over ipod...even at 100% volume my ipod does not go even close to loud enough for some sessions and has a generally weak presentation.  you don't need a lot of amp though, my e17 provides more than enough power, even the cheapest cmoy amp should do the trick


Edited by ferday - 7/12/13 at 6:21pm
post #11235 of 19921

I am planning on purchasing an He-400, but stumbled upon the Dt990 pro + Bottlehead crack w/ speedball combo. I'm unsure of which to get, and therefore need someone's assistance in deciding. Assuming that I would purchase a Schiit magni with the He-400, which headphone would give a better overall sound quality? I seem to like the sound signature of the Dt990 (cousin owns them) and from what I've read I'd also enjoy the sound signature of the He-400 as well as the ability to claim they're "planar magnetic" headphones :)

 

Another option would be to buy the AKG K702 Anniversary edition... Any suggestions?


Edited by Nimzerz - 7/12/13 at 8:54pm
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