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post #12271 of 19994
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

The RCA on the back is the DAC Output, so it actually bypasses the internal amp if you want to use a different amp and just the DAC.

Ah you're correct, the inputs are USB/optical/coaxial only, all digital.

post #12272 of 19994

It's correct that I do want virtual surround, helps a ton in games.  Or so I think.  I'll do some testing to check how useful it is.  In the meantime, I've been trying to stay up to speed with all the terms flying around.  So I would or wouldn't be able to utlize the sound card's features while also using the 15.32?  I don't mind using it as a DAC also, but I love the features of the card.  If not, I'm totally fine looking at other options, but man, the 15.32 looks sexy as hell.

 

Edit: Thank you all so much for the help!  If it becomes deemed as off topic, I made a thread here... 


Edited by IronDoq - 8/18/13 at 6:37pm
post #12273 of 19994
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

It's correct that I do want virtual surround, helps a ton in games.  Or so I think.  I'll do some testing to check how useful it is.  In the meantime, I've been trying to stay up to speed with all the terms flying around.  So I would or wouldn't be able to utlize the sound card's features while also using the 15.32?  I don't mind using it as a DAC also, but I love the features of the card.  If not, I'm totally fine looking at other options, but man, the 15.32 looks sexy as hell.

 

Edit: Thank you all so much for the help!  If it becomes deemed as off topic, I made a thread here... 


You may connect it to your soundcard through optical and keep the soundcard features. But I'd advise you to buy an amp only, since the Titanium-HD DAC is already pretty good.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/18/13 at 6:49pm
post #12274 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post


You may connect it to your soundcard through optical and keep the soundcard features. But I'd advise you into buying an amp only, since the Titanium-HD DAC is already pretty good.

Good to know, and glad that you agree with my original thinking.

 

I recently again came across the Matrix M-Stage, should that be another that I should consider?  So far I'm leaning towards the Asgard 2, is there any reason(s) why I should go/look elsewhere?  

post #12275 of 19994
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

Good to know, and glad that you agree with my original thinking.

 

I recently again came across the Matrix M-Stage, should that be another that I should consider?  So far I'm leaning towards the Asgard 2, is there any reason(s) why I should go/look elsewhere?  


Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/18/13 at 6:56pm
post #12276 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post


Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.

Good point, thanks for your thoughts and input.  Anybody else care to chime in?  What are you all using, and how do you like it based on your personal preference? 

post #12277 of 19994
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

Good point, thanks for your thoughts and input.  Anybody else care to chime in?  What are you all using, and how do you like it based on your personal preference? 

 

For the record, I own the M-stage and it indeed pairs very well with the HE-400. Granted it doesn't have as much power as some of the other amps mentioned here, it still has much more than enough for the HE-400. I have it on +10 gain with the dial around 11-12. 

 

I haven't heard any other amps with the HE-400 so I can't speak for them. But it's reported that the M-stage has a warm tube-like signature which I would imagine works well with the HE-400 to help minimize the elevated treble.

post #12278 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post


Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.

+1. I have Asgard 1 which works well with the 400 hence I can only imagine Asgard 2 to be better. I moved quickly up to the Lyr and this amp makes the 400 really hop; it may be a bit of an overkill, IMHO.

post #12279 of 19994

I'm looking to get more comfort out of my HE-400s without sacrificing sound quality too much.

 

Has anyone tried adding the foam rings form pleather pads to the velours? Any notable sonic results? I was thinking of getting some of these foam rings for the sake of making velour pads a bit stiffer and deeper.

 

Also, do the DT 880 \ 770 \ 990 pads fit HE-400 well? If yes, how do they affect the sound signature? Thank you very much.


Edited by Bogatyr - 8/19/13 at 1:16am
post #12280 of 19994
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

For the record, I own the M-stage and it indeed pairs very well with the HE-400. Granted it doesn't have as much power as some of the other amps mentioned here, it still has much more than enough for the HE-400. I have it on +10 gain with the dial around 11-12. 

 

I haven't heard any other amps with the HE-400 so I can't speak for them. But it's reported that the M-stage has a warm tube-like signature which I would imagine works well with the HE-400 to help minimize the elevated treble.

 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

+1. I have Asgard 1 which works well with the 400 hence I can only imagine Asgard 2 to be better. I moved quickly up to the Lyr and this amp makes the 400 really hop; it may be a bit of an overkill, IMHO.

Thank you all for the input, this has been an awesome experience so far with this forum, y'all are fantastic and helpful!  Man I'm blasting some excessively loud dubstep right now, crying inside at the meager bass of my PC360s... they're detailed enough but I really do miss the punch... Meh. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Come on koth, don't get me looking at the Lyr... it costs as much as the darn headphones themselves!  What was your motivation to upgrade, and how much of a difference, as far as you were able to perceive, was there?  I'm still so far, ever so slightly, leaning towards the Asgard 2 for price/functionality/aesthetics.  Unless someone can convince me otherwise, of course wink.gif

 

Edit: This song is blowing my mind, give it a listen.  


Edited by IronDoq - 8/19/13 at 12:22am
post #12281 of 19994
Totally think I found my ideal headphone with the HE400. I was looking for a new amp for my HD800 and saw the HE400 sitting on a stand in store. Decided I may as well give them a go, and lo and behold I fell in love instantly. Fast forward 2 weeks forward, and I've sold my HD800 as they were getting zero use since bringing in the HE400. I've owned a wide plethora of cans since my 6-7 years on these forums and these are the ones I feel actually truly satisfied with. It's funny, the HD800 were my prized possession before and now I don't even miss them. Means more headtime with the HE400s biggrin.gif

They might not be the most pricey or best looking headphones I've owned or auditioned but they just seem to push all the right buttons each time I wear them.
Edited by Steve_72 - 8/19/13 at 2:16am
post #12282 of 19994

Woah, nice

post #12283 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

I'm looking to get more comfort out of my HE-400s without sacrificing sound quality too much.

 

Has anyone tried adding the foam rings form pleather pads to the velours? Any notable sonic results? I was thinking of getting some of these foam rings for the sake of making velour pads a bit stiffer and deeper.

 

Also, do the DT 880 \ 770 \ 990 pads fit HE-400 well? If yes, how do they affect the sound signature? Thank you very much.

 

it will probably make them more comfortable but sound  worse.


Edited by nicholars - 8/19/13 at 3:18am
post #12284 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

I'm looking to get more comfort out of my HE-400s without sacrificing sound quality too much.

 

Has anyone tried adding the foam rings form pleather pads to the velours? Any notable sonic results? I was thinking of getting some of these foam rings for the sake of making velour pads a bit stiffer and deeper.

 

Also, do the DT 880 \ 770 \ 990 pads fit HE-400 well? If yes, how do they affect the sound signature? Thank you very much.

 

You'll want to give those velours a nice warm water bath. Couple of drops of non bleach washing liquid in very warm water. Squish vigorously, then do the same in warm water without the soap. Squeeze dry and then pat dry...then air dry overnight. They will then be softer, sound the same and smell great!!

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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

Good point, thanks for your thoughts and input.  Anybody else care to chime in?  What are you all using, and how do you like it based on your personal preference? 

 

+1 for the A2

post #12285 of 19994
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

 

Thank you all for the input, this has been an awesome experience so far with this forum, y'all are fantastic and helpful!  Man I'm blasting some excessively loud dubstep right now, crying inside at the meager bass of my PC360s... they're detailed enough but I really do miss the punch... Meh. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Come on koth, don't get me looking at the Lyr... it costs as much as the darn headphones themselves!  What was your motivation to upgrade, and how much of a difference, as far as you were able to perceive, was there?  I'm still so far, ever so slightly, leaning towards the Asgard 2 for price/functionality/aesthetics.  Unless someone can convince me otherwise, of course wink.gif

 

Edit: This song is blowing my mind, give it a listen.  

If you are concerned with money, just get the Magni or O2. The Magni puts out more power than the A2 (at 35 ohms) and is less than half the price. Unless you plan on having speakers hooked up to the A2 as well, I'd just get the Magni.

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