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post #12886 of 20633
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Originally Posted by Mani ATH 87 View Post
 

Isn't the HE-400 supposed to be the new and improved HE-4 (per say)?

I was under the impression the HE-400 was superior to the HE-4...

http://www.head-fi.org/t/612911/hifiman-he-4-vs-hifiman-he-400

 

We were all very naive a year ago :happy_face1: 

 

The HE400 hype was strong then.

post #12887 of 20633
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post

Soooo, you're reviewing headphones you've never heard? Interesting approach sir....

 

that's not a reivew my friend, just my thoughts! Trust me, my reviews area bout 8 pages and 8 hours of work long q.q

 
just my thoughts and musings :3 [ or rather an excuse to tell my self so I don't fell like I made a mistake going with a Balanced DT 880 Upgrade over the choice I could have made to get an HE 4 <.<] 
post #12888 of 20633

I assume the HE-4 needs a powerful amp?

 

In that case it is not such a cheap option if you do not already have a good amp.....

 

£400 for the headphones and another £200+ for an amp....

post #12889 of 20633
It needs a power plant, not any good amp will do. Like some have mentioned, a speaker amp like tbe Emotiva is pretty cost effective. You'll need speaker tap cables for the HE4 if going that route.
post #12890 of 20633
Thread Starter 

The best amp bang for the buck that I ever tried for the he-4 was a Pioneer sx-650. It cost me about $20 in gas to go get it. The amp itself was free. :veryevil:

post #12891 of 20633

Ouch a power plant would significantly increase the cost

post #12892 of 20633
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

It needs a power plant, not any good amp will do. Like some have mentioned, a speaker amp like tbe Emotiva is pretty cost effective. You'll need speaker tap cables for the HE4 if going that route.
I'll ask the obvious question then: Will either the Soloist or the Mjolnir be sufficient to drive the HE 4 ? Thanks.
post #12893 of 20633

Why not just spend under 200 dollars on an Emotiva Mini and then recable the HE-4.

post #12894 of 20633
Thread Starter 

There is no better bargain than the Emotiva that Raven mentions as far as bang for the buck NIB. The mojo would work of course. 

post #12895 of 20633
Mjonir should be fine, but the Soloist, definitely not. If it's not pushing at least as much power as the Lyr, you're not gonna tap into the HE-4's potential. Even the Lyr didn't push it that much.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/17/13 at 5:48pm
post #12896 of 20633
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

There is no better bargain than the Emotiva that Raven mentions as far as bang for the buck NIB. The mojo would work of course. 
Matt, you made my day. Nothing like blogging on Head fi at 6 am local time in India and getting a definitive opinion. 😄Methinks an HE 4 is on its way to the Orient.
Thanks
post #12897 of 20633
You all need to keep in mind that the HE4 is considerably more neutral sounding than the HE400. It's a different flavor.
post #12898 of 20633
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Mjonir should be fine, but the Soloist, definitely not. If it's not pushing at least as much power as the Lyr, you're not gonna tap into the HE-4's potential. Even the Lyr didn't push it that much.[/quote

MLE, thanks. I have the Lyr and the Mjolnir. At this stage I just want to use what I have and this is no knock on the Emotiva.
post #12899 of 20633
You'll find it enjoyable off the Lyr. That was how I experienced the HE4 the first time, and I fell in love. No knock against the Lyr. It's a wonderful amp. Just saying the HE4 has more potential. I'm sure the Mjonir will show that.

I do think the HE4 probably suits a warmer amp, as it's a little on the brighter side in terms of treble, though obviously not HE400-like treble.
post #12900 of 20633
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

You'll find it enjoyable off the Lyr. That was how I experienced the HE4 the first time, and I fell in love. No knock against the Lyr. It's a wonderful amp. Just saying the HE4 has more potential. I'm sure the Mjonir will show that.

I do think the HE4 probably suits a warmer amp, as it's a little on the brighter side in terms of treble, though obviously not HE400-like treble.
Ah ok. Funnily, I love the treble on the 400 which in combination with the bass gives me a wider and deeper soundstage impression, a more 3D effect. A little less treble should be fine anyhow.
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