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post #12961 of 20258
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

The HE-400 is the best bass I have heard but it is almost too controlled, the bass is excellent but a bit of extra "fatness" on the HE-500 might be a good thing.... Will have to try them and see when I have some money, think I will be sticking with HIFIMAN because they seem like the best value headphones currently on the market.

 

If you feel HE400's bass is too lean, then yes HE500's bass will be to your liking; it's not quite as fatty-sounding as most dynamic headphones, in fact it's very much a cross between dynamic bass and your typical lean-and-mean ortho bass.

post #12962 of 20258
Thread Starter 

MLE, I'm wondering if we should tell Jerg about the ma900. Hmm...now there's a lightweight contender with some real legs on it. :biggrin:

post #12963 of 20258
I actually like the he500 bass more, just like Jerg I think it's a thicker bass although I don't think the bass between them is too far off, just plain good ortho bass. It's the overall sound that I think people should think about when deciding between the two.
post #12964 of 20258
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

 

If you feel HE400's bass is too lean, then yes HE500's bass will be to your liking; it's not quite as fatty-sounding as most dynamic headphones, in fact it's very much a cross between dynamic bass and your typical lean-and-mean ortho bass.

 

UGH lean and mean sounds EPIC, the AD900x had a VERY lean Mean bass for a dynamic open can, I can only imagine how the V shaped he 400 will sound :D 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

MLE, I'm wondering if we should tell Jerg about the ma900. Hmm...now there's a lightweight contender with some real legs on it. :biggrin:

post #12965 of 20258
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

MLE, I'm wondering if we should tell Jerg about the ma900. Hmm...now there's a lightweight contender with some real legs on it. :biggrin:

 

How does the sound quality of the Sony MA900 compare to HE-400 and HE-4?

post #12966 of 20258
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cheuh View Post
 

 

How does the sound quality of the Sony MA900 compare to HE-400 and HE-4?

 

It's very different. Actually very similar to the hd6xx. 

post #12967 of 20258
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

It's very different. Actually very similar to the hd6xx. 

 

Apparently even better in that regard. Seems like everyone in the MA900 thread is selling off their HD6XX.

post #12968 of 20258
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

 

Apparently even better in that regard. Seems like everyone in the MA900 thread is selling off their HD6XX.

 

Well , not everyone is selling their hd650. I still have mine, for now. 

post #12969 of 20258

Just ordered the he400 and considering upgrading my amp. I currently have the magni/modi combo and was thinking of getting the asgard 2, anyone know if this would sound any better? also has anyone tried the NuForce DAC100 with their he400?

post #12970 of 20258
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Originally Posted by JBal4 View Post
 

Just ordered the he400 and considering upgrading my amp. I currently have the magni/modi combo and was thinking of getting the asgard 2, anyone know if this would sound any better? also has anyone tried the NuForce DAC100 with their he400?

 

Something tells me the Asgard 2 won't really be an upgrade from the Magni unless you want speakers.

post #12971 of 20258
Thread Starter 

It doesn't take a killer amp to get the he400 up to speed. There are amps that it will scale with, but the returns will be small. Like Thujone says, if you need the flexibility of the A2 then it would be worth considering. 

post #12972 of 20258

Alright Ill prolly just stick with my m&m stack for now. thanks Thujone and MattTCG

 

Post 69 giggity giggity :P


Edited by JBal4 - 9/19/13 at 4:07pm
post #12973 of 20258

Just posted this in LCD-2 thread:

 

Well well well...

Just received rev.2 and took it for a quick spin. Tried them via Asus Essence ST and Teac UD-501.

I would call them spectacular if i didn't have HE-400 which cost me like $500 less.  Unless there's reasonably priced amp that will make LCD-2s sing and make a huge improvement, I just don't feel $500 upgrade in sound!

 

 

I mean seriously... talking about insane value of HE-400s!

post #12974 of 20258

Yeah I kinda felt the same way.  It's marginally better but not 500usd better.

post #12975 of 20258
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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.
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

 

Justin, since opinions on the HE-4 that're both well-informed and well-equipped seem to be few & far between, was wondering if you had demo'd a pair across some amps and if so, whether your assessment was on par with MLE's?  Would the suggestion on the official HiFiMAN product page -- the EF-5 (2-2.5wpc, depending on where you're reading the specs) -- actually do them justice?  Several reviews like headfonia and 6moons (when he's not busy contradicting himself) seem to suggest that the EF-5 is on the right side of the threshold, even if it's not optimal.

 

Given the difference in specs -- particularly the efficiency -- I'm just not grasping how it could be that they require just as much as the HE-6.  But now my interest has been piqued.


Edited by raspiguy - 9/19/13 at 8:35pm
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