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post #12976 of 18145

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 #12977 of 18145
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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 #12978 of 18145
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 #12979 of 18145

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 #12980 of 18145

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 #12981 of 18145

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

post #12982 of 18145
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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
post #12983 of 18145
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Just I dunno hang it off a coiled cable or strong elastic cord off the ceiling, this way all the weight is counteracted smily_headphones1.gif  

Thanks for the laughs. A suspended headphone! biggrin.gif
post #12984 of 18145
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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.gif

As long as Jerg has some realistic expectations on it, considering they are under $200, they just might surprise him. If he loves a warm, balanced headphone with a large soundstage, and non-existent weight.... he just might fall in love. And considering he likes to mod... he MIGHT just find pads suitable to replace the thin pads on the MA900 which is my only real gripe. The cable is thin, but it doesn't bother me. Just wish it wasn't so damn long.

I wouldn't say people are selling off their headphones because the MA900 is better. I feel they are selling it off because the MA900 does so many things right with the extra added bonus of almost disappearing on your head. I have never, EVER felt a headphone as comfortable as the MA900, other than the Steelseries Siberia which wasn't exactly stellar.

That being said, I don't find them better than any of the well known mid-fi cans (i.e. DT880, Q701, HD650, etc), BUT I would easily get rid of them to keep the MA900 because of it's pleasing tone and supreme comfort.

They do trump the current 5xx sennheisers though.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/19/13 at 9:01pm
post #12985 of 18145
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


As long as Jerg has some realistic expectations on it, considering they are under $200, they just might surprise him. If he loves a warm, balanced headphone with a large soundstage, and non-existent weight.... he just might fall in love. And considering he likes to mod... he MIGHT just find pads suitable to replace the thin pads on the MA900 which is my only real gripe. The cable is thin, but it doesn't bother me. Just wish it wasn't so damn long.

I wouldn't say people are selling off their headphones because the MA900 is better. I feel they are selling it off because the MA900 does so many things right with the extra added bonus of almost disappearing on your head. I have never, EVER felt a headphone as comfortable as the MA900, other than the Steelseries Siberia which wasn't exactly stellar.

That being said, I don't find them better than any of the well known mid-fi cans (i.e. DT880, Q701, HD650, etc), BUT I would easily get rid of them to keep the MA900 because of it's pleasing tone and supreme comfort.

They do trump the current 5xx sennheisers though.

 

I'm sure it's great, but I just don't see where it would fit in into my daily listening. I have no issue wearing my HE500s at home for 10 hours straight if needed be, because of the extensively modded headband and pads. Outdoors I carry my modded KSC75s which are indispensable in terms of portability, comfort, and SQ (I can bet on anything that my modded KSC75s are lighter and more comfortable than the MA900).

post #12986 of 18145
Lol, yeah. I was referring to FULL-sized (should've mentioned this) headphone comfort being the best on the MA900. Nothing....NOTHING bests the KSC75 in comfort for me overall.

I wish Koss made a wireless version of the KSC75/35, lol. Probably not possible, but man, I'd be ALL over that. Wireless clip ons... dear god, yes.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/19/13 at 9:24pm
post #12987 of 18145

I'll also chime in my w1000x is very weightless, although I can't really run in it but the ATH Wing system is REALLY nice on their nicer cans! 

 

and MORE comfy than a Beyer :O what is THIS blasphamey! 

post #12988 of 18145
I can't stand the wing design. I will never, ever buy an Audio-Technica headphone with that design ever again.
post #12989 of 18145

Hmm in terms of comfort i gotta say that the shure IEMs are quite an upgrade from any normal IEMs.

 

More than once I forgot i was wearing them. Unfortunatelly i only have the SE215 version so i usually take my HE-400 with me wherever i go.... with some exceptions.

post #12990 of 18145
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I can't stand the wing design. I will never, ever buy an Audio-Technica headphone with that design ever again.

 

Ouch sorry to hear that, your missing out on many a good headphones :/ I still though don't know why the only sell the Wing Design cans... should b an option 

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