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post #13621 of 20173
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Too bad you don't have the Sony in your possession. :tongue: I got an offer to buy another one, mint, for $100. Must resist the urge!!

post #13622 of 20173
Wuuuut, nice. Mike told me about selling his to me, but mine should be here within the week. I can't seee myself owning two of the same headphone, especially as broke as I am.
post #13623 of 20173
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Wuuuut, nice. Mike told me about selling his to me, but mine should be here within the week. I can't seee myself owning two of the same headphone, especially as broke as I am.

I hear you there >.> I want to try a New Kenwood Kh K1000 but its like $350 new... and I have no idea how quickly I could turn it over... that and it compares to the Modded w1000x I hear... >.> I blame steam on my current brokeness [steam and the HE 400 xD] 

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Originally Posted by JBal4 View Post
 

the reason I was considering the mini-i was that I read it sounded slightly dark and its balanced outputs. but now looking into the compass2 which is in the same price range and has a balanced dac. and now your talk of the nfb 10es2... so many different setups I feel like I could spend weeks reading up on it all and still be just as unsure lol

This is why,

 

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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

^ How do you know what's his price range? Quick to turn people away from a product you just praised? LoL

if he's looking at the Mini I for Price and a Dark sound, then the more expensive and much brighter NFB 10ES2 doesn't seem to be his cup of tea atm. It's slighty bright and more expensive than the Compass 2 and Mini I

 

So I would safely assume he would be more satisfied with somthing in the price range and sound signiture of the the Compass 2 and Mini I, which the NFB 10ES2

 

Still though... there is a happy middle ground! The NFB 10.33 it's slighty warmer than the 10ES3 and cheaper, 

post #13624 of 20173

The SA series is made to be more musical and pleasant.

post #13625 of 20173
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

The SA series is made to be more musical and pleasant.

another good suggestion, he could also try one of the PCM dac options. Ive always been a big fan of NOS and PCM dacs [first heard them in my hm 601 and hm 801 respectivly] I'm still amazed at how detailed the hm801 is :O [very close to the 10ES2 honestly, but slighty warmer ] 

 

so I think the Compass 2 has a PCM dac option 

post #13626 of 20173

^True, that might give a more organic sound sig.

post #13627 of 20173
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

^True, that might give a more organic sound sig.

I think it would, and I'm persoanlly looking at upgrading to a PCM based Dac in the future, I might try an NOS based one as well, if the PCMS get short on supply [APprently they don't manufactor as many as they used to, but they still manufactor them] 

post #13628 of 20173

After looking into all the options suggested I am leaning towards the compass 2, looks really nice, balanced dac, and i really like all the options to customize it. I am thinking of going with the Dual WM8741

post #13629 of 20173
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Originally Posted by JBal4 View Post
 

After looking into all the options suggested I am leaning towards the compass 2, looks really nice, balanced dac, and i really like all the options to customize it. I am thinking of going with the Dual WM8741

I too think you'll enjoy it. It's more customiazble, and it will give you a chance to discover the sound that you like! I spent some time experimenting with amps, so it's important to get that... exposure to a variety of sound signitures, before you start spending a lot of money on the more expensive "singular style" amps, find what you like in the low end gear, then  move forward and get new gear that refines what you like, 

 

I always feels it's best to start at the bottom, and work your way up. More enjoyable imo! 

post #13630 of 20173

Sorry to interrupt, just a quick doubt I have:
is it okay to drive the He400 with a speaker amp?
This one for exampe:


 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marantz-Integrated-Amplifier-PM5004-Black/dp/B006VB1S6C/ref=sr_1_8?s=receiver-speakers&ie=UTF8&qid=1381760644&sr=1-8&keywords=headphone+amp
 

(but not necessairly this one, i just want a general opinion on driving them with an entry level speaker amp)

 

post #13631 of 20173
Thread Starter 

If you mean from the headphone jack, then yes. The he400 will work well with most modern receivers/amplifiers. Some would argue, including myself, that the older vintage amplifiers and receivers will sound even better. 

post #13632 of 20173
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

If you mean from the headphone jack, then yes. The he400 will work well with most modern receivers/amplifiers. Some would argue, including myself, that the older vintage amplifiers and receivers will sound even better.

Is there any issue with hooking them up to the speaker taps?

post #13633 of 20173
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

If you mean from the headphone jack, then yes. The he400 will work well with most modern receivers/amplifiers. Some would argue, including myself, that the older vintage amplifiers and receivers will sound even better. 

Thanks for the reply !
Well, now that you mention it, I had this idea in the back of my head to try connecting the he400 to the speaker out of my speaker amp.
Is that such a bad idea?

post #13634 of 20173
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

Is there any issue with hooking them up to the speaker taps?

 

Yes, depending on the receiver there would likely be too much current. The he400 is efficient and just doesn't need to much current to reach peak efficiency. The he/500/4/6/5le all benefit from speaker taps IMO.

post #13635 of 20173

Finished and just posted the "highly negative" review that I mentioned a while back: http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-he-400/reviews/9759

 

I'm sure many will disagree with it, but it's just my opinion. :redface:

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