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post #13636 of 18612
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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 #13637 of 18612

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 #13638 of 18612
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 #13639 of 18612
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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 #13640 of 18612
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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 #13641 of 18612
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 #13642 of 18612

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:

post #13643 of 18612
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
 

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:

Thanks for having the courage :)

 

I posted a comment there.

post #13644 of 18612

I will never get how ANYBODY would generalize and consider the entirety of the HE-400's midrange as recessed.  2/3s of it is forward, and somehow it seems as though people think the last 1/3 of it-- the area from 3-5khz, as enveloping all of the midrange.  That's the feeling I get when I read remarks like yours.  I think David Mahler categorized HE-400's midrange the best.

 

As for the bass... well.  I don't really know what to say.

 

I also don't really know how you could consider the Magni to not be able to drive the HE-400 to loud volumes without bass distortion.  If the Magni is at 9-10 o'clock it's already loud enough for me and still never distorts.  

post #13645 of 18612
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

I will never get how ANYBODY would generalize and consider the entirety of the HE-400's midrange as recessed.  2/3s of it is forward, and somehow it seems as though people think the last 1/3 of it-- the area from 3-5khz, as enveloping all of the midrange.  That's the feeling I get when I read remarks like yours.  I think David Mahler categorized HE-400's midrange the best.

 

As for the bass... well.  I don't really know what to say.

 

I also don't really know how you could consider the Magni to not be able to drive the HE-400 to loud volumes without bass distortion.  If the Magni is at 9-10 o'clock it's already loud enough for me and still never distorts.  

I'm 90% sure about the source of the bass comments from Asr, check my comment below his review there.

post #13646 of 18612
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
 

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:

 

I’m not 100% disagree with you, but it’s not that bad in compare with other headphones in same price range. I do think the HD600s are better all-rounder headphones.

post #13647 of 18612

Jerg, do you have a review of your HE400 and HE500 pairing with the 11.32?

post #13648 of 18612

I don't buy that he needs a good seal either.  I don't really like circle pads, as they don't fit and seal quite as well as angled/oval pads like the LCD2 or Mad Dogs, and even with some of the velour pads not creating a seal around my ear I still get very good extension from the HE-400.

 

I can understanding not liking the recessed upper mids and treble spike-- hell I have to EQ down that treble, but I don't know where to start with the bass remarks.

post #13649 of 18612
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

Jerg, do you have a review of your HE400 and HE500 pairing with the 11.32?

Nope...I never saw the point. 11.32 does the job, dead neutral, fairly resolving, with good control in the bass region. It does lack a bit in smoothness but that's the case with most solid-state amps I think.

post #13650 of 18612
I'm wondering if he is listening too loud on them and that is what's wrong. I can't see how the magni cannot go loud enough and also distort before the headphones gets excessively loud. I tried them at 1-2 p'clock before for a brief 3 sec and no distortion. Either that they are defective or the headphone is defective.
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