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post #14236 of 20630
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

:[ welp guys my HE 400 have been Traded for a Cocobolo Wood Back Denon 2k+D7k Cable and 4pin Balanced Termination

 

It was fun to be here :D, a shame I ended up needing a Closed back in the end >.>

It is hard to go back to the Denon house sound after owning planar-magnetics. I knew the minute I put the HE400/500 on my head my taste had changed. I still own the D7k(used to own all three), but it sounds better in the abstract then on my head.

post #14237 of 20630
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^^ I would put myself in the same camp. Once you've heard a good planar magnetic and decide that you like it, you may find that it skews your perception and appreciable for dynamic driver hp's. Fortunately for me, I still find the hd650 to be my comfortable pair of slippers at the end of the day. The comfort and lush signature of the hd650 will hopefully prevent me from ever selling it. 

post #14238 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

^^ I would put myself in the same camp. Once you've heard a good planar magnetic and decide that you like it, you may find that it skews your perception and appreciable for dynamic driver hp's. Fortunately for me, I still find the hd650 to be my comfortable pair of slippers at the end of the day. The comfort and lush signature of the hd650 will hopefully prevent me from ever selling it.

+1 the HD 650 is unique, I feel the same way about it. I call it my "old friend". The HD800 is my new "slick friend" that I misjudged:wink_face:

post #14239 of 20630
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

It is hard to go back to the Denon house sound after owning planar-magnetics. I knew the minute I put the HE400/500 on my head my taste had changed. I still own the D7k(used to own all three), but it sounds better in the abstract then on my head.

True enough, but I didn't spend an ENMOURS amount of time with my HE 400. I only liked it for edm, and honestly... I enjoy my DT 880 just as much with a more aggresive EQ as I did my HE 400. ALthough there is ONE Album that isn't the same without the HE 400 [And that would be Core and Bass] I can enjoy a more laid back bass sound.

 

At the end of the day I'll end up with another Balanced HE 400 for my at home useage, as I DO NOT need to be jamming to Core  N bass any were but home!  It's my RAGE music! STuff I BLAST when I'm kinda pissed and feel like playing some TPS or ACtion PVP mmos

 

That said, I spent about a good hour with my Closed Back W1000x and the J$money Pads... which was enough for me to feel I would enjoy a Denon, as the bass was perfectly fine for me on the W1k and J$Pads, granted the Sub Bass was terrible. But as I mentioned before... they look SO GOOD and I REALLY need a closed back for EDM at this point. I may wind up owning a TH 900 or TH 600. OR maybe an Alpha Dog [I hear with enough Juice the bass really comes ALIVE] That said my HM801 does add a bit of umph to the low end, and I'm hoping a RSA F35 will too... [as I plan to get one of those soon as well] 

post #14240 of 20630
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Originally Posted by mlxx View Post
 

Been going bananas the last 2 weeks, messing around with electri-q too much trying to make the mids/treble sound more like my speakers. I had reduced the dip in the treble too much and it introduced some tizz and it eventually drilled into my brain. So I gave electri-q the flick, it just allowed for too much variation and I could never find a setting I was happy with over time. I decided to use a simple slider eq as shown below.

 

 

It uses the sliders to make the curve (that is shown above the sliders) and it's sounding a lot more natural than I could get with electri-q. The tizz is gone without killing the treble and the mids are more open and lively probably because of the flat top, in electri-q, I always had more of a round top that made the vocals a little off at times. I have been using it the past 2 days and its sounding very very good. So I am back to loving the HE400 again *hugs them*.

 

If that equaliser does not have auto normalise volume or pre amp setting then you are supposed to keep everything below 0db to avoid any distortion etc. If that slider on the right is pre amp then move it down by as much as your highest point, so that would be -2db if your highest one is +2db.

post #14241 of 20630
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

If that equaliser does not have auto normalise volume or pre amp setting then you are supposed to keep everything below 0db to avoid any distortion etc. If that slider on the right is pre amp then move it down by as much as your highest point, so that would be -2db if your highest one is +2db.

 

Yeah it has a preamp. I understand what you are saying, I don't bother these days, my amp doesn't clip, no distortion. Only if I put the bass up to 10dB it will start to.

post #14242 of 20630
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Originally Posted by mlxx View Post
 

 

Yeah it has a preamp. I understand what you are saying, I don't bother these days, my amp doesn't clip, no distortion. Only if I put the bass up to 10dB it will start to.


What you would be clipping is the signal to the amp, not the amp itself. The Amp would merely replicate the clip. Or, in other words, you are sending distortion to your amp.

 

Nicholars is right. You don't have to listen to him (or me), but you should listen carefully for distortion when playing dynamically compressed recordings at moderate volumes. I used to keep my 'global' preamp at 0dB no matter what, but -3dB is cheap insurance and has a low overhead cost on your amp. It does not take much boost for me to detect issues.

post #14243 of 20630

There is no reason not to lower the pre amp.... Except everything will be 2db quieter...

post #14244 of 20630

I don't notice any distortion but I will lower it. Just made it easier at the time in electri-q to do the curves which were a PITA.


Edited by mlxx - 11/7/13 at 11:07am
post #14245 of 20630

Just wanted to announce that I purchased an Emotiva Mini-x A-100 for my HE-400 today. I know it's overkill, but it's just way cheaper than so many other SS amps. Will be posting listening impressions once I get my adapter cable situation sorted out. 

post #14246 of 20630
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Hmm....you might have considered the Asgard 2 which you can pick up for a similar price. Very flexible and sound quite nice with the he400. BUT...if you need to drive speakers also, then I agree with your choice. 

post #14247 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Hmm....you might have considered the Asgard 2 which you can pick up for a similar price. Very flexible and sound quite nice with the he400. BUT...if you need to drive speakers also, then I agree with your choice. 

I got the Emotiva for $150 less than Asgard 2. Too late now anyway :evil:

post #14248 of 20630
Thread Starter 

I actually like the Emotiva series. It's good stuff for sure. Nothing wrong with the price you paid either...:biggrin:

post #14249 of 20630
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

Just wanted to announce that I purchased an Emotiva Mini-x A-100 for my HE-400 today. I know it's overkill, but it's just way cheaper than so many other SS amps. Will be posting listening impressions once I get my adapter cable situation sorted out. 


Well, atleast you already have an amp for the HE-6. That is, if you decide to buy one someday.

post #14250 of 20630

Its not easy trying to fight back the upgraditis after hearing your first planar. It just isnt....dynamics didnt do it to me as bad. If i had heard the magnum v5 after the sr80i, id be done looking for headphones. But that damn he400 got me, and made me look further. Its the best thing thats happened to me ears, and the worst thing thats happened to my thought of having a cheap end game setup. Which is fine because I love this hobby.

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