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post #15721 of 20386

I don't like that aspect of the hobby either.  I spent my extra 200 on One Piece instead.  I don't see myself dumping anymore money into head-fi for the next year.

post #15722 of 20386

Yeah it was already a bit difficult for me to finally take the plunge and get these over the Q701 or HD598 or DT990/DT880 and then yet another area of questions arises. Which amp to get. 

 

Regardless I know I will enjoy these hp once I get them. Really looking forward to putting these hp to use.

post #15723 of 20386

Just got my velour pads.   While they are more comfortable than the pleathers, the overall sound is warmer and frankly a bit duller.  I prefer the pleathers.  

post #15724 of 20386
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Originally Posted by utee05 View Post
 

I am curious how much better a tube amp is than a solid state. I just got my Schiit Magni in but I could still return in and get the Vali or the MK1+. That is a good price for the MK1+. 

 

Any thoughts on if a tube amp would be better for the HE-400? I was thinking of getting the Schiit stack with the Magni and Modi.


The Vali and the Magni are both WAY cheap enough. Buy both and compare. Resell the one you like less. Schiit gear holds its value better than any other.

post #15725 of 20386
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Originally Posted by wjp007 View Post
 

Just got my velour pads.   While they are more comfortable than the pleathers, the overall sound is warmer and frankly a bit duller.  I prefer the pleathers.  

How many hours have you got on the he-400? I started out liking the pleathers much more but after 150hours (yeah EXACTLY 150hours..lol.), the sound opened up and the velours sounded much better. Also, amped. 

post #15726 of 20386
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Originally Posted by utee05 View Post
 

I am curious how much better a tube amp is than a solid state. I just got my Schiit Magni in but I could still return in and get the Vali or the MK1+. That is a good price for the MK1+. 

 

Any thoughts on if a tube amp would be better for the HE-400? I was thinking of getting the Schiit stack with the Magni and Modi.

The reality is even if you spend $1000 on an amp, you'll never know if you like it until you hear it, or until you compare it to something else. There's no perfect amp, only perfect for you. 

post #15727 of 20386
I've been scanning this thread and I can't find where I can buy the jerpads from? Link or directions would be appreciated.
post #15728 of 20386

I think I'm going to go with the Racoon SG200 or SG300. ClieOS has a nice review of the Uber Muzik Tiny Tube Dac which is the Racoon SG200 just under a different name, they have the exact same body and internals . Its a positive review and he even thought the old dac it uses was pretty good. If you want to read his review here's the link, http://www.head-fi.org/t/550692/impression-ber-muzik-tiny-tube-dac

 

The SG300 is only around a $12 difference and the Cirrus Logic CS4398 dac chip is one that I've heard of before and is a pretty nice dac over all. Both the SG200 and SG300 use the same Psvane 12AT7-T tube which is a good tube that are normally $40+ but I still plane on getting some other tubes to do some rolling with and see what kind of signature changes I can get. I think they'll be a good pairing with the HE-400 and will smooth out the highs a bit while giving the mids a bit of style and a more open soundstage. After I get them and have burned the tubes in I'll report back with what I think of them.

post #15729 of 20386
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I've been scanning this thread and I can't find where I can buy the jerpads from? Link or directions would be appreciated.


User Modulor made them for some people, but I don't think he's taking orders for the time being. The jergpads are basically a DIY mod. If you put up a classified here, you could probably find someone who would make you some. Or you could just give it a shot. 

post #15730 of 20386

Just ordered mine along with a pair of velour pads, eta 1 week.

 

Now the question for me is, do I use my AK120 thru RSA Hornet or computer thru Audio~gd 11.32 to complete my office rig.

 

Any and all comments welcomed!

post #15731 of 20386
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It also kinda makes the hobby suck too.  Like right now I'm indecisive on if I should get a tube amp or not.  There are no definitive answers out there.  I have the magni.  Will I hear a difference?  Some people say its day and night, some say its subtle.  If I decide to get a tube amp, which one should I get?  Should I get the Vali?  Some say it doesn't sound much different than the Magni. Some say its bright.  Some say its warm. Some say it doesn't have much of a tube sound.  Some say it has a tube sound.  How about the MK1+?  Seems like it can power the HE400 fine but its a hybrid.  Will it really have a true tube sound?  How tubey will the sound be?  Will I be able to judge whether I like the tube sound or not based on a hybrid?  Or maybe I should stop playing around with lower end amps and get the Lyr? But is it really worth almost 4x the price of the Vali?  Does it sound 4x as good.  Some people say no.  I understand it maybe worth it with a HE500 or LCD-2 but its not clear if its worth it for the HE400.


Yeah I hear you about that. Reading reviews and deciding what to get can be really frustrating. IMO, it's best to just engage yolo mode and get something. Don't worry too much about what the absolute best choice would be. Most of this equipment sounds good. 

post #15732 of 20386
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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post
 

Just ordered mine along with a pair of velour pads, eta 1 week.

 

Now the question for me is, do I use my AK120 thru RSA Hornet or computer thru Audio~gd 11.32 to complete my office rig.

 

Any and all comments welcomed!

 

I hope that you have a private office or that your office mate shares the same interest in music as you. ;) 

 

There will be no isolation.

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post #15734 of 20386

Interesting, I have about 50 hours.  So maybe I'll wait for the magic to happen.  Yes, I have them amped.  

post #15735 of 20386


How do you like my new headphone rack? It's a grundtal from ikea. $8 plus 3" screws, washers and I cut a 3/8 PVC pipe to serve as a 2" spacer. smily_headphones1.gif
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