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Originally Posted by ZacRobbo View Post

If I connect my iPod/iPad to the schiit magni amp via headphone jack to RCA input, will the sound be ok. I don't have a laptop at the moment so I won't be able to use a USB dac till the end of the month when I get it back.


Yeah, you'd hear some improvement over the stock headphone jack. I'd suggest experimenting with different volumes on the iPod/iPad.

post #15947 of 18086
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Originally Posted by DoctaCosmos View Post
 

holy its Kramer!!!  thanks for the little bird suggestion on the first page of "songs that make your headphone go wow" from like 4 years ago.  absolutely love it.  i know this is the he-400 thread but don't know if you still follow that thread.  any other recommendations for melodic guitar songs like that?  i also love Stranglehold/nugent

Hey you're welcome!!  You're talking about Little Wing right?  Short answer, Nope.  Long answer,  Hendrix wrote that song, Stevie Ray put his signature flair on it the way ONLY he can.  There's simply NO WAY to out-do that... I don't think.  You might want to look into Steve Morse, You tube him... he might have a tune or two in his library that come close.

 

Anyways, thanks for the warm re-welcome.  I'm still an avid headphone music listener.  I'm just more of a HF lurker now than before.  Fast forward today, I'm itching to try an HE-400 in my setup and am looking for user impressions with output transformer coupled tube amps.  Like the Mad Ear+ for example.


Edited by kramer5150 - 1/13/14 at 10:52am
post #15948 of 18086
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Originally Posted by jshaffe View Post
 

I wanted to post my experiences with regrilling these cans. If you haven't tried it, carefully take off the plastic rings and grills and see just how much wider the soundstage is and how much clearer the cans are.

 

I decided to use this desktop file organizer instead of a trash can so that my grills would come out flat instead of curved.

As you can see, each panel is easily big enough to make cuts for both grills. For this step I used a dremel with a #409 cutoff wheel. Then to smooth out the edges and remove the burrs I used a 1"/30" belt sander.  

The process took a little over an hour. My friend and I made four grills since we each own a pair.

Here is the final result.  I still have 4 panels left from the desktop organizer, enough to make 8 grills. If someone is interested in duplicating this and would like to pay shipping and handling I would be more than happy to mail you an uncut panel.

Great job on these; I remember when I first did it I just used a pair of wiresnips, the edges are deadly sharp even to this day. The good thing is the tolerances for how even the edges are is fairly lax.

post #15949 of 18086

Hello everyone,

 

as of today I too am an owner of these headphones.

I have used them for only 1 hour (before leaving for work) and I am impressed with the sound, however I have an issue.

I hear some sort of background cracking/popping. It's not very noticeable and I don't hear it all the time. Also it doesn't seem to be bass distortion, I've listened to a subwoofer test track and it sounded clean and controlled at any (reasonable) volume level.

Could this be caused by the cables? I screwed them in nicely and they feel very secure but honestly.. these feel like the shabbiest cables I've ever handled.

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The cables have a way of unscrewing themselves from time to time, so my first suggestion would be to double-check the connections. Otherwise, that sounds like an issue with your source or amp, or possible the music files themselves. Do you hear it at the same points in the same songs? Do you still hear it if you plug the headphones into a completely different device?

post #15951 of 18086
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

The cables have a way of unscrewing themselves from time to time, so my first suggestion would be to double-check the connections. Otherwise, that sounds like an issue with your source or amp, or possible the music files themselves. Do you hear it at the same points in the same songs? Do you still hear it if you plug the headphones into a completely different device?

There is definitely no issue with my other equipment or audio files, things sound fine with other headphones (or loudspeakers).

I am still at work but will double check once I get home. I will also do more testing as you suggest, thanks.


Edited by electrolover - 1/13/14 at 11:48am
post #15952 of 18086

Could you provide the file of any song you hear this background crackling on?

post #15953 of 18086
It could be that the HE-400 is picking up crackling in the songs that you just can't hear on other speakers or headphones, but this is only a guess.
post #15954 of 18086
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Hey you're welcome!!  You're talking about Little Wing right?  Short answer, Nope.  Long answer,  Hendrix wrote that song, Stevie Ray put his signature flair on it the way ONLY he can.  There's simply NO WAY to out-do that... I don't think.  You might want to look into Steve Morse, You tube him... he might have a tune or two in his library that come close.

 

Anyways, thanks for the warm re-welcome.  I'm still an avid headphone music listener.  I'm just more of a HF lurker now than before.  Fast forward today, I'm itching to try an HE-400 in my setup and am looking for user impressions with output transformer coupled tube amps.  Like the Mad Ear+ for example.

OT i know, but Little Wing deserves out attention. There are sooooo so many good covers of that song. Only one genius wrote it.

 

One my all time regrets is not seeing him live. I had the chance but left Woodstock before he came on :(  My friend's brother who drove had to be at work Monday morning. If I only knew then......I would have stayed and hitched (or flew:) home.

post #15955 of 18086
Has anyone tried these with the Nuforce Icon Ido? I'm going to be using these things with my iPhone/iPod/iPad only and was wondering if this would be better than just an amp such as vali or o2
post #15956 of 18086
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Great job on these; I remember when I first did it I just used a pair of wiresnips, the edges are deadly sharp even to this day. The good thing is the tolerances for how even the edges are is fairly lax.

Thanks, the sanding with the belt sander smoothed them out and gave us an almost perfect match to the original. We had to flatten the cardinal directions slightly because our mesh is thicker than stock, which allowed us room for the snaps to reach the cups.
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post

It could be that the HE-400 is picking up crackling in the songs that you just can't hear on other speakers or headphones, but this is only a guess.

I've noticed this when comparing to dt800s and hd650s. I'm not sure if it is unique to these cans or generalized to all planars. Maybe mastering engineers need to start testing their tracks on planars.
post #15957 of 18086
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post


Yeah, you'd hear some improvement over the stock headphone jack. I'd suggest experimenting with different volumes on the iPod/iPad.

What would you recommend, should I have my iPad/iPod volume at say half way or so, and then amp it louder?
post #15958 of 18086
I'd probably start at halfway, and then adjust the Magni volume to what you want to hear. The headphone jack in the idevice might not work as well at low or high volumes. Somewhere in the middle is usually the sweet spot for most amps. But I think it's worth experimenting with different volumes on the idevice, like 20-30% or 70-80%.
post #15959 of 18086
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Originally Posted by jshaffe View Post

 

Nicely done. Makes me want to attempt this. Don't have my cans around though, did you happen to measure the size of the grill?

Thanks!

post #15960 of 18086
Ok thanks for the tip, I'll give that a go when my gear actually arrives, should be here in the next few days. I seriously can't wait.
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