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post #16081 of 20481
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Originally Posted by electrolover View Post

 

True but when I use EQ it sounds really bad compared to using the boost feature of the receiver which adds no distortion (or at least I'm not able to detect any).

I've tried EQ'ing through my sound card's control panel.


There's a lot of information about EQ in this thread. You will usually want to use the EQ in your media player, not the control panel. If you raise the bass, make sure to raise the preamp slider to match the highest bass slider. Get a paramatric EQ plugin like EasyQ or ElectriQ if you can. 


Edited by manbear - 1/18/14 at 10:37pm
post #16082 of 20481
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There's a lot of information about EQ in this thread. You will want to use the EQ in your media player, not the control panel. If you raise the bass, make sure to raise the preamp slider to match the highest bass slider. Get a paramatric EQ plugin like EasyQ or ElectriQ if you can. 

 

Ah! I see, thanks.

post #16083 of 20481

Tube amps like the Bravo V3 glow blue hahah

post #16084 of 20481
You can try Project Ember from garage 1217.
post #16085 of 20481

Wow Project Ember looks pretty nice with the naked design. On the other hand I do not like the lack of protection!

I`ll add it on my list, then I`ll review them all and decide.

 

Any other suggestions?

post #16086 of 20481

I'm surprised  @KLJTech doesn't have a problem with the cable.  I use to pride myself on not having a problem with the cable because the headphone goes from my head straight to my right on a headphone hanger on the wall and figured people with problems were probably just setting their headphone around.  Last week i noticed both cables splitting where they enter the termination. I had to put duck tape around them to stiffen up the connection so they don't split more where they would cause a problem

post #16087 of 20481
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I'm surprised  @KLJTech doesn't have a problem with the cable.  I use to pride myself on not having a problem with the cable because the headphone goes from my head straight to my right on a headphone hanger on the wall and figured people with problems were probably just setting their headphone around.  Last week i noticed both cables splitting where they enter the termination. I had to put duck tape around them to stiffen up the connection so they don't split more where they would cause a problem

 

Well, like most I would have preferred that the cable was more flexible, but I just now checked once again, and I don't have any cracks/splitting of the cable near the terminations. Of course, now that I say that it'll turn to dust by next weekend. I will admit that I treat all my cables very gently and thus far I haven't got them caught on anything that would truly stress the connections. Regardless, if a couple flexible, seemingly better built cables for the HE-400 start showing up here with recommendations I would most likely give them a try. 

post #16088 of 20481
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The Emotiva is a speaker amp. To use it with headphones, you will need to get an adapter cable which can be purchased from a number of places including BTG Audio. Resistors aren't as scary as they sound -- just get one of these: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Etymotic-ER4P-to-ER4S-6-35-to-3-5mm-resistor-adaptor/281224427556?rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D19839%26meid%3D4140801177868411936%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D8934%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D290372905689%26

I'd suggest the 100 ohm version. 
 

 

The newish Emotiva Pro Stealth DC-1 (DAC, headphone amp & preamp) looks very interesting and appears to offer a lot for $499. I believe it sold for a couple/few hundred more not too long ago. 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/pro-series/products/stealth-dc-2

 

 

 

post #16089 of 20481
IIRC, Gary reviewed the DC-1 in his recent DAC shootout and gave top marks to the DAC/ preamp sections but said the headphone jack was lousy. I haven't heard it though.
post #16090 of 20481
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post

IIRC, Gary reviewed the DC-1 in his recent DAC shootout and gave top marks to the DAC/ preamp sections but said the headphone jack was lousy. I haven't heard it though.

 

I need to check out that review as I've been very curious about that model, I pretty much always use my Lyr anyway so the DAC and preamp could still come in handy. Just what I need...another DAC. <grin>

post #16091 of 20481
The blue lights on my Concero already match my Emotiva, otherwise I'd be interested as well biggrin.gif
post #16092 of 20481
The Emotiva DC-1 is well out of my budget..
post #16093 of 20481
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Originally Posted by electrolover View Post

Also I need a decent DAC/amp combo. At the moment I'm driving them with my receiver but I feel the headphones aren't reaching their full potential.
What can you guys recommend me? I'm looking for something in the 200-300$ price range, possibly with blue lights (to match my room) and hardware bass boost functionality (I also find myself boosting the bass sometimes).


Regarding DAC/Amp, Have you checked audio GD 15.32? http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm, http://www.head-fi.org/t/648386/audio-gd-nfb-15-32-delivery-impression-thread, 15.32 with tcxo upgrade fits your budget.

post #16094 of 20481
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Regarding DAC/Amp, Have you checked audio GD 15.32? http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm, http://www.head-fi.org/t/648386/audio-gd-nfb-15-32-delivery-impression-thread, 15.32 with tcxo upgrade fits your budget.

 

Looks well built with quality components, thanks!

post #16095 of 20481
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Originally Posted by electrolover View Post
 

Looks well built with quality components, thanks!

 

I have received my 11.32 on Friday and I am very much pleased with the sound quality HE 400 paired with 11.32 :L3000:. Both 15.32 and 11.32 have the same amp. 15.32 has WM8741 chips and 11.32 has ES 9018 chips for the dac, respectively. 15.32 is bang for buck.

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