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Originally Posted by electrolover View Post

I want to change the cable as well. It's still as new but it really bothers me. What bothers me most is that it's heavy and I constantly find myself moving it around as I feel it pulling down the headphones.
I've checked the BTG Audio webstore but I'm not sure what I should choose. Which cable do you guys recommend?

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).


Blue lights? Just by saying that you're going to get the Emotiva as a recommendation...

Though, you'd prob have to get resistors for it as it is pretty powerful

post #16082 of 17599
Yup that and schiit modi and you're set :-D
post #16083 of 17599
Use EQ to boost bass instead of hardware -- you will have much more control.

The Emotiva does have blue lights and you will definitely want to use resistors. I can't think of much else that has blue lights.
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Additional resistors? I don't have the knowledge for this kind of mods :(

I wouldn't know how to choose and connect them.

post #16085 of 17599
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Originally Posted by Drsparis View Post

Yup that and schiit modi and you're set :-D


That's my rig right now D:

With the HE-500 though

post #16086 of 17599
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post

Use EQ to boost bass instead of hardware -- you will have much more control.

 

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.


Edited by electrolover - 1/18/14 at 10:23pm
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Originally Posted by electrolover View Post
 

Additional resistors? I don't have the knowledge for this kind of mods :(

I wouldn't know how to choose and connect them.


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. 
 

post #16088 of 17599
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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
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 


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 #16090 of 17599

Tube amps like the Bravo V3 glow blue hahah

post #16091 of 17599
You can try Project Ember from garage 1217.
post #16092 of 17599

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?

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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

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Originally Posted by DoctaCosmos View Post
 

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 #16095 of 17599
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 


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

 

 

 

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