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O2+ODAC is great for almost anything, especially at the price

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Does anyone have a Vali+Modi combo and if so how does that setup sound with the HE-400? I have a Vali coming but I really need to get a DAC also and the Modi seems like a logical choice. I've read where some say its to bright and if that's the case I don't want one then because the 400 is bright enough as it is. What are some other good DAC's in the under $200 price range that would be a good fit for the HE-400, also would like it to sound good with my HD600 as well.

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I didn't like the modi with the he400. The odac was a good bit better (rca jacks). That will run about $150 from jdslabs. Or you could go ahead and get an end game dac like the bifrost with uber upgrade potential. Just depends on your budget. 

 

gL!!

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It makes much more sense to me to run modi+vali than odac+vali, even if the odac is a slight bit better.  Keep in mind we're talking dac differences here-- which doesn't amount to much at all.

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I have a pair of HE 400s with velour pads, and I enjoy listening to them a lot. One thing though is that I do hear some sibilance for female vocals and even for some male vocals. My Philips X1 doesn't have this sibilance. Are there any ways to reduce the sibilance on the He 400s? I am running it off a Dragonfly v1.2 and Project Ember with the stock tube. I don't have jergpads yet. I'm not sure how much difference it will make to change tubes, but I have a GE 6DJ8 tube arriving soon and was hoping to learn how much sound change different tubes can make. Besides tube changing though, are there other ways to possibly reduce sibilance? It is debatable as to whether or not changing cables (such as toxic cables) will change the sound much right?

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I have a pair of HE 400s with velour pads, and I enjoy listening to them a lot. One thing though is that I do hear some sibilance for female vocals and even for some male vocals. My Philips X1 doesn't have this sibilance. Are there any ways to reduce the sibilance on the He 400s? I am running it off a Dragonfly v1.2 and Project Ember with the stock tube. I don't have jergpads yet. I'm not sure how much difference it will make to change tubes, but I have a GE 6DJ8 tube arriving soon and was hoping to learn how much sound change different tubes can make. Besides tube changing though, are there other ways to possibly reduce sibilance? It is debatable as to whether or not changing cables (such as toxic cables) will change the sound much right?


 



EQ and Jergpad. I'm almost done making my set of Jergpads and they are a real PITA to make. I'd highly recommend getting a pair of small scissors with a sharp tip to make cutting the damping holes easier.
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I have a pair of HE 400s with velour pads, and I enjoy listening to them a lot. One thing though is that I do hear some sibilance for female vocals and even for some male vocals. My Philips X1 doesn't have this sibilance. Are there any ways to reduce the sibilance on the He 400s? I am running it off a Dragonfly v1.2 and Project Ember with the stock tube. I don't have jergpads yet. I'm not sure how much difference it will make to change tubes, but I have a GE 6DJ8 tube arriving soon and was hoping to learn how much sound change different tubes can make. Besides tube changing though, are there other ways to possibly reduce sibilance? It is debatable as to whether or not changing cables (such as toxic cables) will change the sound much right?

 



EQ and Jergpad. I'm almost done making my set of Jergpads and they are a real PITA to make. I'd highly recommend getting a pair of small scissors with a sharp tip to make cutting the damping holes easier.

@modulor is making a batch #3 of the pads and taking orders, just FYI for jeffbear7.

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Oh yeah haha. He added me to the list so I'm just in the waiting process. Just wanted to see if there were other ways besides jergpad and software stuff (for EQ) to help with the sibilance. Thanks for the tips though. 

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Oh yeah haha. He added me to the list so I'm just in the waiting process. Just wanted to see if there were other ways besides jergpad and software stuff (for EQ) to help with the sibilance. Thanks for the tips though. 
The jergpads have near enough cured it for me. Now, it's just the odd recording that has some treble harshness and it's miles more handleable even without EQ. smily_headphones1.gif
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+1 on tutorial. Or a picture of that weird Hifiman connector with where I have to solder the 4 wires... Would be awesome!

http://robrobinette.com/BalancedCable.htm#Convert_HE-500 Scroll up for a picture showing where to solder on the SMC connector.

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Does anyone have a Vali+Modi combo and if so how does that setup sound with the HE-400? I have a Vali coming but I really need to get a DAC also and the Modi seems like a logical choice. I've read where some say its to bright and if that's the case I don't want one then because the 400 is bright enough as it is. What are some other good DAC's in the under $200 price range that would be a good fit for the HE-400, also would like it to sound good with my HD600 as well.

I was looking for portable dacs a few weeks ago & I made this document. I ended getting the Stoner Acoustic UD110v2. Pretty happy with my purchase considering the price :) hope this is semi-helpful. cheers.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/696401/giant-list-of-sub-200-portable-dacs-w-their-chips-price

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Originally Posted by jeffbear7 View Post
 

I have a pair of HE 400s with velour pads, and I enjoy listening to them a lot. One thing though is that I do hear some sibilance for female vocals and even for some male vocals. My Philips X1 doesn't have this sibilance. Are there any ways to reduce the sibilance on the He 400s? I am running it off a Dragonfly v1.2 and Project Ember with the stock tube. I don't have jergpads yet. I'm not sure how much difference it will make to change tubes, but I have a GE 6DJ8 tube arriving soon and was hoping to learn how much sound change different tubes can make. Besides tube changing though, are there other ways to possibly reduce sibilance? It is debatable as to whether or not changing cables (such as toxic cables) will change the sound much right?

EQ the treble around 8-12k eliminates the silibance. not 100% sure about the exact frequency, but that is a free way to adjust sound signature.

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Loving the sound of the HE400, the bass tightness and extension, the speed, the clear treble. It makes the music come ALIVE and with my EDM's the experience is orgasmic. One thing though, HOW the hell do you guys deal with the weight? Coming from a HD650, this thing is like a bowling ball resting on top of my head. I immediately felt the pressure on my cervical spine and neck muscles, it's a freakin work out! It's sad that this is really my main complaint, apart from the earpads being too big and kinda bulges out too much not covering the front of my face and the back of my head. I just don't want a whiplash from wearing this too long.

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Do some neck workouts? Lol

The weight doesn't bother me at all.
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Do some neck workouts? Lol

The weight doesn't bother me at all.
+1 no problems here either. Guess I just got a strong neck, no homo.
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