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anyone using 400's with OTL tube amp (35~600omh) ,is it safe on the long run ?

EDIT;sorry if I'm repeating question already posted here 


Edited by spacequeen7 - 2/8/14 at 3:03pm
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anyone using 400's with OTL tube amp (35~600omh) ,is it safe on the long run ?

EDIT;sorry if I'm repeating question already posted here 


OTLs typically do not do well with lower impedance cans. I have tried my HE-400s and HE-500s on the Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball and did not like how it sounded.

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anyone using 400's with OTL tube amp (35~600omh) ,is it safe on the long run ?

EDIT;sorry if I'm repeating question already posted here 

 

Won't work, sorry...

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Won't work, sorry...

I just tried and it works ,I actually need it more gain then my 880s but the treble is extended little to much ..will try different tubes 

Foobar2K/WASAPI >Aune T1[Smoked Ge 6DJ8 Ecc88] >DV 336SE[Tung Sol 7236/Raytheon 6SN7GTB]>400s

testing with this

http://bassforautism.bandcamp.com/album/bass-for-autism-vol-1-presented-by-edmdistrict

track 12 :L3000: 


Edited by spacequeen7 - 2/8/14 at 3:44pm
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I tried with the crack. It's a no go with the hifimans. 

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it works just fine here ,see my sig

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anyone using 400's with OTL tube amp (35~600omh) ,is it safe on the long run ?
EDIT;sorry if I'm repeating question already posted here 

Sure it's safe. The potential problem with OTLs is that they have less power at low impedances. It depends on the amp of course, but I found that my Little Dot Mk3 clipped into the HE-400 at high volumes on certain tracks. It sounded fine when it wasn't clipping though. Even so, the combination ultimately wasn't to my taste. If you like the Darkvoice then go for it.
Edited by manbear - 2/8/14 at 5:12pm
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Sure it's safe. The potential problem with OTLs is that they have less power at low impedances. It depends on the amp of course, but I found that my Little Dot Mk3 clipped into the HE-400 at high volumes on certain tracks. It sounded fine when it wasn't clipping though. Even so, the combination ultimately wasn't to my taste. If you like the Darkvoice then go for it.

there is setting in Foobar that will prevent clipping 

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I don't think so... Foobar doesn't even know what amp I'm using, let alone when it will clip. I am not talking about clipping in the recording. I'm talking about the amp running out of juice.
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I see ,thanks 

post #16376 of 18063

The HE-400's are phenomenal with the Magni, I've never heard EDM's like this. At this rate, I might have to sell my HD650's... if I can finally get used to the weight :)

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^^ Don't sell the hd650. Those two hp's have different and complementary signatures. Go build yourself a crack and thank me later. :wink:

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The HE-400's are phenomenal with the Magni, I've never heard EDM's like this. At this rate, I might have to sell my HD650's... if I can finally get used to the weight :)

Wow...that's very nice to hear. I am so excited right now, my HE-400 will be arriving anytime soon, can't wait to try it with my Magni :D

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^^ Don't sell the hd650. Those two hp's have different and complementary signatures. Go build yourself a crack and thank me later. :wink:

My HD650 definitely sound better with the right genre, specifically my Coldplay or Norah Jones collection. Even with the Magni (I returned the Vali since it brought the HD650 too dark and warm), it sounds terrific with most genres. But with the HE400, and its bass extension, more energetic feel, and clearer trebels, my EDM's gives me goosebumps! EDM's are also the main genre I listen to, and the HD400's are so crazy good with them that I don't think anything will come close. I also like the larger soundstage and imaging, so when I play competitive FPS shooters the sound positioning is better. I don't want to return the HD650 since I bought it only 1 month used for $260, but I can only keep 1.

 

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Wow...that's very nice to hear. I am so excited right now, my HE-400 will be arriving anytime soon, can't wait to try it with my Magni :D

I can definitely tell that the Magni pairs better with the HD-400 than the HD650. I think the general consensus is that the Magni is a good match with the HE-400. Too bad it doesn't pair with the HD650 so superbly, maybe another reason I want to sell the HD650, that I can't afford any amps that pairs well with it like the bottlehead crack.

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I can definitely tell that the Magni pairs better with the HD-400 than the HD650. I think the general consensus is that the Magni is a good match with the HE-400. Too bad it doesn't pair with the HD650 so superbly, maybe another reason I want to sell the HD650, that I can't afford any amps that pairs well with it like the bottlehead crack.

Have you tried the HE-400 with Vali? Is it too warm and dark for HE-400 given the HE-400 is considered warm itself?

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