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post #16366 of 20391
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post


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 

post #16367 of 20391
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.
post #16368 of 20391

I see ,thanks 

post #16369 of 20391

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 :)

post #16370 of 20391
Thread Starter 

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

post #16371 of 20391
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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post
 

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

post #16372 of 20391
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

^^ 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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Originally Posted by jay628 View Post
 

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.

post #16373 of 20391
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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post

 

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?

post #16374 of 20391

I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.

 

Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you used - I don't have a lot of experience using equalizers and don't want to kill the sound quality by accident...

post #16375 of 20391
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Originally Posted by SEALBoy View Post
 

I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.

 

Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you used - I don't have a lot of experience using equalizers and don't want to kill the sound quality by accident...


Member Nicholars has some excellent EQ guide in this thread or elsewhere that will help you out tailored for the 400's ....also Beaver316.


Edited by Lohb - 2/10/14 at 5:35am
post #16376 of 20391

They will always have some sibilance unless you EQ them so much that it messes up the sound, you can make it a lot better with EQ though. Try lowering everything above 6.5khz or if you have parametric EQ you can lower 7.5khz and 12.5khz.

post #16377 of 20391

For me I EQ the 9 or 10kHz to 16kHz range down like 5dB and bring up 2 or 3dB around the 4 to 5kHz range and it sounds great because it helps to even out the big dip in that area and control most of the siblance. 

post #16378 of 20391

I placed an order for the Headstage Arrow 4N. I can't wait!

 

Question: I will mainly be using this portable amp with my Dell laptop. I am also checking out various portable USB DACs, such as [1], but will such a small DAC bring a significant improvement in SQ over the laptop?

 

[1] http://audioengineusa.com/Store/D3-24-Bit-DAC

post #16379 of 20391
I hear a difference between plugging my amp into a laptop headphone jack (I'm assuming you don't have a line out?) and into a DAC, but significant has different meanings for different people.
post #16380 of 20391

Oh yea, the HE-400 is DEFINITELY NOT an HD-650 replacement.

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